Improv Classes

Improvisation Classes at The Barrow Group

The Barrow Group offers a wide variety of improvisation training and programming for beginners and professionals.  Improv will stimulate your imagination, encourage playfulness, instill confidence, and sharpen collaboration and ensemble building skills. Our improv activities train you to be an innovative and refreshing actor. We highly recommend incorporating improvisation into your acting training, as spontaneity is at the core of The Barrow Group approach to acting. 

Improv I

This class introduces students to the fundamentals of improvisation. Through exercises and games, students will learn the basic skills of improv and have fun developing their spontaneity, playfulness, imagination, and confidence. Improv is an essential skill for any actor, and it’s a useful one for life, as well. No experience necessary.

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Improv II: Intro to Long Form

Prerequisite: Students must have completed Improv I.

This class continues to use the basic principles of improvisation to focus on scene work and long-form improvisation. In addition to developing storytelling skills through new long-form structures, students will learn more advanced techniques for improv scene-work, how to expand their character range, and how to increase their confidence and playfulness as performers and as an ensemble. 

Long form is a style of improvisation that can spin from a single suggestion from the audience. Long form improvisation relies more heavily on acting skills and ensemble memory. Some examples of long form improvisation include The Montage, Time Dash, Monoscene, and The Harold. Students will learn new forms and practice initiating and ending scenes, support moves, and callbacks and connections, as they learn to create a long form improv set as an ensemble.

Goals: Students will continue to practice the basic rules of improvisation as they apply to a long form improv set. Students will learn new forms and learn how to do longform improv sets as an ensemble by doing practice scenes, exploring characters, locations and group games.

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Improv: Drop in Classes

Join us for an Improv Drop In Class! Our improv drop in class is a perfect way for the actor who wishes to hone her or his skills to brush up on the techniques or explore new ones! Or join us for an evening of fun with friends! 

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