Workshops

The workshop costs range from $45 – $75 per student and are all 3 hours long.

In the event that a workshop sells out, you can request to be put on a waiting list. Email Asaf below.

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.
  • Anyone else on the waiting list will be able to take the spot

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


FEELING THE GAP: Silence, Subtext and Trust – Katy Schutte

Saturday, 9/05

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The Hideout Theatre - Classroom

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Spaces: 8/16 See Bookings

FEELING THE GAP: Silence, Subtext and Trust – Katy Schutte

Max: 16 Spaces

Improv often focuses on what is happening next. In long form improvisation we find the bits in between are just as interesting. How do we walk the line between allowing space and trusting the whole thing won’t just unravel completely? How do you play one thing, whilst simultaneously suggesting a whole other thing might be also be going on? Using games, scene work and side coaching, this playful session will help spring clean your scene work, giving it depth and subtlety. Suitable for actors, improvisers and/or performers. 

KATY SCHUTTE is a Brit that broke out and trained at Second City and iO Chicago, as well as with teachers from The Annoyance, UCB and more. She is a Funny Women finalist and winner of the Brighton Festival Fringe Best Comedy Show award. Katy has performed with the Maydays for 11 years, is half of the two woman long form show Katy and Rach, produces Geekeasy with sci-fi improv team Project2 and plays in the Destination podcast and live shows. She coaches long form teams and leads public workshops in England and across Europe. She has toured with Fluxx, improvised musicals with Music Box and Baby Wants Candy and notably guested in the London and Liverpool Improvathons, Grand Theft Impro and Messing with a Friend.


NO BRAIN IMPROV – Andel Sudik & Ryan Archibald

Saturday, 9/05

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The Hideout Theatre - Upstairs

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Spaces: 18/20 See Bookings

NO BRAIN IMPROV – Andel Sudik & Ryan Archibald

Max: 20 Spaces

We know thinking can get in the way of improv so why then do we still improvise brain first?

The longer you improvise the more in your head you get and the more your brain, while trying to help, GETS IN THE WAY. Improv is inside you, but you’ve battered it down with moves and references and good improv. In this workshop you’ll explore physicality, movement and emotion. Whether you’re stuck in a rut, comfortably plateaued or just want a little more free fun when you improvise, this workshop is designed to get you out of your head and into your body.  (Re)discover how easy it is to play from your gut up and take back the joy to your work and your words.

RYAN ARCHIBALD has been improvising in Chicago for 15 years.  He first took the stage at ImprovOlympic (iO) with People of Earth and Atlantis.  He currently performs there regularly with 3033 and Search Engine.  Arch was hired by Boom Chicago in Amsterdam in2004 and returned for another year in 2008.  For the past decade he has worked on and off with The Second City.  During that time he has been apart of the resident cast at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, toured twice with National Touring Company, performed several Second City Theatricals including One Nation Under 1%, and sailed with five different NCL Cruise ships.  Currently, Arch directs the Second City Touring Company and spends many of his working hours in the classroom for the Second City Conservatory with creative, curious and intelligent people. Arch also studied at the Annoyance Theater.

ANDEL SUDIK was born and raised in Santa Clarita, CA and moved to Chicago in 2001 to pursue life and got caught up in improv and sandwich making (Potbelly.) She toured with Second City national touring company and Theatricals and is an alumni of Boom Chicago in Amsterdam and the Second City etc stage where she performed in the Jeff Award winning revue We’re All in this Room Together. She occasionally contributes to SCN and teaches improv and sketch comedy to children and adults in the Second City training center summer camp, Advanced and Conservatory programs. YesAndel.com.


OBJECT WORK: THE SECRET WEAPON OF IMPROV – Rich Talarico

Saturday, 9/05

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The Hideout Theatre - Downstairs

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Spaces: 21/25 See Bookings

OBJECT WORK: THE SECRET WEAPON OF IMPROV – Rich Talarico

Max: 25 Spaces

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW SOLD OUT. AUDIT SLOTS ARE AVAILABLE.

A picture is worth a thousand words… So, why wouldn’t you want a thousand words of info pouring into your scenes with each and every object you touch. Learn why the secret weapon of improv is object work. Avoid talking heads scenes, stay out of your head, engage the audience and inform your character. Discover the benefits of object work and how, when done well, it can do much of the heavy lifting of exposition for you.

RICH TALARICO is an Emmy nominated, American Comedy Award Nominated, WGA Nominated and Peabody Award winning writer and producer best known for his work on Comedy Central’s sketch show Key & Peele. Currently, Rich is co-writing the script of the new Key & Peele feature film Substitute Teacher (for Paramount/ 21 Laps) based on the hit sketch from Key & Peele Season 2: Rich recently produced and co-wrote the Key & Peele Super Bowl Special, and you can see Rich’s writing work (and a glimpse of acting) on Season 2 of Review also on Comedy Central. Previously, Rich has written/produced FOX’s MadTV, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, NBC’s The Tonight Show w. Jay Leno, Frank TV for TBS, The Sketch Pad for HBO and co-produced The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show for Comedy Central. Rich also served as director and co-writer of CC Social Scene a sketch/improv series for Comedy Central Digital, hosted by Paul Scheer. Rich took his first improv class from Stephen Colbert at Chicago’s Second City Theater in 1992; went on to tour with Second City’s National Touring Company and later co-created five original sketch comedy revues with SC’s etc., and Main Stage Companies. While in Chicago, Rich was also heavily involved at Improv Olympic (Now iO) under the direction of Charna Halpern and the late, Del Close. Rich played on the Improv Olympic house teams Mr. Blonde and Faulty Wiring” – co-created the long-form improv shows Strap Heads, Trio, Close Quarters and Dasariski – appeared in the scripted shows Hamlet The Musical and The Roof is on Fiddler, understudied the legendary team The Family and played with the early casts of the long running Armando Diaz Experience, Theatrical Movement and Hootenanny. Rich has appeared in several TV commercials, most notably A&W Rootbeer’s “Mr. Dumass”. Rich also appeared in small roles on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, Early Edition, What About Joan? and the feature film High Fidelity. Rich can be seen performing long-form improv at the iO WEST in Hollywood and at improv and comedy festivals all over with Bob Dassie and Craig Cackowski in Dasariski. Rich has led improv and writing workshops in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Dallas, Detroit, Boston, Austin, Toronto, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Chapel Hill, St. Louis, Chicago, Los Angeles & NYC. More at richtalarico.com.


SELL IT! – Craig Cackowski

Saturday, 9/05

2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

The Hideout Theatre - Downstairs

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Spaces: 24/28 See Bookings

SELL IT! – Craig Cackowski

Max: 28 Spaces

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW SOLD OUT. AUDIT SLOTS ARE AVAILABLE.

Energy, confidence and decisiveness are 90% of the battle in improv, i.e. it’s not so much what you say as when you say it and how you say it. How comfortable you are on stage will have a huge impact on how you’re perceived by the audience. Whether you’re a veteran improvisor or new to the artform, this is the perfect workshop for the performer who needs to practice owning their impulses and delivering them with confidence right away.

CRAIG CACKOWSKI has been involved with the ImprovOlympic (iO) and iO West Theaters as a performer, coach, teacher and director since 1992. As a teacher, he is the three-time winner of the Del Close Award as Teacher of the Year. As a performer, he can be seen weekly at iO West improvising with Bob Dassie and Rich Talarico in Dasariski (celebrating 15 years together in 2014!). In Chicago, Craig performed with the Second City Mainstage and ETC, as well as with Baby Wants Candy, Carl and the Passions and the original cast of Close Quarters. Film and television appearances include Drunk History, Community, Veep, Newsreaders, Comedy Bang! Bang!, The Mindy Project, How I Met Your Mother, Trust Us With Your Life, Workaholics, The Kings Of Summer, 21 and Over and Year of The Dog. He may also be heard on the long-running podcast The Thrilling Adventure Hour, playing such characters as Colonel Tick Tock and millionaire hobo Banjo Bindlestuff.


TELL US HOW YOU REALLY FEEL!: A Stand-Up Workshop – Jamie Campbell

Saturday, 9/05

2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

The Hideout Theatre - Classroom

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Spaces: 9/14 See Bookings

TELL US HOW YOU REALLY FEEL!: A Stand-Up Workshop – Jamie Campbell

Max: 14 Spaces

This workshop focuses on having a strong point of view in your stand-up writing.  Many early stand-ups talk about what they think is funny, but neglect to focus on how they feel about the topics they discuss.  This workshop will give participants writing exercises that will help them focus their material on strong opinions and exploring topics beyond their initial premise, helping them to utlilize their life experiences to shape their voice onstage.

The workshop will consist of in-class writing exercises, rant performances, and an open Q&A. Students will leave with a list of several writing exercises that they can take into their future writing.

JAMIE CAMPBELL has been teaching theatre and improvisation for over a decade. He is an award winning playwright and director. As a stand-up comic, he was recently named Chicago’s “Best Stand-Up Comedian” by The Chicago Reader.  Jamie has performed at the TBS Just For Laughs Festival, is a founding member of the stand-up collective 100 Proof Comedy, and his debut album, Tell Me You’re Proud of Me, peaked at #1 on Amazon’s comedy charts. He tours as a performer and instructor throughout the nation, and has performed live for over a half-million people since 2001.  His personal teaching philosophy is to focus on the positive, believing that the first step in becoming a great performer is having someone believe in you, so that you can believe in yourself!


FUELING A SCENE – Bob Dassie

Sunday, 9/06

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The Hideout Theatre - Upstairs

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Spaces: 20/26 See Bookings

FUELING A SCENE – Bob Dassie

Max: 26 Spaces

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW SOLD OUT. AUDIT SLOTS ARE AVAILABLE.

This class will focus on what it means to establish strong relationships in a scene and the various ways to explore them.

BOB DASSIE is originally from Chicago where he toured with The Second City and performed at the Improv Olympic. He co-created several long-running improvised shows including WeirDass (alongside his wife) and the unfortunately named Dasariski. He now lives in Los Angeles where he has written for film and television, most recently writing for Adult Swim’s animated Mr. Pickles. His credits include NBC’s Community, Comedy Central’s Review, HBO’s Funny or Die, the IFC mini-series The Spoils of Babylon, and the film Casa de mi Padre.


FUNNY WOMEN IMPROV – Ruby Willmann

Sunday, 9/06

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The New Movement

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Spaces: 6/18 See Bookings

FUNNY WOMEN IMPROV – Ruby Willmann

Max: 18 Spaces

Have you ever been pushed aside as a one-dimensional mom character? What about an incompetent secretary? Ever get in your head when you find yourself caught in a stereotype and it seems like there’s no way out? Instead of getting caught up in your head, this workshop teaches you to dive deep and flourish. Find inspiration in any offer and learn to command the stage. This workshop is for women only. We will be focusing on the gender dynamics that often arise in improv. This will be a safe space for open discussion and personal feedback.

RUBY WILLMANN is a teacher and director at the Hideout Theatre. She has performed consistently in Hideout Mainstage Productions, was an original member of the All-Star show, The Big Bash, and directed the sold-out, 8 week run of Wanderlust. Ruby received her Humanities degree with Special Honors due to her thesis on implicit sexism, and has used her knowledge to develop the gender dynamics that often come up in comedy fields. Ruby strives to mix the genuine with the absurd while always keeping the scene in mind.


IMPROVISATION MASTER CLASS – Mick Napier

Sunday, 9/06

2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

The Hideout Theatre - Downstairs

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Spaces: 26/35 See Bookings

IMPROVISATION MASTER CLASS – Mick Napier

Max: 35 Spaces

THIS WORKSHOP IS OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT. UNFORTUNATELY, THERE ARE NO AUDIT SLOTS BEING OFFERED. SIGN UP ON THIS PAGE TO GET ON THE WAITING LIST.

Students are encouraged to challenge and expand their improvisational choices and strengthen and clarify their point of view through specific individual feedback. Students are pushed to make surprising and unexpected choices. Character initiation and elements of longform may be explored as well.

MICK NAPIER is Founder and Artistic Director of the acclaimed Annoyance Theatre and for Second City, director and artistic consultant. His work has included the Jeff Award-winning Paradigm Lost and Obie Award-winning One Woman Shoe.  As an actor, Mick has appeared in Ice Harvest, Let’s Go to Prison, Watch, Talent, and on the Canadian reality show Next Comedy Legend. Mick’s book, Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out is widely regarded as a seminal work on the subject of Improvisation.


NEO-FUTURIST BASIC TRAINING WORKSHOP: The Writer in You! – The New York Neo-Futurists

Sunday, 9/06

2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

The Hideout Theatre - Classroom

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Spaces: 19/24 See Bookings

NEO-FUTURIST BASIC TRAINING WORKSHOP: The Writer in You! – The New York Neo-Futurists

Max: 24 Spaces

THIS WORKSHOP IS OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT. UNFORTUNATELY, THERE ARE NO AUDIT SLOTS BEING OFFERED. SIGN UP ON THIS PAGE TO GET ON THE WAITING LIST.

This Neo-Futurist writing workshop, based in honest storytelling, is designed to strengthen confidence and communication, while bringing creativity to center stage. We focus on developing a heightened awareness, and presenting personal experiences in order to find a greater meaning in everyday life. Participants will quickly generate and perform new work that engages the self, the immediate surroundings, and the world at present. The aim is to empower and affirm the lives of the participants, and craft the everyday into the amazing. Bringing personal creativity into your writing! No experience necessary!

THE NEW YORK NEO-FUTURISTS are an ensemble of dynamic writer/performer/directors who are best known for their critically acclaimed, energetic show of original short plays, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. A collage of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, the visceral and experimental, Too Much Light endeavors to tell dynamic stories while embracing chance, change, and chaos.  Since 2004, the New York Neo-Futurists have not only created over 3800 new plays and performed those plays around the world, but they have taught hundreds of creative workshops to schools, communities and corporations around the country. Workshops in both writing and performance at Out Of Bounds will be lead by founding Ensemble Member Rob Neill and longtime company members Meg Bashwiner and Emma Reaves.  All three have toured extensively as Neo-Futurists and bring a combined 35 years of experience with Neo-Futurism.


POINT OF VIEW: THE CHOICE THAT GUIDES ALL CHOICES – Rich Talarico

Sunday, 9/06

2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

The Hideout Theatre - Upstairs

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Spaces: 20/25 See Bookings

POINT OF VIEW: THE CHOICE THAT GUIDES ALL CHOICES – Rich Talarico

Max: 25 Spaces

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW SOLD OUT. AUDIT SLOTS ARE AVAILABLE.

Play from the inside out. This improv workshop will show you how to instantly create and build honest characters. Characters are not just voices or walks, they are the soul of your show, . Giving and using organic gifts will further deepen your insight to character. Learn how to live moment to moment in present-tense engagement with the world around you –as you character. These simple techniques will strengthen any show/ performance.

RICH TALARICO is an Emmy nominated, American Comedy Award Nominated, WGA Nominated and Peabody Award winning writer and producer best known for his work on Comedy Central’s sketch show Key & Peele. Currently, Rich is co-writing the script of the new Key & Peele feature film Substitute Teacher (for Paramount/ 21 Laps) based on the hit sketch from Key & Peele Season 2: Rich recently produced and co-wrote the Key & Peele Super Bowl Special, and you can see Rich’s writing work (and a glimpse of acting) on Season 2 of Review also on Comedy Central. Previously, Rich has written/produced FOX’s MadTV, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, NBC’s The Tonight Show w. Jay Leno, Frank TV for TBS, The Sketch Pad for HBO and co-produced The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show for Comedy Central. Rich also served as director and co-writer of CC Social Scene a sketch/improv series for Comedy Central Digital, hosted by Paul Scheer. Rich took his first improv class from Stephen Colbert at Chicago’s Second City Theater in 1992; went on to tour with Second City’s National Touring Company and later co-created five original sketch comedy revues with SC’s etc., and Main Stage Companies. While in Chicago, Rich was also heavily involved at Improv Olympic (Now iO) under the direction of Charna Halpern and the late, Del Close. Rich played on the Improv Olympic house teams Mr. Blonde and Faulty Wiring” – co-created the long-form improv shows Strap Heads, Trio, Close Quarters and Dasariski – appeared in the scripted shows Hamlet The Musical and The Roof is on Fiddler, understudied the legendary team The Family and played with the early casts of the long running Armando Diaz Experience, Theatrical Movement and Hootenanny. Rich has appeared in several TV commercials, most notably A&W Rootbeer’s “Mr. Dumass”. Rich also appeared in small roles on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, Early Edition, What About Joan? and the feature film High Fidelity. Rich can be seen performing long-form improv at the iO WEST in Hollywood and at improv and comedy festivals all over with Bob Dassie and Craig Cackowski in Dasariski. Rich has led improv and writing workshops in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Dallas, Detroit, Boston, Austin, Toronto, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Chapel Hill, St. Louis, Chicago, Los Angeles & NYC. More at richtalarico.com.


IMPROVISATION MASTER CLASS – Mick Napier

Monday, 9/07

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Hideout Theatre - Downstairs

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Spaces: 23/36 See Bookings

IMPROVISATION MASTER CLASS – Mick Napier

Max: 36 Spaces

THIS WORKSHOP IS OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT. UNFORTUNATELY, THERE ARE NO AUDIT SLOTS BEING OFFERED. SIGN UP ON THIS PAGE TO GET ON THE WAITING LIST.

Students are encouraged to challenge and expand their improvisational choices and strengthen and clarify their point of view through specific individual feedback. Students are pushed to make surprising and unexpected choices. Character initiation and elements of longform may be explored as well.

MICK NAPIER is Founder and Artistic Director of the acclaimed Annoyance Theatre and for Second City, director and artistic consultant. His work has included the Jeff Award-winning Paradigm Lost and Obie Award-winning One Woman Shoe.  As an actor, Mick has appeared in Ice Harvest, Let’s Go to Prison, Watch, Talent, and on the Canadian reality show Next Comedy Legend. Mick’s book, Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out is widely regarded as a seminal work on the subject of Improvisation.


NEO-FUTURIST BASIC TRAINING WORKSHOP: Non-Illusory Performance! – The New York Neo-Futurists

Monday, 9/07

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Hideout Theatre - Upstairs

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Spaces: 9/14 See Bookings

NEO-FUTURIST BASIC TRAINING WORKSHOP: Non-Illusory Performance! – The New York Neo-Futurists

Max: 14 Spaces

Neo-Futurism is organic and honest. We create and perform our work by combining forms of experimental theater into an aesthetic that is fresh, unique and dynamic. We tell our stories–as we are, where we are and doing what we are doing.

In this performance-based workshop, derived from exercises and assignments created by Neo-Futurist founder Greg Allen, participants will generate and perform new work that engages the self, the immediate surroundings, and the world at present. Learn how to break down the 4th wall to become autobiographers, living newspapers, and arbiters of the surreal. Come unearth your most creative self. No experience necessary!

THE NEW YORK NEO-FUTURISTS are an ensemble of dynamic writer/performer/directors who are best known for their critically acclaimed, energetic show of original short plays, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. A collage of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, the visceral and experimental, Too Much Light endeavors to tell dynamic stories while embracing chance, change, and chaos.  Since 2004, the New York Neo-Futurists have not only created over 3800 new plays and performed those plays around the world, but they have taught hundreds of creative workshops to schools, communities and corporations around the country. Workshops in both writing and performance at Out Of Bounds will be lead by founding Ensemble Member Rob Neill and longtime company members Meg Bashwiner and Emma Reaves.  All three have toured extensively as Neo-Futurists and bring a combined 35 years of experience with Neo-Futurism.