Virtual Classes FAQ

Curious about how our Virtual Improv Classes work? Read on!

Curious about how our Virtual Improv Classes work? Read on!

My class is about to start Where do I go?

Check your email (spam folder, too) for your order confirmation email from It should contain instructions and a link to the specific Zoom meeting room where your virtual class is being held.

How do the virtual classes work?

Like everyone else these days, we’re using the Zoom app for virtual classes. You’ll sign up for a class on our website and receive an invite to join a Zoom meeting in the day leading up to the class. The teacher will open up the waiting room right at the class start time.

How many people are in a class?

We’re trying to limit classes to no more than 12 participants right now, but the average class size seems to be around 8 or 9.

How does this Zoom thing work?

We recommend using Zoom on a laptop or tablet (phones offer a less full experience). You’ll need to download the Zoom app (free!) and use that account to join your class meeting using the unique code that we will provide you with.

Is a virtual improv class as much fun as an in-person improv class?

While almost nothing is as much fun as a live, in-person improv class, we’ve been working hard to make these Zoom classes as much fun as possible. Our students and teachers have been pleasantly surprised by how well it works. Here’s a list of things that the virtual classes ARE more fun than: 1) A work meeting over zoom, 2) Walking around your neighborhood and waving at neighbors, 3) Those interactive games people are doing now like Quiplash, 4) Watching the next season of that tv series that you didn’t care enough about to finish before social distancing started.

What are some best practices to have a great virtual class?

1) Use a laptop (not a phone!), if possible.

2) Make sure you’re well-lit. The light source (lamps, windows, etc.) should be in front of you, not behind you.

3) Stand up for class. Set your laptop at about chest height or even eye-level on a dresser or stack of books.

4) Try to be as close to your modem/router as possible for optimal connection.

5) Test your set up before your first class, to make sure your mic and camera are working.

What happens when the world goes back to normal?

We’re going to hug every single person we know for way too long.

In terms of classes, our ongoing classes with local Austin students will return to their usual locations. Any virtual classes made up of students from Austin and beyond will finish out online, and then if there are people who are excited about continuing on to higher levels in virtual classes, we’ll likely continue offering virtual classes.

Local Austin students will also be offered the opportunity to retake any classes they experienced virtually, in person and at no extra cost.

If you have any other questions about how this works, please don’t hesitate to email us. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible!