Improv Classes & Workshops

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! 

Upcoming Classes

Improv Foundations: Theory, History and Getting Comfortable on Stage 

Sundays, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

October 16  -  December 11 (No Class Nov 27)

Instructor: Steve Yeocero

SOLD OUT

 

Wednesdays, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

October 19  -  December 14 (No Class Nov 23)

Instructor: Patrick Gozur

SOLD OUT

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.

Steve Yeocero is an Albuquerque native. He began learning and performing improv in 2004 at Gorilla Tango Comedy Theater and has trained at and with members of The Second City. Steve has been a member of The Box's house team, The Show, since 2012 and has performed with the long-form improv group, The One Night Stanleys since 2008. With The Box, Steve has taught all levels of improv and created & coached The Box's student team, Steam, the casts of which included several of The Show's current members.

 

Steve has a day job and appears in a stucco commercial you may have seen if you watch football or the evening news.

 

Improv One: Empowering Creativity and Deconstructing the Rules 

Tuesday, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

October 18  -  December 13 (No Class Nov 22)

Instructor: Eric Weiss

SOLD OUT

Improv One 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.

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

October 17  -  December 12 (No Class Nov 21)

Instructor: Alex Knight

SOLD OUT

 

We’ve covered the basics…now what? Improv Two 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! 

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.

 

Improv Three: Breaking Bad Habits & Strengthening Choices

Wednesdays, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

October 19  -  December 14 (No Class Nov 23)

Instructors: Jeanette Cerami

$160

Improv 3 challenges players to identify their personal improv habits, and strategize with the instructor on how to intentionally strengthen choices. Classes address taking care of yourself on stage, being non-commital, characters, status, and more. Improv 3 is lots of scene work bolstered by personal, positive, and intentional feedback. 

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

 

Improv Four: Skill Application & Polished Performance

Sundays, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

October 16  -  December 11 (No Class Nov 27)

Instructors: Fill Jeantete & Wes Swedenburg 

$160

The final course in our "Core Four" Improv Curriculum challenges students to apply their learned skills in the best way: performance! Four weeks of class helps finalize and prepare students for 4 weeks of performing in a student showcase. Instructors assist students in building and running their own unique format or show structure. 

  • 4 weeks of class 6-8pm

  • 4 weeks of performance, Sundays at 6p with notes after 

  • Shows are November 13 & 20, December 4 & 11 

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

 

Winners of the best of Burque 2019, Fill & Wes is a comedy duo from Albuquerque NM. 

The two have enjoyed touring their brand of free-form comedy across the southwest 

 

Fill is been an active member of the box community for over 8 years. In such time he has graduated from the curriculum, directed several in-house teams and is currently an active member of 'The Show.'  

 

Wes was first introduced to improv in middle school and has been hooked ever since. In college he joined a sketch comedy group and started performing regularly at The Box. The Florfquerker was born during this time. He joined The Show as music director and took all the classes available at The Box, later joining Steam the student improv team. He was asked to join The Hive, the in-house long form team. He started a two man improv team with his good friend Fill and went on to win 2019’s best of Burque. They’ve since performed in multiple cities in the southwest. He joined The Show in 2018 where he has been performing since. Wes enjoys handmade berry filled baskets. Don't ask him about them though.