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Actor's Improv Studio

Actors Improv Studio specializes in teaching actors how to improvise. Founded by a Second City alum, they offer training that focuses on helping individuals access their unique creativity.

Upcoming Classes at Actor's Improv Studio (3)

All courses are held at 10707 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA unless indicated.

Wednesday, June 5th
7:30–10:15pm PDT (4 sessions)


Wednesday, July 3rd
7:30–10:15pm PDT (4 sessions)


Wednesday, August 7th
7:30–10:15pm PDT (4 sessions)


Provider Description

Casting Directors and Agents want people who can improvise. Why? People who can improvise are more open, creative, relaxed and spontaneous. At Actors Improv Studio, we help actors learn to improvise and improvisers learn to act.

Of course you could spend a lot of money to attend one of the big named "Improv Mills" that use students to feed the machine, and put that on your resume. But if you really want to learn to improvise, to learn skills to be able to improvise at an audition, then you need to train with someone who cares about you learning.

A.I.S. was founded by Second City Chicago alum Bill Applebaum. Bill, a member of the board of the SAG Conservatory, uses techniques he learned directly from those who started the modern improv movement. He helps people access their unique creativity.
10707 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
Actor's Improv Studio
North Hollywood, The Valley
10707 Magnolia Blvd
Btwn Denny & Cartwright Avenues
North Hollywood, California 91601

Reviews of Actor's Improv Studio

(4.9-star rating across 26 reviews)
  • Thursday Night Improv

    Anonymous review on 2/3/2020
    Really learned a great deal. Was fun too. I didn't know what to expect and I just went with it.
  • Improv

    Reviewed by Jesse L. on 11/27/2019
    Strongest drinks in town.
  • Thursday Night Improv

    Reviewed by Monica P. on 11/11/2019
    I had a really great time trying something new. Bill Applebaum was so friendly and inviting to everyone that came, which was almost all first timers. Definitely going to go again!
  • Thursday Night Improv

    Anonymous review on 8/26/2019
    It was great- really enjoyed the experience!
  • Improv

    Reviewed by Dana C. on 2/25/2019
    It was a great experience. Very experienced teacher. Lots of fun!
  • Thursday Night Improv

    Reviewed by Jessie F. on 7/30/2018
    This was my first-ever improv class, and I was very happy with the experience. Bill is a great instructor who gives great feedback and puts the students at ease. The exercises were really fun and helpful. The other students were kind and enjoyable. I will definitely be back!
  • Improv

    Reviewed by Bianca L. on 6/6/2018
    I was so nervous to try improv but Bill makes the class less about doing things “right” and all about learning.
  • Improv

    Reviewed by Julia May W. on 2/8/2018
    With his many years of experience in the industry, Bill brings valuable pearls of wisdom into the classroom! Etch them into your brain!
  • Improv

    Reviewed by Cynthia R. on 8/19/2017
    Great introduction to improv for my first time, this was a very thoughtful and insightful class. Pertinent to so many different parts of life.
  • Improv

    Reviewed by Morgan H. on 6/7/2017
    Really fun and accessible! I'm not an actor, and I jumped right in. Clear instruction, playful atmosphere and great exercises! Very encouraging.
  • Improv

    Anonymous review on 10/12/2015
    Fun! Safe! Adventurous! I've officially fallen in love with improv. This is a great studio, and Bill is a great teacher!
  • Improv

    Reviewed by karianne davis on 5/22/2014
    This was an excellent class! It was a little more advanced then I expected but the teacher, Bill, made it understandable. I learned a lot more then I expected in this class. It was fun but definitely still a challenge. We did a few warm up improv exercises individually then a lot of interactive exercises with pretty much everyone in the class and it's a pretty diverse group. I was surprised by how talented the other students were, I learned a lot just watching the others. I think my favorite thing I learned was about the "transformation" method and how to transition within a scene. I don't live in LA full time but I will definitely go back to this class when I can!
  • Improv

    Reviewed by dennis devine on 5/22/2014
    My first ever improv class - it was great - the class and teacher were very supportive! I crossed it off my bucket list, but heck, might try it again!
  • Online Improv

    Reviewed by Carrie U. on 9/22/2022
  • Improv

    Reviewed by Tabetha J. on 2/24/2020
  • Improv

    Reviewed by Megan B. on 2/19/2020
  • Improv

    Reviewed by Lisa C. on 2/12/2020
  • Improv

    Reviewed by Jeffrey M. on 10/14/2019
  • Thursday Night Improv

    Reviewed by Jenny W. on 1/19/2019
  • Improv

    Reviewed by Andrew M. on 4/7/2018
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Review Summary by CourseHorse

Students at Actor's Improv Studio have had a positive experience in their classes, learning a great deal and having fun in the process. Many students mentioned that it was their first time trying improv and they were pleasantly surprised by the welcoming and friendly atmosphere created by instructor Bill Applebaum. Students found the exercises to be both enjoyable and helpful, with clear instruction and a playful atmosphere. They appreciated Bill's experience in the industry and the valuable insights he shared. The class was engaging and challenging, allowing students to learn new skills such as the "transformation" method and how to transition within a scene. Overall, students feel that this class provided a great introduction to improv and they are eager to continue their studies at Actor's Improv Studio. Direct quotes from the reviews: - "Bill makes the class less about doing things 'right' and all about learning." - "With his many years of experience in the industry, Bill brings valuable pearls of wisdom into the classroom!" - "Great introduction to improv for my first time, this was a very thoughtful and insightful class."

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