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!

Wednesday, January 3rd  at  7:00 PM
Improv 101 - Scene and Character

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: Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Class Dates:

January 3, 2018

January 10, 2018

January 17, 2018

January 24, 2018

January 31, 2018

Febraury 7, 2018

Febraury 14, 2018

Febraury 21, 2018

Class Share Performance: Febraury 28, 2017

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: https://seateaimprov.com/education/education-policies/

Saturday, January 6th  at  1:00 PM
Improv 301 - The Second Beat

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: Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Class Dates:

January 6, 2018

January 13, 2018

January 20, 2018

January 27, 2018

February 3, 2018

February 10, 2018

February 17, 2018

February 24, 2018

Class Share: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 7PM

Prerequisites: Improv 201

Cost: $225

All Sea Tea Improv courses and workshops are subject to our education policies: https://seateaimprov.com/education/education-policies/

Sunday, January 7th  at  10:00 AM
[Workshop] Creating Your Solo Comedy Show with Kate Huffman

[Workshop] Creating Your Solo Comedy Show with Kate Huffman

Creating Your Solo Comedy Show with Kate Huffman

Award-winning actor, comedian, and solo-artist Kate Huffman will walk you through every step of creating a character-based solo show - from concept to production.

A good portion of this workshop will focus on the development of character work, so even those without aspirations of creating a solo show but who are interested in characters will benefit.

5 sign-ups who wish to will have the opportunity to perform a selection from a work in progress and receive notes.

About the Instructor: Kate Huffman is a graduate of the Uprights Citizen Brigade (UCB) Theatre in Los Angeles in addition to her BFA in Acting from the University of Miami. She writes and performs regularly at improvOlympic West with her team Drug Money, and has performed sketch comedy at Comedy Central Stages, UCB, Second City, San Francisco Sketch Fest, Out of Bounds Comedy Fest, Funny Female Fest, and many many more. 

Her solo show, I'm Too Fat for This Show, has played in multiple cities across the US to great critical acclaim. The show has been nominated for multiple awards and recently won the Encore Producers' Award at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

As an actor, she has appeared in film and tv (Fresh Off the Boat, Shit My Dad Says, Castle) and has won awards (LA Weekly Theatre Award, Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle Award) for her work in Los Angeles Theatre. 


All Sea Tea Improv courses and workshops are subject to our Education Policies: https://seateaimprov.com/education/education-policies/

Sunday, January 7th  at  1:00 PM
Intro to Improv - 4-week Comedy Course for Beginners

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:

Sundays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Class Dates:

January 7, 2018

January 14, 2018

January 21, 2018

January 28, 2018

Cost: $125

Instructor: Brian Hines

All Sea Tea Improv courses and workshops are subject to our education policies: https://seateaimprov.com/education/education-policies/

Intro to Improv

Saturday, February 24th  at  10:00 AM
[Workshop] Writing Sketches Through Improv with Kevin McDonald of The Kids in the Hall

[Workshop] Writing Sketches Through Improv with Kevin McDonald of The Kids in the Hall

Learn The Kids in the Hall method of writing sketches through improv from Kevin McDonald!

Sea Tea Comedy Theater is proud to bring sketch comedy legend Kevin McDonald back to Hartford for a master class and a show!

This master class starts with the basics of sketch comedy and comedy writing, to games that lead to thinking naturally about writing & performing at the same time. Groups of students begin to improvise and Kevin's notes on those improvised scenes will lead to figuring out how the scenes could develop into fully developed comedy sketches.

By the end of the day on Saturday, Kevin and the students in this class will have written 4 to 7 completely new comedy sketches.

New For This Year: A Whole Second Day! Students will have option of choosing just the Satuday workshop, or Saturday AND Sunday! The sketches created by the 2-day students will appear in the Sunday night show, with each 2-day student appearing in at least one sketch.

An important note from Kevin: "I will probably also bore the students with Kids in the Hall anecdotes throughout. Sorry about that."

Schedule:

Saturday 2/24 Workshop: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm with a one-hour break for lunch

Sunday 2/25 Workshop (2-Day Students Only): 10:00 am to 5:30 pm with a one-hour break for lunch

Sunday 2/25 Performance: 7:00 pm - A big show featuring stand-up comedy by Kevin McDonald, sketch comedy by & featuring the 2-day students, and an improv show with Kevin McDonald!

This is a full weekend of comedy writing, improvising, and performing with Kevin McDonald!

Kevin McDonald is a founding member of the legendary Canadian sketch comedy group, The Kids in the Hall. He's been nominated for three Emmys for his comedy writing. His movie credits include Lilo & Stitch and Galaxy Quest. He's appeared on MADtv, Friends, That 70's Show, Seinfeld, and Arrested Development.

Don't miss this chance to learn from one of the best, right here in Hartford!

Hartford, CT Improv Comedy