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Improv Classes

Experience the power of play, and the fun of improvisational comedy in a fun and safe environment with Made Up Theatre’s improv classes. We offer a complete training program, providing students with a strong foundation in improvisation that promotes creativity and personal growth. Learn improv today!

Check out our testimonials to hear what our students are saying!

Please note, our venue at 4000 Bay Street, Fremont, CA is located on the 2nd floor of a historical building and does not have an elevator.

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improv class

Course Description:

Are you interested in taking an improv class but want to see what it’s all about first?  Well, come out to the Sampler Class to learn some improvisational skills in a fun, safe environment!  This is a one-time commitment, and if you are interested, you can continue your journey by registering for our full Intro to Improv course.

Upcoming Dates:

Saturday February 18 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Saturday March 11 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Tuition: $15

Instructor: Sean Taylor

Sean is one of the principal owners of Made Up Theatre.  Sean has been performing in both long form and short form improvised shows for over 15 years.  He has training with Comedysportz, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, The Second City, and iO Chicago.

Ages: 18+

20 Student Limit

Prerequisite: None

improv classes

Course Description:

Explore the Elements of Improv in our introductory course. You will learn the core fundamentals and principles of improv, focusing on various games and exercises that encourage trust, communication, agreement (“yes and”); active listening, character, status, and making your scene partner look good.  After that, you’ll start to apply these concepts into fully improvised scenes.

OPTION 1:

5 Week Course

Dates: February 4th – March 4th

Times: Saturdays, 1:00pm – 4:00pm (3 hours weekly)

Tuition: $219

OPTION 2:

8 Week Course

Dates: March 20th – May 8th

Times: Mondays, 7:30pm – 9:30pm (2 hours weekly)

Tuition: $219

Instructor: Sean Taylor

Sean is one of the principal owners of Made Up Theatre.  Sean has been performing in both long form and short form improvised shows for over 15 years.  He has training with Comedysportz, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, The Second City, and iO Chicago.

Ages: 18+

16 Student Limit

Prerequisite: None

*Classes meet once a week.

Please note, unless otherwise noted, all new students are required to start at Intro to Improv.

improv classes

Course Description:

Now that you’ve learned some of the core fundamentals of improv, it’s time to explore the methods used to sustain a scene beyond the first few lines. Delve into character and relationship work, “heightening,” making bold choices, and using offers to enhance your scene.  In addition, you’ll learn various long form formats that will be used in your first improvised showcase for family & friends on the final class.

8 Week Course

Dates: Thursdays, March 16 – May 4th (2 hours weekly)

Show on Final Class.

Times: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Tuition: $219

Instructor: TBA

Ages: 18+

16 Student Limit

Prerequisite: Intro to Improv or equivalent experience at outside school.

*Classes meet once a week.

improv classes

Course Description:

This class explores short form improvisation as seen in our Laugh Track City show and the hit TV show, “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?”.  Students will learn how to act quickly, while applying improvisational skills towards fast-paced scenes, on-the-fly challenges, and impressive guessing games!  Students will also be able to showcase their talent in a showcase for family and friends.

8 Week Course

Dates: Tuesdays, March 21st – May 9th

Show on Final Class.

Times: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Tuition: $219

Instructor: Ben Stephens

Ben Stephens is one of the original Founding Fathers of Made Up Theatre.  He has an improv background with training at The Second City, Annoyance Theatre, ComedySportz, and Upright Citizens Brigade.  He holds an MFA degree from Academy of Art University and received his BA degree from San Jose State University.

Ages: 18+

14 Students

Prerequisite: Intro to Improv or equivalent experience at outside school.

*Classes meet once a week.

Class Topic: Advanced Long Form (Master Class)

Course Description:

Improvisation is acting.  It’s acting without a script, but it’s still acting.  Your improvisation will improve if you lean into the acting side more.  In this class, Bobby will share his wisdom from 20+ years of acting and improv experience to help you strengthen your long form game using theatrical and acting techniques.

5 Week Course

Dates: January 8th – February 5th

Show on final day

Times: Sundays 5:00pm – 7:00pm (2 hours weekly)

Tuition: $159

Instructor: Bobby August Jr.

Bobby is one of the owners of the award-winning Made Up Theatre (MUT) in Fremont, California. He has performed with MUT at improv festivals throughout the country – most recently winning “Best Improv Group” at the Sacramento Comedy Festival and at the ISHS International Humor Conference. Bobby is also a recipient of the prestigious NBC Bob Curry Fellowship at Second City. His improv education includes training at the world famous Second City and Annoyance theatres in Chicago.

Ages: 18+

15 Students

Prerequisite: Intro to Improv and Scene Study or equivalent experience at outside school.

*Classes meet once a week.

Take a one-day deep-dive in a specific concept of improvisation!  Check below for specific details on topics and timing.

Class Topic: The Improvised Workshop

Class Description:

Most workshops start with a single area of focus the instructor brings to the group. In this workshop, we will turn that idea on its head! The Improvised Workshop is all about you and your biggest improv goal. Think an afternoon improv bootcamp (minus the sit-ups). After a warmup, the instructor will ask each participant for one thing they want to work on. He will then customize the workshop and allocate an equal amount of time for each participant’s focus area. The goal? Make tangible progress on one key thing that you feel is holding you back from the next level of performance. The bonus? You’ll learn a lot about what other students are working on and get to be a role player for their portion of the workshop. And, who knows, you might just see some growth in those areas, as well.

Date: Sunday February 5, 2023

Times: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Tuition: $55

Instructor: Tony DeRosa

Tony DeRosa is a recent Bay Area transplant after studying and improvising in Ann Arbor, MI and the greater Detroit area. He has performed in festivals in Texas, Ohio, Colorado, and Michigan and completed a 4-day improv intensive at Rise Comedy in Denver, CO. Previously, he developed a one-act play through improvisation at Planet Ant (Detroit) and learned how to convert improv to sketch with Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall). Tony particularly enjoys performing long-form improv as part of a large ensemble. Onstage, he aims to showcase a wide range from zany, supportive play to themes and social commentary. As of 2021, Tony is thrilled to be a member of the cast at Made Up Theatre.

Ages: 18+

6 Students

Prerequisite: Intermediate / Advanced students, but open to any students who have completed Intro to Improv or an equivalent class.

Musical Improv 1A: Fundamentals

There’s nothing more fun than musical improv! In this class, you’ll learn the fundamentals of improvising song, including stage presence, projection, taking focus with confidence, and rhyming through set-up/pay-off technique. Through pre-recorded accompaniment, you’ll apply song structure to both short form games and long form formats. Get ready to sing loud and proud! Can’t sing? Sing louder! This class is open to singers and non-singers alike!

6 Week Course

Dates: Sundays, January 15th – February 19th

Times: 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Tuition: $219

Pre-requisite: Completion of Intro to Improv or equivalent at outside venue. (Improv Scene Study is recommended but not required).

Instructor: Sean Taylor
Sean Taylor is one of the founders and co-owners of Made Up Theatre and has been performing and teaching improvisation since 2005.  Sean has received training from Comedysportz, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, iO Chicago, and Armando Diaz. He also trained in the art of musical improvisation in The Second City Training Center. He’s excited to finally offer this class!

Musical Improv 1B: Short Form Deep Dive

If you’ve taken Musical Improv 1A, we are happy to offer a new additional class to our curriculum…Musical Improv 1B!  In this class, you’ll build upon the skills you learned in 1A by applying them to some of the most entertaining musical improv games out there!  There will be a big focus on character games, freestyle rapping, implementing set-up/pay-off in impressive fashion, and scenic-based performances to pre-recorded tracks carefully picked out by your instructor.  Plus, this class concludes with a show for family and friends.

7 Week Course

Dates: TBD

Times: TBD

Tuition: $239

Pre-requisite: Completion of Musical Improv 1A or equivalent experience at outside venue.

Instructor: Sean Taylor
Sean Taylor is one of the founders and co-owners of Made Up Theatre and has been performing and teaching improvisation since 2005.  Sean has received training from Comedysportz, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, iO Chicago, and Armando Diaz. He also trained in the art of musical improvisation in The Second City Training Center. He’s excited to finally offer this class!

Actor’s Toolbox

Whether you are starting out or wish to return to the foundations of a strong technique, the focus in this class is on truth and being present. We’ll explore quick and powerful ways to make your performance more natural and spontaneous and dive deeper into character study and script analysis, building on the work we began in Acting 1. Students will work with monologues, script analysis, and scene study. A great start for the beginning actor or improvisor who wants to deepen their performance. No experience necessary.

7 Week Course

Dates: February 26 – April 16 (no class on April 9th, due to Easter)

Times: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Show on final performance.

Tuition: $239

Instructor: Jessica Bettencourt
Jessica is an actor, filmmaker and director who recently relocated from New York City to the Bay Area. She earned her MFA from The New School for Drama and has appeared in multiple films, new media projects and off-Broadway. She is excited to finally teach for Made Up Theater in-person!

jessica head shot

12 Student Limit

Prerequisite: None

*Classes meet once a week.

Course Description:

You know the show! Now, learn the games! You’ll learn the games made popular on the hit TV show “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?”. Games like Party Quirks, Weird Newscasters, Hollywood Director, and so much more!  Through challenging improv games, you’ll learn all about committing to characters, embracing rather than fearing failure, and trimming out the fat of your improv scenes and getting to the FUN!

6 Week Course

Dates: Thursdays, November 3 – December 15 (2.5 hours weekly)

No class on November 24

Show on Final Class.

Times: 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Tuition: $219

Instructor: Sean Taylor

Sean is one of the principal owners of Made Up Theatre.  Sean has been performing in both long form and short form improvised shows for over 15 years.  He has training with Comedysportz, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, The Second City, and iO Chicago.

Ages: 18+

14 Student Limit

Prerequisite: Intro to Improv or equivalent experience at outside school.

*Classes meet once a week.

We are happy to address some Frequently Asked Questions about our improv classes.  Do you have other questions?
Feel free to send us a message and we’ll respond as soon as possible.

What is improv?

Improv is a style of acting, where the performers do not have scripts or pre-planning.  They improvise material on the spot, usually based on suggestions or inspiration from the audience.  Two types of improv exist: short form and long formShort form improv is a fast-paced style that includes games and skits that have pre-determined rules attached to them.  Short form improv is commonly seen on the TV show “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” or our main stage show Laugh Track CityLong form improv features longer formats that range from a series of scenes inspired by a specific opener to the show to improvised plays, movies, and musicals.

Why should I take an improv class?

Improv classes have many benefits!  You might think only comedians or actors take improv class, and sure, they do but most people learn improvisation for other reasons.  Here are a few of the biggest benefits of learning the art of improvisation.

  • Improve public speaking skills.
  • Learn to think quickly and get out of your head.
  • Overcome shyness or anxiety.
  • Become a better and more active listener.
  • Meet new friends.
  • Discover new things about yourself.

What can I expect from my first improv class?

Improv classes might seem intimidating, because you do not know what to expect. You might think, “Oh no! Am I going to have to go onstage on the first class? Do I have to be funny?” However, we are here to relieve stress and anxiety and give you some info on what to expect.  Here’s what to expect on the first day.

  • You’ll play warm-up games and exercises. Our instructors do not want to put anyone on the spot, and we recognize that new students may come to the 1st session with anxiety.  The beginning of the first day of class involves warm up games and exercises that are done as a group.  The games focus on getting outside of your head, being OKAY with making mistakes, bonding with your new classmates, and just having FUN.
  • You do not need to be funny. Sure, improv is associated with comedy, but we consider comedy a byproduct of improv and not the goal.  The goal of improv is collaboration, acceptance, and fun.  If you think you’re going to have to tell jokes or be funny, don’t worry!  In fact, we discourage intentionally trying to be funny.  You will naturally be funny by following the fundamentals of improvisation.
  • You will fail a lot. This sounds like a negative, but it is one of the biggest positives of improv.  People naturally fear failure, and it can even discourage us from trying.  But in improv, we encourage failure! There are no scripts in improv, so we treat mistakes as gifts rather than shortcomings. In short, failure is fun in our class system!
  • You will have fun. Enough said!  Many students have told us that improv is the highlight of their week.  Join the FUN!

Do I need any performance/comedy experience?

Nope! Our beginning improv classes are aimed at those who have never done improv before. Most students in our beginning classes have no performance experience, so do not fret!

Are there any perks for taking improv classes at Made Up Theatre?

Yes!  Each time you register to one of our improv classes, you’ll receive a few free tickets to check out our shows.

Looking for some pointers on improv?
Well, we’ve produced 100+ instructional videos called “MUT Improv Tips”

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