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Improv Program

In the Kids Improv Program you’ll study the fundamentals of improvisation through exercises that help to develop strong ensemble and character work. Develop stage presence as well as patience, self confidence, good communication skills, and a respect for other performers and their creativity.

Imaginaction

Imaginaction (ages 4-8)

  • Ages 4-6, 7-8
  • 50 Minutes, 7 Weeks

Imaginaction is for our littlest improvisers. It is for kids who want an introduction to improvisation and learning to play with others in a structured setting. This class uses some of the tenets of improv like creating a supportive environment and the concept of “Yes, and” to teach kids some basic skills. Imaginaction isn’t about laying the foundation for kids to be comedians or improvisers; it’s about getting them on their feet and presenting them with a new way to learn how to work with others.

This class teaches the building blocks of basic improv. The games and exercises are mostly guided play that develops social skills and confidence. The focus here is put on physical expression rather than verbal. The kids will learn how to work and have fun together with others.

The kids will participate in fun games and exercises that will have them do such things as riding a “magic elevator” or being an exhibit in a museum. These are all designed to be fun with no pressure to perform placed upon the children.

Imaginaction is offered in two different age groups, ages 4-6 and ages 7-8. It meets once a week for 50 minutes over a seven week term. There is a short in-class demonstration for parents and friends on week seven.

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Improv X

Improv X (ages 9-13)

  • Ages 9-10, 11-13
  • 50 Minutes, 7 Weeks

Improv X is for kids ages 9-13 who want an introduction to improvisation. This class uses some of the tenets of improv like creating a supportive environment and the concept of “Yes, and” to teach kids some basic skills. It gets them on their feet and presents them with a new way to learn how to work with others. It is a great opportunity for them to meet new friends. This class provides an opportunity for older kids to work together and be creative with other kids in activities that aren’t sports related.

This class teaches the building blocks of basic improv and introduces kids to the fundamental aspects of performing. The games and exercises develop social skills and confidence. The focus here is put on physical expression as well as verbal communication. The kids will learn how to work and have fun together with others.

Students will be lead through some basic improv exercises and games. These are meant to be fun and focus on communication and physicality. The kids will work together to develop their individual skills in a low-pressure environment. There are some aspects of performing involved, but students won’t be doing anything too intimidating.

Improv X is offered in two different age groups, ages 9-10 and ages 11-13. It meets once a week for 50 minutes over a seven week term. There is a short in-class demonstration performance on week seven.

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Improv (ages 14-18)

Improv (ages 14-18)

  • Intro and Advanced Improv
  • 2 Hours, 7 Weeks

Intro to Improv

Intro to Improv is for teens ages 14-18 who are interested in learning how to improvise. It is also for teens that just want to try something new for fun. Intro to Improv provides the fundamentals needed to do any improvisation. Participating in class games and exercises can help build confidence and teach public speaking skills. It is also a great way for kids to meet new people and make new friends.

In this introductory class, students start to learn the skills needed to create strong improvised scenes. Some of these skills include building ensemble, giving and taking focus, object work, and, one of the most crucial fundamentals of improv, the concept of “yes, and.” This class focuses on the individual performer and strengthens their skills.

Students get up and play a variety of exercises and games. These exercises and games train the analytical side of the brain to focus on simple goals, freeing the creative side and silencing the negative thoughts that can make us freeze in performance (or in life, for that matter). These games are high-energy cooperation and a ton of fun to play.

Intro to Improv is open to all teens ages 14-18. No prior experience is required. It meets once a week for two hours over a seven week term. There will be a short performance demonstration for parents at the end of week seven.

Advanced Improv

Advanced Improv is for teens who have completed the teen Intro to Improv course and feel they are ready to move on to more advanced work. Creating a good scene through improvisation is challenging, but it is also very rewarding. Scenework is where students get to experience the skills they’ve learned playing games and exercises taken to the next level. Improvising scenes with classmates is also a great bonding experience.

Here students will take the skills they learned in Intro to Improv and use them to create scenes with other students. They will learn the importance of listening to their scene partner. They will learn how to create characters and use the concept of “Yes, and” to keep scenes going. They will also learn how to forge strong relationships in a scene.

In Advanced Improv students will play games and exercises that are more performance orientated. Students also begin to improvise scenes, exploring exercises that isolate the different skills needed for successful scene work. They will be given the opportunity to hone and play characters they’ve created in different environments. Students also learn by observing classmates performing scenes and receiving and observing instructor feedback.

Advanced Improv is open to any teen student that has completed Intro to Improv. Students who have completed an earlier term of Advanced Improv are welcome to enroll again. It meets once a week for two hours over a seven week term. There will be a thirty-minute performance for parents at the end of week seven in a Second City Training Center theater.

Students are encouraged to take each level as many times as they like to get more practice or until they are comfortable to move forward with subsequent levels.

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Improv for Anxiety

Improv for Anxiety (ages 12-18)

  • Ages 12-14, 15-18
  • 2 Hours, 6 Weeks

Improv for Anxiety ages 12-14 & 15-18

Improv for Anxiety for Teens is an innovative class that combines ensemble-based improv, along with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), to help teens overcome the fear and avoidance associated with social anxiety. A Second City instructor will lead the 1-hour class.

At the end of the class, a licensed therapist will facilitate a one-hour session applying improv and CBT to manage social anxiety. After each session, emails will be sent out to parents regarding parenting strategies that will complement your child’s goals. Parents are also suggested to attend a two-hour group in the last week (week 8) of the program emphasizing additional strategies to use with their child in the future, in addition to relating and being supported by other parents.

Although Improv for Anxiety was developed for people with social anxiety, teens with other anxiety challenges are welcome to participate.

Health Insurance: This class may be eligible to be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement at the out-of-network level.

Improv for Anxiety meets once a week for two hours over a seven week term.

Is the Improv for Anxiety Class right for me?

  1. Does being nervous or uncomfortable around other people keep you from doing things you want to do?
  2. Does your fear of public speaking or talking to teachers get in the way at school?
  3. Is being embarrassed or looking stupid one of your worst fears?
  4. Do you limit how involved you become with people because you are afraid of letting them get to know you? Do you worry that if people really knew you, they wouldn’t like you?
  5. Do you find yourself turning down invitations to social events because you know you would feel uncomfortable if you went?
  6. Does being the center of attention make you feel very uncomfortable and self-conscious?
  7. Do you worry about blushing or looking nervous in front of other people?
  8. Do you have trouble stating your opinion or asking for something you deserve because you worry about what others will think of you?
  9. Do you constantly worry people will make fun of you?

Improv for Anxiety for adult students is also available.

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S.H.E. (Sisterhood. Humor. Empowerment.)

S.H.E. (Sisterhood. Humor. Empowerment.)

  • Ages 8-18
  • 1-2 Hours, 7 Weeks

“Who run the world? GIRLS!” -Beyoncé

S.H.E. stands for Sisterhood, Humor, Empowerment. This class is for young women and female-identified persons who are seeking inspiration and empowerment. This workshop gives young women the chance to work and play together to build their own unique voice in a supportive environment. Students will hopefully leave the workshop feeling empowered and more confident and ready to use their new found talents. All this takes place while the students are having fun.

The S.H.E. program is dedicated to inspiring and guiding young self-identified females to make confident and powerful choices through comedy in those difficult weeks returning to school. Participants will develop the skills they need to create their own unique voice, a positive self-image, and the formation of healthy female relationships.

Through improv, dance, crafts, storytelling and group discussion, each student will gain the tools she needs to achieve full self-expression.

S.H.E. is offered in three different age groups—ages 8-10, ages 11-13, and ages 14-18. It meets once a week over a seven week term. The 8-10 and 11-13 age groups meet for fifty minutes while the 14-18 group meets for two hours. There will be a performance demonstration on the last day of class.

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Improv

Dramatic Improv (ages 15-18)

Dramatic Improv is for teens who have already taken the Advanced Improv class and want to further develop their improv skills. It is also for young improvisers who want to develop their acting skills in an improvisational setting. A student who wants to improvise dramatically is serious about their craft….

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Long Form Improv (ages 14-18)

Long Form Improv is for students who have improv experience and are interested in performance-oriented scenic improvisation also known as “Long Form” improv. Being knowledgeable and having experience performing Long Form formats is an important part of one’s improv vocabulary. As students begin to venture out and perform in public…

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Relationship Through Character (ages 11-14)

Relationship Through Character is for younger improvisers who want to take their improv skills to the next level by focusing on characters and relationships. It is intended for experienced students who are looking to continue growing as improvisers. Improv is exploring relationship through character. This advanced class will help you…

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Improv for Individuality for Teens

Improv for Individuality for Teens is for teens looking for artistic expression from their true selves. It’s for those looking to explore the inner relationship and outer misconceptions of self, gender, and identity via the application of improv and dance/movement therapy. This class is a fun outlet for people dealing…

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Improv for ASD

Improv for ASD

Improv for ASD offers a class in improv for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Classes will focus on ensemble and team building to help with the exploration of different relationships and social cues. Improvisational games used in this class will teach the students skills such as accessing emotions and storytelling….

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Musical Improv

Music Improv Basics (ages 14-18)

Explore the world of creating improvised songs and musicals! Students cover the fundamentals of Music Improv – from learning the art of “selling-it” to discovering the art of impromptu rhyming. Singers and non-singers alike will enjoy diving into short-form games, musicals and song structure. No training in voice or music…

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Youth & Teen Ensembles

Youth Ensemble (ages 11-14)

The Youth Ensemble is for students ages 11-14 who have improv and/or acting experience and want to develop and perform in an original show with an ensemble. This class gives you the full experience of developing a Second City revue. Students will experience the thrills and frustrations that come from…

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Teen Ensemble (ages 15-18)

The Teen Ensemble is for students ages 15-18 who have improv and/or acting experience and want to develop and perform in an original show with an ensemble. This class gives you the full experience of developing a Second City revue. Students will experience the thrills and frustrations that come from…

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The Second City Teen House Ensemble

The Teen House Ensemble isn’t a class—it’s actually writing, developing, and performing a show with an ensemble. It is for teens who have improv and performing experience, really enjoy it, and want to dive head-first into the experience. Developing a Second City revue is a uniquely rewarding and demanding experience….

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