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Our Summer 2014 session of improv classes is currently IN SESSION.

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Improv 001: Freeview

When: Thursday, July 24th, 6:30 – 7:30pm
Cost: FREE
Prerequisites: None
Email us if you have any questions.

This free, one hour 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 stay for Jambalaya, an improv jam where anyone can get up on stage to play.

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

Did we mention it’s free?

Jim Zarling

Improv 101: Introduction (IN SESSION)

When: Sundays, 1 – 3pm for 8 weeks beginning July 6th.
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.

About the Instructor
Jim Zarling is a performer with Coalition Theater house team Pigeon. He’s been been performing improv for the last 10 years, teaching/directing for the last 6 and killing it with The Coalition for the last 3. If you ask nicely he will perform an improv set with you. And you will have fun. Everybody loves him.

Josh Blubaugh

Improv 101: Introduction (IN SESSION)

When: Tuesdays, 7pm – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning July 8th.
Instructor: Josh Blubaugh
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.

About the Instructor
Josh Blubaugh is a coach and performer with the Coalition and has studied improv at the Magnet Theater in New York as well as completed the Coalition’s Training Center. He plays on the Coalition Theater house team, Pigeon, is Dungeon Master of The Dungeons and Dragons Format, and is one-half of College for Bears.

David Pijor

Improv 201: Character and Relationship (SOLD-OUT)

When: Sundays, 7 – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning July 6th.
Instructor: David Pijor
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.

About the Instructor
David Pijor has over a decade of improv experience. He’s learned improv from some of the best instructors around and has been featured in comedy festivals all over the country. Currently he performs with both Pigeon and Middle Management, coaches Da Vinci, and is the Coalition Theater’s Creative Director.

Patrick Gantz

Improv 201: Character and Relationship (IN SESSION)

When: Wednesdays, 7 – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning July 9th.
Instructor: Patrick Gantz
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.

About the Instructor
Patrick Gantz was first introduced to improv in the seventh grade and, since then, his addiction has spawned The Whethermen of UVA, taken him to Chicago where he performed among iO’s house teams, and scooped him off to Edinburgh where the Guardian called him, “Somewhat overwrought.”

Joey Tran

Improv 301: Patterns and Games (IN SESSION)

When: Tuesdays, 7 – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning July 8th.
Instructor: Joey Tran
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.

About the Instructor
Joey Tran is a teacher and performer with the Coalition on the teams Dollar Machine and Redickheads. He first got his start with improv in 2010 through the Coalition’s Training Center and by playing with the powerhouse team, the RCC Mainstage. Joey also heads up Double Take, a video production company that produces the Coalition’s sketch videos.

Matt Newman

Improv 401: Long Form Improv (IN SESSION)

When: Mondays, 7 – 9pm for 8 weeks, beginning July 7th.
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.

About the Instructor
Matt Newman is the Managing Director of the Coalition Theater and coach of the houseteam, Pigeon. Matt has been performing improv and sketch comedy since 1999 and has studied at iO Chicago where he played on their Harold house team, Fat Kid, and performed several runs of shows with the independent ensemble, The Album. He is lucky to have studied under some of the best teachers around. He is a pretty nice guy and serious professional.

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