Tim, Helena, and Summar

Education Structure

INTRO LEVEL – Fun and Friendly Improv for Beginners

Intro to Improv
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!
Prerequisites: None

100 LEVEL – Foundation Improv for the Basics and Beyond

Improv 101 – The Scene
Students will learn how to work collaboratively to build completely improvised scenes. Players will focus on listening, adding detail, specificity, and how to progress and expand a scene. Using fast-paced short-form games, students will also be challenged to think quickly. This course ends in a share performance for an invited audience.
Prerequisites: None. Student may take either 100-level class in any order.
Improv 102 – The Character
In this course, students will focus on character development through physical exploration. Players will invent, refine and inspire characters that are rich and consistent. Students will also learn how to create the imagined physical environment of the scene through clear and consistent object work. This course ends in a share performance for an invited audience.
Prerequisites: None. Student may take either 100-level class in any order.

200 LEVEL – Fundamental Improv for Scenes that Work

Improv 201 – The Game
Students will learn how to identify, explore, and manipulate the game of the scene by working on both basic longform scenes and fast-paced short-form games. Players will understand how to find and play patterns within the game, manipulate and heighten the suggestion of the game and to play to the top of their intelligence. This course ends in a share performance for an invited audience.
Prerequisites: Completion of both 101 & 102.

300 LEVEL – Focused Improv to Prepare to Perform

Improv 301 – The Second Beat
In this introduction to longform improvisation, students will explore longform openers, developing premise, and moving beyond initial scenes into second beats. Players will learn to use techniques such as tag outs, bending the space, walk-ons, advancements, callbacks, editing, group games and scene painting, all within the context of working as a team. The course ends in a share performance for an invited audience.
Prerequisites: Completion of 201
Improv 302 – The Set List
In “The Set List,” students will learn how to play the games you know (and many you don’t) to the very best of your ability. Root out the games within the game, and play to the top of your intelligence no matter if you’re speaking in gibberish, mime, poorly translated Russian, or alphabetical order. We’ll apply advanced scenework techniques to simple games to find the perfect blend of short-form styles and practical theatrical concerns (is there conflict? How’s your stage presence looking?). Make bolder choices, do better scenes, and walk away with a greater understanding of how to have the most fun while using the best part of your brain.
Prerequisites: Completion of 201

400 LEVEL – Advanced Improv Forms for Performance

  • Monoscene
  • Harold
  • Evente
  • Musical Improv
  • Advanced Shortform
  • Two-prov
  • ….and others!
Prerequisites: Completion of both 301 and 302 in either order and Instructor approval.

Hartford, CT Improv Comedy