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Learn improv from some of the best instructors in Virginia

Registration for our Spring 2014 Session of improv classes is officially OPEN!

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Jim Zarling

Improv 101: Introduction

When: Sundays, 7 – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning April 27th.
Instructor: Jim Zarling
Cost: $185
Prerequisites: None. No comedy or performance experience necessary. Email us if you have any questions.

Have you always wanted to try improv? Are you looking to use the fundamental lessons in other aspects of your life? In this first level of our training program, you will learn the fundamentals of improv from saying “Yes, and” to listening and being more spontaneous.

Intro to Improv is an eight-week course that is taught in a very supportive, fun environment that allows you to feel comfortable taking risks. All experience levels are welcome.

Joey Tran

Improv 101: Introduction (IN SESSION)

When: Wednesdays, 7pm – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning April 23rd.
Instructor: Joey Tran
Cost: $185
Prerequisites: None. No comedy or performance experience necessary. Email us if you have any questions.

Have you always wanted to try improv? Are you looking to use the fundamental lessons in other aspects of your life? In this first level of our training program, you will learn the fundamentals of improv from saying “Yes, and” to listening and being more spontaneous.

Intro to Improv is an eight-week course that is taught in a very supportive, fun environment that allows you to feel comfortable taking risks. All experience levels are welcome.

Martin Garner

Improv 201: Character and Relationship

When: Sundays, 1:15 – 3:15pm for 8 weeks beginning April 27th.
Instructor: Martin Garner
Cost: $185
Prerequisites: Intro to Improv
Email us if you have any questions.

Good scenes are the bedrock of improv. In our second level, you will strengthen the skills you built in our Intro class and focus on creating sustainable scenes based on strong, deep relationships and honest emotional reactions.

Great if you want to dig deeper into improv or if you need to interact with other humans in your day-to-day life.

Josh Blubaugh

Improv 201: Character and Relationship (IN SESSION)

When: Tuesdays, 7:15 – 9:15pm for 8 weeks beginning April 22nd.
Instructor: Josh Blubaugh
Cost: $185
Prerequisites: Intro to Improv
Email us if you have any questions.

Good scenes are the bedrock of improv. In our second level, you will strengthen the skills you built in our Intro class and focus on creating sustainable scenes based on strong, deep relationships and honest emotional reactions.

Great if you want to dig deeper into improv or if you need to interact with other humans in your day-to-day life.

Patrick Gantz

Improv 301: Patterns and Games (IN SESSION)

When: Mondays, 7 – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning April 21st.
Instructor: Patrick Gantz
Cost: $185
Prerequisites: Improv 101 and 201
Email us if you have any questions.

In our third level, we explore creating patterns and discovering games to propel your scenes forward. You’ll get out of your head and into the show by focusing on your team and what they need.

You’ve contracted the improv bug, you may as well accept that you are now beyond the help of medical science.

Matt Newman

Improv 401: Longform Improv (IN SESSION)

When: Tuesdays, 7 – 9pm for 8 weeks, beginning April 22nd.
Instructor: Matt Newman
Cost: $185
Prerequisites: Improv 101, 201 and 301
Email us if you have any questions.

In our fourth level, we’ll approach Long Form from the 16-bar blues of improv: The Harold.

Over eight weeks, this survey will strengthen the broad skills you have (two-person scenes, group work, playing from emotion, pattern recognition), and put it all on its feet in a longer, cohesive piece.

Improv 210: Advanced Scene Study

When: Sundays, 1 – 3pm for 4 weeks, beginning April 27th.
Instructor: Josh Blubaugh
Cost: $100
Prerequisites: Improv 101, 201, 301 & 401
Email us if you have any questions.

This elective class takes an even harder look into two-person scenes and has a smaller size to accommodate more personalized coaching. 210 focuses on an open discussion about scenework; exploring your strengths and weaknesses in a scene.

Over four weeks, you’ll cover Gifting, Fueling a Character with Emotion, Patterns of Emotional Behavior, and Picking up the Slack in a Scene.

Josh Blubaugh

Improv 001: Freeview (SOLD-OUT)

When: Thursday, April 17th, 6:30 – 7:30pm
Cost: FREE
Prerequisites: None
Email us if you have any questions or would like to be put on the standby list in case space opens up.

This free, one-time workshop is a preview of what improv class is all about. We’ll walk through some basic concepts, teach you a few exercises and games, and generally have a good time. Afterwards, the students are invited to put what they learned up on stage in Jambalaya, the Coalition’s own improv jam where anyone can get up and play.

This class is intended for anyone who has NOT taken a previous Freeview class.

Did we mention it’s free?

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