Advanced Improv Training
Advanced Improv Training
****VIRTUAL CLASS NOTICE: During the COVID-19 Pandemic all Hideout classes are being held VIRTUALLY in 90-minute sessions each week. These classes have been shockingly fun and effective, and help the Hideout continue to survive during a fundamental disruption of our core business, so please consider signing up for an improv class with us! Here’s a FAQ on Virtual Classes, or you can email us with any questions.****
LEVEL TWO: Games for Performance
This second workshop in our introductory series keeps the fun going and invites you to embrace the structure, boundaries, and rules that can help you improvise better faster. We’ll explore the improv fundamentals that get scenes and games going in a strong, brave and effortless way. Class meets six times (three hours each), limit 16 students, culminates with a showcase for friends and family.
(Prereq: Level 1)
LEVEL THREE: Scenes for Performance
In this Level you’ll discover techniques for knocking out satisfying scenes and games (beginning, middle & end). Learn to tell a story with engaging characters and a satisfying twist. Learn to find the funny in the scene and make it bigger. Learn to recognize when you’re not having fun and how to get things back in gear. Class meets six times (three hours each), limit 16 students, culminates with a showcase for friends and family.
(Prereq: Levels 1-2)
LEVEL FOUR: Advanced Personal Feedback
So you’ve decided that this improv thing is for you. The first level of our performance series is an advanced scene study class, building on the foundation you acquired in Levels 1-3 and exploring advanced techniques and strategies for getting out of your own way, keeping the audience in the palm of your hand, making strong choices in games, scenes and longer formats, and recognizing the difference between genuine delight and politely muddling through. Level Four includes a strong direct feedback component. Classes run once a week (three hours) for six weeks, limit 12 students. Level Four culminates in a student showcase in the Sunday Weekender for friends and family.
(Prereq: Levels 1-3)
LEVEL FIVE: Advanced Scenework in Montage
You’ve got all the building blocks of improv and now it’s time to put it all together in a self-directed show consisting of unrelated scenes inspired by an initial audience suggestion (or Montage). Learn the tools and tricks to sustain a longform show without a teacher or director controlling the shape of the show. Discover not just how to transition between connected scenes, but also WHEN and WHY. We’ll continue to work on sustaining the playfulness and effortlessness that makes improv come alive for an audience. Classes run once a week (three hours) for six weeks, limit 10 students. Level Five culminates in a student showcase in the Weekender.
(Prereq: Levels 1-4)
LEVEL SIX: Special Formats
In the third class in our performance series you’ll dive headfirst into a single specialized show format and learn it inside out over six weeks. Throughout the year we offer a variety of Level Six sessions exploring different formats. Produce your own shortform show full of games and scenes in Theatresports. Connect with your audience through improv inspired by authentic stories and conversation in Living Room or Armando. Explore a bizarre house full of oddball characters in The Guest Game. And more! Classes run once a week (three hours) for six weeks, limit 10 students. Level Six culminates in a student showcase in the Weekender.
(Prereq: Levels 1-5)
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