Classes

Overview | Workshops | Courses | Visiting Workshops | Alumni Privileges | What Our Students Say

 

Overview

Part of The Improv Company’s mission is to create a sustainable improv scene in Singapore, and that means we train new improvisers all the time! We're always hosting new classes every month, so do keep an eye out for this page!

Whether you're a Whose Line is it Anyway fan and just here for a taster session or you're a seasoned improviser looking to get even better, we've got something for everyone. The only thing we promise is laughter. Oh and a new sense of spontaneity. Oh yeah and friends from all walks of life!

Unsure about what to expect? Check out our FAQ section!

 

Workshops

Short, sweet, & simple sessions for people of all interest levels to join!

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Taster Sessions: Improv for Everyone

A little nervous about signing-up for a full course? No worries! Every first and third Saturday, we host our Improv For Everyone workshop. It's a fun, no-pressure introduction to improvised theatre, suitable for any age or personality type! In this taster session, you can try out a few games and exercises about the principles behind improv and comedy. Wear comfortable clothes and drop in for two hours. 

Frequency: Every 1st & 3rd Saturday of the Month
Workshop fee: SGD15 (discounts may apply)

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Panel of Improv

Want to know what goes into the day-to-day running of improv troupes in Singapore? Our Panel of Improv series is an open forum for anyone to field questions to performers about their experiences in making their shows. These Panels are open and free to the public!

Frequency: Every 5th Saturday of the Month
Workshop fee: FREE


Courses

For those craving to dig deep into the roots of Improv!

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Improv 101: Learning to play

It's our flagship class: Improv 101 is designed for anyone taking their first steps into the world of improvisation. Re-discover a sense of spontaneous play. Over five weeks, you’ll learn how to vastly boost your creativity, tell engaging stories and harness the power of presence. For those pressed for time, we also offer Intensive Courses where the entire 101 sylabus in condensed into one weekend.

Course fee: SGD300 (discounts may apply)
Duration: 5 x 2.5hr sessions
Prerequisites: None! No theatre experience required!

 

Improv 201: Exploring Scenework

Enhance your improvisation skills as we dive into scene-building. Learn how to identify and heighten patterns and how to find inspiration from nothing. You'll be able to practice techniques for confident, funny scenes. And at the end of the course, jump on stage and perform what you’ve learnt in front of friends and family!

Course fee: SGD300 (discounts may apply)
Duration: 5 x 2.5hr sessions, plus 1 graduation showcase
Prerequisites: Complete 'Improv 101'

 
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Improv 301: Advanced Storytelling

Welcome to long-form improvisation. Be a director, producer and actor all at once as you experiment with crafting full-length plays. Try formats like the Harold and learn to build even richer characters and storylines. Teamwork is at its most intricate here. Also finishes with a graduation showcase.

Course fee: SGD300 (discounts may apply)
Duration: 5 x 2.5hr sessions, plus 1 graduation showcase
Prerequisites: Complete 'Improv 201'


Visiting Workshops

Improv trainers from around the world dropping by to share in the fun!

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'Dimensions' by Laura Doorneweerd ($80)
Wednesday, 16th January 2019 (7.30 pm - 10.30 pm)

Meet the dimensions. An approach to improv where every player gets one area to focus on. These are focus points like staging, volume and tempo. Especially very experienced players can benefit from this new approach. It encourages them to make choices they have never made. The dimensions can be used in existing formats (especially those who seem to have lost their 'edge').

This workshop is recommended for improvisers who have at least completed The Improv Company's Improv 301 (basics of long-form) course, or equivalent.

'Improv Toolbox: Freeform, Scene Edits & Organic Transitions' by Gael Perry ($80)
Friday, 18th January 2019 (7.30 pm - 10.30 pm)

This is a workshop about transitions and edits, to create organic freeform shows, without any break. Using different techniques (from classical improv edits revisited to movie shots), you will learn different tools you can use to improve your freeform, long-form or even short-form shows. Based on a total trust in your partners, you will experiment a new, intensive way of improvising, where the game is everywhere, at every moment, without a pause.

This workshop is recommended for improvisers who have at least completed The Improv Company's Improv 301 (basics of long-form) course, or equivalent.

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'Posture, Positions & Other Physical Stuff' by Laura Doorneweerd & Gael Perry ($100)
Saturday, 19th January 2019 (10.00 am - 1.00 pm)

In this workshop, Laura Doorneweerd & Gael Perry will work with you on body positions and postures. You will explore different ways to use the space on stage, giving you more tools to make beautiful stage pictures and play memorable scenes. Above all, you will have a great deal of fun experimenting, learning and playing with two international improv and theatre experts.

This workshop is recommended for improvisers who have at least completed The Improv Company's Improv 101 course, or equivalent.

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'Take Care!' by Rahel Otsa ($80)
Sunday, 27th January 2019 (1-4 pm)

The main rule in improv is taking good care of your partner. But what does that mean, exactly? Is agreeing to the offers of your partner all there is to it? My viewpoint is that maybe taking care of your partner starts, first and foremost, with taking good care of yourself. Because this is actually all that you have to bring onto the stage to help your partner with!

By the end of this workshop, you should have a better idea of how to take care of yourself before going onstage, and while being there.

This workshop is recommended for improvisers who have at least completed The Improv Company's Improv 101 course, or equivalent.

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'From Stanislavski to Johnstone' by Rahel Otsa ($80)
Sunday, 27th January 2019 (6-9 pm)

Konstantin Stanislavski is one of the most well-known drama practitioners for bringing his method of "experiencing the role" to the theatre. His method is all about not just making a caricature of a character onstage by using well-known cliches, but about really living through the character.

For a theatre actor, it may be a long, hard road to get to the essence of their character through textual analysis, the director's guidelines, costumes, set-design, etc. For an improvisational actor, the road could be so much shorter and easier because we are in charge of our own stories! Nevertheless, as improvisers, we tend to get stuck in the director/playwright role and forget that the audience sees us mostly as actors on the stage.

In this workshop, we will explore different aspects that we can learn from Stanislavski, the seminal character actor and director, to make our characters really come alive onstage and tell their stories for themselves.

This workshop is recommended for improvisers who have at least completed The Improv Company's Improv 101 course, or equivalent.

'Sustainable Stand Up' by Belina Raffy ($590)
17 Dec 2018 - 27 Jan 2019
(Register externally at https://www.sustainablestandup.com/#book-now)

Join Belina as she teaches how to make important ideas human, engaging, and deeply funny! Topics to be covered:
~Talk about important, complex subjects in ways that engage and impact others.
~Present with confidence and joy.
~Nurture a compassionate form of humour to energise yourself and others in the face of difficult challenges.

For more information, please visit: https://www.sustainablestandup.com/
Video: https://www.facebook.com/SustainableStandUp/videos/345611079337266/

No experience necessary, but places are limited.


Alumni Privileges

Here at The Improv Company, we believe in supporting our students even after they've graduated from a course. No kidding - all our cherished alumni get access to a range of benefits! Here're just some of the perks you can expect:

 
  • Discounted Courses | We'll mark down the cost of your next course if you sign up within a month of completing your current course.

  • Priority Venue Booking | Keen on starting your own show? You'll get first dibs on renting our performance studio, and at discounted rates too.

  • Networking Events | Receive invites to our regular social events, where you can casually meet-up (and jam) with fellow Improvisers from around the world.

  • Casting Call Access | There're always new openings for auditions, festivals, and open mics in the Improv world. We'll keep you in the loop.

 

What our students say

I started as an audience member, laughing my butt off and never believing for a second that I’d ever be on stage doing the same thing. I was in total awe at the way the improvisers could generate so much comedy out of nothing, watching it come alive. I took the classes and made friends for life there. I think it’s safe to say improv has changed my life for the better.
— Annie Low, 27, Research Consultant
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It’s like no one knows what they are doing. In a world of know-it-alls, this is refreshing. It’s the longest hobby I’ve ever stuck with. Must be the constant support. 5 stars. Through improv I discovered that I’m naturally more feelings based. The last 10 years I’ve been building my identity around being a rational robot. Improv destroyed this. Now I cry in showers, but it’s better than nothing!
— Anh Han, 33, Innovation Manager
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