This 6-week course is designed to allow adults with no improv background to be introduced to it while providing others who have improv training the opportunity to grow. Anyone who is interested in moving out of their comfort zone and learning new skills in a safe and supportive environment should consider taking the course!
Improv-trained comedians like Amy Poehler, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig have long extolled the benefits of improv training for their creative and performance processes. However, improv classes and training are increasingly being seen as a way to improve both business and personal skills including listening, collaboration, teamwork, confidence, cooperation, creativity and sense-of-fun. In fact, Forbes, CNN and Wharton School of Business have all recently reported on the importance of utilizing improv skills in business and day-to-day personal growth. Furthermore, improv training has been incorporated at companies like Google, Ford, Hilton and Pepsico as well as Universities like Yale, UMASS, Duke and Columbia. Both on and off stage, the skills of improv are quickly being seen as the skills of life.
Classes are taught by Joe Conto, who has been studying improv comedy with Montreal Improv Theatre in Montreal, QC since 2008 and has been performing and teaching at the school since 2010. In addition to winning the Threepio Improv competition in Montreal, Conto has performed with troupes at the Del Close Marathon in New York City, Big City Improv Fest in Toronto and Vermont Comedy Club in Burlington, Vermont as well as taught classes to a range of students including performers, engineers, entrepreneurs, writers, scientists and the occasional clown.
- Dates: Wednesdays, July 11 - August 15
- Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
- Fee: $75