Are you looking for an improv class? Then you are in the right place. For over 25 years, ComedySportz has used improvisation and comedy to entertain thousands of Loyal Fans in Philadelphia. We took that experience and applied it to our classes creating five levels of fun and supportive improv training. Our Instructors are professional performers, actors, teachers and coaches performing in theaters and comedy groups around the city. They are all ready and eager to teach you the joy, power and freedom of improv.
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How Our Improv Classes Work
Whether you want to get better at public speaking, grow as a performer or 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 League! This 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.
How Our Improv Classes Are Different
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.