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Unleash your creativity and quick thinking with improv classes in Chicago. Learn the art of spontaneous storytelling, gain confidence in public speaking, and enhance your communication skills while having a blast.

2 classes in-person in Chicago have spots left, and 5 classes live online are available.

Improv and Games for the Stage!

Piven Theatre Workshop @ 927 Noyes St, Illinois City, IL

Unlock your inner performer and experience the sheer joy of play with Piven Theatre Workshop. Discover new and perfect old skills in a fun and supportive environment, culminating in an open workshop for friends and family. Join this ensemble-building class for an unforgettable experience on stage.

(1) All levels 18 and older

6 sessions

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Improv, Games & Risk Taking

Piven Theatre Workshop @ 927 Noyes St, Illinois City, IL

Unlock your creativity and ignite your passion for theater with this dynamic class at Piven Theatre Workshop. Discover the renowned Piven Technique through engaging theater games and improvisation in a supportive ensemble setting. Perfect for those seeking to unleash their artistic potential and explore the world of performance.

(1) Beginner 18 and older

6 sessions

+2250 pts
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Online Improv

Actor's Improv Studio @ Virtual Classroom

Discover the power of spontaneity and creativity in our Tuesday night class. Join us at Actor's Improv Studio and learn to trust your instincts and make strong choices in auditions, on stage, and camera. Unlock your inner improviser and unleash your creativity with us.

(26) All levels 18 and older
+200 pts
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ONLINE Fun with Improv

Fun w Improv. Improv Now. @ Virtual Classroom

Unlock your creativity and boost your confidence with an exciting and interactive course that will transform your public speaking skills. Join us at Fun w Improv. Improv Now. and discover the joy of improv, whether you're an actor, a newbie, or simply looking for a fun and engaging experience. Don't miss out on this opportunity to unleash your potential!

(45) All levels 16 and older
+50 pts
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Advanced Film Acting 210

Acting School for Film and Television @ Virtual Classroom

Important: This Price option is for New Students Only. For Returning Students, please proceed to this course.  Only New Students can avail of these promotional prices. Clients cannot purchase a 2nd 3-Part class for $99. We will not be able to warrant promotional price purchases for returning students. -- The advanced class gives advanced and professional actors a chance to focus on their specific needs and professional development. Students...

(62) Advanced 12 and older
+490 pts
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Tuesday Improv - Daytime Special (Class + Coaching)

Kissin Improv

Learn the art of improv from one of the country's most experienced performers at Kissin Improv. Gain valuable skills for presentations, public speaking, and social situations while having a great time. All levels are welcome, with personalized instruction from a renowned master of improvisation.

(66) All levels 16 and older
+990 pts
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On-Camera Commercial Improv with Stacy Gallo

Actors Connection New York @ Online Classroom

Learn how to fine-tune your on-camera-commercial audition skills in a fun and relaxed virtual environment with top commercial casting director Stacy Gallo. Previous students have booked national network spots and signed with top NY agencies. Don't miss this new online class at Actors Connection New York!

(323) Advanced 18 and older

3 sessions

+2490 pts
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Improvisation for Beginners

Discovery Center

You play theatre games & exercises designed to develop spontaneity, communication, flexibility and awareness. Recommended for actors, comics, and non-performers interested in bringing more spontaneity and humor into their lives. A fun way to get to know others.

(279) Beginner 16 and older
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3 sessions

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Improv and Scene

Piven Theatre Workshop @ 927 Noyes St, Illinois City, IL

Join senior teacher Joanne Underwood at Piven Theatre Workshop for an immersive class where students prepare and rehearse scenes from contemporary plays. Through improvisation and games, students will deepen their understanding of characters and relationships, exploring the impulsiveness of improvisation while remaining respectful of the script. No prior experience is required.

(1) All levels 18 and older
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6 sessions

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The Year of Yes: Collaborate, Communicate, and Create

General Assembly

Full Course Name: "The Year of Yes: Collaborate, Communicate, and Create better with Improv" Innovation comes from an intersection of art and commerce. It comes comes creativity, which takes risk, saying yes to new ideas, and collaborating with those around you. Kick off 2019 with a hands-on improv workshop that will take you through a series of fun exercises and discussions designed to hone your skills in creativity, communication and entrepreneurship....

(2637) All levels 18 and older

Improv Intensive

The Engaging Educator @ 410 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

This workshop will start to enhance your skills in public speaking, focused listening, responding and specificity – leading to not only greater confidence and lower inhibitions when teaching but also greater flexibility in your personal teaching style. Improvisation is not just something for actors and comedians. MBA Students are being asked to take improv classes. Why? The answer is the same reason why educators should be trained: the root is...

(401) Advanced 18 and older
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Improv at Work: Comedy for Better Collaboration

General Assembly @ Online Class Livestream, Chicago, IL

Full Course Name Improv at Work: Comedy for Better Collaboration, Communication & Creation Innovation comes from an intersection of art and commerce. It comes from creativity, which takes risk, saying yes to new ideas, and collaborating with those around you. Kick off 2019 with a hands-on improv workshop that will take you through a series of fun exercises and discussions designed to hone your skills in creativity, communication and entrepreneurship....

(2637) All levels 18 and older

Take It On: Stage Presence Workshop

Vaudezilla Studios @ 3614 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL

This sleek and sly workshop is designed to help you develop stage presence, find a performance style that works for you, and connect with an audience. Theatre and movement exercises will be used to guide you in preparing for stage work or just upping your public speaking confidence. These exercises draw from burlesque/cabaret tradition, acting styles, and improv techniques. Make sure to wear comfortable clothes. 

(14) All levels 18 and older
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Reviews for Improv Classes in Chicago

Improv Classes in Chicago are rated 4.4 stars based on 3,854 verified reviews from actual purchasers.

  • Improv, Games & Risk Taking

    Reviewed by SCOTT J. on 4/17/2024
    Amazing Instructor
  • Tuesday Improv - Daytime Special (Class + Coaching)

    Reviewed by jessica d. on 9/9/2022
    I had a lot of fun making my wall hanging! It was a great way to spend a weeknight and I am planning to decorate my home with my creation.
  • Tuesday Improv - Daytime Special (Class + Coaching)

    Anonymous review on 12/19/2019
    Carl is a very generous, fun and kind teacher. This was my very first improv class and he made it an experience I want to repeat! I learned alot in one class thanks to his dedication to the art. Thank you Carl! Geneviève
  • Advanced Film Acting 210

    Reviewed by Karen Gomes on 9/19/2016
    I really loved this class! Mark is an outstanding teacher, and I learned so many things about on-camera work that I never knew before. I highly recommend it!

Discover the Best Improv Classes in Chicago

Improvisational theater, or improv, is a form of ensemble theater. The spontaneous nature of improv makes it ideal for actors who’d like to learn how to develop characters, moods, and settings on their feet. Actors, also known as players, when engaging in improv, create a scene as it unfolds, with no prior planning. General parameters of a scene may be discussed before, like the setting, however, most improv scenes unfold in real-time through collaboration among the actors engaging in the scene. 

Improv dates to ancient Rome, where actors would partake in masked comedy performances. The characters were decided beforehand, while all dialogue was improvised. Improv as a form of art evolved. Today, it’s a popular form of live entertainment and has been highlighted through improv comedy clubs and improv television shows. With its low barriers to entry, improv has become not just an important skill for actors to have, but a form of entertainment among groups of friends. 

Why You Should Learn Improv in Chicago

Do you get nervous when making speeches or presentations in front of others? Do you wish you could think quickly on your feet? If so, learning improv may be a great way to get over your nerves. 

Improv requires you to come up with dialogue as you work through a scene. You also need to be able to work off what your scene partners are saying and doing. This can improve your ability to think on your feet and problem-solve. This can be intimidating at first, but with more experience you’ll grow to become comfortable working with others in front of an audience, ultimately improving your self-esteem and confidence. 

Improv will give you experience with failure. All improv players experience failure at some point, whether it’s because they can’t come up with dialogue quickly enough or because they simply don’t know how to continue a scene. This can be especially frustrating if you’re doing a solo scene and don’t have a partner who can help you move the scene forward. However, experiencing failure can help you improve your ability to act in the long run. The more experience you have, the more you’ll understand how to continue with a scene.

In-Person Improv Classes & Schools in Chicago

You can learn how to effectively partake in improv and how to get over the nerves you might feel acting in front of others by taking an in-person improv class in Chicago. These classes are taught at schools and theaters in and around the city. A professional will both instruct you and offer in-depth demonstrations to help you improve your technique and understanding of the principles of improv. These classes are also great for those with a casual interest in acting. 

New and returning improv classes can be found on CourseHorse. Classes are offered for people of all skill levels and focus on a variety of topics. For example, in the past, there have been beginner classes aimed at teaching the fundamentals of improv, classes for all skill levels focused on scene exploration, and improv intensives for advanced students listed on CourseHorse. 

Improv classes are not just offered for adults. The Chicago Actors Studio in Bucktown offers an acting summer camp for teens aged 13-17

Virtual Improv Classes & Schools

Virtual improv classes are an accessible learning option if you can’t attend in-person classes. 

Although in-person classes offer a greater degree of hands-on instruction, virtual classes are also taught by live instructors who will provide you with demonstrations and encourage you to find your footing with improv. Virtual classes are taken remotely, which means that you can attend them from any interruption-free environment with a stable internet connection. There are virtual improv classes available for you to take on CourseHorse. 

Actor’s Improv Studio offers an online improv class for all skill levels. In this class, you’ll learn how to use improv to make strong, spontaneous choices. You’ll also be encouraged to trust your creative instincts through improv. 

Check out Kissin Improv’s Tuesday Improv class if you’re interested in one-on-one coaching. Before starting your class, you’ll receive 50 minutes of either private or small group coaching in the fundamentals of improv. This can help you familiarize yourself with improv and become more comfortable before practicing in front of a class full of people. 

Private Group Improv Classes in Chicago

Are you interested in booking a private group improv class for your business or organization? These remote classes are fantastic for improving communication among teams and encouraging teamwork in a fun setting. You can book a class today through CourseHorse. 

Small teams of up to 40 people can sign up for CourseHorse’s virtual Team-Building Improv Workshop. Your group will work together through a variety of improv games and exercises. You’ll practice listening to each other, collaborating, and problem-solving as a group. All of these skills can then be effectively translated into the workplace. By the end of the class, your group should have a better understanding of how to effectively collaborate and the ability to make quick decisions as a team.

If your group is 20 people or less, you can book CourseHorse’s virtual Corporate Improv Workshop. Your group will be led through improv games during this 60-minute class. Participants are encouraged to loosen up as they work on collaborating through a series of games and exercises. 

You can contact CourseHorse through the contact form on their website to learn about what other private improv classes they can offer you. You’ll be able to discuss your group’s learning needs and goals to determine what type of class would best fit your group. 

CourseHorse classes accommodate a range of group sizes. If you’re unsure of your group’s size when booking a class, that’s okay. CourseHorse allows you to place a hold on a class by providing the minimum group size. You’ll simply need to update them with your final headcount later. 

CourseHorse does not charge booking fees 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. Your class can be taken over Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meets, or WebEx. However, CourseHorse recommends using Zoom.

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