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in Person and Virtual classes

Content is the same for in-person and virtual classes.

  • In-person students must show proof of vaccination and will be required to wear a mask during class as mandated by the city of Chicago.

  • ​Live in-person classes are from 2.5 - 3 hours in length. 

  • Virtual classes  are 1.5 - 2 hours in length to reduce screen fatigue.

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the Improv classes that started them all

Foundational Improv

Players learn the basic do’s and don’ts of the art form of improvisation. The first term begins with basic principles of improvisation that help players survive “in the now” on stage. Players will learn skills that help them thrive on stage and in life by learning about the character of the space. 

(Does not include Improv:360 extra content)

Participants must show proof of Vaccination and wear a mask during class except onstage.

Fee: $200/month

Class Dates: Starts October 24th, 2022

Time: 6:30PM-9:30PM

Instructor: David Murphy

Limited Spots Available - Begins Oct. 24th

iMprov 360:
Career Accelerator For Actors

It can take up to 3 years to train, build networks, and start getting the jobs you know you're capable of getting. That’s why Improv:360 brings together the training experts and performance experience you need—all on one Chicago stage to launch your career to the next level.

Improv 360 is a performance accelerator program that condenses years of study and experience into

  • 12 months of targeted workshops,

  • Masterclasses,

  • Performance opportunities,

  • One-on-one development coaching

  • Casting and Agent showcase

All dedicated to giving you exactly what you need to start working immediately.

 

 

Your improvisation instructors learned directly from Chicago’s Master Teacher: 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. We give you the same training Jo gave to Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Rob Smigel, Amy Sedaris, Bob Odenkirk, Matt Walsh, and many more.

Whether your focus is comedy or drama, improv can definitely make you a better actor. Improv incorporates several skills that are essential to delivering a good performance as an actor.


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Twice the experience in half the time

  • 12 Months of improvisation classes from the original school of improvisation

  • 6 Masterclasses from taught by casting directors, improv gurus, ad agency creative directors, social media experts, and 29-time Emmy winners on topics like:

    • Auditioning for on-camera work

    • Writing sketch comedy for TV

    • Advanced Improvisation - Mastering the Moment

    • Getting Work Outside of Stage, TV & Film: Pay the bills with Industrials, Corporate, VO, etc

    • Commercial Audition Intensive

    • Creating Your Brand through Social Content

  • Weekly performance opportunities

  • Monthly One-on-one Development Assessments

  • Players Workshop Career Playbook Journal

  • Discounted rates with partner schools, photographers, reel and website designers

  • Casting Director and Agency Showcase

compare with other schools

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Based on currently listed prices as of 10/22

ready to invest in yourself and your career?

not sure which one is right or you?

If you’re curious about what it might look like to work with us and how we might help you grow your career in less than 12 months...Submit your information below to schedule a Performance Accelerator call today. There is nothing to buy - there is no offer - there is no pressure - and there’s no way to pay us money on this call.

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Just like Jo showed us, we’ll show you how to perform authentically—and with vitality, how to create better improv teams and collaborations, and best of all, how to apply improvisation to your life on and off stage. Josephine Forsberg: Master Teacher — more about the patron saint of improvisation and original founder of Players Workshop

 Learning Environment Commitment

 

Players Workshop is dedicated to creating a safe, non-judgmental learning environment for our students and teachers. If you’re doing it right, you’ll find out some truths about yourself and the world at large that may surprise you. This can lead to feeling vulnerable, which is why we maintain a safe space for students to work in. We steadfastly believe in creating a space of unconditional and universal acceptance for everyone as they choose to define themselves. However, we will enforce a zero tolerance for exclusionary or threatening behavior (physical or verbal) of any kind. Basically, be nice. We’re all just astronauts on a rock that’s floating through space…so be nice!