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Online Classes

Made Up Theatre is now offering all improv classes online until further notice. Experience the power of play, and the fun of improvisational comedy from the comfort of your own home.
All classes are PST times and will be held via the video conferencing app Zoom.

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

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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.

5 Week Course

Mondays, August 3rd – August 31st (7:00pm – 9:00pm)

Tuition: $135

Instructor: Sean Taylor

12 Student Limit

Ages: 18+

Prerequisite: None

*Classes meet once a week.

Please note, unless otherwise noted, all new students are required to start at Intro to Improv.

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.

5 Week Course

Tuesdays, July 21 – August 18 (7:00pm – 9:00pm)

Student Performance on August 25 @ 8PM for friends & family.

Tuition: $135

Instructor: Sean Taylor

12 Student Limit

Ages: 18+

Prerequisite: Completion of Intro to Improv (online or in-person)

*Classes meet once a week.

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

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!

5 Week Course

Wednesdays, July 15 – August 12 (7:00pm – 9:00pm)

Student Performance on August 19 @ 8PM for friends & family.

Tuition: $135

Instructor: Sean Taylor

12 Student Limit

Ages: 18+

Prerequisite: Completion of Intro to Improv (online or in-person)

*Classes meet once a week.

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

Course Description:

Students will learn the basics of sketch comedy. Using techniques from Second City and Saturday Night Live. Students will improvise an idea and see it through to a final script. We will also discuss the history and evolution in sketch comedy in america, as well as its future. In addition, students are encouraged to think outside the stage and realize that sketch can also include comedic songs and video content.

5 Week Course

Thursdays, July 30 – August 27 (7:00pm – 9:00pm)

Tuition: $149

Instructor: Justin Embrey

Justin Embrey is a Made Up Theatre alumni, who has a Bachelors in Comedy Writing and Performance from Columbia College Chicago; iO Chicago; and is a current house team performer at Second City Hollywood.

12 Student Limit

Ages: 18+

Prerequisite: Completion of Intro to Improv (online or in-person) or equivalent training at outside venue.

*Classes meet once a week.

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

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.

How does an online class work?

Made Up Theatre classes will meet via Zoom.  We ask you to please download the app on your device of choice (laptop, computer, phone, or tablet).  Students will communicating in class via microphone and webcam.  You will receive a link to join the online class one day prior to the first session.  All classes are Pacific Standard Time (PST).

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!

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

 
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