Classes in Chicago

Advanced Performance (AP) 1

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.

Advanced Performance (AP) 2

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.

Advanced Performance (AP) 3

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.

Close Quarters

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

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

Advanced Performance (AP) 5

This class is based on curriculum developed at the Chicago Improv Den, and focuses on the power of the piece. Building on the skills learned in previous classes, your work this session will revolve around putting everything learned in AP1-4 into a cohesive, powerful perfomance. Each week, the class is followed by a show involving students from AP 2 and above.

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.