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, January 27 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:

January 27, 2018

February 3, 2018

February 10, 2018

February 17, 2018

Cost: $125

Instructor: Drew Bligh

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

Intro to Improv

Improv 400 - Mastering the Harold
Tuesday, January 30 at 7:00 PM

Improv 400 - Mastering the Harold

Developed by Del Close, the father of longform improv, 'Harold' is THE SIGNATURE structure of longform theatrical improvisation.

During these 6 weeks, students will focus on generating fun premises with various openers, distilling the game the scene, and finding organic connections that will blow audience's minds!

This class will strengthen improv skills across all longform structures and potentially sketch writing skills as well!

Class Day and Time:
Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Class Dates:
January 30, 2018

February 6, 2018

February 13, 2018

February 20, 2018

February 27, 2018

March 6, 2018

Class Performance: TBD

Prerequisites: Improv 301

Cost: $175

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 of 2014. 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, TriArts 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 & workshops are subject to our education policies: Education Policies

Sketch 101 - 8-week Comedy Writing Course
Sunday, February 4 at 1:00 PM

Sketch 101 - 8-week Comedy Writing Course

Welcome to Sea Tea Improv's Sketch 101!

This 8-week class will give you a full overview of the tools and techniques central to professional sketch comedy writing.

You'll learn how to generate and hone comedic premises, pitch sketches, contribute to a writer's room, and write and revise your own sketch scripts.

Develop your comedy writing skills in a supportive, collaborative environment.

The class ends with a staged reading of student work.

Class Day and Time:

Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Class Dates:

February 4, 2018

February 11, 2018

February 18, 2018

February 25, 2018

March 4, 2018

March 11, 2018

March 18, 2018

March 25, 2018

Cost: $225

About the Instructor: Brenna Harvey is a writer and comedian living in Hartford, Connecticut. She is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Connecticut and researches and teaches in the fields of gender and sexuality. She performs and teaches improv and sketch comedy with Sea Tea Improv. Her short fiction has been published in OMGQueer, Theories of HER, and The Long River Review.

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

Intro to Improv - 4-week Comedy Course for Beginners
Monday, February 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:

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

Class Dates:

February 5, 2018

February 12, 2018

February 19, 2018

February 26, 2018

Cost: $125

Instructor: Allie Rivera

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

Intro to Improv

Musical Improv Director Training Workshop with Kevin Scott
Monday, February 5 at 7:30 PM

Musical Improv Director Training Workshop with Kevin Scott

Learn to improvise the songs and score for a musical improv performance!

In this workshop series, musical improv director Kevin Scott will teach students to create a musical on the spot!

Learn to lay down a score that fits the show! Know when to prompt the players to burst into song! Get to know some common song structures, and learn how to style them to fit the show!

Musical improvisers will be on hand to provide scenes and lyrics.

Students who take this workshop series should have a working knowledge of musical improv comedy, and should be reasonably comfortable improvising on a keyboard.

Class Day and Time:

Mondays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Class Dates:

February 5, 2018

February 12, 2018

February 19, 2018

February 26, 2018

Cost: $120

Instructor: Kevin Scott

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

[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!

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

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/

(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

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/