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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.

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 Summer Submissions for our Diversity Scholarship Program!  MORE INFO
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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Beginning Improv Comedy Sampler Class

Interested in taking an improv comedy class but aren’t ready to commit to our 8 week courses?  No worries!  Made Up Theatre is happy to offer a special sampler class, so you can get a taste to decide if our classes are a good fit for you!  This class is aimed at those who are new to improv, so no experience is required! In this class, you’ll receive a run through of some of the core concepts of improvisation that include active listening, communication, acceptance (both success & failure), and the power of play!

One Day Commitment

Saturday September 21st • 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Tuition: $15

Instructor: Sean Taylor

Ages: 18+

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.

4 Week Course

Saturdays, October 5th – October 26th (1:00pm – 4:00pm)

Tuition: $199 $149

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.

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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.

7 Week Course

Mondays Nov. 4th – Dec. 16th (7:30pm – 9:50pm)

Tuition: $199

Instructor: Sean Taylor

Ages: 18+

Prerequisite: Level A

*Classes meet once a week.

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

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

7 Week Course | Wednesdays, October 30th – December 18th (7:30pm – 9:50pm)

No class on November 27th.

Tuition: $199

Instructor: TBA

Ages: 18+

Prerequisite: Level A

*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

$199 Tuition

Dates: September 8th – October 13th

Sundays | 7:15pm – 9:45pm

Pre-requisite: Completion of Level B or equivalent training at outside institution.

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!

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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!

7 Week Course

$249 Tuition

Dates: October 17th – December 12th (no class on Halloween or Thanksgiving)

Thursdays | 7:30pm – 10:00pm

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!

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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)

$199 Tuition

Dates: Oct. 6th – Nov. 24th

Sundays | 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Instructor: Sean Penello

Topic: Advanced Short Form Games
You’ve learned the core short form improv, so let’s further explore the fun of games!  You’ll delve into physical-based scenes, guessing games, character-based platforms, and much more! 

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Beginning Acting Course

Acting is a powerful form of art that allows you to break through your comfort zone and become a more confident individual. In this class, you will develop a basic understanding of acting fundamentals through Stanislavski-based practice. Using exercises and scene work, this class introduces students to the elements of dramatic action, text analysis, and character development, as well as the tools for releasing inhibitions and expanding vocal and physical range. No experience required!

8 Week Course


$249 Tuition

Dates: March 17 – May 19 (no class on Easter Sunday (April 21) & Mother’s Day (May 12)

Sundays | 7:15pm – 9:45pm

Ages: 18+

Prerequisite: None

*Classes meet once a week.

Instructor: Bobby August
Bobby August Jr. is an actor, improviser and teacher. He earned an MFA in Acting from the University of California, Davis.  Some of his favorite past performances include portraying Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Doug in Gruesome Playground Injuries, Howie in Rabbit Hole, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, and The Player in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.  Bobby is a recipient of the Theatre Bay Area TITAN award for actors and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.  He also devises physical theatre pieces with long-time collaborator Iu-Hui Chua.  They created and performed Crawl and Ligilo at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.  Bobby currently teaches Acting and Improv courses at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre.

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!

Looking for some pointers on improv?
Well, we’ve produced 50 instructional videos called “MUT Improv Tips”

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.

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