Laying the Foundation

Improv 101: Laying the Foundation is the first step in the Core Improv Program at the Improv Resource Center. In these classes we teach you a specific approach to scene work, one that is understandable and repeatable. Mastering the skills presented in this series of classes will lead to consistently good scenes and occasionally great ones. These classes teach the game of the scene as laid out in the Upright Citizen's Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual.

In this class we lay the foundation of the scene by establishing a clear situation which is real and relatable. Through exploring this situation and the environment, and discovering the behavior and point of view of the characters, we build out the world of the scene. We focus on careful listening and agreement to expand and sharpen the situation, until we uncover something unusual, novel or fun.

More info on the Core Improv Program.

There will be a graduation performance for the class on Sunday, March 12th, time and place TBA.

This class is sold out. There are no more spots available.

Class Dates (8 class sessions):

  • Tue, Jan 17 - 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Tue, Jan 24 - 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Tue, Jan 31 - 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Tue, Feb 7 - 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Tue, Feb 14 - 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Tue, Feb 21 - 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Tue, Feb 28 - 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Tue, Mar 7 - 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM


Improv Resource Center - Studio 1
4410 N Ravenswood Ave, LL2


Kevin Mullaney, Instructor

Kevin has taught improvisation for 20 years, first for iO Theater, for the UCB Theatre in New York and and now for the Improv Resource Center in Chicago. He is the host of the Improv Resource Center Podcast and the webmaster of the Improv Resource Center. Since returning to Chicago, he has directed many shows both improvised and written including: One Act Roulette, #trending, Based on a True Story, Dear James Franco, Vampyre Hunter High, Space Warps, and A Swarm of Spoilers.

He is the former Artistic Director of the Chicago Improv Festival and of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York, where he also served as the chief administrator of their training program. He directed numerous improv shows for the UCB Theater including “Tracers”, “Retraced”, “Individually Wrapped”, and “The Swarm in Slow Waltz Around Rage Mountain”. He is the creator of Cage-Match and the Annual 3 on 3 Tournament at UCB. He recently won the 2015 INNY award from Improvisation News for the best "Best Improv Comedy Instructor/Coach".

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