Are you looking for an improv class in Philadelphia? Then you are in the right place. For over 25 years, ComedySportz has used improvisation and comedy to entertain thousands of Loyal Fans. We took that experience and applied it to our classes creating five levels of fun and supportive training. Our Instructors are professional performers, actors, teachers and coaches performing in theaters and comedy groups around Philadelphia. They are all ready and eager to teach you  the joy, power and freedom of improv.

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Improv Curriculum

For information on each class, click the items below. You can register online or by phone at 484-450-8089. Payment is due at the time of registration. 


Additional Information

2018-2019 Sessions

Semester 1: January 22-March 12
Semester 2: April 2-May 21
Semester 3: June 25-August 13
Semester 4: September 24-November 1

 

HOLIDAY CLOSURES

  • Wednesday, July 4th
  • Thursday, November 22nd
  • Tuesday, December 25th
 

Volunteer

Volunteer for shows and earn credit towards your tuition. Learn more>

Showcase Performances

You've worked hard for 8 weeks, time to show off your stuff.  All classes end with a Showcase for invited friends and family. 

 

Instructors

Who's teaching my class? Meet our experienced instructors. Learn more>

 

FAQ

Have a question not covered here? Try our FAQ page. Learn more>

Student Perks

Being a CSz Education student gets you a lot of perks including FREE admission to see ComedySportz. Learn more>

 

Workshops

You've got the skills, time to expand them beyond the curriculum with our Improv Workshops. Learn more>

 

Girl Scouts

CSz Philadelphia is proud to work with the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA by offering improv badge programs. Learn more> 


How Our Classes Work

Whether you want to grow as a performer, get better at public speaking, or just make new friends -- we have your back! From your initial ice breaker to your final class show, our curriculum and expert instructors are there to support your growth as an improviser every step of the way.

  • We'll start you with the basics in 101 and get you comfortable with taking risks and playing some of our favorite improv games .
  • In our 201 class, we expand into scenework, teaching you how to build a scene and support your scene partner.
  • By 301, you have the tools to start creating fun, crazy and real characters. We'll show you how to use them in your scenes and games.
  • In 401, we combine all of the elements and apply it our performance philosophy.
  • When you graduate 401, you are able to join The Rec LeagueThis is where you get to play a monthly ComedySportz match in our home arena for friends and family.

All classes and performances happen right in our home arena. Our students also receive some excellent perks including, free open practices, end of class showcase for family and friends and FREE admission to see ComedySportz.

 
ComedySportz [CSz Education] is one of the best improv schools in the country.
— PASTE Magazine
 

How Our Improv Classes Are Different

CSz Philly Improv Students in Class

In our classes, you will learn the basics of improvisation and apply it to scene work, characters, relationships and performance. These skills can be applied to any form of improvisation.

CSz Philadelphia specializes in Short Form Improvisation

What is Short Form Improvisation?

Short Form improvisation was first developed by theater director and acting coach, Viola Spolin in the 1950s as a tool to work with actors during rehearsals. These theater games were eventually transposed through her son, Paul Sills for The Compass Players (which eventually became The Second City) into performance games for the stage. The Compass Players, commonly believed to be America’s first improv troupe, would in addition to their signature “scenario plays,” play improv games like “Story” as part of their shows. 

While several acting traditions throughout world history have employed improvisation as a method of actor training, American Short-Form may well be the first time a group of actors have ever stood on a stage ready to act with no pre-planned ideas of what their resulting scenes would depict.

Short Form takes the principles of improv and applies it to  games and scenes. Some games are scene-based, some are character-based, some are gimmick-based, but all use the improv skills that we teach you in each level of our classes: commitment, heightening and decision making. 

Short Form improvisation is used in popular and successful shows like Who’s Line Is It Anyway? and ComedySportz. It is also particularly effective in the game of life.

What Do Our Students Say?

Saw real improvement in this level with helpful and friendly critiques.
— CSz Student
I’ve found that since taking the class I’ve had more confidence to speak up in meetings and throw crazy ideas around with my coworkers.
— CSz Student
I took it more for a public speaking perspective, but I think the real outside benefit was just having more fun with life.
— CSz Student
I met some great people in class.
— CSz Student
By the end, when we were performing the showcase, I really felt like I’d learned a significant body of work. That was amazing.
— CSz Student
I think my main goal was to think faster on my feet. Another was to take myself less seriously. Both were accomplished...
— CSz Student
All of the classes have been wonderful with a logical progression to a rewarding outcome.
— CSz Student
CSz Philly Improv Students in a Scene