Improv Classes Washington, D.C.

Unlock your creativity and boost your confidence with improv classes in Washington, D.C.. Learn essential techniques, build teamwork skills, and unleash your comedic genius while having a blast in a supportive and fun environment.

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Unfortunately, no classes in-person in Washington, D.C. have spots left, but 7 classes live online are available.

Online Improv

Actor's Improv Studio @ Virtual Classroom

Our Tuesday night online class focuses on Improv as a tool for people to learn to trust their creative instincts, be spontaneous and make strong choices, whether auditioning on camera, in the v.o. booth, on stage, or tv. These are great classes for people who want to learn how to improvise and access their creativity.

Tuesday Oct 3rd, 7–9pm Pacific Time

Tuesday Improv - Daytime Special (Class + Coaching)

Kissin Improv

One of this country's most experienced and well-reviewed improv performers -- a veteran of over 4000 shows with Chicago CIty Limits -- can teach anyone to improvise! You do not need to be "fast on your feet" or "funny" or an extrovert, just someone who is willing to play. This class will help you at work with presentations and public speaking, socially, or simply provide laughs.  All levels welcome as Carl Kissin, whom the NY Times called,...

Tuesday Oct 3rd, 11am–1pm Eastern Time

ONLINE Fun with Improv class

Fun w Improv. Improv Now. @ Online Classroom, New York, NY 00000

This is for everybody, whether your a newbie or novice (experienced) improvisers, actor, people who have fear in public speaking and for anyone who is looking for (((FUN))). This will help actors and improvisers, to be ready on stage and to always be prepared to do different characters. It is great for those who are shy or just nervous. It is great if you have a fear in public speaking. This is great to do by yourself, with friends, family, or even...

Thursday Sep 28th, 8–10pm Eastern Time

3-Hour Group Evaluation Class - Zoom Class

Edge Studio Voice Over

Edge Studio’s 3-hour Group Evaluation Class is the first step in your voiceover education. In this interactive, three-hour long class you will work in a small group setting with one of our Edge Studio Instructors to: Get a brief overview of the modern voice over industry Read for a coach and receive live feedback Receive a follow-up call with a member of our team to discuss the areas of voice over where we think you would be most marketable,...

Saturday Sep 30th, 4–7pm Eastern Time


Acting as a Craft (AAAC)

Chicago Actors Studio @ Online Classroom

The “Acting As A Craft” (AAAC) workshops are uniquely designed master class workshops incorporating a broad range of basic skills that an actor absolutely needs. Students will be given scene assignments from various film and stage plays and then paired up to work that particular scene as a homework assignment which will then be performed at the next scheduled class. These assignments are carefully designed to address whatever the students need...

Monday Nov 6th, 7–10pm Central Time

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Level 2 Advanced Animation Voice-Over with Ned Lott

Actors Connection New York @ Online Classroom

Level 2 Advanced Animation Voice-Over 3 Weeks Online Class: Casting Exercises and Direct Yourself Techniques with Ned Lott, Casting Director, Voice Director and Producer Ned has a wide range of producing, voice directing and casting experience for animation. He was a Producer, Voice Director, and Casting Director with the Walt Disney Studios on seven Studio Ghibli titles, including Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar™ nominated theatrical release “Howl’s...

Wednesday Oct 4th, 7–8:30pm Eastern Time

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3 sessions

Online 2-Week VO & On-Camera Intensive with Top NYC Casting Director Barry Shapiro

Acting & Voice Studios @ Virtual Classroom

Join us for our 2-Week ONLINE VO & On-Camera Intensive with Casting Director Barry Shapiro! This will be a live, interactive class with a Q&A and the opportunity to perform for and get feedback from Barry. You will be able to download the recordings of your performances for educational purposes only. You will also be able to send us your headshot, resume, acting reel and anything else you would want Barry to see. This class will be held...

Tuesday Dec 12th, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern Time

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Improv for Business

Washington Improv Theater @ 1835 14th St NW,, Washington, DC 20009

Learn the basic principles of improv and how to apply them to your work! Imagine you’re backstage at the theater, with a packed audience looking forward to a great show.  But there’s one catch: you don’t know your lines, and neither does anyone else.  Now go out there and put on a show, a show that’s never been seen before, and that never will be seen again!  p.s. Make it funny.   That’s the scenario that improvisers...

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Level 1: Foundations of Improv

Washington Improv Theater @ 1420 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009

Improv for all: whether you’re a nonprofit employee, a corporate lawyer, a software engineer or a high school English teacher, you’ve got something to gain from taking Foundations of Improv. Meet people, gain poise, build your confidence and unleash your creativity by learning the fundamental concepts of improvisation. It’s the most fun you’ll have all week.

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8 sessions

Speak Up: Using Improv to Succeed In Business

General Assembly @ 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

"Improv" is the practice of unplanned interaction with others. As much as we would like to rehearse and practice our lines for critical moments, there's no script sitting on our desk each morning, outlining all the things we'll say and do throughout the day. Learning simple tools for improvising better is a highly effective way to improve individual and team outcomes in any industry. In this class, participants will learn basic improv techniques...

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Using Physicality in Improv

Washington Improv Theater @ 1835 14th St NW,, Washington, DC 20009

Sometimes you can say something with a facial expression or an interesting physical choice before you begin to speak. Do we need to rely on saying funny things for comedy? Perhaps the thing that cuts through all the noise is silence and committed physical work. In this workshop, we will approach improvisation through physicality- using it to build character or tell a story without saying a word. A simple physical choice can help inform vocal quality,...

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Improv for All

Washington Improv Theater @ 1420 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009

Improv For All workshops are high-fun, low-stress classes designed to show you how improvisers create spontaneous, off-the-cuff theater. Our enthusiastic and friendly instructors work to make sure everyone is able to participate in a playful and trusting atmosphere.

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Level 5: Harold

Washington Improv Theater @ 1420 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009

Encounter the mother of all longform improvisation styles: The Harold. Through this form's classic structure, you'll apply your scenework knowledge with increasing artistry and complexity. Work every muscle of your improv body through an exploration of the ultimate longform format. Find games to carry through to second and third beats. Learn how to make an exciting group scene. Hone your characters for a show where you’ll take on multiple roles...

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8 sessions

Level 3: Character

Washington Improv Theater @ 1420 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009

Develop fully realized characters of all shapes and sizes. Discover how attitude, physicality and objectives can provide a filter for your characters to interact with the world. In improv, there’s nothing preventing you from changing age, gender or personality from one scene to the next. Learn how to embody a diverse array of characters that are like and unlike yourself. Add depth and color to your worlds by applying traditional theater techniques...

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Connect Play Connect

Washington Improv Theater @ 1420 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009

Makes scenes feel easy and makes all your partners look great. Be the improviser everyone wants to play with. Do you want to be the improviser everyone wants to perform with? Who makes scenes feel easy and makes all your partners look great? Contrary to what we might think, the best improvisers are not the loudest or flashiest players. Instead, they are the players who are intent on making their scene partners’ eyes light up. In this workshop,...

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Discover the Best Improv Classes in Washington, D.C.

Improv is a spontaneous form of ensemble theater that dates to ancient Greek farces. This improvisational form of theater relies on the actors, also known as players, to think on their feet. The scene acted out is not planned; instead, improv requires you to come up with dialogue, characters, setting, and more on the spot. Improv games and exercises are ways to improve your improvisational acting techniques. These games may be short, long, or narrative form. 

Improv has evolved since it was first used in ancient Greek comedy performances. Street performers used to engage in improv to earn money. It was then in the 20th century that improvisational comedy clubs opened, and television shows focused on improvisational comedy and improv games began to air. Improv is now considered an essential skill for actors to have and has become a part of the curriculum of drama schools. 

Improv has low barriers to entry. It can be done professionally or among a group of friends, making it both a professional and casual activity. If you’re in the area and are interested in improv, check out local comedy clubs, schools, and theaters that might offer classes. 

Why You Should Learn Improv in

Improv is a fun way to get over stage fright and a fear of public speaking. If those problems plague you, consider learning improv.

Improv can be scary for those with a fear of performing in front of others. However, actively engaging in improv has been shown to reduce anxiety. Your fear of uncertainty will decrease as you spend more time working on improv scenes and improve your ability to think on your feet in front of a live audience. This will not only improve your confidence but also your ability to communicate. 

Frequent improvers are familiar with failure. When starting with improv, there’s a good chance you’ll be unsure of how to continue a scene at some point. You might not know what you should say or how your character should act. But you shouldn’t be afraid of failure–it’s a part of getting better at improv. You’ll learn how to move on from failure and continue a scene as you gain experience. 

In-Person Improv Classes in

You can take an in-person improv class at a school, theater, or club in the area. In-person classes are taught by professionals who can thoroughly explain the fundamentals of improv. They’re also available to answer your questions and provide you with feedback. In-person classes are also a great way to meet others with an interest in improv. 

New and returning in-person improv classes offered in your area can be found on CourseHorse. There you’ll be able to find out about class schedules and the content of classes you’re interested in. 

Classes are offered for people who are new and experienced with improv. In the past, local venues have offered classes that focus on the foundations of improv, building a scene, and long-form improvisation. You can also reach out to theaters and schools that frequently teach improv classes to see if there are any upcoming schedules. 

Virtual Improv Classes 

Virtual improv classes are offered online by schools and theaters around the country. These classes are taught remotely by live instructors. In-person classes may provide more hands-on instruction, but remote learners still receive in-depth demonstrations and thorough feedback from their instructor. Virtual classes also provide interaction with other participants. 

Online improv classes are taught using an online video platform, like Zoom. You can take classes from any interruption-free environment with a stable internet connection. This eliminates the need to commute within the city. There are virtual improv classes offered on CourseHorse that you can sign up for today. 

Those experienced and inexperienced in improv can sign up for Actor’s Improv Studio’s online improv class. In this class, you’ll learn to access your creativity and trust your creative instinct. Improv will be taught as a tool to make spontaneous yet strong choices in your professional life, whether you’re taking the class to become better at auditions or to improve your acting skills. 

Kissin Improv offers an online improv class for all skill levels. Before the class starts, you’ll receive 50 minutes of private or small group coaching from the instructor in the fundamentals of improv. This one-on-one instruction may help you become more comfortable with improv before putting yourself in a class environment. 

Private Group Improv Classes in

Are you looking to book a private group improv class for your business or organization to facilitate team building? CourseHorse can deliver classes to you remotely. 

You can book CourseHorse’s Team-Building Improv Workshop if your group is up to 40 people. An instructor will guide your group through several improv games and exercises as a way of encouraging listening, communicating, and collaboration among your team. You’ll also learn how to problem-solve as a group. 

Groups of up to 20 people can book CourseHorse’s Corporate Improv Workshop. This class will improve problem-solving among your team, as well as encourage them to loosen up and respect each other’s thoughts and opinions. The dedication to a stress-free environment makes this ideal for groups looking to team-build in a fun environment. 

CourseHorse has a contact form on its website that can be used to find out about other improv or team development classes they can offer you. You can discuss your group’s learning needs and goals as you determine what class you’d like to book. 

Not sure what type of class your group would like? For $100 you can schedule a 20-minute demo with CourseHorse. A demo will give you an idea of a class’s content so that you can decide if you’d like to book it. 

CourseHorse does not charge a booking fee and allows free cancellations up to two weeks before your class is scheduled. If you need to reschedule your class less than 48 hours beforehand, you will be charged a $150 rescheduling fee. 

CourseHorse classes can be taken using Zoom. To use an alternate platform, such as Microsoft Teams, Google Meets, or WebEx, contact CourseHorse and provide them with the meeting details.