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, 1:00pm to 3:00pm
April 24 - June 19 (No Class May 29th)
Instructor: Kevin Bransford
$160 - SOLD OUT
Mondays, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
April 25 - June 20 (No Class May 30th)
Instructor: Steve Yeocero
$160 - 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.
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.
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
Tuesdays, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
April 26 - June 21 (No Class May 31st)
Instructor: Eric Weiss
$160 - 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
Sundays, 3:15pm to 5:15pm
April 24 - June 19 (No Class May 29th)
Instructor: Alex Knight
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
April 27 - June 22 (No Class June1st)
Instructor: Heather Yeocero
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.
Heather Yeocero is an accomplished improviser and educator who has been playing with the show since 2012. She’s also performed with No Holds Bard- Shakespearean improv and a variety of other teams in Albuquerque and is the the co-producer for Quarantine Productions. She has a BA in acting and MA in Theatre Education from UNM.
Experience: All students should have completed 'Improv Foundations', 'Improv One' and 'Improv Two' at The Box before joining 'Improv Three'.