2019 Improv Program

The Improv Program is a complete foundation in the principles of scenic improvisation as practiced at The Second City. Based in the work of Viola Spolin, this program covers all elements of the improvisational process. Students begin with ensemble, environment, and object work and end by rehearsing and performing their own fully improvised show.

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The Improv Program: A-E

  • Improv Levels A-E & F(orever)

The Improv Program is a complete foundation in the principles of scenic improvisation as practiced at The Second City. Based in the work of Viola Spolin, this five level program covers all elements of the improvisational process. Students begin in Level A with ensemble, continuing with environment and object work, and end in Level E by rehearsing and performing a fully-improvised show.

Want to check out what an improv class is like or need to refresh your skills? Come to our weekly drop-in improv classes! If you’re short on time, join us for one of our 3-day or 5-day Improv Intensives.

Improv Level A

In Improv Level A, you’ll 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.”

Improv Level A meets once a week for two and a half hours over an eight week term. No prior experience in theatre or improv is required. Students with a degree in theatre or significant experience may want to consider the Improv for Actors program instead.

Improv Level B

In Improv Level B, you’ll learn how to improvise characters. You’ll explore creating characters through internal motivations, like point of view, status, wants and intentions, and external ones, like experimenting with physicality. You learn how to make choices in scenes that help define their character.  Improv Level B meets once a week for three hours over an eight week term.

Improv Level C

Improv Level C introduces you to the skills needed for scene work, including emotion, listening, and transformation, as well as continues to hone skills learned in Levels A & B like ensemble, object work, and “yes, and.” You’ll also begin improvising scenes, exploring exercises that isolate the different skills needed for successful scene work, andlearn by observing classmates performing scenes, and receiving and observing instructor feedback. Improv Level C meets once a week for three hours over an eight week term. There is a brief demonstration for an audience at the end of the term.

Improv Level D

In Improv Level D, you’ll explore advanced-level scene work and focus on synthesizing all the elements that go into strong, well-rounded, dynamic scenes: like character, emotion, ensemble, environment, relationship, status, transformation, and more. You’ll also continue to learn how to improvise group scenes, and receive an introduction to scene styles and genres. Improv Level D meets once a week for three hours over an eight week term.   There is a demonstration for an audience at the end of the term.

Improv Level E

Level E is all about performance. You’ll take everything you have learned in Levels A-D and use those skills to put together a fully improvised, 45-minute show for friends and family. You learn multiple aspects of improv performance, including communicating with an audience, engaging in a rehearsal process, and introducing, running and executing their own show. Improv Level E meets once a week for three hours over an eight week term. There is a 45-minute performance for an audience at the end of the term.

Improv Level F(orever)

Finished the Improv A-E program and want to keep improvising in a structured but casual environment? Want to keep your improv skills from getting rusty? How about practicing with a fun group of like-minded students? Improv F(orever) is for Improv Program graduates who want to keep working on exercises and games while having fun with other improv grads. Graduates of Level F will be scheduled for a graduation performance as an opener for a Second City House Team.  Students can take this course as many times as they like.

Contact Amy Young with any questions about group class scheduling.

Note: Level F can be taken at any point during the year and does not have to be scheduled right after Improv Level E.

“Level F is for people who want to get serious about learning improv beyond the basics in a critical, yet non-competitive and fun environment.” – Gregory M, Student

“Level F has been a really worthwhile experience, providing us with focused and detailed attention. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to my Level E group after graduation, and it’s so nice to continue to meet once a week and get practice that makes us even more performance-ready.” – Sarah C, Student

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Mid-Life Crisis: Improv for Generations X & Y

Mid-Life Crisis: Improv for Generations X & Y

  • Levels A-E

Mid-Life Crisis Improv is for anyone ages 35-55 who wants to learn how to improvise, including people who want to do improv for fun, to better their professional skills, or to eventually pursue it professionally.

The Improv Program is a complete foundation in the principles of scenic improvisation as practiced at The Second City. Based in the work of Viola Spolin, this five level program covers all elements of the improvisational process. Students begin in Level A with ensemble, continuing with environment and object work, and end in Level E by rehearsing and performing a fully-improvised show.

Mid-Life Crisis: Improv for Generations X & Y Level A

In Improv Level A, you’ll 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.”

Improv Level A meets once a week for two and a half hours over an eight week term. No prior experience in theatre or improv is required. Students with a degree in theatre or significant experience may want to consider the Improv for Actors program instead.

Mid-Life Crisis: Improv for Generations X & Y Level B

In Improv Level B, you’ll learn how to improvise characters. You’ll explore creating characters through internal motivations, like point of view, status, wants and intentions, and external ones, like experimenting with physicality. You learn how to make choices in scenes that help define their character.

Improv Level B meets once a week for three hours over an eight week term.

Mid-Life Crisis: Improv for Generations X & Y Level C

Improv Level C introduces you to the skills needed for scene work, including emotion, listening, and transformation, as well as continues to hone skills learned in Levels A & B like ensemble, object work, and “yes, and.”

You’ll also begin improvising scenes, exploring exercises that isolate the different skills needed for successful scene work, and learn by observing classmates performing scenes, and receiving and observing instructor feedback.

Improv Level C meets once a week for three hours over an eight week term. There is a brief demonstration for an audience at the end of the term.

Mid-Life Crisis: Improv for Generations X & Y Level D

In Improv Level D, you’ll explore advanced-level scene work and focus on synthesizing all the elements that go into strong, well-rounded, dynamic scenes: like character, emotion, ensemble, environment, relationship, status, transformation, and more. You’ll also continue to learn how to improvise group scenes, and receive an introduction to scene styles and genres.

Improv Level D meets once a week for three hours over an eight week term. There is a demonstration for an audience at the end of the term.

Mid-Life Crisis: Improv for Generations X & Y Level E

Level E is all about performance. You’ll take everything you have learned in Levels A-D and use those skills to put together a fully improvised, 45-minute show for friends and family. You learn multiple aspects of improv performance, including communicating with an audience, engaging in a rehearsal process, and introducing, running and executing their own show.

Improv Level E meets once a week for three hours over an eight week term. There is a 45-minute performance for an audience at the end of the term.

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