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July 31
September 18, 2023
7:00 pm
9:00 pm

Fundamentals of Improv Class

Welcome to the wonderful world of improv comedy!

Could you imagine yourself:
More confident?
Connecting better with other people?
Comfortable in unexpected situations?
Making up things on the spot?

We know that you can, and this class will show you how! Learn the fundamentals of improv comedy with two skilled and supportive instructors. We’ll play some very silly games, learn how to create characters, explore techniques to collaborate and create as a team, and even perform full improvised scenes together!

Of course, you won’t be facing this new experience alone – you’ll be learning these new skills with a team of new improvisers, and by the end you’ll be ready to put on a showcase for your friends, family and fans!

About this class:

Over six weeks, you will learn the fundamentals of improv comedy through a combination of warm-ups, games, exercises, and practice scenes. Highwire Improv’s expert instructors will be with you every step of the way, holding the space to make silly choices, explore comedy, and learn how to create art together. No performance, acting, or comedy experience is required – but by the end you will be confident and ready to show off your new skills!

Each class session will run from 7-9pm EDT, with optional time available after class to discuss and debrief.

Week 1 (July 31): Intro to Improv
Week 2 (August 7): Base Reality
Week 3 (August 14): Physicality
Week 4 (August 21): Characters
Week 5 (August 28): Emotion and Relationship
Week 6 (September 11): Putting it All Together
Week 7 (September 18): Student Showcase!
This class is in-person, but Highwire Improv also offers online classes – check out our page for other offerings!

*Note: there are two locations for the Jewish Community Center – you want the Park Heights location!*

About your instructors:

Jonathan Monroe (he/him) has been a teacher in the Maryland school systems for over 10 years. He has been an improviser in the Baltimore area for 8 years. Learning the craft from the Baltimore Improv Group, he has been a part of indie troupes; Throwing Lobsters, Hostel, and Important Screws. Jonathan has been directing a monthly school aged driven family friendly show, The Playground, once a month at Highwire Improv. He enjoys long form and musical improv as well as mentoring the next generation of improvisers.

Katie Overbey (she/her) began her improv journey in 2018 under the guise of professional development as part of a class in grad school. She fell in love with the way improv could turn a group of science nerds into funny, cohesive performers and she’s been hooked ever since. Katie has performed with various groups, including Babeprov in Baltimore and Game Knights at The Armory in NYC. She considers Highwire Improv her home base and when she’s not doing improv, she’s working as a food ingredient regulator, knitting, or snuggling her pets.

About Highwire Improv:

Highwire Improv is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization based in Baltimore, Maryland. Our mission is to steward a community of artists committed to growth, collaboration, joy, and justice — in Baltimore and around the world — through improvisational theater.

Jewish Community Center - Park Heights


5700 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, 21215

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