San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Comedy Store Players present The Improvisation Academy
Improvisation Academy Foundation Course
8 sessions over 8 weekday evenings or 2 weekends, to improvise life one step at a time.
* Do you want to learn the skills that The Comedy Store Players use to make up their shows?
* Would you like to be more spontaneous on the stage of life?
* Would you enjoy meeting like-minded people to develop your confidence and creativity in a sociable environment?
If so, we will teach you the basic skills and principles of improvisation. In fact, the course is split into two, so you can start with just 4 weeks or 1 weekend for Foundation 1 – then if you discover its worth your while, you can sign up to learn and experience more on Foundation 2.
The Foundation curriculum covers many aspects of improvisation.
You might want to apply your learning to some (or all) of the following
Feeling more confident
Accessing more of your creativity
Thinking faster on your feet
Working more effectively in teams
Getting your writing going
Evening Option: Thursdays Oct 24, 31, Nov 7, 14 Time: 7pm-10pm
Weekend Option: Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November Time: 10am-5pm
Venue: The Poor School
In these first four sessions you’ll experience activities that introduce you gently and safely to the main principles of improvisation. We’ll discuss useful concepts such as ‘Yes...And’ and ‘Making your partner look good’. You’ll sample many of the ways that improvisation can quickly develop your skills, so you can start to apply the ideas in your life and work straight away.
What is improvisation anyway?
Accessing and expressing your creativity
Performing – in life, on stage
Evening Option: Thursdays Nov 21, 28, Dec 5 and 12 Time: 7pm-10pm
Weekend Option: Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December Time: 10am-5pm
Venue: The Poor School
These four sessions continue to develop your skills in applying improvisation principles in aspects of your life. You’ll learn more about navigating successfully through uncertainty, so you can think on your feet and handle challenging situations with more confidence and creativity.
Resilience or ‘Bouncebackability’
Applying improvisation in teams
Games to solve problems
Important Information and FAQ
How much do the courses cost?
Foundation 1 & 2 (8 evening sessions or 2 weekends) £330 (plus VAT); Concessions* £295 (plus VAT)
Foundation 1 or 2 (4 evening sessions or 1 weekend) £180 (plus VAT); Concessions* £160 (plus VAT)
*Students or unemployed (must bring proof to first session)
Special Offer: Any one-off Thursday session £40 (plus VAT). Bring a friend first time for FREE.
Please email email@example.com with the date of the session you want to attend and the name of your friend.
What are the classes going to be like?
Each class is 3 hours long and includes physical and verbal warm-ups, games, exercises, relevant theory and de-briefing. Through playfulness, fun and laughter, we explore the world of improvisation (mostly off-stage), to learn new approaches to life and work, handle mistakes and develop our resilience.
The classes are participative and experiential. Throughout the classes, you will be working in pairs and groups of various sizes. We'll take a break - in which refreshments are available.
Who will be teaching the classes?
The classes will be taught by one or more of our faculty. The current faculty is improvisation author and director Paul Z Jackson, and Comedy Store Players Lee Simpson and Neil Mullarkey.
All tutors have many years of experience of teaching improvisation. Our teaching is based on the work of improvisation legends such as Viola Spolin, Keith Johnstone and Del Close. We also draw on more recent developments such as the work of The Applied Improvisation Network.
The first set of Foundation courses will be taught by Paul Z Jackson.
Do I need to be funny to take these classes?
No. You may be surprised to hear that in order to improvise, you do not need to be able to tell jokes or be particularly snappy. What you do need is a collaborative attitude and a willingness to try something new (in a safe environment).
Do I need previous experience in improvisation?
Nope. No previous experience needed either on a stage or in any form of comedy.
Is this course only for beginners?
This course is for beginners with no previous experience of improvisation as well as experienced improvisers who want to get a new perspective on the use of improvisation techniques in different areas of life. We welcome students from all levels to learn and laugh together.
Whether you are a student, teacher, manager, construction worker, nurse, theatre lover (or not), you will all improvise together and progress individually and collectively.
Can I bring my kids?
As with the Comedy Store, the age requirement is 18+
Do you provide overnight accommodation?
No, but London does have many lovely places to stay.
I can no longer come. Can I get a refund?
We will refund you in full (minus registration costs) if you cancel your booking at least 21 calendar days in advance.
What if I don’t like it?
If you turn up and discover this is not for you, you can leave up to half way during the first class and we’ll give you your money back (again minus registration costs).
I want to come but can't do these dates.
No worries. We have the following dates scheduled and you'll be able to book now by emailing Angelina - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates: Tuesdays February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25 Time: 7pm-10pm
I have more questions, who do I ask?
For questions or more information, please email: email@example.com
When & Where
The Improvisation Academy
Our programmes offer a selection of engaging activities that teach valuable lessons for day to day life. Learning to improvise is an enjoyable and transformative way of improving your presence, confidence and communication skills.
Using the LIFE PASS curriculum, our signature workshops Improvisation for Life and Improvisation at Work offer students a chance to experience Improvisation in a safe environment, working at their own pace with no pressure to perform.
Paul Z Jackson author of Easy: A LIFE PASS to Creativity and Confidence has been teaching improvisation for over twenty years and is President of the Applied Improvisation Network (AIN). He has taught Rob Brydon and Ruth Jones, and runs The Improvisation Academy with Neil Mullarkey and Lee Simpson from the Comedy Store Players.