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Improv Classes

Improv Foundations

Monthly Improv Jam:

Hosted by Members of The Show

Next Jam: Thursday, April 25

Time: 7:30PM-8:30PM

Price: FREE (donations accepted)

Come on down to The Box and jam with members of The Show and improvisors from all over ABQ!

The Jam is an improv extravaganza where you get to go on stage and play all the fun games you see The Show perform each weekend.  This is a great way to put those improv class skills to use or simply try out improv for the first time. 

Doors open at 7:15 for a warmup. The Jam is open to all!. Admission is free but donations are always accepted.

We hope to see you there!

Improv Foundations

Monthly Drop-In Class:

Hosted by Members of The Show

Next Class: Saturday, April 27

Time: 1:00PM-3:00PM

Price: $15 (At Door / Cash or Venmo)

DROP-IN

Join us for a dynamic monthly drop-in improv class! Each session will focus on a new theme or technique based on feedback from the improv community or the specialty of the instructor. Led by members of The Show, our experienced instructors will guide you through engaging exercises and scenes designed to enhance your improv skills.

 

Perfect for level 2 or above students, as well as those with commensurate experience, these classes offer a fun and supportive environment to expand your improv repertoire. Whether you're looking to sharpen your skills or simply enjoy the thrill of improv, this class is for you!  No need to pay in advance or reserve a spot. Simply drop-in.

Improv Foundations

Improv Foundations: Theory, History and Getting Comfortable on Stage 

Instructor: Patrick Gozur

Sundays, 1:00PM to 3:00PM

March 24  -  May 19

Price: $200

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. No Class March 31.

Improv One

Improv One: Empowering Creativity and Deconstructing the Rules 

Instructor: Wes Swedenberg

Tuesdays, 6:00PM to 8:00PM

March 26  -  May 21

Price: $200

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'. No Class April 2nd.

Improv 2

Improv Two: Emotional Honesty and Authentic Scenes/Characters

Instructor: Alex Knight

Mondays, 6:00PM to 8:00PM

March 18  -  May 13

Price: $200

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'. No Class April 1st.

 

Improv Three

Improv Three: Breaking Bad Habits & Strengthening Choices

Instructor: Wes Swedenburg

Tuesdays, 6:00PM to 8:00PM

March 19 -  May 14

Price: $200

CLOSED

Improv Three 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 Three 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'. No Class April 2nd.

Improv Four

Improv Four: Skill Application & Polished Performance

Instructor: Patrick Gozur

Sundays, 1:00PM to 3:00PM

March 17  -  May 12

Price: $200

CLOSED

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

  • 4 weeks of performance at 3PM on 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12 

Experience: All students should have completed 'Improv Foundations', 'Improv One' and 'Improv Two'  and ' Improv Three' at The Box before joining 'Improv Four'. No Class March 31st.

Long Form

Long Form Study: 

Instructor: Jeanette Cerami

Wednesdays, 6:00PM to 8:00PM

March 20  -  May 15

Price: $200

Discover the endless possibilities of long form play!  An intensive course designed to teach performers to use the skills they learned in classes one through four in classic long forms like the Harold, Deconstruction, Bat and more. Students are encouraged to bend and break the rules as they create longer, more complex scenes and develop characters, relationships, and interweaving storylines.

 

This class culminates in a final showcase, where students can apply their new skills in front of a live audience. Through this process, students will gain a greater understanding of the art of improv and become more confident and dynamic performers. 

 

(Long Form Study culminates in one student show on May 12th at 4PM)

 

Long Form Study is designed for students who have completed at least Improv Two or more; preference will be given to students who have completed Improv Three or more. Teacher approval may be required. No Class April 3rd.

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