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!

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

[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!

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Improv 101 - Scene and Character
Saturday, February 24 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: Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Class Dates:

February 24, 2018

March 3, 2018

March 10, 2018

March 17, 2018

March 24, 2018

-- No class on 3/31 --

-- No class on 4/7 --

April 14, 2018

April 21, 2018

April 28, 2018

Class Share Performance: May 2, 2017

Instructor: Miriam Lexie

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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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Improv Workshop
Saturday, March 3 at 10:00 AM

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Improv Workshop

Sea Tea Improv is bringing the UCB Theatre to Hartford to teach a 2-hour improvisational comedy workshop!

This workshop will build upon the fundamentals of improv comedy (e.g. "Yes-And") and seek to explore more intermediate skills such as improvising at the "top of one's intelligence", active listening, and playing characters. The workshop will be taught by an instructor from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

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

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(Un)Scripted Workshop Series with Brenna Harvey & Helena Morris
Saturday, March 3 at 1:00 PM

(Un)Scripted Workshop Series with Brenna Harvey & Helena Morris

Learn the (Un)Scripted improv form!

One actor with lines, and one improviser who has no idea what those lines are. Instructors Brenna Harvey & Helena Morris will take you through a four week workshop series to introduce you to this fun and challenging improv form. Learn how to play through the scene when you're the one who knows what's next or the one who doesn't.  Challenge yourself and your partner with big bold choices, and learn how to justify your way out of a corner. You'll act and listen in ways you've never had to before, and create hilarious scenes that can work surprisingly well.

Workshop Day and Time:

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

Workshop Dates:

March 3, 2018

March 10, 2018

March 17, 2018

March 24, 2018

Cost: $125

Instructors: Brenna Harvey & Helena Morris

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

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Improv 401 - Monoscene - 6-Week Performance Course
Monday, March 5 at 7:00 PM

Improv 401 - Monoscene - 6-Week Performance Course

One scene, in one place, in real time.

In this course, we will explore what makes a Monoscene work. Listening, endowment, clear decision making, object and space work and more. We will practice these key components, and ultimately tie them all together to create a complete monoscene.

Course will end with a performance at Sea Tea Comedy Theater.

Class Day and Time:

Mondays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Class Dates:

March 5, 2018

March 12, 2018

March 19, 2018

March 26, 2018

April 2, 2018

April 9, 2018

Performance Date and Time: TBD

Prerequisites: Completion of Improv 301 or instructor approval. Contact laura@seateaimprov.com to request approval.

Cost: $175

About the Instructor: Laura Manasewich is the Associate Artistic Director at Sea Tea Comedy Theater. She has performed with Sea Tea all over the northeast and beyond. She's also performed in the unique longform styles Improvised 80's Movie, Campfire, and Spoken. Laura has trained at Hartford Stage and Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. She's also studied with Improv Boston, Second City and Gotham Writers Workshop. Laura has performed sketch comedy in Knuckle Sandwich's Disney Reality Show and stage managed the Star Wars themed show, A Tale of Two Clones. She was also an actor and contributing sketch writer for the Sea Tea Improv sketch comedy shows Jurassic Park: The Lost Jokes and Titanic: The Unsinkable Show. Laura hosts the monthly CT Improv Mixer and the recurring Sea Tea Improv & Friends Stand Up Spectacular. Laura is an instructor for Sea Tea Improv. She's taught everything from Intro to the performance-level Monoscene class. Her self-deprecating bits can be followed on Twitter @SassyMzManassy. She follows back.

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

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Improv 101 - Scene and Character
Monday, March 5 at 7:00 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: Mondays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Class Dates:

March 5, 2018

March 12, 2018

March 19, 2018

March 26, 2018

April 2, 2018

April 9, 2018

April 16, 2018

April 23, 2018

Class Share Performance: April 30, 2017

Instructor: Julia Pistell

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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Tell Me Another: Personal Storytelling Workshop with Terry Wolfisch Cole
Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00 PM

Tell Me Another: Personal Storytelling Workshop with Terry Wolfisch Cole

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 the pages of Readers Digest magazine. She is the founder of Tell Me Another, a storytelling show in the Hartford area.

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

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Intro to Improv - 4-week Comedy Course for Beginners
Wednesday, March 7 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:

Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Class Dates:

March 7, 2018

March 14, 2018

March 21, 2018

March 28, 2018

Cost: $125

Instructor: Greg Ludovici

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
Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 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: Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Class Dates:

March 7, 2018

March 14, 2018

March 21, 2018

March 28, 2018

April 4, 2018

April 11, 2018

April 18, 2018

April 25, 2018

Class Share: May 2, 2018

Prerequisites: Improv 101 or Improv 102

Cost: $225

Instructor: Brenna Harvey

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

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[Workshop] Epic/Comedic with Gregory Scott
Saturday, March 24 at 1:00 PM

[Workshop] Epic/Comedic with Gregory Scott

In Epic/Comedic, performers will explore techniques that allow for improvisation that causes as many gasps as laughs.

By exploring improvisational techniques to heighten emotion, intensify game, and showcase a performer's virtuosity, you'll discover how to keep an audience on the edge of their seat for an entire show.

Prequisites: Those in attendance should have a strong working knowledge of improvisation and mastery of basic scene techniques. Use your own judgement, but if you haven't done a 20-minute montage in front of an audience, this particular workshop is not for you.

About the Instructor: Gregory Scott is an veteran improviser and instructor based in Boston. As a director, he encourages artistic and theatrical choices from his performers. Greg's workshops are punctuated by infectious energy and side coaching that encourages students to ditch their fear and fail brilliantly. Together, you'll discover what's fun, and push what's possible.

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

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