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IMPROV 101 Starts 1/13/2018 SATURDAYS 1:00-3:00

For a description of this class, please see the IMPROV 101 page.

Registration for this class opens on MONDAY, November 20th at 12PM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 6:30PM!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/jam

Higher Level IBCS Student Teams can submit for CageMatch!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/cagematch

Date(s):
  1. Saturday, January 13, 2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  2. Saturday, January 20, 2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  3. Saturday, January 27, 2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  4. Saturday, February 3, 2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  5. Saturday, February 10, 2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  6. Saturday, February 17, 2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  7. Saturday, March 3, 2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  8. Saturday, March 10, 2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Monday, March 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Training Center Upper
Instructor:

Matt Fear

About Matt

Tuition: $225.00
Registration: Eventbrite - IMPROV 101 - SATURDAYS 1:00 - 3:00 STARTS 1/13/18
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 301 Starts 1/11/2018 THURSDAYS 4-6:30

For a description of this class, please see the IMPROV 301 page.

Registration for this class opens on MONDAY, November 20th at 12PM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 6:30PM!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/jam

Higher Level IBCS Student Teams can submit for CageMatch!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/cagematch

Date(s):
  1. Thursday, January 11, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  2. Thursday, January 18, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  3. Thursday, January 25, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  4. Thursday, February 1, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  5. Thursday, February 8, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  6. Thursday, February 15, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  7. Thursday, March 1, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  8. Thursday, March 8, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Monday, March 12, 2018 at 8:30 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Studio Theater
Instructor:

TBA

About

Tuition: $225.00
Registration: Eventbrite - IMPROV 301 - Starts 1/11/2018 THURSDAYS 4:00-6:30PM
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 101 Starts 1/09/2018 TUESDAYS 4:00-6:00

For a description of this class, please see the IMPROV 101 page.

Registration for this class opens on MONDAY, November 20th at 12PM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 6:30PM!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/jam

Higher Level IBCS Student Teams can submit for CageMatch!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/cagematch

Date(s):
  1. Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  2. Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  3. Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  4. Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  5. Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  6. Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  7. Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  8. Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 8:30 pm - More Info

Location:
Instructor:

Kristina Smarz

Currently a member of ImprovBoston’s Mainstage, Kristina has over 20 years of experience performing, as well as directing and teaching those of all ability levels. She first joined IB in 2004 as a member of Theatersports and has since then performed with the Touring Company, Mainstage, Face Off and various showcase shows such as Slainte, Girls’ Night Out, LuvBoat, Gorefest and Spice, which she directed and co-produced. As writer and producer, Kristina was a founding member of the Ruckus and Boston News Net. She also has a handful of local commercial and theatrical credits to her name, is a member of the Improv Asylum’s NXT cast, the Majestic Theater’s in-house troupe the Majesters and is pretty handy with a pneumatic nail gun. Kristina has a BA in Theater (and English) and has studied at ImprovBoston, ImprovAsylum, Williamstown Theater Festival, numerous workshops and tends to talk to strangers. You can follow her on Twitter @Smarzipantz, but barely ever tweets so feels a pang of guilt every time she gets a new follower. She likes lots of stuff and is genuinely curious how you’re doing.

More About Kristina

Tuition: $225.00
Registration: Eventbrite - IMPROV 101 - Starts 1/9/2018 TUESDAYS 4:00-6:00
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 301 Starts 1/14/2018 SUNDAYS 4:00-6:30

For a description of this class, please see the IMPROV 301 page.

Registration for this class opens on MONDAY, November 20th at 12PM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 6:30PM!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/jam

Higher Level IBCS Student Teams can submit for CageMatch!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/cagematch

Date(s):
  1. Sunday, January 14, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  2. Sunday, January 21, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  3. Sunday, January 28, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  4. Sunday, February 4, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  5. Sunday, February 11, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  6. Sunday, February 18, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  7. Sunday, March 4, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  8. Sunday, March 11, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Training Center Upper
Instructor:

Stacey Smith

ImprovBoston's Comedy School Manager, Stacey is a renowned leader in the national comedy community with extensive experience building training programs, working with faculty and teaching. She is the former Head of the Training Center at ComedySportz Chicago, and she held instructional positions at iO and ComedySportz as well as in The Second City’s A-E Program, Youth & Teen Program and The Wellness Program. She recently created her own program at The Second City called S.H.E (Sisterhood. Humor. Empowerment) for female identifying students ages 8-18. Stacey is a sought-after workshop teacher and performer at festivals around the world. Stacey is the Creator/Executive Producer of the Chicago Musical Improv Festival. As a performer, Stacey has performed professionally for The Second City and can be seen performing regularly at CSz, at iO with marquee longform ensembles, and with her various independent teams (Stacked, Brouhaha, etc) in Chicago and at festivals across the country.

More About Stacey

Tuition: $225.00
Registration: Eventbrite - IMPROV 301 - SUNDAYS 4:00 - 6:30 STARTS 1/14
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

ADVANCED SCENEWORK Starts 1/13/2018 SATURDAYS 3:00-5:30

For a description of this class, please see the Advanced Scenework page.

Registration for this class opens on MONDAY, November 20th at 12PM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 6:30PM!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/jam

Higher Level IBCS Student Teams can submit for CageMatch!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/cagematch

Date(s):
  1. Saturday, January 13, 2018, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  2. Saturday, January 20, 2018, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  3. Saturday, January 27, 2018, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  4. Saturday, February 3, 2018, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  5. Saturday, February 10, 2018, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  6. Saturday, February 17, 2018, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  7. Saturday, March 3, 2018, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  8. Saturday, March 10, 2018, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 8:30 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Studio Theater
Instructor:

TBA

About

Tuition: $225.00
Registration: Eventbrite - ADVANCED SCENEWORK - SATURDAYS 3:00 - 5:30 STARTS 1/13/18
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 701 Starts 1/14/2018 SUNDAYS 2-4:30

For a description of this class, please see the IMPROV 701 page.

Registration for this class opens on MONDAY, November 20th at 12PM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 6:30PM!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/jam

Higher Level IBCS Student Teams can submit for CageMatch!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/cagematch

Date(s):
  1. Sunday, January 14, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  2. Sunday, January 21, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  3. Sunday, January 28, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  4. Sunday, February 4, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  5. Sunday, February 11, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  6. Sunday, February 18, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  7. Sunday, March 4, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  8. Sunday, March 11, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 6:00 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Main Theater
Instructor:

Deana Criess

Teaching Style: I am your biggest cheerleader, your biggest fan and your most supportive critic. You learn and get better when I am doing my job, and my job is to tell you what you need to work on. I will set you up for success, I will give you the tools to achieve what I am asking of you, and I will assume you can do this - because if we have the right approach you can. We will work, you will be pushed and all the while you will know that I am on your side. There will be sweat, there will be challenges, and there will always be joy.

Bio: Deana Criess is the Director of ImprovBoston’s National Touring Company and is a member of ImprovBoston's Mainstage and Musical Improv Casts. She is also the co-director with Ben Scurria of Over the Line, part of the Last Laugh late night improv series. Deana performs and teaches at festivals, theaters, Fortune 500 companies and colleges around the country. Her industry leading workshops have been featured on PBS, NPR, KBS (the Korean Broadcasting System) and in The Boston Globe. Her comedy has been featured on CNN and Slate.com. A veteran instructor in ImprovBoston’s Comedy School, she has over 15 years of professional experience with audiences of all ages performing and teaching longform and shortform improvisation as well as sketch writing and stand up comedy. During her years in comedy she has worked with some amazing artists including Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons), Laura Hall (Whose Line Is It Anyway), Eric Drysdale (Full Frontal), Josh Gondelman (Last Week Tonight), Anthony Atamanuik (The President Show), Jen Kirkman (Drunk History), Janeane Garofalo, Kevin McDonald (Kids In The Hall), Dave Razowsky (Second City) and many more.

More About Deana

Tuition: $225.00
Registration: Eventbrite - IMPROV 701 - SUNDAYS 2:00 - 4:00 STARTS 1/14/18
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 701 Starts 1/13/2018 SATURDAYS 2:00-4:30

For a description of this class, please see the IMPROV 701 page.

Registration for this class opens on MONDAY, November 20th at 12PM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 6:30PM!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/jam

Higher Level IBCS Student Teams can submit for CageMatch!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/cagematch

Date(s):
  1. Saturday, January 13, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  2. Saturday, January 20, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  3. Saturday, January 27, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  4. Saturday, February 3, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  5. Saturday, February 10, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  6. Saturday, February 17, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  7. Saturday, February 24, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 6:30 pm - More Info

Location: 620 Massachusetts Ave.
Instructor:

Corey O'Rourke

Corey O’Rourke is a graduate of Suffolk University with a degree in Theater Studies, and English. He began doing Improv in 2006 and since then has worked with many companies and performers. Corey has taken classes and been through the training centers of multiple theaters. He has performed and worked with Improv Asylum, Catalyst Comedy, Urban Improv, and ImprovBoston. Corey was on the original cast of Boston’s Unscripted Musical Project, he spent years performing anywhere he could. Corey found a home at ImprovBoston in the fall of 2013, Joining the ImprovBoston National Touring Company, and was an original cast member of All Access Improv. In that time, Corey has worked hard to grow the brand and to expand the work that the company does. He works often with the community’s youth, in schools and after school, through youth troupes and anti-bullying initiatives. Corey is so proud of all of the work that ImprovBoston does, and couldn’t be any more excited to start a new Journey with All Access.

More About Corey

Tuition: $225.00
Registration: Eventbrite - IMPROV 701 - SATURDAYS 2:00 - 4:30 STARTS 1/13/18
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 701 Starts 1/08/2018 MONDAYS 4:00-6:30

For a description of this class, please see the IMPROV 701 page.

Registration for this class opens on MONDAY, November 20th at 12PM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 6:30PM!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/jam

Higher Level IBCS Student Teams can submit for CageMatch!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/cagematch

Date(s):
  1. Monday, January 8, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  2. Monday, January 15, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  3. Monday, January 22, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  4. Monday, January 29, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  5. Monday, February 5, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  6. Monday, February 12, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  7. Monday, February 19, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  8. Monday, February 26, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 8:30 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Main Theater
Instructor:

Mike Descoteaux

Mike Descoteaux is the full time Artistic Director of ImprovBoston. He is the former executive director of the nationally renowned Charles River Creative Arts Program as well as founder of the celebrated Music Program at The Second City Training Center in Chicago. Among other notable arts leadership positions, Mike is the co-creator of the ground-breaking Off-Broadway production BLANK! The Musical, and was the creator/director of the critically acclaimed sketch satire, Best Church of God, named “Best Sketch Comedy in Chicago” several years running. In various capacities, Mike has collaborated with Tony, Emmy and Oscar-award winning artists and, with equal passion, students and emerging artists of all ages. Mike designed the curriculum for ImprovBoston’s now 7-level core improv program, the theater’s Grad School, 3-level Music Improv Program and co-authored IB’s 3-level Sketch program. He created ImprovBoston’s Music Director Training Program (one of only 2 in the country, the other at the Second City whose program he also founded). Mike loves teaching improv, sketch, music improv, comedic songwriting and music direction. He’s taught at iO, The Annoyance, ComedySportz, UCB, the PIT, Just the Funny, Four Day Weekend, Florida Studio Theater, the Magnet and other comedy institutions nationwide. Over the past 2 decades, Mike’s led comedy workshops at festivals around the world including at the Boston Comedy Arts Festival, Finland Improv Festival, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, Chicago Musical Improv Festival, Sarasota Improv Festival, Colorado Improv Festival, Improv Utopia (East & Yosemite), the Alaska State Improv Festival, ITVFest and more. At ImprovBoston, Mike has directed its prestigious Mainstage cast, National Touring Company, The Family Show, All Access and numerous indie sketch and improv ensembles. “Mike D” is thrilled to combine his passion for improv, teaching, directing, music and arts management to serve this remarkable community.

More About Mike

Tuition: $225.00
Registration: Eventbrite - IMPROV 701 - MONDAYS 4:00 - 6:30 STARTS 1/8/18
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 601 Starts 1/14/2018 SUNDAYS 3:00-5:30

For a description of this class, please see the IMPROV 601 page.

Registration for this class opens on MONDAY, November 20th at 12PM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 6:30PM!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/jam

Higher Level IBCS Student Teams can submit for CageMatch!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/cagematch

Date(s):
  1. Sunday, January 14, 2018, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  2. Sunday, January 21, 2018, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  3. Sunday, January 28, 2018, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  4. Sunday, February 4, 2018, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  5. Sunday, February 11, 2018, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  6. Sunday, February 18, 2018, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  7. Sunday, March 4, 2018, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  8. Sunday, March 11, 2018, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm - More Info

Location: 620 Massachusetts Ave.
Instructor:

Kristina Stapelfeld

Kristina Stapelfeld has been directing and performing improv for the past 5 years. She is currently a member of ImprovBoston’s Harold Night performing on the Top Shelf team Ghost Light, the all-female indie team Dangerfield and can be seen performing in showcase runs like Bistany’s Mysteries. Kristina has performed regularly at improv festivals such as the Del Close Marathon in NYC and the Providence Improv Festival. In addition to performing, Kristina produces the monthly Improv Ladies Jam at ImprovBoston which is a jam exclusively for female-identifying improvisers in the community as a way to strengthen their scene work in a supportive environment. When she’s not doing improv she also performs as a singer/songwriter.

More About Kristina

Tuition: $225.00
Registration: Eventbrite - IMPROV 601 - SUNDAYS 3:00 - 5:30 STARTS 1/14/18
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 601 Starts 1/11/2018 THURSDAYS 6:30-9

For a description of this class, please see the IMPROV 601 page.

Registration for this class opens on MONDAY, November 20th at 12PM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 6:30PM!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/jam

Higher Level IBCS Student Teams can submit for CageMatch!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/cagematch

Date(s):
  1. Thursday, January 11, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  2. Thursday, January 18, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  3. Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  4. Thursday, February 1, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  5. Thursday, February 8, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  6. Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  7. Thursday, March 1, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  8. Thursday, March 8, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm - More Info

Location: 620 Massachusetts Ave.
Instructor:

Sara Burns

Sara Burns is a cast member of ImprovBoston's Mainstage and National Touring Company, director of Saturday night's Face Off, and teaches several courses in our Comedy School. She is an alumni of ImprovBoston's Face Off, Harold Night, and Studio 40, and adds many sketch shows, studio runs and national festivals to her credits. Sara is a current cast member of national free-form group Big Bang Improv and IB's Musical Improv Cast, and is a professional stage and screen actor in the Boston area. Her offstage passions include plant life, poetry, and puns.

More About Sara

Tuition: $225.00
Registration:

SOLD OUT - This class has reached maximum capacity

Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 601 Starts 1/09/2018 TUESDAYS 4:00-6:30

For a description of this class, please see the IMPROV 601 page.

Registration for this class opens on MONDAY, November 20th at 12PM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 6:30PM!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/jam

Higher Level IBCS Student Teams can submit for CageMatch!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/cagematch

Date(s):
  1. Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  2. Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  3. Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  4. Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  5. Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  6. Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  7. Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  8. Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm - More Info

Location: 620 Massachusetts Ave.
Instructor:

Ben Scurria

Ben Scurria has been part of the ImprovBoston community for five years. He is cast member of ImprovBoston's Mainstage, National Touring Company and the Harold team, Rabbit. He has also been part of the cast of Face Off, Rich Uncle and countless other shows at ImprovBoston. Before moving to Boston, Ben lived and worked as an actor and teacher in Southern Vermont.

More About Ben

Tuition: $225.00
Registration: Eventbrite - IMPROV 601 - TUESDAYS 4:00 - 6:30 STARTS 1/9/18
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 501 Starts 1/14/2018 SUNDAYS 11:00-1:30

For a description of this class, please see the IMPROV 501 page.

Registration for this class opens on MONDAY, November 20th at 12PM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 6:30PM!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/jam

Higher Level IBCS Student Teams can submit for CageMatch!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/cagematch

Date(s):
  1. Sunday, January 14, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  2. Sunday, January 21, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  3. Sunday, January 28, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  4. Sunday, February 4, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  5. Sunday, February 11, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  6. Sunday, February 18, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  7. Sunday, March 4, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  8. Sunday, March 11, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm - More Info

Location: 620 Massachusetts Ave.
Instructor:

Danny Balel

Teaching Style: I believe in organic discovery, emotional commitment, and allowing yourself to be goofy onstage and off. My style reflects these three components. Through side coaching, targeted exercises, and the release of laughter my classes focus on breaking down inhibitions and trusting your instincts. It is my core belief that being silly is as useful as being in control.

Bio: Danny Balel has been teaching and performing for over ten years. He teaches Theater at Clark University, and he has taught in the public schools of Worcester, Boston, Cambridge, and beyond. In addition, Danny teaches at Improv Boston, everything from weekly classes, workshops, to birthday parties. Currently he is a member of Improv Boston's Touring Company and Mainstage. He also directs the Top Shelf team Ghost Light, The Greg Show: A one Man Improvised Extravaganza, and Something Wicked: Improvised Shakespearean Comedy. Danny has performed with Kevin Macdonald and Joe Bill, and has taken workshops with Mike Birbiglia, Liz Allen, and Susan Messing. He believes that improv should be playful, focused, and above all fun. He lives in Davis Square, Somerville, and enjoys candied yams, big dogs, and baking. Danny was also interviewed by Jimmy Carrane for the Improv Nerd podcast (http://jimmycarrane.com/podcasts/122-danny-balel/).

More About Danny

Tuition: $225.00
Registration: Eventbrite - IMPROV 501 - SUNDAYS 11:00 - 1:30 STARTS 1/14/18
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 501 Starts 1/11/2018 THURSDAYS 4:00-6:30

For a description of this class, please see the IMPROV 501 page.

Registration for this class opens on MONDAY, November 20th at 12PM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 6:30PM!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/jam

Higher Level IBCS Student Teams can submit for CageMatch!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/cagematch

Date(s):
  1. Thursday, January 11, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  2. Thursday, January 18, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  3. Thursday, January 25, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  4. Thursday, February 1, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  5. Thursday, February 8, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  6. Thursday, February 15, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  7. Thursday, March 1, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  8. Thursday, March 8, 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 8:00 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Main Theater
Instructor:

MaryBeth DeKara

Teaching Style: I think of my classes as little communities within the greater ImprovBoston community. I put a strong emphasis in creating a fun, safe, and welcoming space for all my students so that their most creative selves can show up each week- ready to play. I celebrate silliness and work hard to help students rediscover a childlike energy and spirit towards having fun.

Bio: MaryBeth "MB" DeKara is so excited to be a cast member at ImprovBoston! MB holds a Bachelors degree in Fine and Performing Arts from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and a Masters Degree in Theatre in Education from Emerson College . She has worked as a professional actor, arts administrator, and instructor since 2003 in North Carolina, New York and Massachusetts. Joining the Boston comedy world by way of the Tribe Theater's Sea Mission: Aquanauts Prime, in 2006, MB has been performing on various teams for over a decade. At ImprovBoston, she has previously held the positions of Assistant to the Managing Director and producer of the Boston Comedy Arts Festival. MB has been a cast member and instructor at ImprovBoston since 2009 on such casts as On Deck, Shays' Rebellion, The ImprovBoston Family Show, Rich Uncle, Panamax, The ImprovBoston National Touring Company, Rabbit and The Mantle. She is currently performing in Harold Night on Wednesday nights. MB teaches levels 101-501 in the ImprovBoston comedy school, come take class with her and discover the holistic power of Improv!

More About MaryBeth

Tuition: $225.00
Registration: Eventbrite - IMPROV 501 - THURSDAYS 4:00 - 6:30 STARTS 1/11/18
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 501 Starts 1/09/2018 TUESDAYS 6:00-8:30

For a description of this class, please see the IMPROV 501 page.

Registration for this class opens on MONDAY, November 20th at 12PM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 6:30PM!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/jam

Higher Level IBCS Student Teams can submit for CageMatch!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/cagematch

Date(s):
  1. Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  2. Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  3. Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  4. Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  5. Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  6. Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  7. Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  8. Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 8:30 pm - More Info

Location: 620 Massachusetts Ave.
Instructor:

Stacey Smith

ImprovBoston's Comedy School Manager, Stacey is a renowned leader in the national comedy community with extensive experience building training programs, working with faculty and teaching. She is the former Head of the Training Center at ComedySportz Chicago, and she held instructional positions at iO and ComedySportz as well as in The Second City’s A-E Program, Youth & Teen Program and The Wellness Program. She recently created her own program at The Second City called S.H.E (Sisterhood. Humor. Empowerment) for female identifying students ages 8-18. Stacey is a sought-after workshop teacher and performer at festivals around the world. Stacey is the Creator/Executive Producer of the Chicago Musical Improv Festival. As a performer, Stacey has performed professionally for The Second City and can be seen performing regularly at CSz, at iO with marquee longform ensembles, and with her various independent teams (Stacked, Brouhaha, etc) in Chicago and at festivals across the country.

More About Stacey

Tuition: $225.00
Registration: Eventbrite - IMPROV 501 - TUESDAYS 6:00 - 8:30 STARTS 1/9/18
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 501 Starts 1/08/2018 MONDAYS 6:30-9

For a description of this class, please see the IMPROV 501 page.

Registration for this class opens on MONDAY, November 20th at 12PM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 6:30PM!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/jam

Higher Level IBCS Student Teams can submit for CageMatch!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/cagematch

Date(s):
  1. Monday, January 8, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Monday, January 15, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. Monday, January 22, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  4. Monday, January 29, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  5. Monday, February 5, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  6. Monday, February 12, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  7. Monday, February 19, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  8. Monday, February 26, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 6:00 pm - More Info

Location: 620 Massachusetts Ave.
Instructor:

Ben Scurria

Ben Scurria has been part of the ImprovBoston community for five years. He is cast member of ImprovBoston's Mainstage, National Touring Company and the Harold team, Rabbit. He has also been part of the cast of Face Off, Rich Uncle and countless other shows at ImprovBoston. Before moving to Boston, Ben lived and worked as an actor and teacher in Southern Vermont.

More About Ben

Tuition: $225.00
Registration: Eventbrite - IMPROV 501 - MONDAYS 6:30 - 9:00 STARTS 1/8/18
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 401 Starts 1/14/2018 SUNDAYS 11:00-1:30

For a description of this class, please see the IMPROV 401 page.

Registration for this class opens on MONDAY, November 20th at 12PM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 6:30PM!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/jam

Higher Level IBCS Student Teams can submit for CageMatch!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/cagematch

Date(s):
  1. Sunday, January 14, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  2. Sunday, January 21, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  3. Sunday, January 28, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  4. Sunday, February 4, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  5. Sunday, February 11, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  6. Sunday, February 18, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  7. Sunday, March 4, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  8. Sunday, March 11, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 6:00 pm - More Info

Location: 620 Massachusetts Ave.
Instructor:

Matt Bistany

Matthew Bistany loves to make people laugh. He is a cast member of ImprovBoston's Family Show. He has been an onstage performer through various mediums since the age of 12. Most notably traveling the country in bands from 2001 - 2007. He has now found himself home in Boston's comedy scene where he hopes to foster Boston as on of the country's premiere cities for comedy. He is also the host of the successful Top 5 of Death podcast which can be streamed and downloaded at www.top5ofdeath.com.

More About Matt

Tuition: $225.00
Registration: Eventbrite - IMPROV 401 - SUNDAYS 11:00 - 1:30 STARTS 1/14/18
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 401 Starts 1/13/2018 SATURDAYS 11:00-1:30

For a description of this class, please see the IMPROV 401 page.

Registration for this class opens on MONDAY, November 20th at 12PM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 6:30PM!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/jam

Higher Level IBCS Student Teams can submit for CageMatch!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/cagematch

Date(s):
  1. Saturday, January 13, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  2. Saturday, January 20, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  3. Saturday, January 27, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  4. Saturday, February 3, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  5. Saturday, February 10, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  6. Saturday, February 17, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  7. Saturday, March 3, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  8. Saturday, March 10, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 6:30 pm - More Info

Location: 620 Massachusetts Ave.
Instructor:

Erik Volkert

Erik Volkert is an instructor at ImprovBoston, and has been performing at ImprovBoston since 2001. He is an alumni of the Micetro, Theatersports, and The Buskers casts, and has appeared in many shows, most recently Magic: The Gathering: The Show, and The Jam every Sunday.

More About Erik

Tuition: $225.00
Registration: Eventbrite - IMPROV 401 - SATURDAYS 11:00 - 1:30 STARTS 1/13/18
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 401 Starts 1/11/2018 THURSDAYS 6:30-9

For a description of this class, please see the IMPROV 401 page.

Registration for this class opens on MONDAY, November 20th at 12PM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 6:30PM!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/jam

Higher Level IBCS Student Teams can submit for CageMatch!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/cagematch

Date(s):
  1. Thursday, January 11, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Thursday, January 18, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  4. Thursday, February 1, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  5. Thursday, February 8, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  6. Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  7. Thursday, March 1, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  8. Thursday, March 8, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm - More Info

Location: 620 Massachusetts Ave.
Instructor:

Ben Scurria

Ben Scurria has been part of the ImprovBoston community for five years. He is cast member of ImprovBoston's Mainstage, National Touring Company and the Harold team, Rabbit. He has also been part of the cast of Face Off, Rich Uncle and countless other shows at ImprovBoston. Before moving to Boston, Ben lived and worked as an actor and teacher in Southern Vermont.

More About Ben

Tuition: $225.00
Registration:

SOLD OUT - This class has reached maximum capacity

Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 401 Starts 1/09/2018 TUESDAYS 6:30-9:00

For a description of this class, please see the IMPROV 401 page.

Registration for this class opens on MONDAY, November 20th at 12PM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 6:30PM!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/jam

Higher Level IBCS Student Teams can submit for CageMatch!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/cagematch

Date(s):
  1. Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  4. Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  5. Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  6. Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  7. Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  8. Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 6:30 pm - More Info

Location: 620 Massachusetts Ave.
Instructor:

Kristina Smarz

Currently a member of ImprovBoston’s Mainstage, Kristina has over 20 years of experience performing, as well as directing and teaching those of all ability levels. She first joined IB in 2004 as a member of Theatersports and has since then performed with the Touring Company, Mainstage, Face Off and various showcase shows such as Slainte, Girls’ Night Out, LuvBoat, Gorefest and Spice, which she directed and co-produced. As writer and producer, Kristina was a founding member of the Ruckus and Boston News Net. She also has a handful of local commercial and theatrical credits to her name, is a member of the Improv Asylum’s NXT cast, the Majestic Theater’s in-house troupe the Majesters and is pretty handy with a pneumatic nail gun. Kristina has a BA in Theater (and English) and has studied at ImprovBoston, ImprovAsylum, Williamstown Theater Festival, numerous workshops and tends to talk to strangers. You can follow her on Twitter @Smarzipantz, but barely ever tweets so feels a pang of guilt every time she gets a new follower. She likes lots of stuff and is genuinely curious how you’re doing.

More About Kristina

Tuition: $225.00
Registration:

SOLD OUT - This class has reached maximum capacity

Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 301 Starts 1/13/2018 SUNDAYS 12:00-2:30

For a description of this class, please see the IMPROV 301 page.

Registration for this class opens on MONDAY, November 20th at 12PM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 6:30PM!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/jam

Higher Level IBCS Student Teams can submit for CageMatch!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/cagematch

Date(s):
  1. Sunday, January 14, 2018, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  2. Sunday, January 21, 2018, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  3. Sunday, January 28, 2018, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  4. Sunday, February 4, 2018, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  5. Sunday, February 11, 2018, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  6. Sunday, February 18, 2018, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  7. Sunday, March 4, 2018, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  8. Sunday, March 11, 2018, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm - More Info

Location: 620 Massachusetts Ave.
Instructor:

Sara Burns

Sara Burns is a cast member of ImprovBoston's Mainstage and National Touring Company, director of Saturday night's Face Off, and teaches several courses in our Comedy School. She is an alumni of ImprovBoston's Face Off, Harold Night, and Studio 40, and adds many sketch shows, studio runs and national festivals to her credits. Sara is a current cast member of national free-form group Big Bang Improv and IB's Musical Improv Cast, and is a professional stage and screen actor in the Boston area. Her offstage passions include plant life, poetry, and puns.

More About Sara

Tuition: $225.00
Registration: Eventbrite - IMPROV 301 - SUNDAYS 12:00 - 2:30 STARTS 1/14/18
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com