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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!

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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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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 March 9th 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Saturday April 6 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Saturday April 20 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Tuition: $20

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, including in the award-winning group 5 Play.  He has training with Comedysportz, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, The Second City, and iO Chicago.  In addition to teaching topics, such as introductory fundamentals, short form games, and musical improv.  He is also the host of Made Up Theatre’s YouTube series MUT Improv Tips, a weekly video series with over 100 episodes.

Ages: 18+

20 Student Limit

Prerequisite: None

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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:

8 Week Course

Dates: March 7th – April 25th

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


Option 2:

5 Week Course

Dates: March 30th – April 27th

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

 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, including in the award-winning group 5 Play.  He has training with Comedysportz, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, The Second City, and iO Chicago.  In addition to teaching topics, such as introductory fundamentals, short form games, and musical improv.  He is also the host of Made Up Theatre’s YouTube series MUT Improv Tips, a weekly video series with over 100 episodes.

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.

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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: Tuesdays, March 19th – May 7th

Show on Final Class.

Times: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Tuition: $219


Instructor: Carolyn Janis

Carolyn first came to Made Up Theatre in 2013, and her passion for improv has since taken her to festivals and schools around the world. After performing at Mt. Olymprov in Athens, Greece in 2017, she was invited to teach their English improv classes the following year. When those concluded she headed to Chicago and performed weekly at the Comedy Clubhouse and with the Improv All-Stars at Chicago Improv Studio while continuing to study improv as an art form. She is very happy to be back at Made Up Theatre with old and new friends, and dreams of the day she can make a living playing make believe.

Ages: 18+

16 Student Limit

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

*Classes meet once a week.

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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: Mondays, March 18th – May 6th

Show on Final Class.

Times: 7:30pm – 9:30pm


Instructor: Shannon Brook Harvey

Shannon saw her first show at Made Up Theatre back in 2019, she fell in love with improv that day and jumped into exploring everything MUT had to offer. She found her people in the improv world and especially in those in the MUT community. Not only was she lucky enough to join the cast in 2022, but now she gets to perform with the actors that she spent years watching and admiring. Shortly after joining the cast she discovered her passion for teaching and helping others find what she found, a love for making things up on the spot in a place where everyone can be themselves and have some laughs along the way.

Ages: 18+

14 Students

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

*Classes meet once a week.

Class Topic: Long Form Narrative

Course Description:

One of the most satisfying and challenging improv formats is the Long Form Narrative!  It’s improvising a story from start to finish with dynamic characters, exciting story beats, and engaging dialogue and action.  You’ll learn how to instantaneously jump into the middle of a story (that doesn’t exist!) and build to a fulfilling conclusion through cause & effect and heightening action.  It’ll be challenging, but gosh, is it fun!

7 Week Course

Dates: Sundays, April 7th – May 19th

Show on final day

Times: 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Tuition: $239

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, including in the award-winning 5 Play, a fast-paced improv group that is known for the long form improvised narrative utilizing the Wheel of Genres.  He has training with Comedysportz, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, The Second City, and iO Chicago.  In addition to teaching topics, such as introductory fundamentals, short form games, and musical improv.  He is also the host of Made Up Theatre’s YouTube series MUT Improv Tips, a weekly video series with over 100 episodes.

Ages: 18+

14 Students

Prerequisite: Intro to Improv & Scene Study or equivalent 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.

Topic: F**k it! A workshop on trusting your gut, taking risks, and owning your power

Date: Sunday January 28 · 1:30pm – 4:30pm

This workshop is designed for women and Trans, Nonbinary and Gender Expansive (TNBGE) people.

More often than not, women and TNBGE improvisers are cast in support or one-dimensional roles, and are not given the space to play to their full power and potential. In this workshop, we will explore what it means to embody “fuck it!” energy–that is, to make and maintain strong character choices, and to take and hold space on stage. This workshop creates a supportive space for women and TNBGE improvisers to be in community and work toward trusting our choices and voices.  The workshop will end with coached scenework and/or montages.

Instructor: Linh Huynh

Linh Huynh started her training in improv in 2018 at Pointless Brewery & Theatre in Ann Arbor, MI. She became a member of the 2020 Pointless launch troupe, Community Garden Party and also regularly performed with Sporadically Susan and her duo, Bad Brunchers. You can catch Linh on stage as member of the MUT cast!

Ages: 18+

Prerequisite: Scene Study or equivalent at outside venue.

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: TBA

Times: TBA

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 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, including in the award-winning group 5 Play.  He has training with Comedysportz, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, The Second City, and iO Chicago.  In addition to teaching topics, such as introductory fundamentals, short form games, and musical improv.  He is also the host of Made Up Theatre’s YouTube series MUT Improv Tips, a weekly video series with over 100 episodes.

Ages: 18+

14 Student Limit

*Classes meet once a week.

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

Show on Final Class.

Times: TBD

Tuition: $239

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

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, including in the award-winning group 5 Play.  He has training with Comedysportz, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, The Second City, and iO Chicago.  In addition to teaching topics, such as introductory fundamentals, short form games, and musical improv.  He is also the host of Made Up Theatre’s YouTube series MUT Improv Tips, a weekly video series with over 100 episodes.

Ages: 18+

15 Student Limit

*Classes meet once a week.

Musical Improv 2: The Improvised Musical

You’ve learned the tools, now let’s have some fun! In this class, you’ll take the musical improv fundamentals and apply them to an improvised Broadway musical! You’ll continue to hone your skills while learning about long form musical structure, such as openers, finales, story arcs, and MORE! Plus, you’ll improvise songs along with a live accompanist! The class culminates with a show for family and friends!

8 Week Course

Dates: TBD

Times: TBD

Tuition: $299

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

Instructor: Shawn Amaro
Accompanist: Grant Ewing

Ages: 18+

14 Student Limit

*Classes meet once a week.

Class Topic: Acting Fundamentals
ONLINE COURSE

Course Description:

This class is designed for beginning / amateur to more advanced adult actors. The instructor will  highlight quick and powerful ways to make your performance more natural and spontaneous and will meet you wherever you are at in your acting journey. Students will work with improv exercises, script analysis, and scene study. No experience is necessary.  A great start for the beginning actor!

6 Week Course

Dates: Wednesdays, February 21st – March 27th (2 hours weekly)

Times: 7:00pm – 9:00pm PST

Tuition: $219

Instructor: Jessica Bettencourt

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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 be teaching with Made Up Theatre again!

Ages: 18+

12 Students

Prerequisite: none

*Classes meet once a week.

Elective Class: Whose Game Is It, Anyway?

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, trimming out the fat of your improv scenes, and getting to the FUN!

7 Week Course

Dates: TBD

Times: TBD

Tuition: $239

Pre-requisite: Completion of Intro to Improv

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!

Ages: 18+

14 Student Limit

*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.

What is your current COVID-19 Policy?

At the present time, up-to-date vaccinations and masks are highly encouraged.  This policy is subject to change.

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