Classes in Chicago
This class is based on curriculum developed at the Chicago Improv Den, and delves into some of the more advanced philosophies of improvisation—building ensemble, finding organic inspiration, and freeing yourself to use your whole mind and body on stage. The class also promises to make you a more confident and elegant performer.
Each week, the class is followed by a show involving students from AP 2 and above. The last class of the session will culminate in a show for AP 1 students, with regular weekly shows at the onset of AP 2.
This class is based on curriculum developed at the Chicago Improv Den, and focuses on developing confidence through exploring and cultivating your point of view. Building on the skills learned in previous classes, your work this session will revolve around ignoring that inner critic and trusting your choices on stage by better recognizing and appreciating your individual perspective.
Each week, the class is followed by a show involving students from AP 2 and above.
This class is based on curriculum developed at the Chicago Improv Den, and focuses on organic risk taking. Building on the skills learned in previous classes, your work this session will revolve around diving into each moment to make organic discoveries. Each week, the class is followed by a show involving students from AP 2 and above.
The Laugh Out Loud League will polish your improv skills in this 12 week program. If you are cast, you will be put on an ensemble and given a director for 12 weeks. Groups rehearse once a week and perform every other Thursday at Laugh Out Loud Theater. The program costs $150 (that's just $12.50 per week). The League is run by Mishell Livio.
Groups rehearse Monday nights (7-9) starting on Jan 8, or Saturday afternoons (1-3) starting on Jan 6.
Directors for this session include:
Laugh Out Loud's Youth Ensemble will have your kids flexing their funny bones while challenging them with a variety of theater exercises and improv comedy games. This comedy course is led by professional Chicago improvisers, and these instructors will take your child on a journey through improv that will hone a variety of skills such as teamwork, listening, public speaking, creative thinking, self-confidence, and, of course, individual sense of humor.
This eight week program will culminate in three performances at Laugh Out Loud Theater.
Auditions are on March 18 from 1:00 – 3:00pm
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Everyone and their sister has an idea for a TV show. Unfortunately, it’s not enough to have a good idea. You need to know how to make the idea sellable and actually pitch it to someone who can provide the budget, assets, and creative team to make it and bring your show to an audience. Whether you’re pitching a primetime series to NBC or a 15 second web series to an up-and-coming distributor, it’s vitally important that you can effectively communicate your passion for your project to someone who can help you make it. In this 8-week course, students will develop pitches for 1 web series and 1 TV series. In the final class, students will actually get to pitch their projects to Chicago-based production company, Bottle Rocket Media.
In this 9 week course, you will learn how to script, produce, shoot, and edit a sketch for video. In addition, you will learn ways to craft your sketch so you can fully execute the funny idea.
The heart of the course will take you through production from A to Z, detailing how to prep for a shoot - casting, wardrobe, locations, music, art/props, and more. You will also get a chance to crew up your shoot with your fellow classmates and learn to edit. Two sketches will be produced from the group and then premiered in front of a live audience at Laugh Out Loud Chicago.
The class tuition includes funds to be put towards the production budget.
Laugh Out Loud Academy
The Laugh Out Loud Academy is a home for improv artists to take their craft to the next level.
Have you hit a plateau?
Do your scenes/rehearsals/shows feel like more of the same?
Do you want to take your hard-earned improv skills in a new direction?
Mastery takes practice.
The Laugh Out Loud Academy will push you to take creative risks and explore your comedic voice. With courses in long form, video production, coaching, and more, you can hone your abilities and further your training.
Most of our programs have a performance element because more stage time means one more step towards excellence in performance.