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ImprovBoston regularly hosts nationally acclaimed improv instructors, directors, performers, authors, playwrights, and actors as part of our Master Class Series. Our goal is to provide ongoing opportunities for our students, cast, and wider community to experience a variety of talent and perspectives.


Comedic Storytelling with Giulia Rozzi

Saturday, February 11, 2017, 3PM - 6PM : $65

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In this one day workshop students will learn the basics of story structure and how to take their personal experiences and turn them into an entertaining, engaging, and funny performances.  Through verbal and written exercises students will discover what stories to tell, how to find the truth in the tale, and build confidence on stage. Open to students of all levels that are interested in performing or people that just want to get better at speaking and sharing stories in front of others. Please bring pen, paper, and story ideas (if you have them). Everyone will have a chance to tell at least one short story to the group.


$65 per person. Maximum: 12 students

Day/Time: Saturday 3PM - 6PM

Class Dates: February 11, 2017

Student Showcase: None

Class Location: ImprovBoston Studio Theater

Instructor: Giulia Rozzi



Giulia Rozzi


Giulia Rozzi is a comedian, actress, writer. Paste Magazine describes her as the smart friend everyone needs in their lives. An intelligent, perceptive mind that’s almost painfully aware of the foibles bound up in modern day living," Her very personal, blunt, and animated humor has earned her the honor of being a TEDx speaker, a Moth GrandSLAM champion,and recently named one of BUST Magazine's 10 Funny Women You Need To Be Watching Right Now.  She's been seen on Tru TV, Vh1, Lifetime, Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central's This Is Not Happening, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Playboy TV and co-stars/created in the web series Seeing Other People. Her critically acclaimed solo show Bad Bride ran at the Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC for 8 months and toured the US and UK She also co-created /hosts the groundbreaking and long running (almost 10 years!) sex themed storytelling show Stripped Stories in venues all over the US. As a writer, Giulia has worked on the MTV series Girl Code and Silent Library, Bravo's Odd Mom Out and TV Land's Younger. Currently she co-hosts the podcast Hopefully We Don't Break Up on Cave Comedy Radio and hosts/created the monthly show First Set at Union Hall in Brooklyn. Her comedy album True Loved was released in February 2016 and is available on iTunes.


Musical Improv Bootcamp with Mike Descoteaux

Saturday, May 20 through Sunday, May 21, 2017, 10AM - 5PM : $250

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15 hours of music improv.  2 days. 1 unforgettable experience. Join fellow music improv geeks from around the country in an epic celebration of this uniquely addictive artform. Singprov guru Mike Descoteaux (founder of the Second City Music Program, Artistic Director of ImprovBoston and co-creator of the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production Blank! The Musical) leads participants through a creative boot camp guaranteed to challenge even the most advanced music improviser. 

Over the course of 2 jam-packed days, we'll explore how to play with full confidence; how to get out of your own way and enjoy the true simplicity of song; how to say YES to musical offers with physical, emotional and vocal commitment; how structure can set you free; how to find the game in the song; and how to put it all together in a brilliantly satisfying, collaborative musical AllForm (IB's signature philosophy).
With ImprovBoston as your host, spend a weekend in the stunningly beautiful city of Boston. You'll see free shows each night at New England's biggest and longest running comedy theater, hang out with a class-full of new friends, sport some free ImprovBoston swag and blow it all out with an end-of-weekend showcase. While this is certainly a destination intensive, Boston improvisers are welcome to join in!
Pre-requisites: At least one year of formal improv training or experience AND completion of at least one formal intro-level musical improv class/workshop



$250 per person. Maximum: 12 students

*Please note: price does not include transportation, food or lodging. We are happy to make hotel recommendations.

Day/Time: Saturday-Sunday 10AM-5PM daily

Class Dates: May 20 through May 21, 2017

Student Showcase: Sunday, May 21 at 630PM

Class Location: ImprovBoston Studio Theater

Instructor: Mike Descoteaux


Mike Decoteaux

Mike Descoteaux is the Artistic Director of ImprovBoston. Mike served as head and creator of the Music Program at The Second City Training Center and music director of the Second City Etc stage in Chicago. Named one of the top young songwriters in the country by the Johnny Mercer/AMTP association, he has had the privilege of working with Tony Award-winning artists such as Jason Robert Brown, William Finn, Mark Hollmann and James LaPine. His work has been seen on NBC, A&E, WGN and stages across the country. He has “composed” and “conducted” over 1,000 completely improvised musicals with Baby Wants Candy, Musical! the musical, I Eat Pandas, BLANK! The Musical Off-Broadway and many others. In addition to teaching at institutions like the Second City, ImprovBoston, Northwestern University, and Columbia College, Mike leads workshops in music improv around the world.

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