Summer IMPROV Classes
Beginner Improv with Vikram
Improv is the art of listening and reacting honestly to your scene partner, being comfortable with messing up and having a great time.
The goal of this course is to introduce you to how improvisers create a character (similar to the way they teach at The Groundlings) and teach you how to put a scene together (similar to the style of Upright Citizens Brigade).
The first half of the class features activities and warm ups that work on both of these philosophies. The second half is either a pre-planned activity where you will be asked to dress up and improvise as a character you’ve constructed or us practicing how to put together a show.
The beginner course will focus on reinforcing the fundamentals of improv to the point where the student will feel very comfortable performing a full show in front of a live audience.
VIKRAM BHOYRUL is an actor and is the director of Theatre 68's weekly meetups known as “Gym” where 20-30 actors perform scenes, learn a variety of acting related techniques from incredible people in the industry and produce many exciting plays. He has had a passion for improv ever since he was a teenager obsessed with sketch comedy. Vikram fell in love with the craft of Improv at Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles and continued to study improv at Groundlings to familiarize himself with their philosophy too. He performed on several indie teams for a few years including most notably “My Brother’s Number”. Vikram uses improv when he is doing theater, directing on camera work and even when he is writing. He has seen and understands just how valuable trusting your own instincts, listening to your scene partner and being really silly can be and wants to share this with as many up and coming actors as possible.
Intermediate Improv with Vikram
If you’ve been improvising for a few years, have taken a course or two at a great improv school or have been coached by a reputable improviser, this course is for you. In this course we will focus on different forms of improv, different ways to inspire a scene, and identify more specifically how to make each performer lean into their strengths.
This course requires a strong foundational understanding of improv, the rules we follow, and how to find the joke of the scene in real time. The goal is that by the end you will have formed an official improv team with your peers, you will have decided on a form that works best for you, and you’ll be ready to perform with any other improviser regardless of their experience!
Intro to Improv with Jessica
You’ve seen “Whose Line is it Anyway?” You’ve seen live shows—how do they do it?
Listen, react, and create something out of nothing in this fun and playful performance class.
Learn the fundamentals of improvisation!
Come learn the secrets to listening, reacting, and creating right in the moment.
From games to songs to characters, no two scenes will ever be the same!
JESSICA REINER HARRIS is a proud member of Actors Equity. She has taught and performed musical theatre all over the world. Favorite performance credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Skiptown Playhouse,) Forbidden Broadway (California Musical Theater,) and Voldemort and the Teenage Musical Parody (Edinburgh Fringe.) With a penchant for imitations, musical comedy and improv, Jessica has been developing curriculum and teaching kids theatre for over 15 years. Jessica also performs as a wandkeeper at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.