Workshops

All workshops are 3 hours in length and cost $45 Early Bird price per student if purchased by the end of day on July 31st. After that date, slots will be available for $55 per student.

In the event that a workshop sells out, interested parties will be added to a waiting list. As spots open up, they will be made available to those people as per their order on the waiting list.

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 for unclaimed slots 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 without notification. These spots will be released to people on the waiting list.

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


Jason Shotts – Our Thing and My Thing

Friday, 9/01
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
The Hideout Theatre (Downstairs)

Max: 16 Spaces

Relationship goes deeper than Doctor/Patient or Roommates, so what’s “Our Thing” gonna be? Couple that with “My Thing” and you’ll never ask yourself “What’s next?” in a scene again.


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Spaces: 4/16 See Bookings


Paul Thomas – Solo Sketch & Characters

Saturday, 9/02
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The Hideout Theatre (Classroom)

Max: 12 Spaces

This is a workshop version of the 8-week class Paul teaches in the Advanced Improv Program at Second City Chicago. Create great solo pieces by improvising with specific goals, then crafting structurally sound, multi-layered scenes for your characters. This class will also focus on improving overall performance.


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Spaces: 3/12 See Bookings


Ronnie Adrian – Using Specificity and Relationship To Inform Your Scene Work

Saturday, 9/02
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The Hideout Theatre (Downstairs)

Max: 16 Spaces

This workshop is designed to help you stop treating your scene relationships/choices as arbitrary and start using them to move your scenes forward. You’ll feel your scenes become easier to be in and you’ll feel the need to “be funny” lessen because the natural exploration of the specifics/relationships will be doing all the work for you. And the best part, when you hit that dreaded “scene wall” where the idea doesn’t seem to be funny anymore, this workshop will help you develop the skills to discover the next thing without the need for panicky invention.


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Spaces: 1/16 See Bookings


Seth Thomas – Go For the Feels

Saturday, 9/02
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The Hideout Theatre (Upstairs)

Max: 12 Spaces

The quality of an improvised scene is richer when the players make the scene about each other and connect emotionally. In this workshop, you’ll overview three ways characters process information (logically, personally, and emotionally) and get tips on how to play emotionally responsive characters. Learn and practice skills for keeping the scene about each other and creating better scenes. This workshop is a synthesized version of the curriculum taught by Seth Thomas at Second City Chicago.


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Spaces: 2/12 See Bookings


Dave Hill – Stand-Up Diagnostics

Saturday, 9/02
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The Hideout Theatre (Upstairs)

Max: 16 Spaces

International superstar Dave Hill doesn’t claim to know everything there is to know about comedy or show business or anything really. But for a low, low price, he is willing to lock himself in a room with you for a couple hours and share with you the knowledge, wisdom, experience, and- perhaps most importantly- haircare tips that have enabled him to tell the Man to suck it and spend his life doing what he loves for a living and pretty much live the sweet life every single day. As part of this rare, once in a lifetime experience, attendees will each perform a short comedy set and Dave will offer his thoughts, comments, and constructive criticism which you can totally take or leave. There will also be snacks, which is awesome.


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Spaces: 1/16 See Bookings


HERALDO – Haz Algo! (for Spanish Speakers)

Saturday, 9/02
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The Hideout Theatre (Classroom)

Max: 20 Spaces

Deja the buscar el ‘Por Que?” de tu escena y Haz Algo! Usando tecnicas de improv que pueden ayudar en connectar y reaccionar con tu pareja de escena mas rapido, vamos a trabajar contigo para enseñarte que desde el principio de tu escena, tu ya tienes todo lo que necesitas para crear escenas vibrantes e interesantes. Tambien vamos a trabajar con tecnicas que pueden ayudarte darle mas emocion a tus deciciones y personajes para darles mas energia que puede durar toda la escena.


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Spaces: 1/20 See Bookings


The Right Now – Improv Intuition

Saturday, 9/02
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The Hideout Theatre (Downstairs)

Max: 18 Spaces

This is a next-level workshop for experienced improvisors that will focus on how to tap into both individual and group intuition. An emphasis on deep listening will empower improvisors to understand their instincts, activate inspiration, and develop rock-solid trust in self and partners. Workshop format will be group exercises, duo and trio scenes, and solo character work. The Right Now is a trio of women improvisors known for their intuitive style of play featuring truthful characters, freedom in physicality, and just the right amount of mischief. The Right Now will provide workshop participants with individual feedback, including notes and details of workshop content.


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Spaces: 5/18 See Bookings


Carl Tart – Improvising in Character

Sunday, 9/03
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The Hideout Theatre (Upstairs)

Max: 16 Spaces

Learn to improvise in character without overpowering the scene and steamrolling your scene partner. This workshop will challenge students to make fun and constructive character choices. Students will work on playing new characters, making strong improv moves, and incorporating “Game” into their characters and scene work. You’ll walk away with new confidence and understanding of characters in improv. Whether you’re experienced or new to improv, this workshop offers something for you!


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Spaces: 3/16 See Bookings


Colleen Doyle – Empowered Improv

Sunday, 9/03
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The Hideout Theatre (Downstairs)

Max: 16 Spaces

Despite the got-your-back mentality of all good improvisers, it’s easy to become judgmental of our fellow players choices. This attitude can be brought on by ham-fisted initiations, repeatedly being made to play low-status, being labeled or painted in a stereotypical way, or always being expected to play your actual gender, sexuality, race, religion. Since we are not able to control everyone else, let’s take control of ourselves to – whatever the situation – be able to put up good, fun scenes. We will use difficult initiations, labels and situations to work our lemons-into-lemonade muscles and come out ready and able to make everyone look good.


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Spaces: 1/16 See Bookings


Zeke Nicholson – Controlled Chaos

Sunday, 9/03
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The Hideout Theatre (Classroom)

Max: 16 Spaces

Many improv scenes and sets can be “technically correct,” yet still somehow suffer from not being dynamic enough. This workshop will focus on methods to introduce a little bit of chaos into your scene work, making unexpected and bold choices that keep the improviser ahead of the audience, and foster a greater sense of play. It’s important to be able to stay on the rails, but it’s also important to jump out of the cart and fall down the mountain every now and again.


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Spaces: 3/16 See Bookings


Chickspeare LA – Improvising Shakespeare

Sunday, 9/03
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The Hideout Theatre (Upstairs)

Max: 16 Spaces

Learn the basics of improvising Shakespeare with the Chicks! Leave your fears at the door in a fun and stress-free workshop. We’ll introduce you to the tropes and language of the bard and help you navigate in short or long form Shakespeare scenes. No previous experience necessary.


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Spaces: 2/16 See Bookings


Katie Rich – Stop Making This Work

Sunday, 9/03
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The Hideout Theatre (Downstairs)

Max: 16 Spaces

Let’s face it – we don’t improvise to make money. So if we do this out of love why does it so often feel like work? This workshop will serve as a reminder that improvisation is about playing and discovering truth with the people around you. Trust me, you’re making it much harder than it needs to be. Come ready to be challenged, because there will be very honest notes and feedback given.


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Spaces: 2/16 See Bookings


Aden & Eric Nepom – Connecting In The Dark; Building Your Relationship with the Audience

Monday, 9/04
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Hideout Theatre (Upstairs)

Max: 16 Spaces

Your show begins when you set foot on stage. Spend time crafting the most underestimated and simultaneously most critical skill in performance: building your relationship with the audience. As improvisers we invest in our scene starts, our character creation and the intricacies of our spacework… but it is those first few moments when you meet the crowd and they create their expectations that can make or break your show. This workshop will help you hone your ability to connect with your audiences. From hosting and directing to interviewing the crowd, learn to make those first few moments count and how to honor the most important scene partner you ever had: the people sitting in the dark.


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Spaces: 0/16 See Bookings


Holly Laurent – Fun AF

Monday, 9/04
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Hideout Theatre (Downstairs)

Max: 20 Spaces

Many of our improv habits are based in what we believe we should do instead of what makes it fun. This workshop targets scenic moves that remove over-thinking and replace it with more organic initiations, joyful play and instant agreement. FUN AF emphasizes playing smarter, riskier and more confidently by focusing on great edits, stronger scenes, and savvy long form moves. We will wipe out the pressure, planning and judgement that weigh down your play and pursue funny and compelling scenes that are fun as fuck.


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Spaces: 3/20 See Bookings