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!

Improv 407 - Advanced Character
Saturday, June 2 at 1:00 PM

Improv 407 - Advanced Character

Love watching improvisers who make bold, unusual character choices? Wish you could do more of it?

In this class, students explore many ways to access and advance their character practice. Find a motivation through knowing your characters' histories and personal values/beliefs. Deepen your on-stage relationships by getting to the "why it matters" of what's happening between characters. Use bolder and larger physicality to play characters who are very different from yourself. Using accents in a respectful way and play characters to the top of your intelligence.

This class is for anyone who has taken Improv 101 and wants to get deeper into playing characters, and will be designed to help everyone feel comfortable even if you struggle with character or making bold choices.

Class Day and Time:

Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Class Dates:

June 2, 2018

June 9, 2018

June 16, 2018

June 23, 2018

June 30, 2018

NO CLASS on 7/7

July 14, 2018

Class Performance: TBD

Prerequisites: Improv 101

Cost: $175

About the Instructor: Miriam Lexie has been improvising with Sea Tea Improv since August 2013. Prior to that she had the chance to explore the theatrical stage with Bryn Athyn Community Theater in Pennsylvania, in shows such as The Romancers and Twelfth Night. During her undergraduate studies, she assistant taught a personal growth theater course titled "The Hero's Journey." Through her work with Sea Tea Improv, Miriam has had the opportunity to perform in a variety of shortform and longform improv shows, as well as traveling to perform at festivals in cities such as Baltimore, DC, Philadelphia, Hartford, Minneapolis, and Chicago. She has participated as a teacher for Hartford's Beat on the Street program, has assisted in teaching numerous corporate team-building workshops, and in the spring of 2016 will be teaching workshops for the children of Newtown, CT as part of an ongoing recovery project. Miriam has a Masters of Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College, PA. She feels passionate about making Hartford an exciting city to play in and explore. She is also fascinated by the intersections of performance art, literature, psychology, and neuroscience. She is currently employed full time as an Addictions Counselor in Holyoke, MA.

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

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Improv 201 - The Game (Intensive)
Monday, June 4 at 7:00 PM

Improv 201 - The Game (Intensive)

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: Mondays & Wednesdays 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Class Dates:

Monday, June 4, 2018

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Monday, June 11, 2018

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Monday, June 18, 2018

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Monday, June 25, 2018

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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

Prerequisites: Improv 101 or Improv 102

Cost: $225

About the Instructor: Daniel Davidson has been teaching improvisational theater at Sea Tea Improv since 2014, having joined the company in 2013. He completed training programs at BATS Improv in San Francisco and The Second City Conservatory in Los Angeles and has taken workshops around the country at iO West, UCB East, and The PIT, to name a few. When it comes to improv, Daniel has a simple theory, which you will hear if you take one of his classes! Daniel has taught improv-based writing and science workshops to Hartford public school 4th-6th graders through the Hartford Performs program, led numerous corporate team-building workshops, and performed in literally a hundred Sea Tea Improv shows. Daniel is a graduate of Brown University and completed Master’s programs in Social Work and Public Health at UConn in 2016.

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

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Intro to Improv - 4-week Comedy Course for Beginners
Tuesday, June 5 at 7:00 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:

Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Class Dates:

June 5, 2018

June 12, 2018

June 19, 2018

June 26, 2018

Cost: $125

Instructor: Ann Crimmins

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

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Improv Storytelling Fundamentals with Claire Zick
Monday, June 25 at 7:00 PM

Improv Storytelling Fundamentals with Claire Zick

Improv Storytelling Fundamentals with Claire Zick

This workshop will cover all the key elements of creating and sustaining long-form improvised stories as seen in my shows like An Improvised 80s Teen Movie and An Improvised Disaster Film. These fundamentals are the core skills needed to build and sustain a 75-90 minute improv show - whether it is an improvised movie genre, play style, art piece, or TV show.

Learn how to set up key relationships, foreshadow, follow a protagonist, find your ending and create a story that actually makes sense.

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

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Intro to Improv - 4-week Comedy Course for Beginners
Monday, July 9 at 7:00 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:

Mondays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Class Dates:

July 9, 2018

July 16, 2018

July 23, 2018

July 30, 2018

Cost: $125

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, July 10 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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Introduction to Personal Storytelling with Terry Wolfisch Cole
Thursday, September 13 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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Personal Storytelling Master Class with Terry Wolfisch Cole
Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00 PM

Personal Storytelling Master Class with Terry Wolfisch Cole

Do you want to take your storytelling skills to the next level?

In this workshop, Tell Me Another producer Terry Wolfisch Cole will work with you to craft your story into a piece ready for performance at any storytelling show.

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.

Please come to class ready to tell your 6-minute story and receive feedback.

This session is limited to 10 students.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Personal Storytelling, or permission of the instructor.

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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
Wednesday, November 7 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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