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Intro to Improv

Improvolution @ 115 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012

NOT SURE IMPROV IS FOR YOU? WELL, GIVE US A FEW HOURS AND WE’LL SHOW YOU IT IS! Our intro is a fun, supportive introduction for anyone to learn the fundamentals of improvisation with our unique character-based approach. Discover the basic tools, rules, and philosophy of improv through fun, focused games & drills - even through your computer screen! - you’ll be amazed how quickly and easily you can begin to improvise. It’s not about...

Tuesday Jun 6th, 7–9:30pm Eastern Time

Improv Level 1

Brooklyn Comedy Collective @ 144 Boerum St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

This is an in-person class. All students must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon enrollment in order to participate. First time taking an improv class? You’re in the right place, Brooklyn’s top comedy theater and school! This class will introduce new improvisers to the value of saying “Yes, and” to every idea (especially their own) to become joyful, fearless, and bold performers. Through games and exercises this class will teach...

Monday Jul 10th, 7–10pm Eastern Time

 (7 sessions)


7 sessions

Improv I: Fundamentals

The Barrow Group Acting School @ 520 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10018

The Barrow Group offers a wide variety of improvisation training and programming for beginners and professionals. Improv will stimulate your imagination, encourage playfulness, instill confidence, and sharpen collaboration and ensemble building skills. Our improv activities train you to be an innovative and refreshing actor. We highly recommend incorporating improvisation into your acting training, as spontaneity is at the core of The Barrow Group...

Saturday Jul 8th, 11am–2pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Improv Level 3 Intermediate/Advanced

Brooklyn Improv Training @ 126 10th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Students will learn the mid-form and long-form structures used across the world of improv. This advanced course focuses on interweaving multiple story lines, exploring nuanced character development, and composing as an ensemble. Forms explored: Le Ronde, the Harold, Countdown, and more. This course will complete with a Class Show offered for free to the adoring public. This class, taught by LOM co-founders, Nolan Kennedy and Crystal-Marie Alberson,...

Monday Jun 26th, 7–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (8 sessions)


8 sessions

Outdoor Improv Class In Central Park

Fun w Improv. Improv Now.

Improv Class for all levels. First time trying or the most seasoned improviser, this is for all. This is great for help in public speaking, for anxiety problems, for those who are shy, for those who are into acting, for those who just want to see how much fun this is. This is for all. I accept paypal and venmo payments for only $7. and the early bird secures their spot. If you register, it will not confirm your spot, but we will send you details...

Saturday Jun 10th, 1–3:15pm Eastern Time

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Cagematch 2121: Improv Competition

Caveat @ 21-A Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

The year is 2121, and the world government has outlawed the only weapon strong enough to defeat them: LONG-FORM IMPROV. After a year of improv showdowns, the Rebellion continues the search for the best improv team in existence (in NYC)!!!  Join us every other week as two teams go head to head to determine who is funny (by audience vote). Help the Rebellion find the ultimate comedy weapon. Your vote could save our world–AND OUR FUTURE!!! ...

Sunday Jun 4th, 5–6:15pm Eastern Time


Sunday Afternoon - Performance Improv

Kissin Improv @ 131 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

Important: Instructor permission is required to attend this class. In this class, you will be working with experienced improvisers — some working in the business, others aspiring.  My goal is to make you the best possible performer you can be. We will do a mix of classic improv exercises as well as experimenting with new forms. ​This level is for improvisers who want to hone their skills, push their limits, and have an opportunity to...

Sunday Jun 4th, 3–5pm Eastern Time

Improv Level 3: Advanced Scene

Brooklyn Comedy Collective @ 144 Boerum St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

This class builds on the skills in Level 2 by layering more complicated improv techniques onto fearless play. Techniques like authentically grounding your characters so they feel believable or using curve balls to keep scenes surprising. We’ll explore the dynamics that make up three-person and group scenes, and learn to stay out of our heads while balancing it all. Students will learn how to be versatile ensemble players who can build long-form...

Wednesday Jul 5th, 7–10pm Eastern Time

 (7 sessions)


7 sessions

Summer Improv Intensive: Levels 1 & 2

Brooklyn Comedy Collective @ 137 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Levels 1-2: Intro to Improv & Free Your Mind First time taking an improv class? You’re in the right place, Brooklyn’s top comedy theater and school! The first half of this intensive will introduce new improvisers to the value of saying “Yes, and” to every idea (especially their own) to become joyful, fearless, and bold performers. Through games and exercises this intensive will teach students to react emotionally and honestly, to trust...

Tuesday Jun 20th, 2–6:30pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

Improv Level 2: Free Your Mind

Brooklyn Comedy Collective @ 137 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206

This is an in-person class. All students must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon enrollment in order to participate. Class limited to 16 students. Love the hell out of what’s happening onstage and you’re bound to have fun and fearless improvisation. This class will help remind you what you love about improv, slap you out of whatever may be holding you back, and cut out the naysaying voices in your head. We will look at how we sometimes...

Monday Jul 10th, 3:30–6:30pm Eastern Time

 (7 sessions)


7 sessions

Summer Improv Intensive: Levels 2 & 3

Brooklyn Comedy Collective @ 137 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Levels 2 & 3: Free Your Mind & Advanced Scenes Let’s love the hell out of what’s happening onstage and we’re bound to create fun and fearless improvisation. In the first half of this intensive, we’re cutting the naysaying voices in your head and slapping you out of whatever may be holding you back. We will look at how we sometimes bail on our choices out of a fear of making the “right or wrong choice" and to instead approach...

Tuesday Jun 20th, 2–6:30pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

LAUGHTER STARTS HERE Intro to Improv Comedy

NEW YORK IMPROV THEATRE(8 Improv) @ 318 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

In Person, Hells Kitchen/Times Square, NYC Start your journey to a becoming more creative, self-confident, public speaker while sharing much needed laughter with the world! This class is focused on having fun and playing games. Meanwhile discover basic tricks to great story telling and performance, creating fun, meaningful characters, enriching world's and action packed plots. Beyond a must for any aspiring performer, these games we play are akin...

Saturday Jun 3rd, 12–2pm Eastern Time

Teen Improv and Sketch Comedy (ages 14 - 18)

The Barrow Group Acting School @ 520 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10018

The Teen Improv and Sketch Comedy class explores improvisation games, techniques, and concepts in a fun, supportive environment. This class encourages students to become more spontaneous, creative, playful, and imaginative, all while developing valuable theater and interpersonal skills. The class begins with Ensemble Building exercises to strengthen the ensemble and encourage positivity as well as enhance listening and reacting skills. Students...

Monday Jul 3rd, 10am–5pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

Improv Comedy 4 Teens Times Square NYC

NEW YORK IMPROV THEATRE(8 Improv) @ 318 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

Our #1 Rule: HAVE FUN but never at another's expense! Improv and Stand-Up Comedy help students discover their best selves building self confidence, creative writing, critical thinking and public speaking. We offer weekly classes Winter, Spring and Fall, plus Summer Camps. We also have teachers at schools, camps and community centers on weekends and after school. Each session starts with Improvisation, playing games that are a ton of fun while teaching...

Saturday Jun 10th, 10am–12pm Eastern Time

Tuesday Improv - Night Time Special (Class + Coaching)

Kissin Improv @ 131 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

One of this country's most experienced and well-reviewed improv performers -- a veteran of over 4000 shows with Chicago CIty Limits -- can teach anyone to improvise! You do not need to be "fast on your feet" or "funny" or an extrovert, just someone who is willing to play. This class will help you at work with presentations and public speaking, socially, or simply provide laughs.  All levels welcome as Carl Kissin, whom the NY Times called,...

Tuesday Jun 6th, 7–9pm Eastern Time

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Best Improv Classes in NYC 

Improvisational theatre, better known as improv, is a form of ensemble theatre that is spontaneous. The performance itself is both unplanned and unscripted. The dialogue, actions, storyline, and characters are all developed as the scene unfolds. It is not always comedic but often is, making improv popular among comedians. 

Improv in the West can be traced back to ancient Rome, in 391 BC, where it was performed as part of the Atellan Farce. These comedy performances involved masked performers who improvised dialogue using pre-planned characters. Improv continued to develop as street performers used it to show off their quick, comedic thinking to earn money. 

In the 20th century, improv was professionally developed. Styles like improv games (short form), improv scenes (long form), and improvised plays (narrative form) were developed. Improv-focused comedy clubs formed and in the later 20th century and early 21st century, improv-based television shows began airing. Improv is now a desired skill among theatre actors, so it has become a part of many drama curriculums.

Today improv remains a popular form of live entertainment. It is an accessible activity due to the low barriers of entry, making it an activity enjoyed by many. You can take in-person or online improv classes to learn the basic principles, or you can turn to free resources online. There are plenty of on-demand tutorials that teach you the basics of improv like listening and spontaneity. Television shows where hosts engage in improv games in front of a live audience are available online that you can watch as a form of demonstration. 

Why You Should Learn Improv in NYC

Whether you’re looking to learn improv because you want to begin theatre acting or because you would like to improve your interpersonal skills, there are many benefits to taking an improv class in NYC. 

Improv is a great activity for anyone dealing with stage fright or a fear of public speaking. It requires you to create a storyline and character in front of a live audience in real time, encouraging quick thinking. Since there is no script or pre-planned dialogue, you must rely on yourself to come up with ideas that fit the scene. This can all seem intimidating at first, but with enough practice, you’ll grow to be more comfortable and confident in performing in front of others. 

With improv, you’ll learn to face failure. This may come from not knowing how to continue a scene or not creating a character that works well within the scene. It’s okay to fail in improv. In fact, instances of failure will only help you improve your improv abilities as you learn from your mistakes. Once you move past your fear of failing, you can focus more of your attention on the principles of developing an entertaining scene. 

Improv also provides mental benefits. It has been shown to reduce social anxiety by reducing uncertainty intolerance. When you’re uncertain about a situation, it can cause anxiety. By engaging in improv, you’ll be working on becoming more comfortable in uncertain situations. As you become accustomed to reacting to uncertain situations, you’ll begin to feel less anxiety when placed in them in the future. 

In-Person Improv Classes & Schools in NYC

In-person improv classes are offered at schools across New York City. They are typically open to learners of all levels, from beginner, to intermediate, to advanced. These classes can introduce you to others with an interest in improv and allow you to work with an experienced instructor who will guide you through the principles of improv and scene work.

In Manhattan, just blocks from Madison Square Park, is The Magnet Training Center, which offers several improv classes. If you’re just getting started with improv, you have the option of taking their Principles of Improv class. Principles of Improv throws you right into gaining improv experience, as you work your way through warm-up-style improv games. You’ll then work on two-person scenes, before advancing to group scenes, group games, and even monologues. 

Another beginner class at The Magnet Training Center is their Improv Intensive. This level-one class puts you onstage immediately, making it perfect for fearless learners. You will explore the fundamentals of improvisation with a partner while working on exercises based on the concepts of agreement, commitment, spontaneity, and listening. This class is particularly focused on turning you into a confident performer. At the end of the class, you will perform in front of friends and family at a class graduation performance. 

If you take the first two level improv intensives, you can move on to the Improv Level Three Intensive. This advanced-level class teaches the fundamentals of long-form improv, also known as the Harold format. Once you’ve mastered this fun and simple format, you’ll perform a Harold in your class graduation show in front of friends and family. If you have a teenager that you’d like to enroll in an improv class, The Magnet Training Center has a class called Improv for Teens. This is a fundamental course for teens aged 12 through 17. 

You can take classes in a variety of acting and theatre techniques at the Barrow Group Acting School in Hell’s Kitchen. They often update their schedule with adult improv classes that teach the fundamentals of improv. Their more advanced improv classes teach long-form improv basics and techniques. If you’d like to learn how to improve character development in your improv scenes, consider taking one of their playwriting classes. 

The Barrow Group Acting School also holds classes for teens and tweens. If you’re looking to enroll your child in a class alongside your own, they have multiple options focusing on improv among other acting and theatre classes. These include introductory improv and sketch comedy classes as well as a summer camp. The last day of these classes is open to family and friends. 

Virtual Improv Classes & Schools

In-person improv classes are a great way to get hands-on instruction while also witnessing demonstrations up close. Attending in-person classes can also be a good way to socialize and make friends with other people that have an interest in improv. 

However, in-person classes are not always available in your area or may not fit into your schedule. If this is the case, consider checking out virtual improv classes. These remote classes can be attended from anywhere, including your own home. They are taught by an experienced live instructor and are focused on a variety of aspects of improv. Remote classes can also be more comfortable for some people because you are performing through a screen rather than directly in front of others. 

There are a few online improv classes available for you to take on CourseHorse. 

Beginners looking to learn improv while also socializing in a fun and friendly environment should check out the class Improvise, Socialize, Revitalize. This one-hour class, offered by Kissin Improv, is led by an instructor who will offer feedback as you practice your improv skills. If you’d like to take a longer course, this class is also offered in a four-session format. Not only will you be able to practice your improv skills, but you will work toward mastering the principles of improv that can help you in any work, performance, or social situation. 

Additional improv classes are offered online throughout the year. Check back on CourseHorse regularly to see their updated schedule of new and returning improv classes. Previously offered online classes have taught the principles of improv while also encouraging participants to work on improving their confidence and communication skills. 

Private Group Improv Classes in NYC

Are you looking to schedule a fun improv class for your business or organization? Does your team need a fun activity that will help them work on their communication and ability to collaborate? CourseHorse offers improv classes for private groups that they can deliver to you. 

Their virtual Team-Building Improv Workshop accommodates up to 40 participants looking to work on strengthening their abilities as a team to listen, collaborate, and problem-solve. You and your group will work through improv games and exercises and leave the workshop with a better ability to communicate with each other effectively and make quick decisions individually and as a team. 

Smaller groups of up to 20 people can sign up for the virtual Corporate Improv Workshop. This class encourages you to gain confidence in yourself as you work through comedic improv games and exercises. You and your group members will create funny scenes together as a way of practicing collaboration. 

CourseHorse also offers a class called Public Speaking through Stand-up. This online class is taught by a professional comedian and focuses on developing better public speaking skills. Your group will do this by working on creating funny jokes that can be told in a stand-up routine. 

If these classes don’t meet your group’s needs or interests, you can reach out to CourseHorse through the contact form on their website. They can work with you to determine what class does meet your needs and size. Their classes can accommodate varying group sizes. If you don’t know your group size when signing up for a class, you can select the minimum group size before updating the number before your class. 

CourseHorse classes may be delivered over a variety of platforms, but they recommend using Zoom.