Level 2 Class – Tuesdays

In Level 2, we will begin using the idea of group play. Whether it is via shortform games (playing with pattern, heightening, pouncing on the fun), longform openings (group work, exploration of one theme together), or scenes (game of the scene), we will understand the importance of utilizing our power together and play with rather than against. Character work, both by mirroring and complementing, is also pushed in this level.

Pre-requisite: Level One

Tuesdays from 6:30-9:00pm
Jul 16, 23, 30, Aug 6, 13, 20

Level 4 Class – Mondays

Time to put all that prior work into practice. We’ll learn the structure of basic longforms like Armando (Storyteller), Montage/Commando, Shotgun, Bat, Monoscene, Beer Shark Mice, and WeirdAss. Rather than covering up our lousy scenework with a complex format, we’ll push our good scenework as to not get lost inside the construct of each form.

Not only that, but this level culminates in a Student Show!

Pre-requisite: Level Three

Mondays from 6:30-9:00pm
Jul 15, 22, 29, Aug 5, 12, 19

Level 3 Class – Mondays

Level 3 digs deep into scene work. The relationship between the characters on stage is the most important part of the scene. Get ready to focus on two-person scenes and explore multiple ways to lock into the heart of things.

Pre-requisite: Level Two
Mondays from 6:30-9:00pm
Jul 15, 22, 29, Aug 5, 12, 19


The Movie – Elective

The Movie: We’ve all been to the movies, but have you created one on the spot? In this classic Chicago improv form you will!

Long time Chicago improv veterans, and owners of The Nest Theatre will guide you through the skills to create improvised movies based on audience suggestions of titles or even genres. This form will take the skills you’ve already learned at The Nest and add in new editing techniques.

This two-night immersion on the form will ideally lead to a show or two at The Nest playing for audiences. 2 nights of classes…AND A SHOW!

PREREQUISITE: Completion of Level 3 and Signed Up for Level 4

Mondays June 17th & June 24th from 6:30-9pm
Show Friday June 28th at 9:30pm

Level 1 Class – Mondays

Welcome to the formal program of improvisational training! Whether you want to perform, be better at team work or presentation for your job, or just be more engaged with your friends and family, this is the place to start!

In this course, we’ll jump into the beautiful world of “Yes, And” and study beginning fundamentals like basic games and the advantages of collaborative group work. We’ll enjoy exercises, talk basic theory, dive into basic scenework, push through object & environment, and establish the importance of relationship and truth onstage – and have an incredible amount of fun, getting away with pretending as adults.

Mondays from 6:30-9:00pm
Jun 3, 10, 17, 24, Jul 1, 8