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Update About In-Person Classes

In order to attend our in-person classes, students must be fully vaccinated and present their vaccine report card with a valid photo ID on the first session.
UPDATE: As of 6/3/22, a countywide mask mandate is in effect.  Guests & students are currently required to wear masks upon entry.
Thank you for helping us follow county guidelines to keep our community safe!

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 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.

Saturday July 23, 2022 3:30pm – 5:30pm

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.

SESSION 1:

5 Week Course

Dates: July 9th – August 6th

Times: Saturdays, 12:00pm – 3:00pm (3 hours weekly)


Tuition: $219

SESSION 2:

8 Week Course

Dates: August 8th – October 3rd
No class on September 5th

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: Tuesdays, August 16th – October 4th (2 hours weekly)

Show on Final Class.

Times: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Tuition: $219

Instructor: TBD

Ages: 18+

14 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.

6 Week Course

Dates: August 20th – October 1st
No class on September 3rd

Show on Final Class.

Times: Saturdays | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Tuition: $219

Instructor: TBD

Ages: 18+

14 Students

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

*Classes meet once a week.

Class Topic: The Deconstruction Format

Course Description:

In the Deconstruction, improvisers will expand on a grounded, relationship-based source scene and begin pulling it apart by looking at its various components through faster and faster scene work. Each scene in the Deconstruction reinforces decisions put forth in previous scenes and informs future scenes in a way that is satisfying to watch and perform. Each week of this class will examine a different component of the Deconstruction and stretch students to learn and incorporate diverse scene styles to form a complete set. At the end of the course, students will showcase the Deconstruction in a performance for their family and friends!

8 Week Course

Dates: June 2nd – July 21st

Show on final day

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

Tuition: $219

Instructor: Ramon Martinez

Ramon began improvising in earnest at Pointless Brewery and Theatre in 2016. He was a member of the first graduating class of the Pointless School of Improv in 2017. That same year, Ramon auditioned for and became a member of the 2018 Shadow League, This is a Quiz. This is a Quiz performed weekly for two years and specialized in The Spokane, Flux-Capacitor, and Close-Quarters long form sets. He also performed monthly as a member of The Toast, and in the duo, Bad Brunchers. You can now catch him on stage as a member of the MUT Cast.

Ages: 18+

14 Students

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

*Classes meet once a week.

Musical Improv Class

Musical Improv 1: 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 5th – July 17th (2.5 hours weekly)
No class on June 19th

Times: 7:15pm – 9:45pm

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!

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 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.

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!

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!

8 Week Course

Dates: Thursdays, April 7 – May 26 (2 hours weekly)

Show on Final Class.

Times: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

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.

Musical Improv Class

Musical Improv 2: The Long Form 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

$285 Tuition

Dates: TBD

Pre-requisite: Completion of Musical Improv 1: Fundamentals

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!

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

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