Online Improv Classes
Registration for In Person Improv Classes!!!
The Box Performance Space and Improv Theatre is pleased to continue its focused course of improvisational comedy study.
Our curriculum allows students to elevate their understanding of improv and comedy through a series of courses devoted to scenic work and character development. Our courses are great for improvisers, actors, and anyone wanting to boost confidence levels.
Improvisation is an excellent tool for creating comedy, developing acting skills and improving public speaking. It’s also a great way to work effectively within a group, and is incredibly fun!
Instructor: Nan Kossar
Sundays - 3:15pm to 5:15
August 1st-September 19th, 2021
Improv Foundations is written and designed around the big question, "What is improv?" Learners of all improv stages will enjoy this improv class that's part theory, part history, and part practice, and part homework! Each week discusses a unique core tenant of improvisational theatre, such as listening & agreement, relationships, and wants.
Students will break down the elements of beginning scene work, become familiar with theatre games, and get comfortable on stage. Improv Foundations provides students with a common understanding of the craft, a shared vocabulary, and frameworks to begin the Core Four curriculum at The Box.
Experience: All levels welcome
Nan Kossar has been performing improvisational theatre since 2005. She started out in Albuquerque, and then moved to Chicago to study and learn at the iO Theatre, The Second City, The Annoyance, and ComedySportz Chicago. She became a professional performer, teacher, and creative consultant in 2010. She also began touring with Baby Wants Candy, the Improvised Musical. Nan knew that she loved improvising, but came upon the profound passion of education and teaching others this transformational art craft. She returned to New Mexico in 2015 to pursue a Bachelor's degree from UNM in Arts & Education. She went on to secure a Master's of Education in Human Development & Psychology from Harvard. She is passionate about bringing thoughtful, intentional, and cohesive theatre curriculum to the world of improvisational theatre, in an effort to reduce theatrical gatekeeping, to increase positive outcomes, and to allow theatre the opportunity to transform more lives.
Instructor: Alex Knight
Mondays - 7:00pm to 9:00
August 2 - 23, 2021
Ready to dust yourself off and get back on that improv horse? This class for experienced improv students will get you on stage and in your body again. We’ll do exercises with a focus on physicality to retrain ourselves to be comfortable performing scenes in person. A lot of play and a lot of fun- let’s remember why we started doing improv in the first place.
Alex Knight was born and raised in Albuquerque, he attended The University of New Mexico and received a degree in Theater Performance. Alex has toured his original work, taught and performed in Serbia, Poland, Scotland, Canada, Mexico, Colombia and Uganda with Tricklock Company, a devised theater ensemble whose focus is experimental physical theater. Alex began teaching and performing improv in 2003 at Gorilla Tango Comedy Theater and went on to become the Artistic Director at The Box Performance Space and Improv Theater where he was in charge of The Show, Albuquerque's longest running short form improv show. These days he splits his time between Los Angeles and Albuquerque teaching improv and working in the film industry. You can see him be funny on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, or navigate the frightening often violent worlds of AMC's Preacher and Breaking Bad, Legion on FX and Narcos: Mexico on Netflix. Alex believes improvisation is an incredibly important skill for human beings that they employ in their daily life.