The Core Improv Program is 24 weeks of classes which teach you a specific approach to improvisational theater and improv comedy.
All of these classes are taught by Kevin Mullaney, former Artistic Director of the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre in New York where he taught 150 classes over 7 years.
First 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.
Now that we've set up a compelling scene with a clear base reality and we've discovered what makes it fun and unusual, it's time to play the Game of the Scene. Use this question, "If that, then what?" to figure out the next step in your scene. Explore your situation and heighten the part that's fun. Practice starting a scene from a premise and learn techniques to introduce spontaneous fun choices into an otherwise ordinary situation.
In the next 8 weeks, we take the process we've built for a scene and apply it to a full improv show with many scenes. We learn to initiate a specific premise from a story or another scene. We learn how to bring a scene back and play a second or third beat of a scene. We play games in larger group scenes. And finally we connect our scenes by finding ways to converge the game from one scene into another.
The next Improv 101 for the Core Improv Program starts in March. Join our mailing list (see form on this page), or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to find out when these classes open for registration.
Have a question? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the video below to hear Keegan-Michael Key talk about the game of the scene: