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

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

Youth & Teen Troupes
With our Troupes, we focus on the skills necessary to build a supportive ensemble that showcases teamwork, individual strengths and, of course, completely improvised comedy onstage (and off!). Weekly rehearsals focus on “short-form” games to foster growth in improv’s key competencies including: agreement, emotional and physical heightening, character work, give/take of focus, group mind, and basic stage awareness. Troupe rehearsals culminate in Saturday morning performances after weeks 6 and 10 of the program.


When: Rehearses Thursdays from 330-5PM at our theater in Central Square
Dates: 9/15 - 11/17
Shows: 1030AM on Saturdays, 10/22 and 11/19
Prerequisite: No previous experience required.
Maximum Number of Students: 14
Director: Danny Balel

Tuition: $250 ($210 for Cambridge Public School students).
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Sibling Discount: When at least 2 teens register TOGETHER, you save $25 per teen! These registrations must be at the same time and with a single payment.

Financial assistance may be available.

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  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

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 (

More About Danny

Tuition: $250.00
Registration: Eventbrite - AFTER SCHOOL LAUGHTER SCHOOL Grades 9-12 Starts 9/15/16