• Do you want to bring your musical improv to the next level? Join Laura Hall (Musical Director, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, The Second City Chicago) and Rick Hall (Actor, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, The Second City Chicago) for this advanced workshop. Rick & Laura have taught musical improv at comedy clubs, theaters, high schools and universities all over the world. You’ll work with two seasoned improvisers and get two uniquely different perspectives- one from an experienced improv actor and the other from an improv musician. Rick & Laura create a lively, supportive environment where you can grow and explore various long form musical elements. We’ll look at rhyming, harmony singing, musical form and structure, communicating with a Musical Director and more. We’ll explore integrating music into any kind of long form show, including the Harold, Armando and Improvised Musical. We’ll focus on music improv as a natural extension of scenic work, digging deep into character, story and emotion to create rich and interesting songs; creating a strong “who” and “where” for your songs, and building scenes to “earn” the song. We’ll work on large ensemble singing, including improvised choreography. All in a positive setting where you can explore, stretch out, and most importantly, have fun. Attending this workshop gets you into the show that night for free!
    Date: Saturday March 14th Workshop: 2pm - 5pm Show: 7:30pm Instructors: Rick & Laura Hall Location: The Upfront Theatre
  • Advanced Spontaneity | Winter 2018 | Thursdays This class takes a more focused look at expanding the student's ability to instantly come up with new and imaginative ideas that partner with the information at hand; this involves listening to new input and directly expanding on that information.  The class will give students the confidence to put themselves out there and make anything work and is for both improvisers looking to be bolder in their craft and for use at work and home to raise confidence in the ability to engage with new customers, business partners, coworkers, and people in your daily life. Dates: Thursdays, January 18th – March 8th Time: 5:30 - 7:30pm Instructor:  Samantha Jolly Location: The Upfront Studio Prerequisites: Spontaneity Class, minimal level of improv training, or permission of Education Director.
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    REGISTRATION FOR CLASSES IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Advanced Spontaneity | Spring 2020 | Tuesdays This class takes a more focused look at expanding the student's ability to instantly come up with new and imaginative ideas that partner with the information at hand; this involves listening to new input and directly expanding on that information.  The class will give students the confidence to put themselves out there and make anything work and is for both improvisers looking to be bolder in their craft and for use at work and home to raise confidence in the ability to engage with new customers, business partners, coworkers, and people in your daily life. This class will cover concepts like:
    • Yes And…
    • Storytelling – A Hero’s Journey
    • A stronger understanding of C.R.O.W.
    • Thinking quickly
    • Scene work
    • Mime Work
    • Strong Listening
    • Character Work
    • Being comfortable presenting in front of others
    Dates: Tuesdays, April 21st - June 9th Time: 6:15 - 8:15pm Instructor: Sammy Jolly Location: The Upfront Theatre Prerequisites: Spontaneity Class, minimal level of improv training, or permission of Education Director. Note: Must be 18 years old or older to attend this class.
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    REGISTRATION FOR CLASSES IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Characters & Relationships | Spring 2020 | Tuesdays Discover the amazing characters you have ready to create and share at your fingertips.  This class will help you to quickly and easily create characters in the moment while giving them distinctive physical, vocal and emotional aspects.  Through these characters you will discover the difference between character choices in a scene and your own.  With these characters you will be able to build on the relationships between characters and find ways to give them depth and history.  You are guaranteed to walk away from this class with a back pocket full of fun new characters and an ability to create engaging relationships that move the scene forward.     This class will cover:
    • Vocal choices for characters
    • Physical choices for characters
    • Forming strong relationships
    • Creating history for character and relationships
    • Building stories from relationships
    • Creating characters and relationships quickly
    • Emotional depths in scenework
    Dates: Tuesdays, April 22nd - June 10th Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm Instructor: Dartanion London Location: The Upfront Studio Prerequisites: Completion of Advanced Spontaneity or permission of Education Director. Note: Must be 18 or older to attend this class.
  • Environment | Winter 2018 | Wednesdays From mime work, to scene painting, to simply doing more in an improv scene than standing there and talking, this environment class will focus on the physicality of improv and its coexistence with the scene's dialogue.  Students will learn to create physical environments from nothing and use them as part of the scene.  There will be an emphasis on mime work, remembering mimed objects and there location, and using mimed objects to advance a scene. Dates: Wednesdays, January 17th – March 14th (No Class February 14th) Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm Instructor: Yonk Reinemer Location: The Upfront Theatre Prerequisites: Spontaneity Class, minimal level of improv training, or permission of Education Director. Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of Advanced Spontaneity.
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    REGISTRATION FOR CLASSES IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Spontaneity | Spring 2020 | Mondays This class is great for beginners and those improvisers looking to get out of their heads.  The class will help you to pull new ideas from thin air and teach you the power of being in the moment and listening.  A strong focus on accepting ideas and adding on to them will provide you with the tools to be a great improviser and an awesome human being.  This class is guaranteed to help you get those creative juices flowing and lead you down the path of spontaneous creation. This class will cover concepts like:
    • Yes And…
    • Storytelling
    • C.R.O.W. – the baselines of a scene
    • Thinking quickly
    • Accepting failure
    • Strong Listening
    • Being in the Moment
    Dates: Mondays, April 20th - June 15th (no class May 25th) Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm Instructor: Linnaea Groh Location: The Upfront Studio Note: Must be 18 years or older to attend this class.
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    REGISTRATION FOR CLASSES IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Spontaneity | Spring 2020 | Sundays This class is great for beginners and those improvisers looking to get out of their heads.  The class will help you to pull new ideas from thin air and teach you the power of being in the moment and listening.  A strong focus on accepting ideas and adding on to them will provide you with the tools to be a great improviser and an awesome human being.  This class is guaranteed to help you get those creative juices flowing and lead you down the path of spontaneous creation. This class will cover concepts like:
    • Yes And…
    • Storytelling
    • C.R.O.W. – the baselines of a scene
    • Thinking quickly
    • Accepting failure
    • Strong Listening
    • Being in the Moment
    Dates: Sundays, April 19th - June 14 (no class May 24th) Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm Instructor: Chris Jones Location: The Upfront Theatre Note: Must be 18 years or older to attend this class.
  • Stage Ready Performance Improv | Fall 2018 | Tuesdays This class is for the serious improv performer.  It’s all in the name as this class prepares with the tools you need to wow an audience.  Heavy scene work, a focus on monologues, and both short and long form performance improv will be the focus points of this class.  Our experienced instructor will not only teach you highly used improv formats but show you how to be successful at performing them. Dates: Tuesdays, October 2nd -- November 20th Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm Instructor: Billy Tierney Location: The Upfront Theatre Prerequisites: Spontaneity Class, higher level of improv training, or permission of Education Director. Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of Advanced Spontaneity, Environment, Characters & Relationships, & Storytelling
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    REGISTRATION FOR CLASSES IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. The Harold | Spring 2020 | Wednesdays
    This class will focus on specific techniques to identify and play the game of the scene – the pattern that makes it funny. We’ll do this by learning the Harold – the format invented by Del Close that ushered in the longform improv revolution!
    Students will focus intensely on two-person scenes that will be revisited, giving you a chance to explore the characters in a way that’s rarely done outside of a Harold format. This class will leave you with a much stronger sense of exactly why a scene is funny and how you can heighten that over multiple scenes.
    Dates: Wednesdays, April 22nd - June 10th Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm Instructor: Dartanion London Location: The Upfront Theatre
    Prerequisites: Completion of Advanced Spontaneity or permission of Education Director. About the teacher: Dartanion is a comedian who is really named that, and has performed both standup and improv comedy across the country at theaters, clubs, and festivals. He was trained at Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles, has been a mainstage cast member at Jet City Improv in Seattle, and is currently on the mainstage at The Upfront Theatre in Bellingham.
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    REGISTRATION FOR CLASSES IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Teen Improv | Spring 2020 | Thursdays Ages 13-17 years old. This course will excite and inspire students, introducing them to the wonderful world of improvisation! Through games and physical exercises, students will engage their imagination and creativity. They will practice teamwork and positive communication skills, building their confidence and discovering their own potential in a fun and safe group environment. The students will be able to show off what they've learned in a showcase for family and friends at the end of the session.

    Dates: Thursdays, April 23rd - June 11th

    Showcase: Tuesday June 16th @ 6pm Time: 4:30 – 6:00pm Instructor: Jake Barrow Location: The Upfront Theatre

    NOTE: When completing your purchase please leave the name and age of the child you are registering in the comments section of your order.
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    REGISTRATION FOR CLASSES IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Youth Improv | Spring 2020 | Tuesdays Ages 9-12 years old. This course will excite and inspire students, introducing them to the wonderful world of improvisation! Through games and physical exercises, students will engage their imagination and creativity. They will practice teamwork and positive communication skills, building their confidence and discovering their own potential in a fun and safe group environment. The students will be able to show off what they've learned in a showcase for family and friends at the end of the session. Dates: Tuesdays, April 21st - June 9th Showcase: Tuesday June 16th @ 6pm Time: 4:30 – 6:00pm Instructor:  Linnaea Groh Location: The Upfront Theatre NOTE: When completing your purchase please leave the name and age of the child you are registering in the comments section of your order.
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    REGISTRATION FOR CLASSES IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Teen Improv Camp | August 2020 Ages 13-17 years old.  Our instructors will guide students through improv games and exercises that will work out both their bodies and minds. Our improv summer camp is fun and engaging while instilling great listening skills, team-building, and creative thinking. Bring family and friends at the end of the week to watch what the campers have learned in an improv showcase performed on The Upfront stage! This showcase will include improv sets from both youth and teen camps, and will be approx. 1 hour long. Please note that this camp is in the afternoon until Friday, where the teens will meet in the morning to conclude their session before the showcase. Dates: Monday August 10th - August 14th Showcase: Friday August 14th @ 12pm Time: Mon - Thurs 1:00pm - 4:00pm; Friday 9am - 12pm Instructor:  TBD Location: The Upfront Theatre NOTE: When completing your purchase please leave the full name and age of the child you are registering in the comments section of your order.