Classes in Chicago

Ensemble 3 - ORGANIC IMPROV

ORGANIC - It's more than a word frequently used at Whole Foods

We use the word "organic" all the time in improv, but what does it really mean? Get ready to find out in this level and to reap the benefits.

Each week, the class is followed by a show involving students from Ensemble 2 and above. This class is based on curriculum developed at the Chicago Improv Den.

Close Quarters

Close Quarters is a long form in which all of the scenes take place adjacent to one another in the same timeline.

This form was originally created by a hard working cast and performed at the Second City etc on Wednesday nights. Craig Cackowski, Peter Gwinn, Bob Dassie, Stephnie Weir, Molly Cavanaugh, Lillian Frances, Al Samuels, and Rich Talarico, and was directed by Noah Gregoropoulos.

Learn the structure and techniques from one of the original cast members and Laugh Out Loud owner, Lillie Frances.

https://wiki.improvresourcecenter.com/index.php/Close_Quarters

Each two hour class is followed by a show at 8pm where the students get to try out the form!

Ensemble 5 - GET READY FOR SOME NEXT-LEVEL SH*T

Now that you've got the tools, let's start breaking the rules. This level is all about pushing you to your full potential-- as a group, as an individual, and as a professional performer.

Each week, the class is followed by a show involving students from Ensemble 2 and above. This class is based on curriculum developed at the Chicago Improv Den.

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.