Class Descriptions

Registration is open for our Late Summer classes. For registration and to view upcoming classes please visit our calendar HERE!

Got a question? Check out our FAQ page or Email info@curiouscomedy.org with any questions or to get on our Training Center mailing list.

Auditions

Curious Comedy Theater holds auditions for our Level 2 and Level 3 long-form improv classes, as well as our mainstage improv and sketch performance ensemble, the Curious Comedy Playas! Please check upcoming auditions dates HERE or emails info@curiouscomedy.org.

Workshops

 

Summer Intensive Workshop Series

Unlike your typical improv class that will focus on working towards a performance, this summer intensive workshop series aims to equip you with a specific set of tools and skills that will benefit you in any improv environment, whether that be in short form or long form. While gaining exposure to multiple instructors and teaching styles, students will also have the option of signing up for specific workshops that suit their interest or for the series as a whole. This workshop series is beneficial to all levels of improvisers, but we ask that students have at least taken a Level 2 Improv course. In this session, we are offering classes on Yes AND, Emotion, Physicality, Character, Diagnostics, Mastering the Game, and Musical Improv taught by Garrett Palm, producer of UCB’s Baby Wants Candy, Jake Michels of Whiskey Tango, Betse Green of Comedy Sportz, and the accomplished improviser and standup comedian Bri Pruett. This series runs every Tuesday at 7:30pm for 8 weeks (July 1st- August 19th). Pricing is $25/class to drop in, or $150 for an 8 week punch card.

View upcoming classes and register HERE

The Hines Brothers’ Workshops

Kevin Hines has studied and performed at the UCBT since 2000. In that time he has learned from teachers like Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Armando Diaz, Peter Gwinn, John Lutz, and TJ & Dave. Kevin can be seen performing with the UCB house team, The Curfew or with his brother in The Brothers Hines. Before all that he graduated from Cornell University where he wrote for the campus humor magazine the Lunatic. He has been teaching at the UCB since Spring 2008.

Will Hines has studied and performed improv at UCBT since 1999, currently on the improv team The Smokes in LA. Among his teachers: Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Matt Besser, Armando Diaz, and Sean Conroy. He’s co-written, starred in and directed many sketch shows. He makes short videos and dabbles in stand-up like an arrogant swaggering dilettante. He’s had small parts in prominent web series and not so prominent commercials. He’s taught at UCBT since spring of 2003.

Kevin’s workshop will be taking place on July 26th from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm and Will’s workshop will be from 2:30-4:30 pm at Curious Comedy Theater. Pricing is $40 for each two hour session or $70 to take both Kevin and Will’s workshops.

To register for Kevin’s workshop or for both Kevin and Will’s workshops, register HERE.

To register for Will’s workshop, register HERE.

Muscial Improv: Developing the Skills

Come try your hand a musical improv with Rapidfire Theatre’s Kory Mathewson. This workshop will focus on the skills needed to perform musical improv comedy. Some improv experience is recommended. This workshop will be taking place on August 2nd from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Curious Comedy Theater. Pricing is $40 for this three hour session.

Register HERE.

8 Week Classes

 

Level 1: Improv Fundamentals

This fun and exciting level uses short form games and improv exercises to help students master the all-important fundamentals of improvisational theater. If you have some improv experience, you will build skills and master the basic by revisiting them with a fresh perspective. If you have never been on a stage before in your life – these exercises will help you build confidence, learn to think quickly on your feet and give you a taste of the magic of improvisation. Either way – you will have a blast while learning incredibly important skills that will benefit you on stage as well as in every day life. Registration for Level 1 is allowed without an audition. We develop our talent pool and cast our shows from our training center.

Skills covered in the class include: Making Offers, Listening, Heightening Emotion, Physical Comedy, Character Building, Team Building, Stage Presence, Voice Projection

Tuition: $195 ($175 early registration) for each seven week session with an additional student showcase performance.

View upcoming classes and Register HERE.

 

Level 2: Scene Work Skill Building

Character development and scene progression – Now that you understand the improv fundamentals, Level 2-B will give you time to practice and develop your skills in longer scenes while being introduced to scenic short form games and basic long form improv formats. You will also receive more specific individual diagnostics, feedback, and challenges throughout this level. This level is great for those intending to perform improv as well as actors looking to improve their range and and ability to play in the moment. Registration for Level 2 is only allowed through auditions or special permission. Students must audition to graduate to Level 3: Ensemble and Performance. We develop our talent pool and cast our shows from our training center.

Skills covered in the class include: Two-person Scene Work, Personal Monologues,  Scene Etiquette, Dealing With The Problem of the Scene, Intermediate Character Development, Strengthening Individual Weaknesses, Identifying Individual Strengths, Acting In The Moment, Playing With Silence, And More…

Tuition: $195 ($175 early registration) for each seven week session with an additional student showcase performance.

View upcoming classes and Register HERE.

 

Level 3: Ensemble and Performance

You have mastered the fundamentals of improv and scene work and you understand the basics of long form improv – so what next? Now it’s time to become a member of an ensemble and rehearse long form formats specifically to perform shows in front of a general audience. In this level you still receive individual notes for your personal development while you also discover how to be a member of a tight ensemble working together to create amazing shows spontaneously for a live audience. This level allows you to experience the magic of long form improv while freeing your best work through the supportive environment of an ensemble you will grow to love and trust. Registration for Level 3 is only allowed through auditions or special permission. Ensembles will be created with care and intention for the best mix of players and compatibility. Level 3 ensembles may become part of the Curious show schedule and members are most likely to be cast in Curious shows.

Skills covered in the class include: Mastering the Fundamentals, Mastering Two-person Scene, Long form Performance Formats, Advanced Character Development, Strengthening Individual Weaknesses Identifying and Building Individual Strengths, Playing In an Ensemble, And More…

Tuition: $195 ($175 early registration) for each seven week session with an additional student showcase performance.

View upcoming classes and Register HERE.

 

Introduction to Stand Up Comedy

Learn the fundamentals of stand up comedy including stage etiquette, joke structure, writing habits and more while generating material for your own three-minute stand up routine. This course will consist of writing exercises, watching stand up masters, and classroom performance to help you explore different stand up styles, connect to your own unique writing process and discover your own voice. Class ends with a student showcase at the Curious Comedy Open Mic. Taught by local comedian Gabe Dinger.

Tuition: $195 ($175 early registration) for each seven week session with an additional student showcase performance.

View upcoming classes and Register HERE.

 

Introduction to Sketch Writing - 1

Character and Conflict – Students will spend seven weeks working on idea generation, structure and character, leaving with an understanding of how to write a well-structured, dynamic sketch. Participants will emerge with three sketches that they’ve rewritten and seen up on their feet.

Weeks 1-3 will focus on brainstorming ideas, creating unique characters, sketch structure and developing the game of the scene. Beginning in week 4 and continuing to week 6, students will bring in a sketch a week that we will workshop together. From weeks 5-7, they will bring in a rewrite of the previous week’s scene along with the new sketch.

Tuition: $195 ($175 early registration) for each eight week session.

Calendar and Registration HERE.

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