Comedy Classes in Improv, Sketch, and More

Sea Tea Improv teaches our own improv comedy courses in our Studios on Pratt St. in Downtown Hartford, CT.

All members of Sea Tea Improv who are course instructors have completed an improv training program from world-renowned comedic improvisation theaters like the Upright Citizens Brigade, BATS Improv, ImprovBoston, or The Second City. We pride ourselves on bringing high-quality improv instruction and performance to Hartford, CT.

Education Structure and Policies

Want to learn more about our Improv Education Program? Read about our Education Structure. All Sea Tea Improv courses & workshops are subject to our Education Policies. Please feel free to contact us for more information regarding our improv education program and training services!

Intro to Improv - 4-week Comedy Course for Beginners
Saturday, April 28 at 1:00 PM

Intro to Improv - 4-week Comedy Course for Beginners

Improv is for everyone! Whether you've got dreams of being a comedian, you want to strengthen your public speaking skills, or you're just sick of your board game collection, improv can help!

In this class, students will learn the basic techniques and games that professional improvisers and comedy writers use to collaboratively discover fun ideas, characters, and scenes. You'll work in teams, so you'll never be left hanging alone. Our number one rule is "make your partner look good," so come try improv in a supportive, no-pressure environment, and learn from a professional improviser!

Class Day and Time:

Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Class Dates:

April 28, 2018

May 5, 2018

May 12, 2018

May 19, 2018

Cost: $125

Instructor: Matt Francis

All Sea Tea Improv courses and workshops are subject to our education policies: Education Policies

Intro to Improv

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Improv 201 - The Game
Saturday, May 5 at 1:00 PM

Improv 201 - The Game

Learn how to find and play with the funniest part of your scenes!

Using the fast-paced energy of short-form improv, students will learn how to explore and manipulate the game of the scene. Players will understand how to highlight interesting and unusual discoveries, play with patterns in a scene, and follow newly created logic to ridiculous or even too-true conclusions by playing to the top of their intelligence. This course ends in a share performance for an invited audience.

Class Day and Time: Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Class Dates:

May 5, 2018

May 12, 2018

May 19, 2018

== No class on 5/26 ==

June 2, 2018

June 9, 2018

June 16, 2018

June 23, 2018

June 30, 2018

Class Share: June 30, 2018 at 2PM

Prerequisites: Improv 101 or Improv 102

Cost: $225

About the Instructor: Casey Grambo is a comedian and theatre artist that performs improvisational and sketch comedy with your neighborhood, friendly improv company — Sea Tea Improv! Casey teaches improv at Sea Tea Improv studios and at Hartford Stage. She directed Sea Tea Improv’s first scripted production, GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! in November 2014 which was revived at the Sea Tea Comedy Theater in June 2017. Casey is a graduate of the long form improv program at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in NYC and holds a BA in Theatre from Fairfield University. She has had the pleasure of working with many Connecticut theatre companies in multiple capacities including Hartford Stage, Westport Country Playhouse, Playhouse on Park, Sharon Playhouse, Theatre 4, and The Goshen Players. You can follow her stunningly creative Twitter @caseygrambo, visit her website www.caseygrambo.com, or just speak to her in person.

All Sea Tea Improv courses and workshops are subject to our education policies: Education Policies

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Introduction to Personal Storytelling with Terry Wolfisch Cole
Tuesday, May 8 at 7:00 PM

Introduction to Personal Storytelling with Terry Wolfisch Cole

Introduction to Personal Storytelling

Ira Glass of This American Life says, “Great stories happen to people who know how to tell them.” Do you want to get better at captivating listeners?

Whether you want to tell your story on stage, in a business meeting, or with your grandchildren on your lap, storyteller Terry Wolfisch Cole will teach you skills to engage any audience.

Terry is a Moth StorySLAM and GrandSLAM champion. Her story of running away from home was featured on the Moth Radio Hour on NPR and in Readers Digest. She is the founder of Tell Me Another: Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Stories, a storytelling show in the Hartford area.

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All Sea Tea Improv courses and workshops are subject to our Education Policies: Education Policies

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Improv 301 - The Second Beat
Wednesday, May 9 at 7:00 PM

Improv 301 - The Second Beat

Your scenes, characters, and games expand into longform improv comedy!

Students will explore beyond the initial scene into second beats in this focus on longform improvisation. Players will be honing in on skills such as tag outs, bending the space, walk-ons, advancements, callbacks, group games and scene painting. The course ends in a share performance for an invited audience at Sea Tea Comedy Theater.

Class Days and Times: Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Class Dates:

May 9, 2018

May 16, 2018

May 23, 2018

May 30, 2018

June 6, 2018

June 13, 2018

June 20, 2018

June 27, 2018

Class Share: Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 1PM

Prerequisites: Improv 201

Cost: $225

About the Instructor: Greg Ludovici is a professional actor and a founding member of Sea Tea Improv. Greg studied acting, vocal performance, and stage directing at HARTT School and Skidmore College, and furthered his acting and dance education in London at The Poor School and Pineapple Studios. His interest in improv as an art form began in 2008 at Hartford Stage Company, and in 2011 Greg graduated from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater’s improv training program in New York City. Additionally, Greg has studied improvised musical theater at the Upright Citizens Brigade, Magnet Theater, and The PIT. In Connecticut, Greg has performed professionally with organizations including Hartford Stage Company, Sea Tea Improv, Bated Breath Theatre Company, and Hartford Children’s Theatre. When not acting, Greg puts his improv skills to work at LEGO Systems, where he creates video games, videos, and web sites for LEGO.com.

All Sea Tea Improv courses and workshops are subject to our education policies: Education Policies

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Improv 101 - Scene and Character
Sunday, May 20 at 1:00 PM

Improv 101 - Scene and Character

Learn to create completely improvised comedy scenes and characters by working with others!

Students in this class will learn to really listen to their scene partners, add interesting specifics & details, and progress & expand improvised scenes. We'll use short, fast-paced improv games to learn to act quickly and spend less time worrying about making the perfect move. Invent and inspire rich and consistent characters, and learn to create a playable environment with just miming. This course ends in a share performance for an invited audience at Sea Tea Comedy Theater.

Class Day and Time: Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Class Dates:

May 20, 2018

== No class on 5/27 ==

June 3, 2018

June 10, 2018

== No class on 6/17 ==

June 24, 2018

July 1, 2018

== No class on 7/8 ==

July 15, 2018

July 22, 2018

July 29, 2018

Class Share Performance: August 5, 2018 at 1PM

Instructor: Steve Yenke

Prerequisites: None, though students with no performance experience may prefer to take one of our 4-week Intro to Improv classes before taking Improv 101.

Cost: $225

All Sea Tea Improv courses and workshops are subject to our education policies: Education Policies

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