Getting Started

Thank you for your interest in The Groundlings School!  Below is some information about how to get started in our program.


About the School

For over 40 years, The Groundlings School has been one of the leading improv training programs in the country, offering structured improvisation classes taught by teachers trained in the Groundlings program. Classes last six to twelve weeks and are held at the Groundlings Theatre and the Groundlings School building, located at 7280 Melrose Avenue. Classes are offered every day of the week and during mornings, afternoons and evenings.


Classes follow a strict curriculum, building on skills and techniques learned in each session. Requirements exist for advancing from one class level to the next for many classes, although not all. Students will be challenged to engage in the collaborative process of improv and to push their physical and creative boundaries. Basic acting skills will serve a student well, although they are not a requirement. As a leader in the field, students can expect a professional, innovative and rewarding experience from The School.


Age Requirements: Adults age 18 and up are eligible to enroll in the Workshop and Core Track classes as well as drop-in classes, writing classes and Power WOWS.


Pre-teen and teen classes are availible for younger students age 11-18. CLICK HERE for more information.


Audits: To preserve the integrity of each class, auditing is not allowed. If you’re interested in getting a taste of what a Groundlings class is all about, consider enrolling in a three-hour Intro to Improv workshop or a six-session Improv Workshop A class. More information on both can be found below.


How to Begin

There are a few different ways you can start at The Groundlings School. The quickest, lowest-impact way is by signing up for Intro to Improv, a one-day beginner’s class. This class is three hours long and costs $40.00.


You might also choose to start with Improv Workshop A, a six-week class designed for those new to improv or performance. This is the first of two levels in the Workshop Track. Each class is three hours long. Workshop A is  $310.00.


You can also opt to audition for the first level in the Core Track, Basic Improv.  Basic consists of twelve classes, each of which is three-and-a-half hours long. Basic introduces students to the fundamentals of improv and the Groundlings style in a fast-paced, intensive environment. Basic Improv costs $525.00. Auditioning for Basic is free. More information on the Basic Audition can be found below.


For those interested in writing classes, Intro to Sketch will give you the tools necessary to begin exploring sketch and comedy writing. Intro to Sketch meets six times, for three hours each session. The class is $300.00.


The Workshop Track Versus the Core Track: Which Class is Right for Me?

Most students begin their training at The Groundlings either in a Workshop A or a Basic class. Both classes introduce the fundamentals of improvisation, but are tailored to fit students with different comfort levels.



Improv Workshop A is the first level of the Workshop Track. This class is great for actors and non-actors alike interested in exploring the concepts of improv in a fun and welcoming environment. The class is designed to build self-confidence and  to develop creativity. No audition is required to sign up for Improv Workshop A.


Number of class sessions: 6

Length of each class session: 3 hours

Price: $310.00




Basic is the first level of the Core Track program. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of improvisation through the use of games and exercises in a fast-paced, challenging environment. Basic lays the foundation for The Groundlings style of improv and sketch, which each level above Basic (Intermediate and Advanced Improv) will build upon. To sign up for a Basic class, you must first pass the Basic Audition.


Number of class sessions: 12

Length of each class session: 3 1/2 hours

Price: $525.00




The Groundlings School holds free group auditions for the Basic class multiple times each week. Each audition is run by a Groundlings instructor and consists of exercises indicative of a beginning improv class. The entire audition will be completely improvised; there is no need to prepare any material. Students should bring a headshot and resume, if they have one. If a student passes the audition, their results are valid for up to one year, meaning they may enroll in a Basic class a year after passing the audition. Students who do not pass the audition may audition again after a four month waiting period. During that time, it is encouraged students take Improv Workshop A or an outside acting class. Students may audition up to three times. No guests or spectators may sit in on the audition. For more information on the audition process, CLICK HERE.


Advancing Through the Core Track:

After completing a Basic class, students meet privately with their instructor to discuss their work. The instructor will recommend that the student move to the next level (Intermediate), repeat Basic or be dismissed from the school.  For more information on the Core Track, CLICK HERE.


Upon completion of any given class, the teachers turn in results to the school office. Our goal is to have accounts updated within 72 hours of course completion. Students will receive an email once results are entered informing them they can sign up for the next level or use the repeater discount on the level they recently finished.




Registering for a Class:

There are two ways to sign up for a class: online with a credit card or in person with cash, checks or a credit card. The School cannot register students over the phone.


Registration is ongoing and new classes are posted on Monday afternoons throughout the year.  Check the SCHOOL REGISTRATION PAGE for up to date offering on the latest class offerings.


A minimum non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $100 (applied to the student's tuition) is required at the time of enrollment. There may also be an additional fee for payment plans at the time of checkout. The School does not offer refunds for classes.


The School office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekend hours vary.



(323) 934-4747 x23


The Groundlings Theatre & School
7307 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
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