Reflex Improv Curriculum

Beginner

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Anyone Can Learn!

Intro to Improv

Learn the fundamentals of improv comedy in this fast-paced, extremely funny, six week course.

The Class wil cover:

Yes-And Listening and Agreement, Got Your Back team support, how to Start Scenes with confidence, using Physicality and Object Work within scenes to create believable environments, spotting opportunities for hilarious Patterns and Game in scenes, creating Characters and new perspectives for yourself on the spot, using Show Openings to brainstorm ideas to use in scenes,
putting together a full improv Showcase working with a troupe.

The benefits of learning improv:

Intermediate

Explore improv deeper...​

Prerequisite: Intro to Improv (or equivalent)

Character

Dig deeper to create new characters!

Game

Discover how to identify and play with deeper games and patterns within your scenes. 

Advanced Scene

Get ready to perform as part of an improv troupe. In addition to improv coaching and learning new formats & openings, this class will also focus on stagecraft for an audience.

Advanced

Master your improv skills!

Prerequisite: Completion of two Intermediate Level classes (or equivalent)

Storytelling

Learn techniques for using narrative storytelling in improv. 

Advanced Character

Build a roster of more complicated characters. 

The Harold

The graduation format! A 30 minute show featuring 9 recurring scenes, an opening, and two group games. 

Electives

Formats and Skills just for fun!

Recommended for Intermediate Improvisers or above

Pretty Flower

The Pretty Flower format starts with a hub base scene, from which scenes spin out into different ‘petals’ from, always eventually returning to the base scene. Fun and crazy scenes emerge from this fast paced format! 

The Bat

A Harold in the Dark. Learn how to put together a half hour improv show with voices only. We approach this format like a radio show, complete with commercial breaks. The final showcase of this class will be recorded as a podcast.

The Armando

Learn The Armando format used by Upright Citizens Brigade. The Armando incorporates a monologist’s story followed by a series of improv scenes that are inspired by the story told, as well as the scenes that came before. This format allows for the coaching of deeper and more elaborate improv scenes. 

Analogous Scenes

Learn how to find repeating patterns in scenes and apply them to new characters and situations with confidence for expert level moves in improv scenes. Create deja vu level scenes that rhyme with each other!

The Dusty

No sweep edits – thus things get ‘Dusty’! This show format relies on tag-outs to chain scenes together. Fast paced and super fun!

Podcasting

Learn how to put together a comedy podcast, pick a format, record tracks, sync it up and edit it all together in an audio program for distribution over the internet. A microphone and headphones will be required for this class.

Sketch Writing

Learn how to use improv scenes to generate ideas for comedy sketches and other forms of creative writing. Never have writer’s block again!