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Registration for our Fall 2014 Session of Improv Classes is now OPEN.

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Improv 001: Freeview

When: Thursday, September 25th, 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?

Donna Steele

Improv 101: Introduction (SOLD-OUT)

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When: Mondays, 7 – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning Sept. 22nd.
Instructor: Donna Steele
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
Donna started as an intern with The Coalition Theater, and is now happily performing with house team Da Vinci and the main stage cast on Friday nights. Her real love is improvised Slam Poetry, which she lays down in her two-person team, Slean Dion. When she isn’t on stage, you can find her all around Richmond checking out local music and good food.

Townsend Hart

Improv 101: Introduction

When: Wednesdays, 7pm – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning Sept. 24th.
Instructor: Townsend Hart
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
Townsend has been performing improv and sketch comedy for the past seven years, and began performing with The Coalition in 2010. She is a member of The Johnson’s, performs with main stage on Friday nights, and has a passion for Karaoke in her sketch group, Carol & Carol.

Aaron Grant

Improv 201: Character and Relationship

When: Sundays, 1 – 3pm for 8 weeks beginning Sept. 21st.
Instructor: Aaron Grant
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
Aaron Grant is a founding member of the Coalition Theater and got his start with ComedySportz Richmond in 2008. Aaron can be seen performing regularly with Pigeon, MEGAPOWER and you can also see him in the main stage shows Friday nights and with the Coalition Touring Company.

David Pijor

Improv 201: Character and Relationship

When: Tuesdays, 7 – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning Sept. 23rd.
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.

Matt Newman

Improv 301: Patterns and Games (SOLD-OUT)

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When: Sundays, 7 – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning Sept. 21st.
Instructor: Matt Newman
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
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.

Katie Holcomb

Improv 401: Long Form Improv

When: Tuesdays, 7 – 9pm for 8 weeks, beginning Sept. 23rd.
Instructor: Katie Holcomb
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
Katie Holcomb is a co-founder and current Artistic Director of the Coalition Theater. She got her start improvising in 2000 with the ComedySportz Improv Theatre where she would later become a member of their coaching staff. Currently, you can see her performing with both Pigeon and Middle Management. She loves what she does an unbearable amount.

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