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July 22
September 9, 2023
1:00 pm
3:00 pm

Online Intro to 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 1-3 p.m. EDT, with optional time available after class to discuss and debrief.

Week 1 (July 22): Intro to Improv
Week 2 (July 29): Base Reality
Week 3 (August 5): Physicality
Week 4 (August 12): Characters
Week 5 (August 19): Emotion and Relationship
Week 6 (August 26): Putting it All Together
Week 7 (September 9): Student Showcase!

This class is online, but Highwire Improv also offers in-person classes – check out our page for other offerings!

About your instructors:

Tashika Campbell (she/her) began improvising in Baltimore, Maryland in 2017. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Tashika is a founding member of the award-winning independent troupe Cake Walk, and also performs with Dreamweaver. Tashika has headlined festivals across the US and coordinate the first improv festival dedicated to Black improvisers in the DMV. Tashika is also a sought after coach, teacher, and workshop facilitator.

Steve Pilloff (he/him) started improvising in 2018, when he realized he needed a hobby for when his twins headed off to college. During the day, he’s a finance professor at George Mason University, teaching students how to develop valuation models in Excel (nothing remotely related to improv). He completed the curriculum at Washington Improv Theater and has taken more improv courses and workshops, in-person and online, than he can count. He improvises regularly with indie teams Human Magnet and Shirley Time, and loves ice cream and falling asleep on the couch while watching TV with his wife.

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.