Advanced Classes & Electives

Level 3: Objective and Relationship

$235 | 7-week course

In this class you will explore the improvisational storytelling principles of Objective and Relationship which include playing with point of view, emotional investment, finding the game, heightening, status and more. Learn how to make strong choices for yourself and hold on to them while supporting the choices made by your scene partner.

Tuition: $235 for a seven week session with an additional student showcase performance.
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Level 4: Characterization and Environment

$235 | 7-week course

In this class you will explore the improvisational storytelling principles of Characterization and Environment which include playing with point of view, physicality, how to build the space, finding the game, heightening, status and more. Learn how to make strong choices for yourself and hold on to them while supporting the choices made by your scene partner.

Tuition: $235 for a seven week session with an additional student showcase performance.
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Level 5: Performance Mastery

$245 | 7-week course

You know the skills, now it’s time to work with an ensemble in a professional performance environment! The new Performance Mastery class develops your skills and group mind to excel in any performance venue or audition. By focusing on performance tactics, students gain an understanding of scenic rhythms, creative storytelling, and connected spontaneity. This class includes seven class sessions and three guaranteed performances at Curious Comedy, complete with personalized notes, diagnostic feedback, and professionalism training over an eight week session to most effectively optimize your stage time!

Tuition: $245 for a seven week session with two additional student performances along with the student showcase.
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Level 1: Improv Fundamentals with DK Reinemer

$180.00 | 1 class

7 Classes (March 5th - April 16th)
7:30 - 9:30 pm
1 Performance on Sunday, April 22nd

ATTENTION: Our class minimum is 6 people. Some smaller classes may need to be combined. If so, we'll ask if you can make the other date of the class and move you over. If you can't move to another date then we will refund your tuition and inform you the week before.

This fun and dynamic introduction to improv utilizes short form games and creative exercises to help students understand the all-important fundamentals of improvisational theater. If you have experience with improv already, this class provides a new perspective and an expanded vocabulary for learning. If you have no improv experience, Level 1 builds confidence, trains your brain for creative thinking, and inspires you to have fun!

Early Bird Discount $180
After February 25th $200

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Level 1: Improv Fundamentals with Matt Lask

$180.00 | 1 class

7 Classes (March 6th - April 17th)
7:30 - 9:30 pm
1 Performance on Sunday, April 22nd

ATTENTION: Our class minimum is 6 people. Some smaller classes may need to be combined. If so, we'll ask if you can make the other date of the class and move you over. If you can't move to another date then we will refund your tuition and inform you the week before.

This fun and dynamic introduction to improv utilizes short form games and creative exercises to help students understand the all-important fundamentals of improvisational theater. If you have experience with improv already, this class provides a new perspective and an expanded vocabulary for learning. If you have no improv experience, Level 1 builds confidence, trains your brain for creative thinking, and inspires you to have fun!

Early Bird Discount $180
After February 25th $200

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Level 1: Improv Fundamentals with Nick Condon

$180.00 | 1 class

7 Classes (March 7th - April 18th)
7:30 - 9:30 pm
1 Performance on Sunday, April 22nd

ATTENTION: Our class minimum is 6 people. Some smaller classes may need to be combined. If so, we'll ask if you can make the other date of the class and move you over. If you can't move to another date then we will refund your tuition and inform you the week before.

This fun and dynamic introduction to improv utilizes short form games and creative exercises to help students understand the all-important fundamentals of improvisational theater. If you have experience with improv already, this class provides a new perspective and an expanded vocabulary for learning. If you have no improv experience, Level 1 builds confidence, trains your brain for creative thinking, and inspires you to have fun!

Early Bird Discount $180
After February 25th $200

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The Game of the Scene with Brandon Gardner

$50.00 | 1 class

This three hour workshop will introduce the concept of The Game of the Scene, the central component of UCB’s approach to long form improv. Through exercises and scene work students will come away with a knowledge of how to recognize the first funny or unusual thing in a scene and then heighten and explore it to give their scenes a clear comedic focus. This workshop is appropriate both for people with no experience with Game and those who are looking to deepen their understanding.

Instructor Bio:

Brandon taught and performed at UCB NY from 2007 to 2016 where he helped develop the training center curriculum and created the Improvised Play performance class. Brandon was a member of the UCB TourCo All-Stars and taught workshops all over the world including in London, Berlin, Helsinki and Montreal. His last few years in NY he also served as the Performance Director for UCB's Touring Company and helped oversee UCB's Harold Night. Two years ago Brandon realized winter was an optional season and relocated to Los Angeles where he continues to teach, write and perform.

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Emotional and Psychological Listening with Joe Bill

$40.00 | 1 class

Most people will agree that one of the most important (if not THE most important) elements of Improvisation is Listening.

In this workshop I will show you how to listen more deeply in scenes beyond a literal, linear or strategic level that simply builds on responding to your scene partner’s words. I will show you how to be present and responsive on an Emotional and Psychological level so that you can collaborate in the realm of the UNSPOKEN reality of the scene.

You will learn some tools to help you pay attention to HOW you are behaving with and responding to each other. It’s HOW you pay attention to the unspoken in the scene that often gives your character a greater depth from which you can play.

The other set of tools are for building a vocabulary to strengthen HOW you respond and verbally acknowledge what is going on, on an emotional and psychological level with the characters that are present. Your play in improv scenes AND games can have more depth, believability & layers of funny when you are in solid connection to the world of the unspoken between characters.

This class will be located at the Curious Comedy Theater - 5225 NE Martin Luther King Blvd.

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Scene Diagnostic with Joe Bill

$40.00 | 1 class

In this workshop you will do lots of scenes, LOTS of them! We’ll warm up with short scenes and then we’ll start looking at scenes through this progression of ideas:

1) How did the scene begin? (The First 5/15/30 seconds)

2) What is available to help you forward the scene, the dialogue, the rhythm & tone, the emotion, the action.

3) What are the patterns and what is the scene about?

4) Recognizing the clues in the beginning that help you find the ending.

5) HOW are YOU present in the scene, from beginning through the middle and to the end.

I’ll touch on techniques from different approaches to Improvisation and give some personal feedback about tendencies I see. I’ll also share ideas to help you purposely break out of unproductive habits and into inspiration, focus and fun.

This class will be located at the Blazer's Boys & Girls Club (5250 NE MLK BLVD), across the street from Curious Comedy Theater.


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Double Header! with Joe Bill

$70.00 | 1 class

GET BOTH JOE BILL WORKSHOPS AND TAKE $10 OFF!

Emotional & Psychological Listening in Scenes
Most people will agree that one of the most important (if not THE most important) elements of Improvisation is Listening. In this workshop I will show you how to listen more deeply in scenes beyond a literal, linear or strategic level that simply builds on responding to your scene partner’s words. I will show you how to be present and responsive on an Emotional and Psychological level so that you can collaborate in the realm of the UNSPOKEN reality of the scene. You will learn some tools to help you pay attention to HOW you are behaving with and responding to each other. It’s HOW you pay attention to the unspoken in the scene that often gives your character a greater depth from which you can play. The other set of tools are for building a vocabulary to strengthen HOW you respond and verbally acknowledge what is going on, on an emotional and psychological level with the characters that are present. Your play in improv scenes AND games can have more depth, believability & layers of funny when you are in solid connection to the world of the unspoken between characters.
This class will be located in the main theater at Curious Comedy Theater (5250 NE MLK BLVD).
Saturday February 24th 1:00PM - 4:00PM

Scene Diagnostic
In this workshop you will do lots of scenes, LOTS of them! We’ll warm up with short scenes and then we’ll start looking at scenes through this progression of ideas:
1) How did the scene begin? (The First 5/15/30 seconds)
2) What is available to help you forward the scene, the dialogue, the rhythm & tone, the emotion, the action.
3) What are the patterns and what is the scene about?
4) Recognizing the clues in the beginning that help you find the ending.
5) HOW are YOU present in the scene, from beginning through the middle and to the end.
I’ll touch on techniques from different approaches to Improvisation and give some personal feedback about tendencies I see. I’ll also share ideas to help you purposely break out of unproductive habits and into inspiration, focus and fun.
This class will be located at the Blazer's Boys & Girls Club (5250 NE MLK BLVD), across the street from Curious Comedy Theater.
Sunday February 25th 12:30-3:30pm

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Level 2: Intro to Scene Work with Dan Humke

$205.00 | 1 class

7 Classes (March 6th - April 17th)
7:30 - 9:30 pm
1 Performance on Sunday, April 22nd

ATTENTION: Our class minimum is 6 people. Some classes may need to be smooshed together, if so, we'll ask if you can make the other date of the class and move you over. If you can't move to another date then we will refund your tuition and inform you the week before.

After grasping the fundamentals from Level 1, your next step lies in the nitty-gritty of improv: scene work. Level 2 introduces longer scenes into play and lets you explore characters and scene progressions. You also receive more specific individual diagnostics, feedback, and challenges throughout the class. Scene work skill-building is the perfect practice for those intending to perform improv as well as actors looking to improve their range and ability to play in the moment.

Early Bird Discount $205
After February 25th $225

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Level 2: Intro to Scene Work with Jessica Zodrow

$205.00 | 1 class

7 Classes (March 5th - April 16th)
7:30 - 9:30 pm
1 Performance on Sunday, April 22nd

ATTENTION: Our class minimum is 6 people. Some classes may need to be smooshed together, if so, we'll ask if you can make the other date of the class and move you over. If you can't move to another date then we will refund your tuition and inform you the week before.

After grasping the fundamentals from Level 1, your next step lies in the nitty-gritty of improv: scene work. Level 2 introduces longer scenes into play and lets you explore characters and scene progressions. You also receive more specific individual diagnostics, feedback, and challenges throughout the class. Scene work skill-building is the perfect practice for those intending to perform improv as well as actors looking to improve their range and ability to play in the moment.

Early Bird Discount: $205
After February 25th: $225

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Intermediate: CORE - Objective & Relationship with Jay Flewelling

$230.00 | 1 class

7 Classes (March 6th - April 17th)
7:00 - 9:30 pm
1 Performance on Sunday, April 22nd

ATTENTION: Our class minimum is 6 people. Some classes may need to be smooshed together, if so, we'll ask if you can make the other date of the class and move you over. If you can't move to another date then we will refund your tuition and inform you the week before.

In this class you will explore the improvisational storytelling principles of Objective and Relationship which include playing with point of view, emotional investment, finding the game, heightening, status and more. Learn how to make strong choices for yourself and hold on to them while supporting the choices made by your scene partner.

Early Bird Discount $230
After February 25th $250


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Intermediate: CORE - Objective & Relationship with Betse Green

$230.00 | 1 class

7 Classes (March 7th - April 18th)
7:00 - 9:30 pm
1 Performance on Sunday, April 22nd

ATTENTION: Our class minimum is 6 people. Some classes may need to be smooshed together, if so, we'll ask if you can make the other date of the class and move you over. If you can't move to another date then we will refund your tuition and inform you the week before.

In this class you will explore the improvisational storytelling principles of Objective and Relationship which include playing with point of view, emotional investment, finding the game, heightening, status and more. Learn how to make strong choices for yourself and hold on to them while supporting the choices made by your scene partner.

Early Bird $230
After February 25th $250

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AUDITION - Performance Mastery

$0.00 | 1 class

Must sign up before audition. You will not be allowed to audition if you have do not sign up beforehand.


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Short Form Class Session (7 weeks) with Nick Condon

$90.00 | 1 class

7 Week Course (March 6th - April 17th)

This can also be taken as a DROP IN for $15 pre class | $20 at the door

This class is for anyone who has completed level 1 or 2 (or equivalent experience)
Expand your skills and improve your repertoire in this "Short Form" focused class. Using Improv Games(like the ones on Who's Line is it Anyway) you'll become a stronger and more confident player. Each week you'll learn new games that not only help you build characters, improve teamwork and listening skills, but will help get you out of your head and into the moment. Learn to let go and just have fun with the game of the scene.

Skills covered in the class include: Making Offers, Listening, Acceptance

Early Bird $90
After February 25th $100

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AUDITION - House Team

$0.00 | 1 class

Must sign up before audition. You will not be allowed to audition if you have do not sign up beforehand.
Please bring headshot and resume.

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Performance Mastery Part 1: Advanced Scenework with Carla Cackowski

$230.00 | 1 class

This class will be an intensive in advanced scene work. Topics will include two and three person scenes, group scenes, as well as exercises in shaping group mind and ensemble building. There will be constructive feedback from the instructor in ways of side coaching, scene analysis, and emails detailing individual notes based on the student's performance and application of the tools and techniques discuss in the classroom. The class culminates with each student leaving the term with a specific sense of what their strengths are as individual players, ensemble players, as well as attainable goals to work towards in the future. There are two performances, plus the Student Showcase.

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Performance Mastery Part 2: Ensemble Showcase (Putting It All Together!) with Carla Cackowski

$230.00 | 1 class

Having acquired the skills taught over the course of your studies at Curious Comedy Theater, this class will focus on bringing all of those techniques together to create a long form improv show with your ensemble. Emphasis will be placed on the group over the individual as we delve into the pacing, execution, and structure of a group improvised performance piece. There will be two performances at this level, plus the Student Showcase.

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Dr. Cacky's Improv Cleansing with Craig Cackowski

$40.00 | 1 class

Is your scene work tired and sluggish? Are you falling back on the same tired choices and characters you always make? Do you need to get back to basics and be playful and strong again? If so, Dr. Cacky's Improv Cleansing is for you. He'll give you the improv equivalent of a high colonic, flushing the toxins of insecurity and indecision out of your system. You'll also receive some personalized feedback during the workshop and via e-mail in the week following the workshop. Class is kept small for individual attention.
Sunday March 11th, 11am-1pm
Location: Curious Comedy Theater
Craig Cackowski is an actor, improvisor and teacher based in Los Angeles. He has been involved with the iO and iO West theaters since 1992, and is the three-time winner of the Del Close Award as Teacher of the Year at iO West. He has played numerous improv festivals around the country with his long-running three-man troupe Dasariski (with Bob Dassie and Rich Talarico) and his duo Orange Tuxedo (with his wife Carla!). While in Chicago, he appeared in and co-wrote 5 revues for The Second City, and helped create such improv forms as JTS Brown and Close Quarters. As an actor, he has been seen in recurring roles on such shows as Community (as “Officer Cackowski”), Bajillion Dollar Properties (as “Todd the janitor”), Veep (as “Cliff”) and as part of the ensemble cast of Drunk History. Other film and TV credits include Son Of Zorn, Girlboss, Shrink, Comedy Bang Bang, Newsreaders, Welcome To The Family, The Mindy Project, How I Met Your Mother, Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Year Of The Dog, 21 And Over, and The Kings Of Summer. He may be heard frequently on such podcasts as The Thrilling Adventure Hour, Spontaneanation and his own podcast Craig’s List, in which he makes Carla watch his 100 favorite movies. www.orangetuxedoimprov.com

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