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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 April 20 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Saturday May 11 1:00pm – 3:00pm

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.


8 Week Course

Dates: May 13th – July 8th (no class on May 27th)

Times: Mondays, 7:30pm – 9:30pm (2 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+

18 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: Thursdays, May 9th – June 27th

Show on Final Class.

Times: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Tuition: $219


Instructor: Shannon 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. In addition to improv, Shannon has studied Theatre Arts at Las Positas, Acting with First Take Acting School and Business at Cal State East Bay.

Ages: 18+

16 Student Limit

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

*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: Tuesdays, May 21st – July 2nd

Show on final day.

Times: 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Tuition: $239

Pre-requisite: Completion of Intro to Improv

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.


Date: Sunday April 28th · 7:45pm – 9:45pm

Topic: Group Mind
Improv is a team art, in most cases, and this class is about getting synched up with your team! We will focus on exercises that help players tap into the combined subconscious of their team so they can create more of those “How’d they do that?! That must have been scripted!” scenes. Attention will be given to recognizing and repeating patterns but also recognizing the potential for patterns right from the jump. The goal is that you’ll leave this class with a deeper understanding of the power and potential of group mind.

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.

Prerequisite: Intro to Improv or equivalent at outside venue. Ages 18+


Date: Sunday May 5th · 7:45pm – 9:45pm

Topic: Tell Me How You Really Feel – Using Emotions in Improv
In this drop-in class, students will learn how emotional initiations & responses can add so much to our improv repertoire. Through exercises & short scenes, we will practice building more meaningful relationships with our scene partners, resulting in not only more memorable scenes, but lots more fun!

Instructor: Victoria M.
Victoria found Made Up Theatre in late 2015. After attending shows, she began improvising with MUT in July 2016, joining MUT’s Main Stage Cast in Jan 2019. Victoria has studied improv with Magnet Theater, Rise Comedy, Empire Improv, Will Hines, Laura Hall, Julie Brister, Jason Shotts, Colleen Doyle, and others. Trained as a scientist, Victoria fondly recalls her one and only theater class in college – though taken solely to fulfill a fine arts requirement – as being the highlight of her day! Little did she know at that time she’d come full circle years later as a student, performer, and teacher of improv! As a mom and grandma, Victoria now knows that she’s been improvising for years!

Prerequisite: Intro to Improv or equivalent at outside venue. Ages 18+


Date: Sunday May 12th · 7:45pm – 9:45pm

Topic: Hosting Intensive
You’ve learned the games, now it’s time to learn how to host those games. In this class we will explore the opening and closing spiels, practice hosting and explaining some of the more complex games performed at Made Up Theatre, and we will discover our confidence and personalities as a host. Hosting (public speaking) can be intimidating, but when you feel prepared and comfortable in front of the audience you will elevate yourself to the next level. This class is open to all hosting experience levels, there is value for everyone when it comes to exercising our hosting muscles.

Instructor: Shannon 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. In addition to improv, Shannon has studied Theatre Arts at Las Positas, Acting with First Take Acting School and Business at Cal State East Bay.

Prerequisite: Intro to Improv & Improv Games or equivalent at outside venue. Ages 18+


Date: Sunday May 19th · 7:45pm – 9:45pm

Topic: Position Play
Position Play focuses on 4 distinct scene types: Logical v.s. Absurd, Character Driven, Alternate Reality, and Realistic scenes. Position Play will help you understand the scene dynamics behind these four basic types and give you tools needed to tackle them!

Instructor: Edgard Arroliga
Edgard’s first introduction to improv was back in 2019, when he decided to check out ComedySportz San Jose. He immediately fell in love with performing, laughing, and playing with all sorts of hilarious people. Then, the pandemic struck and days of performing slipped away from his fingers. However, Edgard found his way to Made Up Theater in late 2022 and began once again to improvise with a wonderful community. Since then, Edgard has joined the main stage cast and has become a part of a troupe, ForeverBoy. His love for improv keeps growing and growing!

Prerequisite: Intro to Improv or equivalent at outside venue. Ages 18+


Intermediate Musical Improvisation – Scenes, Songs, and Syzygy

Instructors: Tara DeFrancisco, Rance Rizzutto [HERE: The (Improvised) Musical (global touring), The Nest Theatre (CBus), Deltones (iO Chicago), Baby Wants Candy (Chicago), Second City]

Saturday May 4th, 2024
10:30am – 1:30pm
Experience: Intermediate Musical Improv Work / Intermediate-Advanced Scenework Practice
SOLD OUT! You can email us at info@madeuptheatre.com to join our waiting list.

Tuition: $75

In addition to Beginning Musical Improv’s fundamental skills and practice, this workshop focuses primarily on “earning the song”, musical improv theory, proper warmups, 2 person duets, group support from the sidelines, and mostly the integrity of a good scene that pays off musically – when there’s just too much to feel that words no longer do it service. In this workshop we’ll let go of tightly gripping structure and instead enjoy more of what magical musical moments can happen when we instead listen to the piece. Remember the joy of what made you want to start, now revel in the delight of leaning in further to let the musical ride expand!

Prerequisite: Musical Improv 1A or equivalent introductory musical improv experience at outside venue. Scene Study or equivalent experience at outside venue.
Ages 18+

Class is capped at 16 students.


It’s Already There – Dynamic Scene Starts
Instructors: Tara DeFrancisco, Rance Rizzutto [HERE: The (Improvised) Musical, The Nest Theatre (CBus), The Improv Retreat, iO Chicago]

Saturday May 4th, 2024
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Experience: Beginner/Intermediate

Tuition: $65

It’s a wild artform, improv – we spend so much time considering and intellectualizing the need for presence and collaboration, but then miss opportunities to connect most authentically by getting in our own ways. We’ve all been in an improv scene that has felt like work – rather than allowing relationship to develop and content to arise, you’ve wasted the moments feeling lost about plot going on trying to force an agenda to happen. In this workshop through listening work, group exercises, and two person scenework with side-coaching, we’ll find that everything you need was in the scene from the impetus as long as you lean into what makes the artform beautiful – creating with each other and listening to each moment along the way.

Prerequisite: Intro to Improv or equivalent at outside venue. Ages 18+

Class is capped at 16 students.

Tara and Rance are also performing at MUT on Friday May 3rd as part of HERE the Musical!  Get more info here!

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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: TBD

Show on Final Class.

Times: 7:30pm – 9:30pm


Instructor: TBD

Ages: 18+

14 Students

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

*Classes meet once a week.

Class Topic: TBD

Dates: TBD

Show on final day

Times: TBD

Tuition: $239

Instructor: TBD

Ages: 18+

14 Students

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

*Classes meet once a week.

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, June 23rd – July 28th

Times: 4:30pm – 7:00pm

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 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.

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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