Chicago Second City alum Bill Applebaum teaches these on-going classes. He trained and performed on stage with the founders of the modern movement including Del Close, Paul Sills, Sheldon Patinkin, Bernie Sahlins, Jo Forsberg and Fred Kaz. His approach to teaching improv reflects those he learned from which states: "Improv is not an end unto itself, but a means to being a stronger and more creative actor." Bill Applebaum's extensive improv background has helped him book dozens of commercials, numerous guest starring roles and starring roles on sitcoms and episodic TV, professional stage and film roles plus TV writing gigs.
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!
Jeffrey M. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.
It was great- really enjoyed the experience!
It was a great experience. Very experienced teacher. Lots of fun!
Jenny W. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.
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!
I was so nervous to try improv but Bill makes the class less about doing things “right” and all about learning.
Andrew M. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.
Julia May W.
With his many years of experience in the industry, Bill brings valuable pearls of wisdom into the classroom! Etch them into your brain!
Great introduction to improv for my first time, this was a very thoughtful and insightful class. Pertinent to so many different parts of life.
Really fun and accessible! I'm not an actor, and I jumped right in. Clear instruction, playful atmosphere and great exercises! Very encouraging.
Jessica C. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.
Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.
Fun! Safe! Adventurous! I've officially fallen in love with improv. This is a great studio, and Bill is a great teacher!
Annie Rose S.
Annie Rose S. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.
Udey S. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.
Natalie Campos gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.
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!
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!