In an improv theater show, everything that you see on the stage is being created in the moment of the performance. Improv is often associated with comedy although one can do "serious" improv. It just so happens that creating things in the moment often leads to humor. In long-form improv, actors create scenes with characters, plot, and dialogue during the performance. In short-form improv, performers play games with defined structures but improvised responses (like the TV show "Whose Line is It Anyway"). At Allprov, much of the focus is on long-form improv although short-form games may be used sometimes in classes.
There are many reasons to take improv classes. Many actors and performers take improv class as a way to further develop their creative instincts and to help with auditioning skills. Of course, these are great reasons to take improv classes. But many people who have no formal acting experience or training take improv classes. That’s because improv
- is fun
- is a great way to meet new people in a supportive environment
- is a way to become more comfortable speaking in front of groups
- allows people to bring (more) creativity into their life
If any of this sounds like a good idea to you, please check out our Scheduled Classes page.