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IMPROV 401 Starts 10/18/17 Wednesdays 4PM - 630PM

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, September 15 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 18, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  2. Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  3. Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  4. Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  5. Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  6. Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  7. Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  8. Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Monday, December 11, 2017 at 8:30 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Training Center Lower
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 301 Starts 10/18/17 Wednesdays 630PM - 9PM

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, September 15 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 18, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  4. Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  5. Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  6. Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  7. Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  8. Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 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:

SOLD OUT - This class has reached maximum capacity

Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 201 Starts 10/18/17 Wednesdays 630PM - 830PM

For a description of this class, please see the IMPROV 201 page.

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, September 15 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 18, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  2. Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  3. Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  4. Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  5. Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  6. Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  7. Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  8. Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Monday, December 11, 2017 at 8:30 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Training Center Lower
Instructor:

Liz Roderick

Teaching Style: I have a passion for unlocking my students' potential through concise, direct side coaching and notes. I use positively-phrased challenges that students can act on mid-scene. My style is equal parts supportive and structured. While not unnecessarily blunt, I believe my students find the most growth through action-oriented feedback that identifies specific goals for each individual and the ensemble. In the moment, I'll encourage you to do more of what's already great and afterwards, we'll explore why it worked.

Bio: Liz Roderick, a graduate of the ImprovBoston school, is thrilled and honored to be performing with ImprovBoston's National Touring Company. Liz teaches Level 201 and 301 and loves encouraging, challenging and coaching the theater's next generation of super-stars. She is beyond excited to be working, both performing and as admin support, for a place that has brought her so much joy over the last 5 years. In her spare time, Liz loves running, yoga, snuggling up with a good book, her incredible group of friends, living in Cambridge, her family, and her baby Penny who is, unbiasedly, the best and cutest baby that has ever lived.

More About Liz

Tuition: $225.00
Registration:

SOLD OUT - This class has reached maximum capacity

Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 101 Starts 10/18/17 Wednesdays 630PM - 830PM

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, September 15 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 18, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  2. Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  3. Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  4. Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  5. Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  6. Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  7. Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  8. Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 8:30 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:

SOLD OUT - This class has reached maximum capacity

Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 601 Starts 10/17/17 Tuesdays 7PM - 930PM

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, September 15 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. Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  2. Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  3. Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  4. Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  5. Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  6. Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  7. Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  8. Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 8:30 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 501 Starts 10/17/17 Tuesdays 630PM - 9PM

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, September 15 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. Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  4. Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  5. Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  6. Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  7. Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  8. Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 8:30 pm - More Info

Location: 620 Massachusetts Ave.
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:

SOLD OUT - This class has reached maximum capacity

Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 201 Starts 10/17/17 Tuesdays 4PM - 6PM

For a description of this class, please see the IMPROV 201 page.

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, September 15 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. Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  2. Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  3. Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  4. Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  5. Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  6. Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  7. Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  8. Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Monday, December 11, 2017 at 6:30 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Training Center Lower
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:

SOLD OUT - This class has reached maximum capacity

Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 201 Starts 10/17/17 Tuesdays 630PM - 830PM

For a description of this class, please see the IMPROV 201 page.

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, September 15 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. Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  2. Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  3. Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  4. Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  5. Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  6. Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  7. Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  8. Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Training Center Lower
Instructor:

Dan Chapman

Teaching Style: I like to have a class that you will have a lot of fun in, but also feel challenged by. I want you to grow as an improviser and to push you to the your next level with your improv through general tips and tricks I have learned throughout the years, and through more personal feedback. I want you to fall in love with improv, just like I did through classes at ImprovBoston"

Bio: Dan has been a member of the ImprovBoston community since 2008 and can currently be seen as a part of the ImprovBoston Mainstage. Along with Lauren Chapman, he is involved with a improvised musical tribute to 500 Days of Summer and The Last Five Years called 5 Years of Summer that watches 2 fictitious characters fall in and out of love. He is an alumni of the ImprovBoston Family Show, Face Off, All Access, Harold Night and MOSAIC.

More About Dan

Tuition: $225.00
Registration:

SOLD OUT - This class has reached maximum capacity

Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 101 Starts 10/17/17 Tuesdays 630PM - 830PM

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, September 15 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. Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  2. Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  3. Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  4. Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  5. Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  6. Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  7. Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  8. Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Training Center Upper
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:

SOLD OUT - This class has reached maximum capacity

Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 201 Starts 10/16/17 Mondays 4PM - 6PM

For a description of this class, please see the IMPROV 201 page.

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, September 15 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. Monday, October 16, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  2. Monday, October 23, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  3. Monday, October 30, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  4. Monday, November 6, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  5. Monday, November 13, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  6. Monday, November 20, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  7. Monday, November 27, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  8. Monday, December 4, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 8:30 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Training Center Lower
Instructor:

Rosena Cornet

Teaching Style: I am a thoughtful instructor that is invested in the growth of my students. I give positive constructive feedback that uplifts and supports students. When observing scenes, I will side coach if necessary and reflect on things that work to move the scene forward. In addition to building skills in the classroom, I try to make sure my students are also having fun!

Bio: Rosena has been performing and producing at ImprovBoston since 2014. She is a former cast member of ImprovBoston's Touring Company and a few Studio 40 teams (Bodega, Shuffle Ball Change, and Doctor’s Don’t Die). Currently, Rosena is part of the NXT cast at Improv Asylum and a few independent comedic groups that include: Bodega, Magically Delicious, Doctor’s Don’t Die, and The White Rabbit Show. She is a performer, writer, improv instructor and coach.

Outside of ImprovBoston Rosena is a member of Improv Asylum’s House Teams and “The Gorge,” a Fine Line Comedy team. In her "rare" free time she enjoys spending time with her family, catching up on her favorite t.v. shows, and watching movies (I KNOW SO ORIGINAL). She would like to thank her family and friends for all their support and putting up with her improv obsession.

More About Rosena

Tuition: $225.00
Registration: Eventbrite - IMPROV 201 - Mondays 4PM - 6PM Starts 10/16/17
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 701 Starts 10/16/17 Mondays 4PM - 630PM

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, September 15 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. Monday, October 16, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  2. Monday, October 23, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  3. Monday, October 30, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  4. Monday, November 6, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  5. Monday, November 13, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  6. Monday, November 20, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  7. Monday, November 27, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  8. Monday, December 4, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 6:30 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Training Center Lower
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 - Mondays 4PM - 630PM Starts 10/16/17
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 101 Starts 10/16/17 Mondays 4PM - 6PM

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, September 15 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. Monday, October 16, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  2. Monday, October 23, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  3. Monday, October 30, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  4. Monday, November 6, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  5. Monday, November 13, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  6. Monday, November 20, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  7. Monday, November 27, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  8. Monday, December 4, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Monday, December 11, 2017 at 6:30 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Training Center Lower
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 101 - Mondays 4PM - 6PM Starts 10/16/17
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

Youth Troupe Grades 6-8 Starts 9/14/17

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, September 14, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  2. Thursday, September 21, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  3. Thursday, September 28, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  4. Thursday, October 5, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  5. Thursday, October 12, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  6. Thursday, October 19, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  7. Thursday, October 26, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  8. Thursday, November 2, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  9. Thursday, November 9, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  10. Thursday, November 16, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 10:30 am - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Studio Theater
Instructor:

TBA

About

Tuition: $250.00
Registration: Eventbrite - AFTER SCHOOL LAUGHTER SCHOOL Grades 6-8 Starts 9/14/17
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

Teen Troupe Grades 9-12 Starts 9/14/17

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, September 14, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  2. Thursday, September 21, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  3. Thursday, September 28, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  4. Thursday, October 5, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  5. Thursday, October 12, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  6. Thursday, October 19, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  7. Thursday, October 26, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  8. Thursday, November 2, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  9. Thursday, November 9, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  10. Thursday, November 16, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 10:30 am - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Main Theater
Instructor:

TBA

About

Tuition: $250.00
Registration: Eventbrite - AFTER SCHOOL LAUGHTER SCHOOL Grades 9-12 Starts 9/14/17
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

ADVANCED SCENEWORK Starts 08/13/17 Sundays 11AM - 1PM

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, June 30 at 8AM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 630PM!
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 13, 2017, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  2. Sunday, August 20, 2017, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  3. Sunday, August 27, 2017, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  4. Sunday, September 3, 2017, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  5. Sunday, September 17, 2017, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  6. Sunday, September 24, 2017, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  7. Sunday, October 1, 2017, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  8. Sunday, October 8, 2017, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 9:30 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Training Center Lower
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 - ADVANCED SCENEWORK Sundays 11AM - 1PM Starts 8/13/17
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 601 Starts 08/13/17 Sundays 4PM - 630PM

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, June 30 at 8AM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 630PM!
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 13, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  2. Sunday, August 20, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  3. Sunday, August 27, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  4. Sunday, September 3, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  5. Sunday, September 17, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  6. Sunday, September 24, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  7. Sunday, October 1, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  8. Sunday, October 8, 2017, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Monday, October 9, 2017 at 6:30 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 08/07/17 Mondays 630PM - 9PM

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, June 30 at 8AM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 630PM!
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, August 7, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Monday, August 14, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. Monday, August 21, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  4. Monday, August 28, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  5. Monday, September 4, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  6. Monday, September 11, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  7. Monday, September 18, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  8. Monday, September 25, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Monday, October 2, 2017 at 8:00 pm - More Info

Location: 620 Massachusetts Ave.
Instructor:

Mike Morrell

Teaching Style: I think it's my job to make you a better improviser. If there are bad habits, let's break them, if there are weak choices, let's strengthen them, if you're doing the same thing all the time, let's play. Ill give you honest feedback that's easy to incorporate, and tell you the things I think you need to hear. I'll push you to be better and if you'd like to grow as an improviser, then I'd love to help. To check out reviews of me, go to TheMikeMorrell.com

Bio: Mike has been acting and doing comedy for 15 yrs. You may have seen him alongside Denzel Washington in the Equalizer or shredding documents in a "what not to do" training video. As for Mike's teaching, he will be honest with you about why scenes are working or not working and help you find new ways to create successful games. When not doing improv, he'll be found playing with dogs or playing with humans or playing with strangers, he loves it, so he's always playing. (Get your mind out of the gutter.)

More About Mike

Tuition: $225.00
Registration: Eventbrite - IMPROV 601 Mondays 630PM - 9PM Starts 8/7/17
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 501 Starts 08/13/17 Sundays 11AM - 130PM

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, June 30 at 8AM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 630PM!
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 13, 2017, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  2. Sunday, August 20, 2017, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  3. Sunday, August 27, 2017, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  4. Sunday, September 3, 2017, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  5. Sunday, September 17, 2017, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  6. Sunday, September 24, 2017, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  7. Sunday, October 1, 2017, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  8. Sunday, October 8, 2017, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 9:30 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Training Center Upper
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 501 Starts 08/10/17 Thursdays 630PM - 9PM

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, June 30 at 8AM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 630PM!
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 10, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Thursday, August 17, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. Thursday, August 24, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  4. Thursday, August 31, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  5. Thursday, September 14, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  6. Thursday, September 21, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  7. Thursday, September 28, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  8. Thursday, October 5, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Monday, October 9, 2017 at 9:30 pm - More Info

Location: 620 Massachusetts Ave.
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:

SOLD OUT - This class has reached maximum capacity

Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com

IMPROV 301 Starts 08/13/17 Sundays 2PM - 430PM

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

Registration for this class opens on FRIDAY, June 30 at 8AM

*Student Showcase time and date subject to change.

IBCS Students! Check out THE JAM (and get on stage) Every Sunday 630PM!
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 13, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  2. Sunday, August 20, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  3. Sunday, August 27, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  4. Sunday, September 3, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  5. Sunday, September 17, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  6. Sunday, September 24, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  7. Sunday, October 1, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  8. Sunday, October 8, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Monday, October 9, 2017 at 6:30 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Training Center Lower
Instructor:

Liz Roderick

Teaching Style: I have a passion for unlocking my students' potential through concise, direct side coaching and notes. I use positively-phrased challenges that students can act on mid-scene. My style is equal parts supportive and structured. While not unnecessarily blunt, I believe my students find the most growth through action-oriented feedback that identifies specific goals for each individual and the ensemble. In the moment, I'll encourage you to do more of what's already great and afterwards, we'll explore why it worked.

Bio: Liz Roderick, a graduate of the ImprovBoston school, is thrilled and honored to be performing with ImprovBoston's National Touring Company. Liz teaches Level 201 and 301 and loves encouraging, challenging and coaching the theater's next generation of super-stars. She is beyond excited to be working, both performing and as admin support, for a place that has brought her so much joy over the last 5 years. In her spare time, Liz loves running, yoga, snuggling up with a good book, her incredible group of friends, living in Cambridge, her family, and her baby Penny who is, unbiasedly, the best and cutest baby that has ever lived.

More About Liz

Tuition: $225.00
Registration: Eventbrite - IMPROV 301 Sundays 2PM - 430PM Starts 8/13/17
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com