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.

League

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:
Todd Page
Mishell Livio

Laugh Out Loud Youth Ensemble

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 four week program will culminate in four improv performances at Laugh Out Loud Theater.

Development and Pitching TV and Web Series

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.

Anybody Can Take Classes

Our improvisation classes are for both adults and teens. If you’ve always wanted to try comedy, now is your chance. Improv classes can benefit everyone. Actors, doctors, baristas, and even pirates take our classes. Seriously, if a pirate can do it, so can you.