Introduction To Improv

Introduction To Improv is  a 2.5 hour workshop designed to help you be present in the moment, sharpen your creativity, communicate more effectively, and have a great time.

You might be wondering if you need to be funny or brilliant to do improv – you don’t.

You might be wondering if you’ll be put on the spot and embarrassed – you won’t.

Improv is play, like when we are kids, and in the same way that all children know how to play, all adults do as well. Sometimes, it just takes the right environment to bring it out of you.

Our culture emphasizes having fun and challenging ourselves in a safe, nurturing environment, and our unique methodology teaches you a logical, step-by-step process that is easy to understand and apply – even in just one class.

So, take a chance and have some fun!

Intro to Improv Class – Winter schedule

Tuesday, December 11th, 6:00-8:30pm,   Teacher: Scott Plunket

Saturday, December 15th, 1:00-3:30pm,  Teacher: Benjamin Bailey-Buhner

Sunday, December 16th, 1:00-3:30pm,  Teacher: Gabe Smith

(Possible add-on: Tuesday December 18th, 6:00-8:30pm)

Price: $25 plus tax ($27.11) per class. Please bring a check or exact change to class, or pay here via Paypal.

Location: Santa Fe Improv Studio, 1213 Mercantile Rd., Suite D., Santa Fe, NM 87507

To sign up for Introduction to Improv, email us to reserve your spot.

 

FAQ

What is improv?

Improv is a style of comedic theater created spontaneously by the players. It’s like play when we were kids, but for adults.

What happens in class?

You’ll be part of a group of about 10-18 people and we’ll play improv games. All are welcome (must be 18+ to participate). Please note that the class is somewhat physically active and the games are played standing and moving around onstage.

What if I don’t have any improv experience?

That’s totally fine. Many of the best improvisors we have worked with began with zero experience and the class is designed to make it easy for anyone to quickly learn how to improvise.

What if I’m a more experienced improvisor?

We have professional actors and improvisors in our program with 20+ years of experience. Our program is designed to attract more advanced players like you, and yet still be accessible to a wider group of people.

The Santa Fe Improv system may be somewhat different than the improv you have done in the past. Learning our system from the ground up is important to help you strengthen your improv foundation, deepen your play, and discover your greatest potential as an improvisor.

Introduction to Improv lays the philosophical and technical foundation for our unique curriculum and is required for all new students.

How soon can I get into your advanced class?

Our goal is for you to join a class that facilitates your growth, and depending on your prior experience, the work you do in your Introduction to Improv class, and other factors, we may ask you to join one of our intermediate or advanced Weekly Practice groups.

How many times will I have to repeat a level?

Our classes aren’t formed around typical “levels.” Each class evolves over time, and what starts as a beginning class typically evolves into a more intermediate class. However, from time to time we do ask students to move to a different class that we think will help them to progress more quickly. 

Frequently in improv people will play with a different group of people/different teacher just to get a slightly different angle on the work, facilitate a personal breakthrough, and improve their overall play. It’s really very common and often advantageous to return to the beginning and strengthen your foundation.

Do you ever do corporate events?

Yes, we’ve done events for Rancho La Puerta, The Los Alamos National Laboratory, the O’Keeffe museum, and more. Learn more about how we can create a custom event for your company or organization.

What if someone is hard of hearing, uses a cane, or has trouble walking?

We are developing special classes for people who have hearing and mobility issues. Contact us we’ll get back to you with more information about that.

Who is in your classes?

The short answer is it’s regular people, people like you and me. We have scientists, therapists, lawyers, writers, clerks, technicians, entrepreneurs, IT people….

Here’s a longer answer – our students tend to fit into one of four categories:

  • Actors – for whom improv is essential ongoing training
  • Creative professionals such as writers, designers, freelancers – to hone their creative talents
  • People who communicate for a living such as educators, trainers, lawyers – to get better at their jobs (particularly where it relates to making presentations and/or selling their services)
  • People who are dealing with change – looking to make a change in their lives and/or learning to adapt to significant life event

How long will it take for me to get good?

There’s a lot you can learn in just one class.

Improvisation is a practice – like yoga or meditation or physical fitness. The truth is that everyone goes on their own journey, and there’s no way to tell how long it will take for you to reach your goals, and improv is fun, and that makes it easy to practice regularly.

Can I share this information with friends?

Yes, absolutely.

What do I need to do next?

To sign up for Introduction To Improv, please send us an email.

Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you!