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! 

Improv Foundations 

Theory, History and Getting Comfortable on Stage

Sundays, 3:15pm to 5:15pm (Just Added)

January 30 - March 20

Instructor: Steve Yeocero

Sundays, 1:00pm to 3:00pm (Sold Out)

January 30 - March 20

Instructor: Kevin Bransford 

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. 

We are now requiring proof of full vaccination for all classes and workshops. Masks are required indoors per state mandate.

 

Experience: All levels welcome.

Kevin Bransford started taking improv classes at The Box in 2016, and has been a member of The Show since 2018. He was also a founding member of a long form improv team called The Hive, which has been dormant for a while, but never officially broke up (like ABBA). He has also trained at Second City in Chicago, and can be seen in the Netflix original series, Daybreak, which was cancelled immediately. 

Improv One

Empowering Creativity and Deconstructing the Rules 

Tuesdays, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

February 1 - March 22

Instructor: Eric Weiss

Improv 1 is designed to go in-depth on some of the most popular rules of improvisational theatre. Students will unpack rules (yes and, give and take, confidence, no questions, no arguing or transaction scenes); exploring what each rule is designed to do, and how it can be effectively broken. Additionally, Improv 1 encourages each student to think critically about their personal relationship to improvisation. Students will be empowered to discover their unique voice and playing style, and to be in charge of the choices they make on stage.

We are now requiring proof of full vaccination for all classes and workshops. Masks are required indoors per state mandate.

 Experience: All students should have completed 'Improv Foundations' at The Box before joining 'Improv One'.

Eric Weiss began his study of improv at The Box, where he completed the curriculum and eventually joined the cast of The Show. He has since completed the improv curriculum at The Groundlings and studied extensively with Will Hines and other notable Upright Citizens Brigade teachers, working on game-based improv, monologue deconstruction, and the Harold.

 

Eric is also involved in teaching Applied Improv, using the techniques of improvisation to enhance professional performance and well-being. He has worked with UNM Hospital and Medical School in various retreats and workshops and co-authored the pilot study, “An Experience with Improvisational Theater to Prevent Burnout in Psychiatric Residency” alongside Dr. Jeff Katzman (author of “Life Unscripted” and “Ensemble!”). Eric is a commercial and TV actor; you can watch him in the upcoming season of Big Sky on ABC. He is a big believer in the famous Second City teacher Martin de Maat’s favorite saying, “You are pure potential.”

Improv Two

Emotional Honesty and Authentic Scenes/Characters

Mondays, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

January 31 - March 21

Instructor: Alex Knight

 

We’ve covered the basics…now what? Improv 2 is all about connecting with a scene partner and co-developing emotionally authentic scenarios. Improv 2 puts a magnifying glass on understanding human emotions, authentic reactions, and not letting gifts pass us by. Students are encouraged to ditch being funny, and to really comprehend the complex condition of being human. But don’t worry, the funny will happen along the way. Promise! 

We are now requiring proof of full vaccination for all classes and workshops. Masks are required indoors per state mandate.

 Experience: All students should have completed 'Improv Foundations' and 'Improv One' at The Box before joining 'Improv Two'.

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.