Improv classes open to anyone. No experience necessary!
Improv for Beginners
A stress-free 2 1/2 hour introduction to improv. This is a great opportunity to learn some of the basics from the comfort of your own home. Everyone will have a chance to participate.
Improv Workshop A
Improv Workshop A takes beginning students through all the core principles of improv in a fun, safe environment. You’ll build self-confidence, develop your creativity, experiment, play, and make new friends. No experience necessary!
Improv Workshop B
For students who’ve passed Improv Workshop A. Improv Workshop B gives students the chance to go further. You’ll keep learning, gain confidence and have fun!
No prerequisites. Screenplay software (Final Draft, Celtx, WriterDuet, etc.) required.
Sketch Writing for Beginners
Great for students just getting started who want an overview of the basics of sketch writing and to try their hand at writing a sketch or two. Bring your funny ideas and we’ll show you how to turn them into hilarious sketches!
Sketch Writing Workshop A
A deeper dive into sketch writing! Through in-class writing exercises and discussion you will learn to identify beats, write for your medium, and to find and develop new material. For each class, students will write and submit sketches and we will find the gold in whatever you create. Beginners also welcome.
Continued Sketch Writing
Already know the basics? Let’s keep going! Bring in your sketches and get top quality notes to turn your own comedic sensibility into sketches you can be proud of. Students are asked to send a finished sketch to the instructor before the first class.
The improv track at the heart of The Groundlings School. Audition required.
Basic Improv introduces students to the fundamentals of improvisation through the use of games and exercises in a fun, fast-paced environment. Basic lays the foundation for The Groundlings style of improv and sketch, which each level above Basic will build upon.
Click here to schedule a free audition.
Intermediate Improv uses the skills developed in Basic to concentrate on scene work and the Groundlings signature style of character development in both improvisational scenes and monologues.
Offered in-person only.
Formerly called Advanced Improv, Improv Lab focuses on expanded character development and advanced scene work through improv and writing exercises, and culminaties in an improv performance on the Gary Austin Stage.
+ a show.
Students in Writing Lab develop scripted scene and monologue material to be performed in a final showcase on the Groundlings Mainstage.
+ a show
Writing a TV Pilot
with Margee Magee
This class will show you how to go about writing a TV Pilot. Whether your idea is for a half hour comedy, an hour long drama, limited series, animation or a sketch/variety show, you will be shown how to put your idea onto paper. The class will be a writer’s room where you will develop your script and In six weeks you will be well on your way to completing the first draft of your pilot. Four time Emmy nominated writer/producer George McGrath has been working in television since the mid 1980’s and has been teaching pilot writing for the last ten years.
Tues/Thurs, 10am - 1pm
starting Dec 12
with Guy Stevenson
A 4-class series featuring improv games and exercises that culminates in a performance.
starting Dec 13
Creating Characters for Beginners
with Julie Welch
This class is for those beginner students looking to really delve deep into what it means to design a well-rounded improv character using scene-work and monologues.
Fri, Dec 8
10am - 1pm
with Henry Watkins
Celebrate the Holidays in the most genius way possible with Holiday Hijinks, a unique one day workshop (IN PERSON) with Groundlings instructor Henry Watkins. A three hour romp through short form games and exercises geared to be friendly to Workshop and Basic level students, all themed around the Holidays. Here’s your chance to show off your elf spacework and your Santa scenecraft. Who knows what you’ll find beneath the improv tree this year? This class! (And isn’t that the greatest gift of all?)
Mon, Dec 18
7 - 10PM
Intro to Voiceover Acting
with George McGrath
A one- day introduction to the world of Voiceover acting that gives students an overview of the kinds of job opportunities in the Voice-Over world and techniques to becoming a good actor behind the microphone.
Sun, Dec 17
12 - 2:30pm