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Since 1970 we’ve been teaching in-person (and now virtually) how to think faster, be creative, and build confidence in the moment. Learn to perform at your best, onstage and in life. Discover why successful people from all walks of life value our proven approach to the life skills of improvisation.

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We get it

You want to be confident and perform your best, so consider this:

Players Workshop has taught over 10,000 students to perform fearlessly and in the moment.

Alumni include: Bill Murray, Amy Sedaris, Bonnie Hunt, Matt Walsh, Bob Odenkirk, creators, entrepreneurs, educators, writers, humanitarians, parents, students and hundreds more.

​We’re the original school of improvisation with over 50 years of experience.

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"Just wanted to let you know I booked a national commercial and I really think it’s partly due to the freedom of play I’ve been tapping into in your class. My auditions are feeling so much looser. I’m letting go, trusting that I don’t have to always plan a thing. I can just let the thing happen cause something always happens…I’m starting to feel a new sense of freedom in the work and I’m so damn excited to see where this takes me. I’m more open and less afraid to just be in the moment."

—Julienne, 2022 Players Workshop Graduate

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Our classes

Nervous? Don't be. We've got your back. Our improvisation instructors learned directly from Chicago’s Master Teacher, the legendary Josephine Forsberg, who brought the art of improv to the masses. Jo founded Players Workshop in 1970, built our curriculum, and taught our improv teachers. Read more about improv HERstory.

In-Person Classes

 

Learn how to play fearlessly, listen fully, and live more in each moment…on stage and in life.

  • Improv360

  • Foundational Improv

New, in-person classes start October 24th. Class sizes are limited.

Bonnie Hunt MasterClass Just Added (Date tbd)

Master Class Workshops

 

In-Person 6 Masterclasses - included with Improv360

Featuring:

  • 29-time Emmy Winner, Bill Stainton

  • Improv Guru, Dave Razowsky

  • Acting in Chicago Author, Chris Agos

  • Certified Social Media Branding Coach, Annie Schiffman

  • Audition Insights with Casting Director, David Murphy

  • SuperBowl Commercial Creative Director, Scott Smith

Dates to be announced

Bonnie Hunt MasterClass Just Added (Date tbd)

Corporate Workshops

McKinsey & Co. calls creativity and innovation the biggest determining factors when it comes to a company's success. Now you can build on basic team skills by learning advanced brainstorming techniques, presentation skills, writing techniques, and valuable team-bonding tools for your entire team..

Free Workshops

Join us to have some fun and explore your creativity at the drop of a hat. Never tried improvisation or it scares you to death to try it?

Relax. We've got your back.

We'll walk through some simple & safe improv exercises and give you an idea of what it's like to take classes at Players Workshop.

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Classes are safe, fun and will teach you skills you’ll use throughout your life that can’t be found anywhere else.

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Learn new skills

Our classes will teach you how to think on your feet, be confident, react on the fly, and live in the moment.

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Never be nervous again

Apply your improv tools to life and work: be present, comfortable and authentic in any situation.

Stay updated on upcoming classes, workshops & get your free download of:
The Answer Is Always Yes, and! Five Fearless Ways to Perform at Your Best

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