Workshops

Workshop cost is $60-$70 per student for each 4-hour Master Class and $30 per student for each 2-hour class. In the event that a class sells out, you’ll be able to purchase an audit ticket that will allow you to sit and watch the class but not participate. Audit tickets will be sold at the classes location 10 minutes before the posted start time of the workshop, costs ranging from $10 to $25. Only cash will be accepted. Basic Info:
  • Workshops are open to anyone, but it is recommended that students have some improv experience.
  • On the day of the class, students can register in person with cash or check if the class limit has not been met.
  • A student’s spot in a workshop is forfeited if they are more than 10 minutes late to class.
  • Auditors will be given the first chance to purchase the full-participation spot, in the order the audits were purchased.
  • Anyone else on the waiting list will be able to take the spot, after it is offered to the auditors. Additionally, any student who is a no-show will not be refunded their class fees.

Please send your questions and concerns to Asaf Ronen, our Education Director. (Email: asaf EAT outofboundscomedy DIRT com)

Jeff Griggs: Fast, But Not Furious

Fri, 08/31 – 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM The Hideout Theatre – Downstairs

Too often, people think that playing faster means playing louder and angrier. In this workshop, we’ll explore the concept of playing faster with civility.

JEFF GRIGGS is the author of the book Guru; My Days with Del Close and the Story Producer for the NBC TV show Sports Action Team. He has most recently been seen performing for Second City on the NCL Star, Epic, Dawn and Pride of America in Hawaii, Alaska, Miami, Panama Canal and all throughout the Caribbean. He has performed and taught improv at the Chicago Improv Festival, Finland International Improv Festival, Twin Cities Improv Festival, Seattle Improv Festival, Tokyo Comedy Comedy Store, Austin Improv Festival, Toronto Improv Festival and the DSIF. In Chicago he’s a faculty member at Second City and IO Theater. He also performs with the team Aphasia and with iO Theater’s Deep Schwa and the Armando Diaz.


Deanna Fleysher: Naked Comedy

Sat, 09/01 – 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM The New Movement

Be more than funny. Be loved. In this 4-hour workshop, we want your body, your guts, and all your fluids. We want to see how funny you can be without thinking or trying. Through play, we will explore your unique connection to the audience, the bravery required to be vulnerable, and the gratification that comes with letting go. Expose yourself (metaphorically speaking), and make people laugh.

This workshop is very physical. Workout wear only. No shoes, no jeans. You’re lucky you’re allowed to wear clothes.

DEANNA FLEYSHER is a (non-scary) clown, teacher, and director. Trained in Lecoq-style clown, bouffon, improv comedy and physical theater, she created Foreplay, an erotic improv comedy show which ran for a year at the People’s Improv Theater in NY and was featured at the Chicago Improv Festival, and Echo, an improvised rock ballet which ran as a repertory show at NY’s Magnet Theater. She created, produced and starred in Kill Me Loudly: A Clown Noir and The Kapinski Private Eye Academy at the NY Clown Theatre Festival. As Butt Kapinski, she performed at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Galapagos, and many other joints around NY. For the past two years, she has been the director and co-writer of Red Bastard, the internationally-acclaimed bouffon show. A recent transplant to Los Angeles, she is artist-in-residence at Artworks Theatre, where she runs the Naked Comedy Lab.


Stephen Kearin: If You See It, They Will See It

Sat, 09/01 – 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM The Hideout Theatre – Classroom

Where does the story go when we stop talking on stage? Explore the fundamentals of Space Object awareness and learn to access the “Hidden Dimension” of improvisation.

STEPHEN KEARIN began his career with Bay Area Theatresports in San Francisco, where he was a company member for 14 years. He was a founding member of both Improv Theatre and True Fiction Magazine. Stephen is currently a member of Impro Theatre in Los Angeles and a founding member of 3 FOR ALL. His stage appearances inlcude the stilt-walking Iago in San Francisco Opera’s Otello, as Sally-Sue Weber in A Weber Family Christmas and he originated the role of Blaine Bustier in An Evening With Dirk & Blaine. Stephen is the co-creator of “Simlish” and was the principal male voice of The Sims, Sims 2.0 and Sims Medieval. He created the Martian languages for Disney’s Mars Needs Moms. He is featured in the DreamWorks Animation films Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2, Madagascar2& 3, Monsters Vs. Aliens and Megamind. He stars in The Bunglers, winner of Best Comedic Short at The 2012 Manhattan Film Festival. Stephen has taught at Stanford University and is an ongoing instructor with Cirque Du Soleil.


Adsit and Lutz: Back To The Basics

Sat, 09/01 – 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM The Hideout Theatre – Downstairs

This class is a diagnostics class where Scott and John will give notes on your scenes and guide you to simplify your choices for stronger scenework.

SCOTT ADSIT was a member of the Mainstage, ETC and Northwest companies of the Second City in Chicago. On the Mainstage, he performed alongside Rachel Dratch and Tina Fey and was one of the driving forces behind such groundbreaking revues as “Pinata Full of Bees” and “Paradigm Lost” (which was documented in the PBS documentary Second to None). The He is currently co-starring as Pete Hornberger in the hit NBC comedy 30 Rock and worked in the Adult Swim stop-motion animation programs Moral Orel and Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole.

JON LUTZ began as a writer-performer with Chicago’s ImprovOlympic and Second City, with whom he spent three years touring. He was a writer on NBC’s Saturday Night Live for 6 years before Tina Fey tapped him to play the role of sketch writer J.D. Lutz on 30 Rock as well as being an actual writer for the show. He also appears regulaly at the long-running hit improv show ASSSSCAT 3000 at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City.


Rafe Chase: Character Switching

Sat, 09/01 – 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM The Hideout Theatre – Classroom

A solo longform? Explore playing more than one character in a scene and the skills that allow them to believably interact, whether you’re doing an improv show all by yourself or scenes with one or more fellow actors.

RAFE CHASE has been described by The SF Weekly as “one of the most celebrated figures on the San Francisco improv scene today.” His career as an improviser began in 1978 as a member of Flash Family. Rafe joined BATS Improv in 1987 where he served as Artistic Director and is currently performing as a Company Player. In 1989 he formed Improv Theater, which pioneered extended narrative longform improv. Rafe is also member of the critically acclaimed three man group 3 For All, which has performed to sold-out houses across the U.S. and in Europe.


Tim Orr: Jumping In With Both Feet

Sun, 09/02 – 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM The Hideout Theatre – Upstairs

Starting scenes requires us to jump into characters, situations and relationships with commitment and energy. It’s the initial “Big Bang” that will propel us throughout the scene. In this class, we’ll look at ways to do this with dynamic physical and vocal energy, and also how to create beginnings by starting in the “middle” or “end.”

TIM ORR has improvised since 1988 with many San Francisco-based groups, including BATS Improv, Rafe Chase’s groundbreaking long form troupe Improv Theatre, the renowned True Fiction Magazine, and with the acclaimed troupe 3 For All. In 2009, he founded a new improv group, the Improv Playhouse of San Francisco. He has appeared in numerous plays in the San Francisco Bay Area, and received critical acclaim for his leading roles in the improvised feature films, Suckerfish and Security. With Stephen Kearin, Tim co-wrote, and originated the role of Dirk Manly in, An Evening with Dirk & Blaine. Tim has performed (and taught) improvisation at the American Conservatory Theatre, BATS Improv, Stanford University, and many other venues nationally (Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Austin, Louisville, Atlanta, etc.) and internationally (Amsterdam, Beirut, Belgium, Helsinki, London, Paris, Saudi Arabia, Stockholm, and Tel Aviv). He has served for many years as the Director of the BATS Improv Long-Form Intensive.


Deanna Fleysher: Naked Comedy

Sun, 09/02 – 12:30 PM – 5:00 PM The Hideout Theatre – Downstairs

Be more than funny. Be loved. In this 4-hour workshop, we want your body, your guts, and all your fluids. We want to see how funny you can be without thinking or trying. Through play, we will explore your unique connection to the audience, the bravery required to be vulnerable, and the gratification that comes with letting go. Expose yourself (metaphorically speaking), and make people laugh.

This workshop is very physical. Workout wear only. No shoes, no jeans. You’re lucky you’re allowed to wear clothes.

DEANNA FLEYSHER is a (non-scary) clown, teacher, and director. Trained in Lecoq-style clown, bouffon, improv comedy and physical theater, she created Foreplay, an erotic improv comedy show which ran for a year at the People’s Improv Theater in NY and was featured at the Chicago Improv Festival, and Echo, an improvised rock ballet which ran as a repertory show at NY’s Magnet Theater. She created, produced and starred in Kill Me Loudly: A Clown Noir and The Kapinski Private Eye Academy at the NY Clown Theatre Festival. As Butt Kapinski, she performed at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Galapagos, and many other joints around NY. For the past two years, she has been the director and co-writer of Red Bastard, the internationally-acclaimed bouffon show. A recent transplant to Los Angeles, she is artist-in-residence at Artworks Theatre, where she runs the Naked Comedy Lab.

Due to the popularity of this workshop, we have added a second Saturday workshop.


Eric Hunicutt: Did You See That?

Sun, 09/02 – 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM The Hideout Theatre – Upstairs

Did You See That? What You’re Ignoring In Your Scenes (and How It’s Useful…)

Listening is so much more than just hearing what our partners say and “yes, anding” the premise… with every line, every action, and every UNsaid line, there’s tons of possibility. This workshop explores the gold mine of choices that exists in every scene, every character, every line. Inspired work is about much more than just getting the Who, What, and Where nailed down, it’s about really receiving information… not just hearing it.

ERIC HUNICUTT is an actor, director, writer, and teacher based in Los Angeles. As an actor, Eric has worked performing everything from Shakespeare to sketch comedy, as well as in television, film, and nearly twenty years of improv, including over ten years as a member of the acclaimed Chicago-based ensemble the Reckoning. He is a regular performer in shows at iO West, including The Armando Show and the Reckoning. As a director, Eric has developed several original solo shows, directed webisodes and short films, and recent work includes productions at The Second City (LA & Chicago), Piccolo Spoleto Fringe, The Comedy Central Stage, Upright Citizens Brigade Theaters (NYC & LA), The Lost Studio, Katselas Theatre Co., and UC San Diego. Eric teaches at iO West (where he was previously the Director of Training), Steppenwolf Classes West, Warner Loughlin Studios, California State University’s Summer Arts, and has taught undergraduate acting as a Guest Artist at the University of California San Diego. He is a proud alumnus of UNC Chapel Hill and a native tarheel. More info at erichunicutt.com.


Beer Shark Mice: Longform Intensive

Mon, 09/03 – 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM The Scottish Rite Theater

Using their signature format (formally known as the “slacker”), the members of Beer Shark Mice will give their take on the various aspects of longform improvisation: callbacks of characters and locations, time and space jumps, physical awareness of the space, walk-ons and justifications. The class will include a Q&A where students can state what they are most interested in and frustrated with in their work.

BEER SHARK MICE is a long form improvisational show that originated in Los Angeles. A forty to forty-five minute long show based on a suggestion of a location. The location is the starting point for an array of scenes where the players tag in to spin the scene in a new direction or wildly out of control to sometimes end up full circle where it all began. This legendary quintet from Chicago is a well respected group of men that learned the art of improvising from Improv Olympic, The Second City and Annoyance Theater.