Improv Training Program

The only thing more infectious than watching joyful people do what they love is being one of those joyful people. American Stage is pleased to offer this unique program specializing in the art of long form improvisation training and performance. Our multi-level program will guide participants through the foundations of improvisation as a performance medium, and offer guidance and coaching toward forming improv troupes.
All classes are taught by improv professionals from our program, or programs like Second City and The Groundlings. The Improv Training Program curriculum is uniquely crafted by our instructors, and based on tenets from The Upright Citizen’s Brigade.

Receive 15% off with:
A current college ID.
Your 2nd class during the same quarter.
Discounts can only be applied via phone.
Cannot be used in combination with early registration discount.

10% Early Enrollment Discount before September 28th!

Details below…

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INTRO TO IMPROV

“Yes, and…” In improvisation we practice this simple skill to make our scenes a success. And if you try it, your life will be changed for the better both on stage and off. In the Intro to Improv class, you will learn how to give up judgment, embrace new possibilities and say “yes” to change. Through short-form improv games like those seen on the show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, this class will introduce you to the fundamentals of improv comedy and give you the skills to think quickly and creatively on your feet.

This class is for students new to improv or for anyone who wants to revisit the core concepts behind this popular performance style. (It’s a great way to prepare for our Improv Level 1 – Setting the Scene class if you are new to acting or improv.)

The class will culminate in a showcase performance for family and friends.

Minimum: 8 students
Maximum: 20 students

Choose from Two Sections/Times!

Dates: October 12-December 7 (8 weeks)
Time: Wednesdays, 
6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: 
American Stage
Final Performance: 
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Instructor: 
John Huls
Early Registration Price: $194
($215 after September 28th early registration discount)
Class will not meet on Wednesday November 23rd

ENROLL TODAY!

Dates: October 15-December 10 (8 weeks)
TimeSaturdays 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: American Stage
Final Performance: Sunday, December 11, 2016
Instructor: Patrick McInnis
Early Registration Price: $194
($215 after September 28th early registration discount)
Class will not meet on Saturday November 26th

ENROLL TODAY!

Dates: January 30 – March 19 (8 weeks)
Time: Saturdays 10:00am – 11:45am
Location: American Stage
Final Performance: Sunday, March 20, 2016
Instructor: Patrick McInnis
Tuition: $170

To be added to the waiting list for this session, please call American Stage Education at
(727) 823-1600 ext. 204.

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Improv Level 1 — Setting the Scene

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This class introduces students to the basics of how to perform long-form improv. Students will learn and put into practice improv concepts like “Yes, Anding”, “Give And Take”, “Playing At The Top Of Your Intelligence”, and “Object/Space Work”. No matter what your improv experience level is, this ten-week course will show you how to create interesting improvisations, culminating in a showcase for your friends and family.

Minimum: 10 students
Maximum: 20 students

*All students in Improv Level I are required to purchase The Upright Citizen’s Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual. You may purchase this book through American Stage Education or on your own. You must have the book on the first day of class. Once your enrollment for the class has been processed, someone will be in touch with you about purchasing the book.

Choose from Two Sections/Times!

Dates: October 5-December 7
Time: Wednesdays
6:30pm-8:45pm
Location: 
American Stage
Final Performance: 
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Instructor:
Shrey Neil
Early Registration Price: $207
($230 after September 28th early registration discount)
Lab Fee: $30*
Class will not meet on Saturday November 23rd

Enroll Today!

Dates: October 8-December 10
Time: Saturdays, 12:00pm-2:15pm
Location: 
American Stage
Final Performance: 
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Instructor: 
Shrey Neil
Early Registration Price: $207
($230 after September 28th early registration discount)
Lab Fee: $30*
Class will not meet on Saturday November 26th

Enroll Today!

Dates: January 16 – March 19 (10 weeks)
Time: Saturdays 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: American Stage
Final Performance: Sunday, March 20, 2016
Instructor: American Stage Improv Faculty
Tuition: $202
Lab Fee: $30*

To be added to the waiting list for this session, please call American Stage Education at
(727) 823-1600 ext. 204.

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IMPROV LEVEL 2 — FINDING THE FUNNY

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Picking up where Level 1 left off, students will learn and put into practice improv concepts like “The Game Of The Scene”, “Heightening/Exploring” and “Walk-Ons”.  The Level 2 course will heighten your technique, storytelling instincts, and wit, culminating in a showcase for friends and family.

Minimum: 10 students
Maximum: 18 students

Dates: October 5-December 7
Time: Wednesdays 6:30pm-8:45pm
Location: American Stage
Final Performance: Sunday, December 11, 2016
Instructor: Chris Juul
Early Registration Price: $230
($255 after September 28th early registration discount)
PREREQUISITE: Improv Level 1 and instructor approval.

Class will not meet on Wednesday November 23rd

Enroll Today!

Dates: July 9 – September 10 (10 weeks)
Time: Saturdays 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: American Stage
Final Performance: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Instructor: Chris Juul
Tuition: $235
PREREQUISITE: Improv Level 1 and instructor approval.

ENROLL TODAY!

Or call American Stage Education at
(727) 823-1600 ext. 201.

IMPROV LEVEL 3 – CREATING THE CHARACTER

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Picking up where Level 2 left off, students will learn to put into practice improv concepts like “Point of View”, “Character Mirroring”, and “Status”. This ten-week class is taught by Ricky Wayne, working television & film actor and sketch-writer who studied at The Groundlings in LA. Ricky is also from the improvisation team, Hawk and Wayne. Students in this class will hone their acting skills, and stretch and define their comedic voice.

Minimum: 12 students
Maximum: 18 students

Dates: October 3-December 12 (10 weeks)*
Time: Saturdays 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: American Stage
Final Performance: Opening for Hawk & Wayne on Sunday, December 6, 2016
Instructor: Ricky Wayne
Early Registration Price: $243
($270 after September 28th early registration deadline)
PREREQUISITE: Improv Level 2 and instructor approval.

*Class will not meet on Saturday November 28th

Please call 727-823-1600 x 204 to enroll.

Dates: October 8 – December 10
Time: Saturdays 12:00pm – 2:15pm
Location: American Stage
Final Performance: Sunday, December 11, 2016
Instructor: Ricky Wayne
Early Registration Price: $243
($270 after September 28th early registration discount deadline)
PREREQUISITE: Improv Level 2 and instructor approval.

Class will not meet on Saturday November 26th

Enroll Today!

IMPROV LEVEL 4 — THE HAROLD

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Picking up where Level 3 left off, students will learn improv concepts like “Group Scenes”, “Tags” and “Second and Third Beats” and apply them to performing The Harold, the revolutionary long-form improvisation form created by Del Close, considered by many to be the godfather of modern improv. This ten-week course culminates in a showcase for your friends and family. It is taught by Gavin Hawk, who is one half of the renowned troupe Hawk & Wayne, an Associate Professor of Theatre at Eckerd College, and the Artistic Director of A Simple Theatre.

Minimum: 10 students
Maximum: 16 students

Schedule: TBD, early 2017
Tuition: $275
PREREQUISITE: Improv Level 3 and instructor approval.

Dates: July 9 – September 10 (10 weeks)
Time: Saturdays 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: American Stage
Final Performance: Sunday, September 11 2016
Instructor: Gavin Hawk
Tuition: $270
PREREQUISITE: Level 3 and instructor approval.

ENROLL TODAY!

Or call American Stage Education at
(727) 823-1600 ext. 201.

Musical Improv
(Elective)

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WHAT?! Musical Improv? Yes, friends. This is a real thing, and it’s amazing. It will heighten your scenework, and delight you with new discoveries.

Having a good singing voice is NOT required to take this high-energy course. You just need a touch of fearlessness, a big imagination, and a solid grasp of Improv Level 1 (or higher). From there, the instructors meet each student at their level, and push you to new heights. We’ll be covering physicality, song structure, group numbers and a little bit of rhyming. If you’re looking to be more comfortable thinking on your feet and in verse, this class is for you. If you’re looking to stretching your improv skills further, this is right up your alley.
Hunter Brown is the musical director and accompanist of FST Improv. Chris Friday has been performing with FST Improv for over fourteen years at Florida Studio Theatre. They both co-created and co-teach all of their musical improv classes and are founding cast members of the hit musical improv show WHEN X MEETS Y.

Minimum: 9 students
Maximum: 20 students

Dates: October 5-December 7
TimeWednesdays 7:00pm-9:15pm
Location: American Stage
Final Performance: Sunday, December 11, 2016
Instructor: Chris Friday & Hunter Brown
Early Registration Price: $270
($299 after September 28th early registration deadline)
PREREQUISITE: Improv Level 1 , and Instructor approval/invitation.

Class will not meet on Wednesday November 23rd

ENROLL TODAY!

Dates: Wednesdays, July 6 – September 7 (10 weeks)
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: American Stage
Final Performance: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Coach: Chris Friday & Hunter Brown
Tuition: $270
PREREQUISITE: Improv Level 1 , and Instructor approval.

ENROLL TODAY!

Or call American Stage Education at
(727) 823-1600 ext. 201.

Performance Lab

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Congratulations! After graduating from the American Stage Improv Training Program, you’ve made it to the ranks of the best improvisors in Tampa Bay. We now invite you to join Performance Lab. What is Performance Lab?

Performance Lab is a group of advanced improvisers that gather each week for ten weeks to:
-Practice the skills you’ve learned in Levels 1-4 with other similarly trained improvisers under the supervision of one of our founding teachers.
-Receive individual constructive criticism, along with targeted exercises and methods to improve your weaker skill sets.
-Learn new Longform Improv Performance Forms that will stretch your imagination.

You must be invited by American Stage Improv to join Performance Lab after passing Level 4. Once you are invited to join, you may take the Lab as many times as you like, giving you a rigorous and safe environment to take risks and strengthen yourself as an improvisor.

The other advantage of Performance Lab is that it will keep your skills sharp so that you are ready to audition for House Troupes at American Stage when new performance slots become available. Remember, only improvisors who have successfully passed Level 4 are allowed to audition for House Troupes, and students who continue to practice in an environment like Performance Lab will drastically increase their chances of being placed in a troupe.

Dates: October 8 – December 10
Time: Saturdays 10:00am – 12:15pm
Location: American Stage
Final Performance: Sunday, December 11, 2016
Instructor: Ricky Wayne
Early Registration Price: $234
($260 after September 28th early registration deadline)
PREREQUISITE: Improv Level 4 and invite from American Stage Improv leadership.

Class will not meet on Saturday November 26th

Call to Enroll

Dates: TBD (not available every quarter)
Time: TBD
Location: American Stage
Final Performance: TBD
Coach: Gavin Hawk (with guest coaches like Ricky Wayne & Patrick McInnis)
Tuition: TBD
PREREQUISITE: Improv Level 4 , and Instructor approval/invitation.

Please call 727-823-1600 x 204 to enroll.

NEXT LAB TBD!

Quarter Months
Fall: October to December
Winter: January to March
Spring: April to June
Summer: June to August

Classes subject to change and/or cancellation if fewer than the minimum number of students enroll. Should this occur, your tuition will be fully refunded.