Empire's Core Curriculum

Foundations: Introduction to Improvisation

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. Improv at its root is very simple: listen and react, this class will get to the heart of that basic skill required for all improvisation. 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. This class is a great place to start for brand new improvisers and a great place for experienced improvisers improve on their scene work skills.

Empire Improv's core curriculum centers around the relationship based scene, honesty, and working at the top of your intelligence with focus on the two person scene the core of all successful improvisation.

Fall Class

  • Tuesday nights 7:30pm to 10:00pm
  • September 19, 2017 through November 14, 2017 (taking Halloween off)
  • Class show November 21, 2017
  • $175 until September 5, 2017
  • $200 after September 5, 2017
  • Must be 18 to enroll
  • Enroll here.
  • At Black Spring Coffee 2930 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA

Spring Class

  •  Wednesday nights 7:30pm to 10:00pm
  • April 4, 2018 through May 23, 2018
  • 8 weeks of class
  • Student show
  • early enrollment $175

Foundations: Group Work

The class will expand on the concepts in Introduction to Improvisation and apply them to group scenes, supporting scenes, and editing. Group scenes function in much the same way that two person scenes do, only there are more moving pieces, so we focus on joining what is already there. Being a part of an ensemble requires give and take, and this class centers on the skills necessary to better support all aspects of group improvisation.

Winter Class

  • Tuesday nights 7:30pm to 10:00pm
  • November 28, 2017 through January 23, 2018 (taking December 26, 2017 off)
  • Class show January 30, 2018
  • $185 until November 14, 2017
  • $210 after November 14, 2017
  • Must be 18 to enroll
  • To enroll visit paypal and make payment to michael@empireimprov.com
  • At Black Spring Coffee 2930 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA 

Spring Class

  •  Wednesday nights 7:30pm to 10:00pm
  • June 6, 2018 through August 1, 2018
  • 8 weeks of class
  • Student show
  • early enrollment $185

Foundations: The Harold

This class takes the concepts of The Two Person Scene, and Group Work and applies them to creating a whole improv performance. Noticing and listening are just as important while outside of a two-person scene as they are within. Connections, edits, exploration, and scenic variation all require noticing all aspects of the show and playing with them. The Harold invites you to create a whole world and each part “agrees” and supports the  parts of that whole.

Winter Class

  • Tuesday nights 7:30pm to 10:00pm
  • February 6, 2018 through March 27, 2018
  • Class show April 3, 2018
  • $185 until November 14, 2017
  • $210 after November 14, 2017
  • Must be 18 to enroll
  • To enroll visit paypal and make payment to michael@empireimprov.com
  • At Black Spring Coffee 2930 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA
Fall Class

  •  Wednesday nights 7:30pm to 10:00pm
  • August 15, 2018 through October 3, 2018
  • 8 weeks of class
  • Student show
  • early enrollment $185

Email Michael with questions.

about Empire's Classes

  • Empire's foundation classes are 8 week sessions 2.5 hours each week.
  • There is a student show for each class.
  • Classes must be taken in order. In order to take the next class you may not miss more than 2 classes. 
  • Students enrolling in classes must be at least 18 years old.
  • Classes are nonrefundable.
  • All curriculum created and taught by Michael Lewis.
  • Contact Michael Lewis with any questions.