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.

Students with a current college ID receive 15% off.
All students receive 15% off of their 2nd simultaneous class.
Discounts can only be applied via phone registration.

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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: July 20 – September 7 (8 weeks)
Time: Wednesdays, 
6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: 
American Stage
Final Performance: 
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Instructor: 
John Huls
Tuition: 
$180

ENROLL TODAY!

Dates: July 23 – September 10 (8 weeks)
TimeSaturdays 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: American Stage
Final Performance: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Instructor: Patrick McInnis
Tuition: $180

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: July 6 – September 7 (10 weeks)
Time: Wednesdays
6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: 
American Stage
Final Performance: 
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Instructor:
Shrey Neil
Tuition: 
$202
Lab Fee: $30*

ENROLL TODAY!

Dates: July 9 – September 10 (10 weeks)
Time: Saturdays, 12:00pm-2:00pm
Location: 
American Stage
Final Performance: 
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Instructor: 
Shrey Neil
Tuition: 
$202
Lab Fee: $30*

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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 3-December 12 (10 weeks)*
Time: Saturdays 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: American Stage
Final Performance: Sunday, December 13, 2015
Instructor: Gavin Hawk
Tuition: $235
PREREQUISITE: Improv Level 1 and instructor approval.

*Class will not meet on Saturday November 28th

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

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, 2015
Instructor: Ricky Wayne
Tuition: $260
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: July 9 – September 10 (10 weeks)
Time: Saturdays 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: American Stage
Final Performance: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Instructor: Ricky Wayne
Tuition: $260
PREREQUISITE: Improv Level 2 and instructor approval.

ENROLL TODAY!

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

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: Winter 2016
Tuition: $270
PREREQUISITE: Improv Level 3 and instructor approval.

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

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 1
(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 a required to take this high-energy workshop. This class will teach the basics of breaking into musical improv fearlessly. 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 into 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: 8 students
Maximum: 20 students

Schedule: Spring 2016
Tuition: TBA
PREREQUISITE: Improv Level 4 , and Instructor approval/invitation.

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

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 — Troupe Coaching

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After completing and passing all levels of the American Stage Improv (ASI) Training Program, you now have the necessary tools to perform on a long-form improv team. Congrats! You are ready for Performance Lab.

Performance Lab (PL) is where the magic happens – coaching toward the pro performance level. In PL, you’ll work with other equally trained improvisers to strengthen and hone what you’ve learned in Levels 1-4. Improvisers will be arranged into American Stage House Teams with a monthly After Hours Improv time slot for the coming season (August 2016-July 2017). You’ll receive customized coaching, learn to serve an ensemble, and craft a long-form performance format with your unique style. Each PL group is also empowered to gain experience by performing in the community, representing American Stage Improv. They will be assigned to gigs, as well as seek gigs themselves.

Individuals must be invited to join Performance Lab by American Stage Improv.

More Details…

-In order to maintain the specific style and identity of American Stage Improv, American Stage House Teams are currently comprised only of improvisers who have gone through all four levels and Performance Lab coaching with us. This process may change in the future as the Tampa Bay improv community develops.

-At the end of the season, American Stage Improv will evaluate the next steps for each American Stage House Team.

-Performance Lab is a flexible experience that is shaped around each group of performers – which is an ongoing process. Advanced improvisers may be invited to participate in PL again for further coaching, or in order to join multiple troupes.

Schedule: Spring 2016
Tuition: TBA
PREREQUISITE: Improv Level 4 , and Instructor approval/invitation.

Please call 727-823-1600 x 204 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.