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Improv Fundamentals

Teen Troupe Grades 9-12 Starts 1/19/17

For a description of this class, please see the YOUTH AFTER SCHOOL LAUGHTER SCHOOL page.

ImprovBoston After School Laughter School
The mission of our youth programming is to encourage and nurture our young performers’ innate curiosity, creativity, and ability to make connections with others. Our professionally-trained improv coaches create a fun and welcoming environment within which aspiring improvisers can explore, develop, and succeed, contributing to their overall sense of self-confidence, well being and connectedness.

Date(s):
  1. Thursday, January 19, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  2. Thursday, January 26, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  3. Thursday, February 2, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  4. Thursday, February 9, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  5. Thursday, February 16, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  6. Thursday, March 2, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  7. Thursday, March 9, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  8. Thursday, March 16, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  9. Thursday, March 23, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  10. Thursday, March 30, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 10:30 am - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Main Theater
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: $250.00
Registration: Eventbrite - AFTER SCHOOL LAUGHTER SCHOOL Grades 9-12 Starts 1/19/17
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

Youth Troupe Grades 6-8 Starts 1/19/17

For a description of this class, please see the YOUTH AFTER SCHOOL LAUGHTER SCHOOL page.

ImprovBoston After School Laughter School
The mission of our youth programming is to encourage and nurture our young performers’ innate curiosity, creativity, and ability to make connections with others. Our professionally-trained improv coaches create a fun and welcoming environment within which aspiring improvisers can explore, develop, and succeed, contributing to their overall sense of self-confidence, well being and connectedness.

Date(s):
  1. Thursday, January 19, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  2. Thursday, January 26, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  3. Thursday, February 2, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  4. Thursday, February 9, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  5. Thursday, February 16, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  6. Thursday, March 2, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  7. Thursday, March 9, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  8. Thursday, March 16, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  9. Thursday, March 23, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  10. Thursday, March 30, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 10:30 am - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Studio Theater
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: $250.00
Registration: Eventbrite - AFTER SCHOOL LAUGHTER SCHOOL Grades 6-8 Starts 1/19/17
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

Youth Laughter School 11AM - 1230PM Grades 6-8 Starts 1/18/17

For a description of this class, please see the YOUTH LAUGHTER SCHOOL page.

ImprovBoston Youth Laughter School
The mission of our youth programming is to encourage and nurture our young performers’ innate curiosity, creativity, and ability to make connections with others. Our professionally-trained improv coaches create a fun and welcoming environment within which aspiring improvisers can explore, develop, and succeed, contributing to their overall sense of self-confidence, well being and connectedness.

Youth Laughter School (Perfect for Homeschoolers!)

Date(s):
  1. Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  2. Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  3. Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  4. Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  5. Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  6. Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  7. Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  8. Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  9. Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  10. Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 10:30 am - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Studio Theater
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: $250.00
Registration: Eventbrite - YOUTH LAUGHTER SCHOOL 11AM - 1230PM Grades 6-8 Starts 1/18/17
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

Youth Laughter School 11AM - 1230PM Grades 6-8 Starts 10/5/16

For a description of this class, please see the YOUTH LAUGHTER SCHOOL page.

ImprovBoston Youth Laughter School
The mission of our youth programming is to encourage and nurture our young performers’ innate curiosity, creativity, and ability to make connections with others. Our professionally-trained improv coaches create a fun and welcoming environment within which aspiring improvisers can explore, develop, and succeed, contributing to their overall sense of self-confidence, well being and connectedness.

Youth Laughter School (Perfect for Homeschoolers!)

Date(s):
  1. Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  2. Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  3. Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  4. Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  5. Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  6. Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  7. Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  8. Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  9. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  10. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 10:30 am - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Main Theater
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: $250.00
Registration: Eventbrite - YOUTH LAUGHTER SCHOOL Grades 6-8 Starts 10/5/16
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 101 Sundays 130PM - 330PM Starts 10/23/16

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, September 16 at 8AM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 7PM!
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, October 23, 2016, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  2. Sunday, October 30, 2016, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  3. Sunday, November 6, 2016, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  4. Sunday, November 13, 2016, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  5. Sunday, November 20, 2016, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  6. Sunday, December 4, 2016, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  7. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  8. Sunday, December 18, 2016, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 6:30 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:

SOLD OUT - This class has reached maximum capacity

Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 101 Sundays 11AM - 1PM Starts 10/23/16

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, September 16 at 8AM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 7PM!
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, October 23, 2016, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  2. Sunday, October 30, 2016, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  3. Sunday, November 6, 2016, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  4. Sunday, November 13, 2016, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  5. Sunday, November 20, 2016, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  6. Sunday, December 4, 2016, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  7. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  8. Sunday, December 18, 2016, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Monday, December 19, 2016 at 9:30 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Main Theater
Instructor:

Lauren Chapman

Lauren is a member of ImprovBoston's National Touring Company, 101 Instructor and producer of Studio 40. Past IB productions include: Harold Night (The Mantle & Bigfoot), MIC: Musical Improv Cast, Family Show, All Access Improv, Murder Night: Don't Fear the Repurge, Gorefest the 13th, The Gruesome Tale of Penny Dreadful, among many of studio shows. Outside of IB, Lauren is an actress for both screen and stage and very occasionally, portrays Disney Princesses for children's birthday parties. She regularly performs with Boston's Unscripted Musical Project (BUMP) and plays Matt Damon in LL Production Company's "Matt & Ben." She highly enjoys swing sets. Follow her on twitter @LaurenChappa and check out her website: www.laurenchappa.com

More About Lauren

Tuition: $225.00
Registration:

SOLD OUT - This class has reached maximum capacity

Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 101 Saturdays 12PM - 2PM Starts 10/22/16

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, September 16 at 8AM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 7PM!
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, October 22, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  2. Saturday, October 29, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  3. Saturday, November 5, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  4. Saturday, November 12, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  5. Saturday, November 19, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  6. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  7. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  8. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 6:30 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Training Center Lower
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:

SOLD OUT - This class has reached maximum capacity

Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 101 Thursdays 630PM - 830PM Starts 10/20/16

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, September 16 at 8AM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 7PM!
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, October 20, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  2. Thursday, October 27, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  3. Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  4. Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  5. Thursday, November 17, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  6. Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  7. Thursday, December 8, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  8. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 8:00 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Training Center Lower
Instructor:

David Marino

David Marino has been performing, writing, directing and coaching improv and scripted theater in the Boston area for over 20 years. In addition to performing with ImprovBoston MainStage for almost a decade, he produced several innovative shows exclusively for the theater including Archipelago, UnNatural Selection, Continuum, Center Mike, Code Duello, the attendance record-breaking Groaners and Boners, Red Alert!, and the award-winning Agent Spy, which was showcased at the 2004 Chicago Improv Festival. He has written and directed a number of plays and musicals throughout the region including the Boston One-Minute Play Festival, Shtick it to Vaudeville, and the critically acclaimed Pirate Lives: The Musical! Specializing in theater-based interpersonal communications David has been coaching industry leaders for over 25 years. Using creative and dynamic presentation techniques from scripted and improvisational theater, he engages with individuals, non-profit and for-profit companies to create inspiring and interactive leadership practices that demonstrate powerful and effective communication strategies. David is the founding director of Groaners for Donors, a performance-based fundraising production company “dedicated to raising money for your nonprofit organization by providing a unique comedy experience. We make the funny, you make the money!”

More About David

Tuition: $225.00
Registration:

SOLD OUT - This class has reached maximum capacity

Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 101 Thursdays 1PM - 3PM Starts 10/20/16

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, September 16 at 8AM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 7PM!
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, October 20, 2016, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  2. Thursday, October 27, 2016, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  3. Thursday, November 3, 2016, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  4. Thursday, November 10, 2016, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  5. Thursday, November 17, 2016, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  6. Thursday, December 1, 2016, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  7. Thursday, December 8, 2016, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  8. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 8:30 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Main Theater
Instructor:

Misch Whitaker

Teaching Style: I truly enjoy introducing people to the world of improv and because of that I'm passionate about the early levels. My class is a safe, comfortable space for people to explore their creativity and imaginations without fear of judgement or failure. I move through exercises at the pace of my students and provide direct side coaching to ensure that every one is getting the most out of each drill. In between exercises I leave room for questions or clarifications so that each new skill set can be understood before moving on to the next. Each weekly class leading up to the Showcase Show ends with an opportunity for students to process and reflect with one another about their progress so that my students can grow not only as individuals but as a cohesive team who will be able to support one another fully on stage at the end of eight weeks.

Bio: Misch Whitaker, the resident director at Catalyst Comedy, has been performing and teaching improv for over ten years. Past credits include TheaterSports/FaceOff at ImprovBoston (2007-2008); NXT at Improv Asylum (2007-2008); Improv Asylum Mainstage (2008-2012) and ImprovBoston Mainstage (2013-2014). She's the smaller half of the two person musical improv show Pat and Misch Break Up, and is a member of the international touring company Big Bang. Misch coaches and teaches improv for kids of all ages at various schools and community organizations. Back at Catalyst Comedy she directs and performs with Boston's Unscripted Musical Project (B.U.M.P.), KERPLUNK! and Dirty Disney.

More About Misch

Tuition: $225.00
Registration:

SOLD OUT - This class has reached maximum capacity

Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 101 Wednesdays 4PM - 6PM Starts 10/19/16

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, September 16 at 8AM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 7PM!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/jam

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

Date(s):
  1. Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  2. Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  3. Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  4. Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  5. Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  6. Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  7. Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  8. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Monday, December 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Main Theater
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 101 Wednesdays 630PM - 830PM Starts 10/19/16

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, September 16 at 8AM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 7PM!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/jam

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

Date(s):
  1. Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  2. Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  3. Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  4. Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  5. Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  6. Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  7. Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  8. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Training Center Lower
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

Teen Troupe Grades 9-12 Starts 9/15/16

For a description of this class, please see the YOUTH AFTER SCHOOL LAUGHTER SCHOOL page.

ImprovBoston After School Laughter School
The mission of our youth programming is to encourage and nurture our young performers’ innate curiosity, creativity, and ability to make connections with others. Our professionally-trained improv coaches create a fun and welcoming environment within which aspiring improvisers can explore, develop, and succeed, contributing to their overall sense of self-confidence, well being and connectedness.

Date(s):
  1. Thursday, September 15, 2016, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  2. Thursday, September 22, 2016, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  3. Thursday, September 29, 2016, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  4. Thursday, October 6, 2016, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  5. Thursday, October 13, 2016, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  6. Thursday, October 20, 2016, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  7. Thursday, October 27, 2016, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  8. Thursday, November 3, 2016, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  9. Thursday, November 10, 2016, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  10. Thursday, November 17, 2016, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 10:30 am - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Main Theater
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: $250.00
Registration: Eventbrite - AFTER SCHOOL LAUGHTER SCHOOL Grades 9-12 Starts 9/15/16
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

Youth Troupe Grades 6-8 Starts 9/15/16

For a description of this class, please see the YOUTH AFTER SCHOOL LAUGHTER SCHOOL page.

ImprovBoston After School Laughter School
The mission of our youth programming is to encourage and nurture our young performers’ innate curiosity, creativity, and ability to make connections with others. Our professionally-trained improv coaches create a fun and welcoming environment within which aspiring improvisers can explore, develop, and succeed, contributing to their overall sense of self-confidence, well being and connectedness.

Date(s):
  1. Thursday, September 15, 2016, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  2. Thursday, September 22, 2016, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  3. Thursday, September 29, 2016, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  4. Thursday, October 6, 2016, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  5. Thursday, October 13, 2016, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  6. Thursday, October 20, 2016, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  7. Thursday, October 27, 2016, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  8. Thursday, November 3, 2016, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  9. Thursday, November 10, 2016, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  10. Thursday, November 17, 2016, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 10:30 am - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Studio Theater
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: $250.00
Registration: Eventbrite - AFTER SCHOOL LAUGHTER SCHOOL Grades 6-8 Starts 9/15/16
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 101 Sundays 130PM - 330PM Starts 8/14/16

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, July 8 at 8AM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 7PM!
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, August 14, 2016, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  2. Sunday, August 21, 2016, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  3. Sunday, August 28, 2016, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  4. Sunday, September 4, 2016, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  5. Sunday, September 18, 2016, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  6. Sunday, September 25, 2016, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  7. Sunday, October 2, 2016, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  8. Sunday, October 9, 2016, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Monday, October 10, 2016 at 9:30 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Main Theater
Instructor:

Misch Whitaker

Teaching Style: I truly enjoy introducing people to the world of improv and because of that I'm passionate about the early levels. My class is a safe, comfortable space for people to explore their creativity and imaginations without fear of judgement or failure. I move through exercises at the pace of my students and provide direct side coaching to ensure that every one is getting the most out of each drill. In between exercises I leave room for questions or clarifications so that each new skill set can be understood before moving on to the next. Each weekly class leading up to the Showcase Show ends with an opportunity for students to process and reflect with one another about their progress so that my students can grow not only as individuals but as a cohesive team who will be able to support one another fully on stage at the end of eight weeks.

Bio: Misch Whitaker, the resident director at Catalyst Comedy, has been performing and teaching improv for over ten years. Past credits include TheaterSports/FaceOff at ImprovBoston (2007-2008); NXT at Improv Asylum (2007-2008); Improv Asylum Mainstage (2008-2012) and ImprovBoston Mainstage (2013-2014). She's the smaller half of the two person musical improv show Pat and Misch Break Up, and is a member of the international touring company Big Bang. Misch coaches and teaches improv for kids of all ages at various schools and community organizations. Back at Catalyst Comedy she directs and performs with Boston's Unscripted Musical Project (B.U.M.P.), KERPLUNK! and Dirty Disney.

More About Misch

Tuition: $225.00
Registration:

SOLD OUT - This class has reached maximum capacity

Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 101 Sundays 11AM - 1PM Starts 8/14/16

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, July 8 at 8AM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 7PM!
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, August 14, 2016, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  2. Sunday, August 21, 2016, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  3. Sunday, August 28, 2016, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  4. Sunday, September 4, 2016, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  5. Sunday, September 18, 2016, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  6. Sunday, September 25, 2016, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  7. Sunday, October 2, 2016, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  8. Sunday, October 9, 2016, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Main Theater
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:

SOLD OUT - This class has reached maximum capacity

Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 101 Saturdays 12PM - 2PM Starts 8/13/16

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, July 8 at 8AM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 7PM!
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, August 13, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  2. Saturday, August 20, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  3. Saturday, August 27, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  4. Saturday, September 3, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  5. Saturday, September 17, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  6. Saturday, September 24, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  7. Saturday, October 1, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  8. Saturday, October 8, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 6:30 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Training Center Lower
Instructor:

Nathaniel T. Lopez

Teaching Style: I emphasize the importance of emotional sincerity and the embracement of the stupid! I'll help you find your inner kid all while honing your ability to see the silly in real life.

Bio: Nate began at ImprovBoston as a member of the Family Show in January of 2013. A product of the IB Comedy School, he is currently a cast member on the IB Mainstage and the director of the annual original spooky play, Gorefest. Previously, he was the director of the acclaimed Family Show. He credits his time served on the submarine USS Los Angeles and his 2 sons as the source of his "comedy." Nate has been known to be self deprecating from time to time. Please love him.

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Tuition: $225.00
Registration: Eventbrite - IMPROV 101 Saturdays 12PM - 2PM Starts 8/13/16
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 101 Fridays 630PM - 830PM Starts 8/12/16

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, July 8 at 8AM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 7PM!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/jam

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

Date(s):
  1. Friday, August 12, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  2. Friday, August 19, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  3. Friday, August 26, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  4. Friday, September 2, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  5. Friday, September 16, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  6. Friday, September 23, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  7. Friday, September 30, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  8. Friday, October 7, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 7:30 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Training Center Lower
Instructor:

Andy Short

Andy Short performs with The ImprovBoston Family Show. He has a myriad of other pursuits that include teaching children theater, playing "cutesy" video games with his girlfriend, and thinking about starting a business one day. One time he biked across the country for charity -but don't get him started because you won't hear the end of it. This is his attempt at a comedy website bio that is 1 part flippant, 1 part informative, and 1 part humble-braggy. He really hopes he hit a respectable balance and especially that you enjoyed reading it!

More About Andy

Tuition: $225.00
Registration: Eventbrite - IMPROV 101 Fridays 630PM - 830PM Starts 8/12/16
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 101 Thursdays 630PM - 830PM Starts 8/11/16

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, July 8 at 8AM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 7PM!
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, August 11, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  2. Thursday, August 18, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  3. Thursday, August 25, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  4. Thursday, September 1, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  5. Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  6. Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  7. Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  8. Thursday, October 6, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 9:30 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Training Center Lower
Instructor:

Andy Short

Andy Short performs with The ImprovBoston Family Show. He has a myriad of other pursuits that include teaching children theater, playing "cutesy" video games with his girlfriend, and thinking about starting a business one day. One time he biked across the country for charity -but don't get him started because you won't hear the end of it. This is his attempt at a comedy website bio that is 1 part flippant, 1 part informative, and 1 part humble-braggy. He really hopes he hit a respectable balance and especially that you enjoyed reading it!

More About Andy

Tuition: $225.00
Registration:

SOLD OUT - This class has reached maximum capacity

Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 101 Wednesdays 630PM - 830PM Starts 8/10/16

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, July 8 at 8AM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 7PM!
http://www.improvboston.com/shows/jam

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

Date(s):
  1. Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  2. Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  3. Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  4. Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  5. Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  6. Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  7. Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  8. Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Training Center Upper
Instructor:

Bobby Smithney

Mainstage Director and Performer At 6'6" it would be hard to miss Bobby, even if he hadn't been a member of ImprovBoston since 2000. From improvisation to stand-up to scripted work, he can be seen performing comedy of all kinds all over Boston but has focused on directing and instruction. He has been teaching students and rocking corporate trainings on improvisation across all age and ability levels for well over a decade. Bobby is currently the Director of ImprovBoston's Mainstage cast and tours with the critically acclaimed Mama Bear. Whether you have seen him on TV commercials, heard his voices on cartoon shows, or had him as an instructor - chances are good you are going to remember him.

More About Bobby

Tuition: $225.00
Registration:

SOLD OUT - This class has reached maximum capacity

Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com