Intro to Improv: Level 1

Improv is a great way to explore your creativity, become more confident speaking in front of others, expand your skills as an actor, and learn to create as part of an ensemble. This class will focus on improv fundamentals: agreement, listening, and being in the moment. The Intro to Improv class will be great for those brand new to improv and will also work on skills useful to anyone with prior improv experience. Each week will build on concepts from each class and there will be a student performance at the end of Level 1. Empire Improv's core curriculum centers around the relationship based scene, honesty, and working at the top of your intelligence.


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Group Work: Level 2

The class will expand on the skills learned in Level 1. Level 2 will focus on working as a group: connecting scenes, themes and ideas, as well as learning to perform group scenes and group games. This class is taught by Ben Craig and Michael Lewis.

In order to take Level 2 you must have successfully completed Level 1 with no more than two absences.

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The Harold: Level 3

Learn the most famous and the original long form improv piece, the form that inspired all the rest. The Harold will combine all of the skills learned in Level 1 and Level 2. 

In order to take Level 3 you must have successfully completed Level 2 with no more than two absences.

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Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Body

How often are you in a scene wondering why your scene isn’t going well? Odds are you are ignoring how you feel and how your scene partner feels. This class will focus on getting out of your head and into how you feel and on letting your emotions lead. Just noticing how your character feels in the scene gives you a clear point of view to improvise from. Improvisers almost always have an emotional response to their scene partner, however we are often too distracted by our brains to notice how we really feel. Let’s focus on finding how you already feel and bring that into your scene work.

Pre-requisite: Completion of Made Up Theatre's Level A or an equivalent Introduction to Improv course at an outside school.

Details at Made Up Theater.

Saturday March 5, 2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Made Up Theater in Fremont, CA.


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Details about Empire's Classes

  • Classes must be taken in order.  Level 2 requires completion of Level 1, and Level 3 requires completion of Level 2 etc.
  • Students enrolling in classes must be at least 18 years old.
  • If a student misses more than 2 classes, they must repeat that level.
  • Curriculum for Levels 1, 2, and 3 is created by Michael Lewis.