Improv Classes

There is no trick.

The Syracuse Improv Collective Training Program offers a variety of classes for both the beginning improviser and the more experienced. Each class is taught by an experienced improvisor from the SIC community. We’re open to anyone who is interested in learning the art of improv, whether it’s just for fun or to pursue performing in front of an audience at our monthly shows.

Dates, Time and Location:
All 2017 classes will be held Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Echo Space

Echo Space
745 N. Salina St
Syracuse, NY 13208
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2017 Class Schedule

Level One: Introduction to Improv

July 1
July 8
July 15
July 22
July 29
August 5

Instructor: Lauren Esposito
Difficulty: Beginner
Price: $75, paid at first workshop
Location: Echo Space

For beginners that have always wanted to pursue improv, for the adventurous looking to try something new, and for the veterans looking to reconnect with the basics. Intro to Improv brings in basic concepts like listening, Yes and, sharing focus, relationships, and generosity. Intro to Improv does not have a performance component, so class energy will be focused on these building blocks, applying them to scene work, and having fun.

Level Two: Scene Work

August 19
August 26
September 2
September 9
September 16
September 23

Instructor: Phil Gross
Difficulty: Intermediate

Price: $75, paid at first workshop
Location: Echo Space

The Scene Work class builds on the fundamentals learned in the Intro to Improv class and introduces the importance of storytelling as it applies to the performance of scenes. It will stress working together and focus on techniques for starting scenes and developing interesting characters and situations that the audience cares about. It will also work on recognizing and dealing with common pitfalls improvisers face. At the end of the class, participants will be comfortable with good scene work and will be ready to apply their knowledge to more advanced improv forms.

Participants are encouraged to have successfully completed any Introductory Improv course before signing up for this class.

Level Three: Long Form Improv – The Harold

October 7
October 14
October 21
October 28
November 4
November 11

Instructor: Jeff White
Difficulty: Advanced
Price: $75, paid at first workshop
Location: Echo Space

The Harold is a long-form structure developed by Del Close and is the basic form all long-form improvisers should know. This course will teach the fundamentals of the form as well as continuing to work on scene work and character development. This course is recommended for anyone who has some improv experience and feels comfortable participating in a two-person scene.