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Adult 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.

Students also receive 6 FREE PASSES to see shows! Learn your improv A,B,C’s.

Also, check out our testimonials to hear what our students are saying!

Now Accepting Spring Submissions for our Diversity Scholarship Program!  MORE INFO

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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.

8 Week Course (Meets weekly for 2 hours)

Tuition: $199

Instructor: Sean Taylor

Ages: 18+

Prerequisite: None

*Classes meet once a week.

Please note, unless otherwise noted, all new students are required to start at Level A: Elements of 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 (Meets weekly for 2 hours)

Tuition: $199

Instructor: Jeannie Ceglar

Ages: 18+

Prerequisite: Level A
Note: if you have previous improv experience outside of MUT and want to skip Level A, you must contact us first before registering.

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 musicals, and impressive guessing games!  Students will also be able to showcase their talent in a showcase for family and friends.

8 Week Course (Meets weekly for 2 hours)

Tuition: $199

Instructor: Sean Taylor

Ages: 18+

Prerequisite: Level B

*Classes meet once a week.

improv classes

Graduated from Made Up Theatre’s Level A – C improv classes?
Join the MUT Conservatory and hone your skills as an improvisor.

As you know by now, improv classes are a fun and creative way to let off some steam and have fun! Now, here’s your chance to do just that while building your improv skills, rehearsing, and performing in shows for your family and friends. The MUT Conservatory will be offered throughout the year and is open only to Made Up Theatre graduate students.

8 Week Course (Student Showcase on 8th Week)

Dates: August 12th – October 7th (no class on Labor Day Weekend)

Sundays | 5:00pm – 7:00pm

$159 Tuition

Instructor: Justin Embrey

Topic: Sketch Through Improv
Have you ever found yourself watching Saturday Night Live and wondered how those sketches come to life? Over the course of this Conservatory session, students will learn the unique creative process that sketch comedy requires and learn to use improv as a tool to writing sketch comedy. This class will focus on creating clean, sharp, and hilarious satire, and culminate in a student performance. This session will focus on using comedy as a tool to analyze the world around us.

improv jam

It’s back!  The Playground is a monthly improv jam, where anybody is able to come out and play on our stage in improvised games and scenes.  That’s right!  You are the stars of this performance!  We invite anybody to come out and play from experienced improvisors to people who have never tried improv ever!  We leave judgments at the door and make it a night of support and fun!  Would you rather just watch?  No worries!  Getting on stage is completely optional, and you’ll never be forced onstage.  Plus, the Playground will be headlined by our new House Troupe!

1st Thursday of the Month (August will be the 2nd Thursday – Aug. 9)

7:30pm | Approximately 90 – 105 minutes

Doors Open at 7:15pm

Cost: $5 Advanced Purchase (Ends at 5:00PM) | $10 (After 5:00PM or Door Price)

Interested in enrolling in Made Up Theatre’s improv comedy courses? 

Voted by CBS as one of the Best Acting Classes in the East Bay, come learn the core fundamentals of improv while making new friends and having fun.
 
No experience necessary!
 
As a special bonus, students also receive 6 FREE passes to see shows!

Are you an improvisor or someone who is interested in taking an improv class?  Check out our weekly video segment MUT Improv Tips, where Made Up Theatre owner Sean Taylor discusses a concept of improvisation.

Check out our video playlist and subscribe to our Youtube Channel to be informed when a new video is released!

New videos are released every Tuesday at 11:00AM PST.

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 and usually not onstage.  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 receive 6 free tickets to attend our improv comedy shows.  You also gain admittance to our student meet-ups that we organize throughout the year.

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