Level 1: Introduction to Improv (No Prerequisite)
This course is for anyone. No experience required. This class introduces students to the fundamentals of improvisation by concentrating on the basic building blocks of spontaneous comedy. Students will learn how to say “yes, and…,” initiate and commit to scenes, explore and heighten ideas, and focus on basic relationship building and character work. Excellent for writers, performers, and non-performers.
You will leave this class with improved communication skills, increased confidence, and new perspective on innovative thinking. More importantly, you will have an amazing amount of fun, play, and make new friends!
Level 2: Shortform Improv in Performance: (Prerequisite – Level 1)
This course is designed to take what has been learned in Level 1 and apply it to short-form scene work. This class focuses on making strong scene initiations, a deeper exploration of character work, establishing the base reality of a scene (the who, what, where), and gain an understanding of what makes a scene work. In this workshop you will learn the same games that are performed during the Mad Cowford shows! Student graduation performance at the end of the workshops.
Level 3: Advanced Short Form (Prerequisite – Level 2)
This course is a student favorite that teaches the advanced techniques of short form shows, including more sophisticated games, more complex scene development, strong character perspective, additional performance techniques and game theory. You will learn even more the same games that are performed during the Mad Cowford shows! Student graduation performance at the end of the workshops.
Level 4: Introduction to Long Form Improv (Prerequisite – Level 2. Level 3 is not a prerequisite.) (This class is not being offered for the January session. Please check back next round!)
Apply what you’ve learned in Levels 1 and 2 to create long form scenes. This workshop includes exercises in the fundamental structural components of long form: base foundation, scene work, group games, patterns, offers, and relationships. Stage longer scenes with recurring themes and rich characters. Students will learn how fully formed characters will enhance and inform performance and will work together as an ensemble and build “the group mind”. Student graduation performance at the end of the workshops.
Level 5: The Harold (Prerequisite – Level 4) (This class is not being offered for the January session. Please check back next round!)
This course will be a smaller class limited to eight students and will introduce learners to the improv format that put IO on the map. In The Harold, performers will develop multiple characters, scenes and story lines, that connect to create one unified piece. The form is both challenging and rewarding and is a great teaching tool to maximize your improv skills to master almost every other form of improv. Student graduation performance at the end of the workshops.
Level 6: Introduction to Musical Improv (Prerequisite – Level 4. Level 5 is not a prerequisite) (This class is not being offered this round. Please check back next round!)
This introductory class explores musical themes and allows anyone, with or without musical training, to unlock their creative potential. Includes exercises that encourage you to think quickly on your feet and in verse, as well as understand the mechanics of creating songs. No singing experience necessary. Student graduation performance at the end of the workshops.
Coached House Team: (Prerequisite – Audition/Invitation)
A learning model for more advanced improv students to develop long form skills more intensively by working with a coach and receiving more specific/constructive feedback for performance improvement. Includes multiple performance opportunities.
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