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.


Prerequisites: Improv 301

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Improv 501: Improv Studio

***THIS COURSE WILL CAP AT 16 STUDENTS*** 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.


Prerequisites: Improv 401

Cost: $190

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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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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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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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Musical Improv 201

This class is focused on building a long form Musical Harold. It will improve upon the concepts and skills learned in Musical Improv 101, with a focus on finding deeper relationships and themes to bring to life through song.


Prerequisites: Musical Improv 101

This course is 6 weeks long


Cost: This class is $210.

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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 1pm-3pm on Saturday afternoons from September 30th through November 4th.


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

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