improv comedy classes
in long beach
New Long Beach improv classes are enrolling all the time! Upcoming course dates are listed on the right. Begin the registration process by clicking on your desired class.
This fast-paced, fun class introduces the fundamentals of improv comedy through improvised scenes and theatre games. Emphasis is on creating a rich, supportive environment for creativity, spontaneity, making strong choices and increasing confidence.
Discover the laughs and joy improv comedy brings to the soul in a high-energy, one day, four hour workshop. Learn how to think on your feet, increase confidence, build characters and forge relationships on stage with simple suggestions.
Students will learn the ins & outs of writing successful comedy sketch scenes! Discover writing a point of view for multiple characters, writing solo, writing for others, monologues and collaborative writing. Over 7 weeks, students will write multiple sketches in class and share them for feedback. Introductory writing class. Open to all levels. Limited to 10 students.
intermediate & advanced classes
Intermediate improv course that builds on the fundamentals established in Level 1, focusing on relationship, labeling and character development through a variety of scenes and exercises.
Pre-requisite: Improv Comedy, Level 1 and instructor permission.
Advanced improv class where improvisors will further develop their skills in building characters, justification and heightening through a variety of games and scenework.
Pre-requisite: Improv Comedy, Level 2 and instructor permission.
Over 8 sessions, students will learn the fundamentals of long-form improvisation, how to build off each other to heighten scenes, and create multiple characters.
Pre-requisite: Improv Comedy, Level 3 and instructor permission.
Performance classes are for those students who have completed the regular long form, sketch writing and/or character workshops and wish to take a more intensive class that culminates in a public performance.
Please note the pre-requisites for each class.
Intermediate level class focused specifically on games and scenes performed in short form improv shows. Four-week class with one final performance.
Pre-requisites: Held2gether Improv Level 2 AND instructor permission. Must attend all 4 classes to appear in the show.
Advanced long form class focusing on further developing the basics taught in the Held2gether Long Form class. Four-week class with one final performance.
Pre-requisites: Held2gether Long Form Workshop AND instructor permission. Must attend all 4 classes to appear in the show.
Advanced sketch class in which students will create, write and perform a sketch comedy show that runs for 4 performances. Collaboration outside of class required. Class size limited.
Pre-requisites: Instructor permission AND either Held2gether Improv Comedy Level 3 Class OR Sketch Writing Lab. Must attend all classes and rehearsals to appear in the show.
Ages 8 - 12. Held2gether Kidmania is a 2-week day camp that uses the art of theatrical improvisation to offer kids a fun and exciting means of tapping into and expanding their imaginations. In an encouraging environment, they will enhance listening and cooperation skills, and learn to create life-size stories on the spot. The class will culminate in a graduation performance for family and friends at the Found Theatre.
Pre-requisite: None. Class size is limited.
Ages 13 - 17. Utilizing theatre games, scene work and group exercises, this class teaches teens the fundamentals of improvisation. Students develop their ensemble and listening skills by focusing on teamwork, ad learn to react on stage while building a scene with depth of relationship, environment and character. They are able to explore and expand their creativity in an encouraging and safe atmosphere. The class will culminate with a graduation performance for family and friends at the Found Theatre.
I found Darren's intro to improv comedy class in the spring of 2009. I always wanted to try out improv, as I'm a huge fan of Improv Everywhere, improv comedy troupes, etc. It turned out to be one of the best investments I ever made. Darren loves to laugh and loves to teach people how to let go and laugh harder, louder, BETTER than you ever have in your life. Being in physical pain because you laughed incredibly hard is one of the best feelings in the world.
-Corinne L., former student
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