Adult Classes & Virtual Programs

The American Stage Education and American Stage Improv provides accessible opportunities for adult students and professional artists to continue their theatre education through digital and social media platforms. Virtual programs go beyond the physical stage, guiding students to shape and elevate their creative voice and technique through unique learning opportunities, and storytelling genres. Ignite your artistry, connect with our student community, and empower your personal and professional growth.

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American Stage follows strict health & safety procedures incorporating recommendations from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local and state policies, among other resources. All participants in outdoor classes will be expected to social distance and wear masks.

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Improv Reboot

Back to your long form improv roots…

Dive back into longform improv with American Stage Improv (ASI)! We know it’s been a while since you’ve practiced, performed, and collaborated to create comedic scenes. Join us outdoors to dust off those improv shoes, and kick up some comedy!

In this program you will:

  • Review skills needed for strong scene work and establishing “base reality.”
  • Reignite your comedic voice and sharpen your techniques for creating bold, physical characters.
  • Break down tools used in long form improv formats like “editing” and “tag-outs”.
  • Create a culture of collaboration and ensemble.

Who should attend: This program is great if you have taken a longform improv class before. It’s also ideal for improv performers to practice skills and prepare for upcoming 2021 performances.

Class capacity is limited to 15 students. We encourage you to sign up early!

Tuesdays 6:30pm-8:30pm 1/26 – 2/27 – 6 weeks
Price: $200 ($170 with offer code EARLY through Jan 8)
Instructor: Tiffany Ford (with specialized guest instructor visits)
Location: Bayboro Brewery (courtyard)
Class Size: 15

 

Live, Laugh, Improv!

Short-Form Improv for All…

Laughter is the best medicine! This energetic and fun-focused improv class explores the joy of comedy and short form improv in an approachable setting, accessible to all. 

In this program students will:

  • Explore the basics of improv: be fearless, be focused, be flexible.
  • Develop a comedic voice and explore creativity.
  • Learn classic short form improv games similar to those on Who’s Line Is It Anyway
  • Enjoy a culture of collaboration
  • Draw connections between the basic skills of improv and real-life applications

Who should attend: This program is great if you’re looking to try something new or meet new people. It’s also perfect for a seasoned short-form improviser seeking to practice their basic skills, or an experienced actor seeking new tools to add to their performer’s toolbox.

Class capacity is limited to 15 students. We encourage you to sign up early!

Thursdays 6:30pm-8:30pm 1/28 – 2/27 – 6 weeks
Price: $200 ($170 with offer code EARLY through Jan 8)
Instructor: Patrick A. Jackson
Location: Bayboro Brewery (courtyard)
Class Size: 15

 

Sketch Writing 2

Intermediate to Advanced

Continuing the skills learned in Sketch Writing 1, students will examine how comedy is portrayed in various forms of media, elevate their understanding of comedic formats/scenarios, and explore techniques for writing dialogue for professional actors. The class will culminate in a staged reading of sketches performed by actors via Zoom.

In this program students will:

– Hone various sketch writing styles

– Dive into Character development

– Focus on the importance of rewriting and revising for the purpose of performance

 

Who should attend: This program is great for previous Sketch Writing 1 students and advanced improv students. 

Class capacity is limited to 12 students. We encourage you to sign up early!

Wednesdays 6:30pm-8:30pm 1/27 – 3/17 – 8 weeks
Price: $165 ($135 with offer code EARLY through Dec 31)
Instructor: Ricky Wayne
Class Size: 12

Playwriting

Returning SPRING 2021…

Ignite your creative voice through the art of Playwriting. A play will not soar in performance unless it’s great on the page. Here you will learn about the craft of dramatic writing and how to write for the stage.

In this program you will to:

  • Learn basic scene structure, character development, establish action
  • Develop a unique writer’s voice and explore creativity.
  • Receive feedback from your instructor and peers as you continue to develop your own work.
  • Create a culture of collaboration and ensemble.

Who should attend: This program is ideal for those with an interest in playwriting, budding playwrights or experienced playwrights looking for a space to brush up on skills and meet other artists.

Class capacity is limited to 12 students. We encourage you to sign up early!

Schedule: TBA
Dates: Coming Spring 2021
Instructor: TBA
Price: $165

 

ASI Study Hall

Community Connections through the love of Comedy!

Schedule: 3rd Thursdays, 8:00-9:00PM
Dates: Returns January 2021
Host: Patrick A. Jackson

Join fellow ASI students, instructors, and performers for a virtual happy hour & conversation. Each free event prompts participants to watch/listen/or read about the topic of this month’s event. Then we virtually gather to discuss perspectives, reactions, and takeaways about the study and art of improv, or comedic performance in general.

For more information or if you are having problems enrolling online, contact the Education Department at
727-823-1600 x 213 or education@americanstage.org.