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ImprovBoston Comedy School 6-Level Improv Program

"I found IB's 101 class a perfect blend of people with and without theatre backgrounds who were really enthusiastic about jumping in with both feet. The instructor made sure everyone felt comfortable and I was so surprised by how close we became. I wasn't expecting to connect with such a diverse group of people but even on days when I felt exhausted going into class, the activities and social connections meant I left with a lot of new energy and positive emotions. I can't wait to take 201!"

-Liz, 34, clinical researcher 

Our improv comedy program for adults (17+) takes you from the fundamentals of improvisation all the way through creating your very own improv show. Also, Comedy School Students receive UNLIMITED stand-by comp tickets for regularly scheduled shows and Every class features a Student Showcase.

Successful improv stems from a supportive environment where students are encouraged to take risks, build confidence in the choices they make, themselves, and their partners on stage. Our improv philosophy is explored by an experienced faculty of performers focusing on creativity, active listening, acceptance, and the comedic potential of unique characters and dynamic relationships. Our program is cumulative and each level truly fosters an ensemble experience.

See our Training FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions about our training program.

  • Improv 101
  • Improv 201
  • Improv 301
  • Improv 401
  • Improv 501
  • Improv 601

101: Foundation of Improvisation

IMPROV 101 students are on their feet from day one exploring laugh-filled exercises and skill-driven “short-form” games. Structured, simple play guides each improviser to experience individual success, discover the joy of ensemble support, and build the foundation for a fulfilling journey through our unique 6-level improv program (and beyond). 101 students discover key concepts such as “Yes And,” collaboration, commitment, communication, environment work, relationship building and truth in comedy. Under the guidance of our caring and experienced faculty, every student learns they already have what it takes to improvise successfully both onstage and off.

Each session ends with a Student Showcase.

$225.00 per person. Maximum of 14 participants per class.
No previous experience necessary.

201: Points of Inspiration

IMPROV 201 dives deep into character and relationship. Students build a toolbox of scenic initiation techniques to help scenes start off with a bang. With purpose-driven “short-form” games and finely tuned exercises, our faculty foster success through creating rich characters, heightening relationships, tackling group scenes and exploring environment. Students discover the limitless potential for scenic inspiration in each other and the world around us.

Each session ends with a Student Showcase.

 $225.00 per person. Maximum of 14 participants per class.
Prerequisite: Improv 101

301: Organic and Game-Driven Scenework

IMPROV 301 dives head-first into open scenework. Showcasing IB’s two primary scenic approaches, faculty take students on a journey through the world of organic and game-driven scenework. Organic Scenes foster exploration, group mind and the beginning elements of “long-form” improv as students create multiple scenes from a single point of inspiration. Game Scenes allow students to discover inherent structure, find focused heightening and learn a “follow the funny” technique that becomes an essential part of every IB improviser’s toolbox. 301 also covers editing skills, explores pacing and introduces important support tools such as tag-outs, walk-ons and split-scenes. Graduates of 301 can improvise open scenes with confidence and are ready for long-form.

Each session ends with a Student Showcase.

$225.00 per person. Maximum of 12 participants per class.
Prerequisite: Improv 201

401 Intro to LongForm: the Harold

Students build off game-driven scene work explored in 301 to discover how If-Then patterns can be used to produce a rewarding long-form structure. One of the best known and most engaging formats, the Harold was developed by the legendary Del Close many years ago to explore connections between scenes, creating a rich world before the audiences' eyes. Using the Harold as a template, improvisers dive into key components shared by many long-forms such as openings, second beats, and group games. This gateway to long-form will help students focus on strengthening scenework and building ensemble while taking an important step in the journey towards IB's signature "All-Form" stye of play. Graduates of 401 can improvise a basic Harold and have command over game-driven scenework. Upon completion of 401, students are also eligible to enroll in the Advanced Harold elective.

Each session ends with a Student Showcase.

$225.00 per person. Maximum of 12 participants per class.
Prerequisite: Improv 301

501: The Longform Toolbox

Building off Harold learned in 401, students explore a handful of core formats that highlight the impressive variety of approaches and structures available to advanced improvisers. 501 uncovers longform universals with near-limitless applications. Discover the many intersections between shortform and longform and everything-in-between form. Dive into musical improv as an extension of familiar improv fundamentals. Through the exploration of formats including Armando, Living Room, JTS Brown, and ImprovBoston's own Resident Cast structures, 501 paves the way to IB's signature AllForm (The Mainstage) in 601.

Each session ends with a Student Showcase.

$225.00 per person. Maximum of 12 participants per class.
Prerequisite: Improv 401

601: ImprovBoston's AllForm

IMPROV 601 draws upon everything our Comedy School students master in a year of improv classes.

Our veteran faculty of Mainstage cast, directors and alumni guide students in IB's signature AllForm--The Mainstage organic approach to creating improvised comedy on stage. Following our "learn everything and you can do anything" approach, 601 students experience the freedom and comedic power that comes with AllForm. Shortform to longform (and everything in between), musical improv and styles, game-driven and organic scenework, the 7 points of inspiration, and all previously studied skillsets culminate in a "form" that reinvents itself with each performance, challenging actors to follow the fun at every turn. 

Each session ends with a Student Showcase.

$225.00 per person. Maximum of 12 participants per class.
Prerequisite: Improv 501

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There will be no YAP workshop on Sunday Sept 14 2014 due to the Boston Comedy Arts Festival going on at the theater. YAP will resume regular weekly the following weekend.  More about YAP