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Unlock your creativity and boost your confidence with improv classes in Washington, D.C.. Learn essential techniques, build teamwork skills, and unleash your comedic genius while having a blast in a supportive and fun environment.

Unfortunately, no classes in-person in Washington, D.C. have spots left, but 6 classes live online are available.

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.

Tuesday Dec 12th, 11am–1pm Eastern Time

ONLINE Fun with Improv class

Fun w Improv. Improv Now. @ Online Classroom, New York, NY

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!

Thursday Dec 14th, 8–10pm Eastern Time

On-Camera Commercial Improv with Stacy Gallo

Actors Connection New York @ Online Classroom

Don't miss this new online class! Working with TOP Commercial CD Stacy Gallo, you'll fine tune your on-camera-commercial audition skills in a fun and relaxed virtual environment. Many students from her previous classes have been called in and BOOKED National network spots as well as been signed with TOP NY Agencies! EVENT OVERVIEW: The 3-week class is recommended for actors who feel comfortable reading commercial copy, are freelancing, getting...

Tuesday Jan 16th, 11am–2pm Eastern Time

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3 sessions

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2-Hour Group Evaluation - Zoom

Edge Studio Voice Over

Begin with a Group Evaluation Class, and then review a Personalized Plan, Train, Receive Guidance along the way, and 3 industry Guides. The evaluation class is is the most recognized class for people starting or exploring Voice Over – perfect if you’re new to VO and want to find out if it’s for you – and what steps you should take. The evaluation is honest, the personalized plan is practical. We’re here to help. And that’s why this...

Monday Dec 11th, 6–8pm Eastern Time


Beginners Acting I: The Basics

The Barrow Group Acting School @ Live Online

This class is designed for the beginning / amateur adult actor. This class is a great introduction to the Barrow Group approach and foundation for the craft. The class highlights quick and powerful ways to make your performance more natural and spontaneous. Students will work with ensemble building games, script analysis, and scene study. No experience is necessary.  A great start for the beginning actor!

Tuesday Jan 16th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (8 sessions)


8 sessions

Online 2-Week VO & On-Camera Intensive with Top NYC Casting Director Barry Shapiro

Acting & Voice Studios @ Virtual Classroom

Take your acting skills to the next level with a two-week intensive led by top NYC casting director Barry Shapiro. Join this live, interactive online class to perform and get feedback from the industry expert. Enhance your on-camera and voiceover skills and gain insights from casting commercials for global brands.

Tuesday Dec 12th, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

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Improv for Business

Washington Improv Theater @ 1835 14th St NW,, Washington, DC

Learn the basic principles of improv and how to apply them to your work! Imagine you’re backstage at the theater, with a packed audience looking forward to a great show.  But there’s one catch: you don’t know your lines, and neither does anyone else.  Now go out there and put on a show, a show that’s never been seen before, and that never will be seen again!  p.s. Make it funny.   That’s the scenario that improvisers...

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Level 1: Foundations of Improv

Washington Improv Theater @ 1835 14th St NW,, Washington, DC

Improv for all: whether you’re a nonprofit employee, a corporate lawyer, a software engineer or a high school English teacher, you’ve got something to gain from taking Foundations of Improv. Meet people, gain poise, build your confidence and unleash your creativity by learning the fundamental concepts of improvisation. It’s the most fun you’ll have all week.

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8 sessions

Speak Up: Using Improv to Succeed In Business

General Assembly @ 1133 15th St NW, Washington, DC

"Improv" is the practice of unplanned interaction with others. As much as we would like to rehearse and practice our lines for critical moments, there's no script sitting on our desk each morning, outlining all the things we'll say and do throughout the day. Learning simple tools for improvising better is a highly effective way to improve individual and team outcomes in any industry. In this class, participants will learn basic improv techniques...

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Using Physicality in Improv

Washington Improv Theater @ 1835 14th St NW,, Washington, DC

Sometimes you can say something with a facial expression or an interesting physical choice before you begin to speak. Do we need to rely on saying funny things for comedy? Perhaps the thing that cuts through all the noise is silence and committed physical work. In this workshop, we will approach improvisation through physicality- using it to build character or tell a story without saying a word. A simple physical choice can help inform vocal quality,...

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Improv for All

Washington Improv Theater @ 1420 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC

Improv For All workshops are high-fun, low-stress classes designed to show you how improvisers create spontaneous, off-the-cuff theater. Our enthusiastic and friendly instructors work to make sure everyone is able to participate in a playful and trusting atmosphere.

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Level 5: Harold

Washington Improv Theater @ 1420 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC

Encounter the mother of all longform improvisation styles: The Harold. Through this form's classic structure, you'll apply your scenework knowledge with increasing artistry and complexity. Work every muscle of your improv body through an exploration of the ultimate longform format. Find games to carry through to second and third beats. Learn how to make an exciting group scene. Hone your characters for a show where you’ll take on multiple roles...

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8 sessions

Level 3: Character

Washington Improv Theater @ 1420 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC

Develop fully realized characters of all shapes and sizes. Discover how attitude, physicality and objectives can provide a filter for your characters to interact with the world. In improv, there’s nothing preventing you from changing age, gender or personality from one scene to the next. Learn how to embody a diverse array of characters that are like and unlike yourself. Add depth and color to your worlds by applying traditional theater techniques...

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8 sessions

Connect Play Connect

Washington Improv Theater @ 1420 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC

Makes scenes feel easy and makes all your partners look great. Be the improviser everyone wants to play with. Do you want to be the improviser everyone wants to perform with? Who makes scenes feel easy and makes all your partners look great? Contrary to what we might think, the best improvisers are not the loudest or flashiest players. Instead, they are the players who are intent on making their scene partners’ eyes light up. In this workshop,...

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Level 2: Foundations of Scenework

Washington Improv Theater @ 1420 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC

Learn how to create amazing improv scenes out of thin air! All it takes is a some creativity and a lot of teamwork. After learning the language of improv in Foundations, now you can begin to put together killer scenes. Lay a solid foundation for your scenework by learning to initiate scenes with purpose, recognize games and patterns, and heighten the stakes. PREREQUISITE: Level 1: Foundations of Improv or permission from the Education Director.

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Discover the Best Improv Classes in Washington, D.C.

Improv is a spontaneous form of ensemble theater that dates to ancient Greek farces. This improvisational form of theater relies on the actors, also known as players, to think on their feet. The scene acted out is not planned; instead, improv requires you to come up with dialogue, characters, setting, and more on the spot. Improv games and exercises are ways to improve your improvisational acting techniques. These games may be short, long, or narrative form. 

Improv has evolved since it was first used in ancient Greek comedy performances. Street performers used to engage in improv to earn money. It was then in the 20th century that improvisational comedy clubs opened, and television shows focused on improvisational comedy and improv games began to air. Improv is now considered an essential skill for actors to have and has become a part of the curriculum of drama schools. 

Improv has low barriers to entry. It can be done professionally or among a group of friends, making it both a professional and casual activity. If you’re in the area and are interested in improv, check out local comedy clubs, schools, and theaters that might offer classes. 

Why You Should Learn Improv in

Improv is a fun way to get over stage fright and a fear of public speaking. If those problems plague you, consider learning improv.

Improv can be scary for those with a fear of performing in front of others. However, actively engaging in improv has been shown to reduce anxiety. Your fear of uncertainty will decrease as you spend more time working on improv scenes and improve your ability to think on your feet in front of a live audience. This will not only improve your confidence but also your ability to communicate. 

Frequent improvers are familiar with failure. When starting with improv, there’s a good chance you’ll be unsure of how to continue a scene at some point. You might not know what you should say or how your character should act. But you shouldn’t be afraid of failure–it’s a part of getting better at improv. You’ll learn how to move on from failure and continue a scene as you gain experience. 

In-Person Improv Classes in

You can take an in-person improv class at a school, theater, or club in the area. In-person classes are taught by professionals who can thoroughly explain the fundamentals of improv. They’re also available to answer your questions and provide you with feedback. In-person classes are also a great way to meet others with an interest in improv. 

New and returning in-person improv classes offered in your area can be found on CourseHorse. There you’ll be able to find out about class schedules and the content of classes you’re interested in. 

Classes are offered for people who are new and experienced with improv. In the past, local venues have offered classes that focus on the foundations of improv, building a scene, and long-form improvisation. You can also reach out to theaters and schools that frequently teach improv classes to see if there are any upcoming schedules. 

Virtual Improv Classes 

Virtual improv classes are offered online by schools and theaters around the country. These classes are taught remotely by live instructors. In-person classes may provide more hands-on instruction, but remote learners still receive in-depth demonstrations and thorough feedback from their instructor. Virtual classes also provide interaction with other participants. 

Online improv classes are taught using an online video platform, like Zoom. You can take classes from any interruption-free environment with a stable internet connection. This eliminates the need to commute within the city. There are virtual improv classes offered on CourseHorse that you can sign up for today. 

Those experienced and inexperienced in improv can sign up for Actor’s Improv Studio’s online improv class. In this class, you’ll learn to access your creativity and trust your creative instinct. Improv will be taught as a tool to make spontaneous yet strong choices in your professional life, whether you’re taking the class to become better at auditions or to improve your acting skills. 

Kissin Improv offers an online improv class for all skill levels. Before the class starts, you’ll receive 50 minutes of private or small group coaching from the instructor in the fundamentals of improv. This one-on-one instruction may help you become more comfortable with improv before putting yourself in a class environment. 

Private Group Improv Classes in

Are you looking to book a private group improv class for your business or organization to facilitate team building? CourseHorse can deliver classes to you remotely. 

You can book CourseHorse’s Team-Building Improv Workshop if your group is up to 40 people. An instructor will guide your group through several improv games and exercises as a way of encouraging listening, communicating, and collaboration among your team. You’ll also learn how to problem-solve as a group. 

Groups of up to 20 people can book CourseHorse’s Corporate Improv Workshop. This class will improve problem-solving among your team, as well as encourage them to loosen up and respect each other’s thoughts and opinions. The dedication to a stress-free environment makes this ideal for groups looking to team-build in a fun environment. 

CourseHorse has a contact form on its website that can be used to find out about other improv or team development classes they can offer you. You can discuss your group’s learning needs and goals as you determine what class you’d like to book. 

Not sure what type of class your group would like? For $100 you can schedule a 20-minute demo with CourseHorse. A demo will give you an idea of a class’s content so that you can decide if you’d like to book it. 

CourseHorse does not charge a booking fee 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. 

CourseHorse classes can be taken using Zoom. To use an alternate platform, such as Microsoft Teams, Google Meets, or WebEx, contact CourseHorse and provide them with the meeting details.

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