Classes


Classes: Term 1
Our first term of 2015 classes, running from Jan 17 to March 14, is now open for registration. All classes will be held at Actor's Casting and Talent Services (30 NE 52nd). 
Note: There will be no class the week of Valentine's Day (Sat, Feb. 14 and Mon Feb. 16) Classes are 8 weeks with an optional Graduation Performance at the OKC Improv Showcase in March. 

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                                       Class List
OKC Improv Term 1 Class Schedule
Day Start Date / End Date Time Instructor Register
Improv for Teens
Monday Jan. 19 - Mar. 16 7:00PM-9:00PM Sue Ellen Reiman Register
Level 1: Intro to Play (Adult Track)
Saturday Jan. 17 - Mar. 14 2:00PM-4:00PM Clint Vrazel Register
Level 2: Playing with Premise And Relationship
Saturday Jan. 17 - Mar. 14 4:00PM-6:00PM Clint Vrazel Register
Monday Jan. 19 - Mar. 16 7:00PM-9:00PM Tim Huckeby Register
Level 3: Playing with Pattern And Character
Saturday Jan. 17 - Mar. 14 2:00PM-4:00PM Kellen Hodgeson Register
Level 4: Playing with Story and Genre
Saturday Jan. 17 - Mar. 14 2:00PM-4:00PM Kyle Gossett Register
Level 4: Playing it Real And Funny
Monday Jan. 19 - Mar. 16 2:00PM-4:00PM Cristela Carrizales Register
Level 3: Musical Improv Fundamentals
Saturday Jan. 17 - Mar. 14 4:00PM-6:00PM Kyle Gossett Register
Note: There is no class the week of Valentine's Day (Saturday Feb. 14 and Monday Feb. 16)

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Class Descriptions
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Improv for Teens

Have zany fun and learn new skills with an improv class for teens!


This class will focus on the basic improvisation principles, including acceptance, cooperation and ensemble work. Both short-form (games) and long-form (scenes) improvisational styles will be covered, as well as a taste of musical improv. Great for students who have stage experience, as well as students who've never performed and want to learn. The supportive, open environment of improv is fostered by OKC Improv Managing Director Sue Ellen Reiman, a professor of acting and improv at UCO, who has more than 25 years experience acting and improvising around the nation.


Class meets from 7 pm - 9 pm (January 19 - March 16) and will be instructed by Sue Ellen Reiman. 

Class enrollment is limited to 15 students.


Registration 


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Level 1: Intro to Play and Improv Fundamentals


Learn the fundamentals for the first time or practice fundamentals as a refresher. Want to be more creative and expressive or learn to generate ideas on the spot? This class is for you. Level 1 introduces you to improv skills in an open, supportive class structure. With improv experience locally and nationwide, our founder and instructor Clint Vrazel will guide you through the basics, dissolve your nervousness, and help you see the joy and opportunity in every onstage moment. You'll learn a mixture of exciting Whose Line Is It Anyway? short-form games, group games, and OKC Improv original games!


Class meets from 2 pm - 4 pm. Saturday (January 17 - March 14) and will be instructed by Clint Vrazel


Class enrollment is limited to 15 students.

Registration

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Level 2: Playing with Premise and Relationship


Apply what you've learned in Level 1 to begin mastering the fundamentals of long-form improv, scene work. Students will demystify what makes a scene comedic: creating and playing comedic premises and games, creating characters with distinct points of view, playing relationships between characters, and playing the platforms out in scenes. Students will learn how to initiate scenes strongly, identify what makes the scene funny, play characters with strong points of view, identifiable relationships, and create and identify strong base realities.

Prerequisite: Must have completed a Level 1 class or gain permission of an instructor.


Class enrollment is limited to 12 students.

The Saturday Section of Level 2 class meets from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. each Saturday (January 17 - March 14) and will be instructed by Clint Vrazel

Registration

The Monday Section of Level 2 class meets from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. each Monday (January 19 - March 16) and will be instructed by Tim Huckeby

Registration

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Level 3: Playing with Patterns


Apply what you've learned in Level 1 and 2 to begin mastering long-form improv with the classic Armando show, as pioneered by Chicago's iO Theater. This class is heavy on exercises in the fundamental structural components of long-form. Students will learn to mine for audience suggestions to create show ideas, find the beats of when and how to edit,  speak monologues, heighten and reincorporate material as callbacks. You'll emerge from Level 3 with the tools and skills necessary to sustain longer pieces containing recurring themes, rich characters, and plenty of surprise and delight.


Prerequisite: Must have completed a Level 1 and Level 2 class or gain permission of an instructor.


Section 1 meets from 2 pm - 4 pm Saturdays (January 17 - March 14) and will be instructed by Kellen Hodgeson 


Class enrollment is limited to 12 students.

Registration

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Level 4: Playing with Story and Genre

With premise, pattern, and solid base reality under your belt, learn how to take all of your skills and tell stories on stage from Kyle Gossett. Stories on stage can come in any length: some stories are worth one scene, some worth two, and some are worth five. In this class you will learn the basic elements of a good improvised story/play, how characters behave in a story, and how to identify the type of story you are in. This class will examine the difference between plot-driven and character driven drama, in addition to genre and tone.

Prerequisite: Level 3 or instructor's permission.

Class meets from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. each Saturday (January 17 - March 14) and will be instructed by Kyle Gossett. 

Kyle Gossett has coached, directed, created, scored, and been a member numerous narrative improv groups, including Bardcore, American Improv Horror Show, Suburban Superheroes, Villian: The Musical, and Ballpark Theater Company, which played at the famous Chicago Improv Festival.


Class enrollment is limited to 12 students.

Registration

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Level 4: Playing it Real and Funny


Improv is acting without a script. You can make things up now, but can you be believable? Apply what you've learned thus far in order to pace and focus on the deceptively simple task of listening and responding. In this class students will work to build rich, interesting characters and relationships by recognizing their own impulses and emotions. This class includes personalized challenges and feedback, as well as the week to week reinforcement of course elements through practice and play.

Prerequisite: Must have completed Levels 1-3 or gain permission of an instructor.


Section 1 meets from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. each Saturday (January 19 - March 16) and will be instructed by Cristela Carrizales

Class enrollment is limited to 12 students.



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Level 3: Musical Improv Fundamentals


This class under the instruction of Musical Director, Kyle Gossett, will guide you through a series of musical techniques and concepts that will convert your improv knowledge into musical form. The fundamentals will ground you and provide confidence to build and sing unforgettable improvised songs through emotional grounding, motifs, and recognizable song structures. You'll learn choreography, skills for solo, duet, and ensemble numbers, and tricks to avoid the dreaded rhyme trap. You'll also learn how to find and to work with a live musician to find the songs you've always wanted to sing This six-week class offers short-form musical games, vocal technique, rhyming, character-through-music, long-form musical improvisation, and genre study. 


Prerequisite: Must have completed a Level 1 and Level 2 class or gain permission of an instructor.


Class meets from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each Saturday (January 17 - March 14) and will be instructed by Kyle Gossett.

Class enrollment is limited to 12 students.


Registration



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