Improv Comedy Classes

Our courses are designed for students interested in learning and performing improv comedy, but people wishing to study improv for fun will also be interested in taking classes with us. Be prepared to have fun, to learn, and to laugh.

DSI Comedy Training Center classes are designed for adults and recommended for persons 17 or older, however, some exceptions may be made. We schedule teen classes (for high school and middle school students) on regular basis; contact us for more information. This is a listing of our current course offerings, upcoming classes and availability.

Our Scenework Classes for Longform Improv

Our courses are designed for students interested in learning and performing improv comedy, but people wishing to study improv for fun will also be interested in taking classes with us. Be prepared to have fun, to learn, and to laugh.

IMPROV 101: Fundamentals of Improv Comedy

IMPROV 101 explores the basics of comedy improvisation: team-building, trust, speed, status, active listening, and agreement. Students learn to be fearless and have fun on stage using the DSI approach to improv comedy.

Start Date Details
Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 Thursdays @ 7:00 pm with Zach Ward
Class is limited to 14 people.

IMPROV 201: Characters and Relationships

In IMPROV 201 you will learn to create solid characters (voice, attitude, object work, and physicality) and developing meaningful relationships in every scene you perform. How you do what you do, is who you are. Making big choices and fully committing will take your character work to the next level. Pre-requisite: IMPROV 101.

Start Date Details
Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm with Paula Pazderka
Class is limited to 14 people.

IMPROV 301: Game of the Scene and Patterns

IMPROV 301 focuses on the two-person scene, building on the fundamentals from 101. Students learn to identify the game of the scene, developing and heightening patterns of interaction. Pre-requisite: IMPROV 201.

Our Longform Improv Classes

These course focus on the Harold, the signature form of the Impatient Theatre Co. Students require an advanced knowledge of scenework that has been taught with specific focus on relationship building and heightening the game of the scene.

IMPROV 401: Harold, Introduction to the Form

Know Harold, the most widely performed improv format. From organic openings, second and third beats and group scenes, students learn the structure that makes Harold the standard for every longform. Be prepared to learn a strict foundation. Pre-requisite: IMPROV 301.

IMPROV 501: Harold, Advanced Techniques

DSI will expand your vocabulary of longform technique as taught and performed in Chicago and New York. Fully understand beats, tag outs, edits, transformations, swinging doors, scene painting and more to heighten and clarify Harold.

Learn "The Spread" to go deeper into the world of the characters you create so you can make more powerful connections with your scenes and Harold. Pre-requisite: IMPROV 401.

IMPROV 601: Performance Forms

Students explore advanced longform techniques while learning advanced performance forms including The Deconstruction, Armando, The Mosaic, La Ronde, Close Quarters, and Dasariski.

IMPROV 601 runs 4 weeks for 2 hours per week. Pre-requisite: IMPROV 501.

Performance Classes

These courses focus on longer forms developed to stand alone as their own shows. The show forms explored in these courses are typically presented as 45- to 90-minute shows. An advanced knowledge of longform improvisation is required.

Students must succesfully complete IMPROV 601 and audition to get into IMPROV 701. Participation in elective courses at the 700 level and above will require succesful completion of IMPROV 601.

How To Make The Most of Your Classes

If you want to make the most of your classes:

  1. Get to class on time, every time.
  2. Listen to your teacher, bring a notebook and take notes.
  3. Listen to your classmates on stage.
  4. Gossip only during the breaks.
  5. Watch improv shows on other nights, but don't expect them to follow the same guidelines that you're being taught.
  6. Turn off your cell phone.
  7. You're paying for this... so don't waste it.

Any questions? View our FAQ.