Improv 101: Introduction to Improvisational Comedy

Learn the beginnings of Chicago-based, long form improv. Students will learn how to create scenes based off of audience suggestions. They will learn the fundamentals of 'Yes, And,' how to support scene partners' ideas and energy, and how to make strong character choices. Absolutely no experience in acting or comedy is needed. The Push Comedy Theater strides to create a fun, safe and supportive experience for all students.

At the end of the session, students will take part in a graduation show on the Push Comedy Theater stage.


Prerequisites: none

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Improv 201: Foundations of the Harold: Game and Second Beats

This course builds upon the fundamentals and skills learned in 101. Students will learn the beginnings 'The Harold' a long form improvisation structure developed by Del Close. They will learn how to identify the 'game' of a scene and how to heighten these games to develop 'second beats'.

At the end of the session, students will take part in a graduation show on the Push Comedy Theater stage.

This class will be held from 12-3pm on Sunday Afternoons from May 24th thru June 28th.


Prerequisites: Improv 101

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Improv 301: The Harold: Openers and Group Games

This course continues the Harold work started in 202. Students will delve more deeply into 'The Harold' structure. They will learn a series of 'openers' and 'group games' that will complete the Harold format. Openers are used to derive inspiration from the audience's suggestion while group games are multi person scenes that break up the traditional 2 person scenes.

At the end of the session, students will take part in a graduation show on the Push Comedy Theater stage.


Prerequisites: Improv 201

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Improv 401: Advanced Harold

Now we put it all together. Students will combine the skills learned in the previous courses for an in depth study of The Harold. This course will delve deeper into the form, focusing on editing scenes, individual and group commitment, as well as the components of 2-person, 3-person, and group scenes.

At the end of the session, students will take part in a graduation show on the Push Comedy Theater stage.

This class will be held from 7-10pm on Tuesday nights from May 19th thru June 23rd.


Prerequisites: Improv 301
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Improv 501: Improv Studio

This course focuses on giving students individual attention to their strengths and weaknesses. We will also break down the different components of improv scenes and the choices that improvisers have and make within those scenes.

At the end of the session, students will take part in a graduation show on the Push Comedy Theater stage.

This is a 6 week session on Thursday nights, 6pm to 9pm from May 21st, 2015 - June 25th, 2015


Prerequisites: Improv 401

Cost: $150

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Improv 502: Monoscene

"The Monoscene" is an improvised form that takes place entirely in one location with no edits of any kind. Like an improvised one act play, we get to see the different stories and relationships that inhabit a single location.

Special emphasis will be given to character and relationships, as well as teaching students to 'slow down' while performing.


Prerequisites: Improv 501
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KidProv 101

Don't miss out on the fun!!! Sign up your kids, grand kids, nieces, nephews, even the stinky neighbor kid from down the street for KidProv at the Push Comedy Theater.

This class is open to children ages 8 to 12. Students will explore the key elements of both long and short form improvisation. The children will play numerous improv games which will serve to develop and enhance their public-speaking, social and team-building skills.

This class will be conducted in a non-judgmental environment where the students will build confidence, make friends and most importantly ... have fun

The session concludes with the students performing in a graduation show on the Push Comedy Theater Stage.

This is class is $150 for new students and $140 for returning students.

New students also receive a free tshirt.


Prerequisites: none
Cost: This class is $150 for new students and $140 for returning students.

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Musical Improv 101

This is what you've been waiting for! The Push Comedy Theater brings you MUSICAL IMPROV!!!

This course offers an introduction to long form musical improvisation. We will cover the basics of how to work with music while learning how to create two person musical numbers, placing them together to create a 15 minute thematic musical show.

Additional focus will be on sound exploration, movement, stylization, and accessing voice. Prepare to challenge yourself while having a ton of fun! This course culminates with a graduation show.


Prerequisites: Improv 101

This course is 6 weeks long


Cost: This class is $210.

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KidProv 201

Don't miss out on the fun!!! Sign up your kids, grand kids, nieces, nephews, even the stinky neighbor kid from down the street for KidProv at the Push Comedy Theater.

This class is open to children ages 8 to 12 who have previously taken at least 2 sessions of KidProv 101. Students will explore the key elements of both long and short form improvisation. The children will play numerous improv games which will serve to develop and enhance their public-speaking, social and team-building skills.

This class will be conducted in a non-judgmental environment where the students will build confidence, make friends and most importantly ... have fun

The session concludes with the students performing in a graduation show on the Push Comedy Theater Stage.

This class is $150.


Prerequisites: 2 sessions of KidProv 101
Cost: This is class is $150 for all students.

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Improv for Teens

Jump head first into the wonderful worlds of sketch and improv comedy. This class is open to teens from the ages of 13 to 18. Absolutely no experience is needed. Students will explore the key tools behind both long and short form improvisation. We will play numerous games to help you sharpen your mind. We will then use improv as a springboard for writing basic comedy sketches- like those seen on SNL. We strive to create a safe, non-judgmental environment where teens can build confidence, make friends and most importantly... have fun.

At the end of the session, students will take part in a graduation show on the Push Comedy Theater stage.

This class will be held from 12pm-2pm on Saturday afternoons from January 9th, 2016 thru February 13th.


Prerequisites: none
Cost: This is class is $150 for new students and $140 for returning students.

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Sketch Comedy Writing 101

Dive head first into the wonderful world of sketch comedy! Whether you're a seasoned writer or someone who rarely picks up a pen, this class will teach how to get the funny ideas out of your head and onto the page. In this class we will examine the various types of sketches, learn how to generate funny ideas and then turn them into a sketches ready for the stage. This class is open to everyone, no writing or comedy experience is ready.

At the end of the session, students sketches will be performed on the Push Comedy Theater stage by some of Hampton Roads finest actors.


Prerequisites: none
Cost: $190

Sketch Comedy Writing 201

This course builds upon the fundamentals and skills learned in 101.

At the end of the session, students sketches will be performed on the Push Comedy Theater stage by some of Hampton Roads finest actors.


Prerequisites: Sketch Comedy Writing 101
Cost: $190


Sketch Comedy Writing 301: Sketch Master Class

The goal of this class will be to put together their own full length sketch show. Students will work as a group to create a theme for their show. Students will handle all aspects of production, from writing, to casting, to promotion.

At the end of the session, students will perform their show on the Push Comedy stage.


Prerequisites: Sketch Comedy Writing 201


Standup 101

Learn how to perform stand-up comedy!

Learn about the often-overlooked basics of stand-up comedy and the nuances of fine tuning your act from almost-jaded veteran comic Hatton Jordan.

This class focuses on learning three skills:

  • HOW to craft an original set,
  • HOW to host a show like a pro and
  • HOW to market yourself so club bookers will want to pay you.

This course culminates with YOU and the others in your class performing your set at your Grad Show at the Push Theater.

The class will be a 6 week course ending with a graduation show at the 90 seat Push Comedy Theater.

This class is taught by local comedian Hatton Jordan. Hatton has been in the stand-up game for 25 years and has made money telling jokes in more than 15 states and worked such clubs as the House of Blues in New Orleans, the Comedy Cabana in Myrtle Beach SC, the DC Improv in Washington and he's even written for Mad Magazine.

Prerequisites: None
Cost: $190

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Acting 101

This foundational course introduces the basic principles of acting through improvisation, monologue, scene work, and technical methods in voice, physical action, and text analysis. It involves fundamental skills and techniques with an emphasis on physical/vocal awareness, spontaneity, concentration, and truthful response.


About Brant Powell: Brant Powell is an original member of The Pushers and has been writing, performing, and laughing with the group off and on for the past decade. He holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Old Dominion University and teaches Art and Theatre for Chesapeake Public Schools. He once had a 10 second phone conversation with Antonio Banderas and told him to make a sequel to Zorro. You’re welcome.


About Catherine Gendell: Catherine Gendell is a Hampton Roads native who began her acting career in Chesapeake, studying under Ed Jacob. Upon graduating she then attended East Carolina University where she briefly studied the Meisner technique. She then transferred to George Mason University where she was able to incorporate the Alexander technique and work with many of Washington D.C.'s prominent actors. She was accepted into Mason's elite "Ensemble" program and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1996. After doing her first professional show at the Theatre of the First Amendment, she moved to New York City, where she was cast in several projects, including a spot on MTV's " Oddville USA".

Deciding that the Ocean and a bigger living space were far better than a tiny NY apartment, she moved back to Hampton Roads in 1998. She has since done several locally produced and nationally syndicated television shows and several local commercials. She has worked at almost all of the local venues, including Virginia Stage Company, where she played Gwendolyn Pigeon in The Odd Couple. Her favorite local theatre is the Little Theatre of Norfolk where she has played countless characters. She was an original member in Chesapeake's "Shakespeare in the Grove" where she has acted in over 9 Shakespearean productions. Some of her favorite roles there include Viola, in Twelfth Night, Kate in Taming of the Shrew and Ariel in The Tempest. It is there that she first met Brant Powell and has been working creatively with him for 17 years.


Prerequisites: None
Cost: $190