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Level 1

Our entry level: perfect for total beginners or anyone who needs to brush up on the basics.

101 – Intro to Improv

This course introduces students to long form improv and is appropriate for those without any improv experience or current improvisers who would like to get a foundation in North American long form.

Over 8 classes, we’ll teach you all you need to know to get solid footing in comedic improv. You’ll learn the basic skills every performer needs to get up on stage and make magic happen. We focus on making positive choices, smart scene work, group support and we explore the kernels of what makes something funny.


Probier dich aus! Dieser Kurs ist für Leute, die noch keine Erfahrung mit Comedy Improvisation haben, oder die, die Improvisationserfahrung haben, aber eine Fundament in nordamerikanischer Long Form suchen.

In acht Klassen bringen wir Dir alles bei, was Du für solide Improfundamente brauchst. Wir lehren euch die grundlegenden Fähigkeiten, die jeder Performer braucht, um auf der Bühne magische Momente zu kreieren. Wir konzentrieren uns auf positive und clevere Szenenarbeit, Gruppensupport und das Erforschen dessen, was eine Comedyszene ausmacht.

Level 2

In Level 2, we introduce the core pillars of our improv philosophy. We dig into scene work, specific styles of longform improv comedy and students gain a solid footing in performing on stage. Prerequisites: Must have completed Level 1 – Intro to Improv (formerly known as Improv Basics); or equivalent course at another school (personal waiver required).

201 – Game of the Scene

In this course, we introduce students to the concept of the ‘Game of the Scene’, a funny idea that is explored and heightened to create comedy magic on stage. A core part of the North American approach to improv, Game is a pillar of our philosophy of comedic improv.

Students will learn to build solid scene platforms, to identify funny ideas, and to create patterns out of those funny ideas that can be revisited later in a show. We emphasize a holistic approach to Game, encouraging students to embrace character work, teamwork and physical acting while honing in on a single comedic idea to make a scene as funny as possible.

Level 1

101s – Intro to Sketch

For the budding sketch writer and anybody who’s ever had that perfect funny idea but no way to get it down on the page.

In this course, students are introduced to the fundamentals of comedic sketch writing. Over the course of 8 weeks, we’ll cover the basics of everything from popular sketch formats and finding the game of your sketch to script formatting and workshopping. Students will learn different methods of taking a funny idea and turning it into a hilarious sketch and will leave the course with a portfolio of writing, including at least one completed, workshopped and ‘ready-for-primetime’ sketch.

No prior writing, sketch or improv experience required.

Please note, students should be prepared to write and read sketches outside of class!

102s – Sketch Writing Advanced Study

Building on the foundations set in 101, this course is focused on honing sharp, professional and confident writing skills. Students will be guided through various writing prompts to target specific sketch styles & skills, and receive feedback from their instructor. Specific attention will be paid to proper formatting and the revision and re-writing process. Students are encouraged to work on both new and previously written material.

Students should expect to leave the course with at least a modest portfolio of professionally-formatted writing samples.

Please note, students should be prepared to write and read sketches outside of class!

PREREQUISITES: 101 – Intro to Sketch at The CCB Training School. If you have not completed our 101 course but have equivalent sketch writing experience, please write in to us before registering to request a waiver, otherwise you’re registration will be cancelled!

Level 2

201s – Developing a Sketch Show

Building on the foundations set in Level 1, this course focuses on the writer’s room and producing a full sketch show. During the first 4 weeks of the course, students will learn the process of pitching & brainstorming and working in a writer’s room, and will then be expected to write and select sketches for a 30-minute student show. The second half of the course will consist of producing and rehearsing the show itself.

Topics covered in this course:

  • Workshopping sketches critically and with grace
  • Casting & table reads
  • Working with and directing actors
  • Acting for the stage
  • Breaking down a sketch for props & cues
  • The tech booth, tech’ing a show and learning QLab to run cues
  • Rehearsals, getting ‘off book’
  • Sketch show formats
  • & much more!

Prerequisites: Sketch 101

Electives

Our Electives are available to all students who have completed at least one Level 2 course and want to explore other forms of comedy and ideas in improv.

EL-IMI – Intro to Musical Improv

This is an introductory course for improvisers interested in creating an improvised musical. The course takes students through a comprehensive program focused on musical theatre genres, creating narratives song structures using melodies, rhyme and rap. Students will gain confidence making up full songs, and to begin to understand how to implement them into scenes and stories.

PREREQUISITES: Level 1 – Intro to Improv (or Improv Basics) AND BOTH Level 2 courses (Game of the Scene, Truth of the Scene/Honest Improv) at The CCB Training School or with Hive Improv, or a waiver from CCBTS to take this course.

Online Sketch

The CCBTS Sketch program is centered around our improv principles of Truth and Game. Students will learn a variety of formats and technical skills, learn to write individually and in a writer’s room and, in level 2, learn to write and produce their very own sketch show. These courses track with our standard Sketch program and have been tailored for a virtual experience. Successful completion of all Sketch levels qualifies students to audition for CCB House Maude (sketch) Teams as a writer.

101so – Intro to Sketch – Online

For the budding sketch writer and anybody who’s ever had that perfect funny idea but no way to get it down on the page.

In this course, students are introduced to the fundamentals of comedic sketch writing. Over the course of 8 weeks, we’ll cover the basics of everything from popular sketch formats and finding the game of your sketch to script formatting and workshopping. Students will learn different methods of taking a funny idea and turning it into a hilarious sketch and will leave the course with a portfolio of writing, including at least one completed, workshopped and ‘ready-for-primetime’ sketch.

No prior writing, sketch or improv experience required.

Please note, students should be prepared to write and read sketches outside of class!

This course will be held entirely online using Google Classroom and web video conferencing.

102so – Sketch Writing Advanced Study – Online

Building on the foundations set in 101, this course is focused on honing sharp, professional and confident writing skills. Students will be guided through various writing prompts to target specific sketch styles & skills, and receive feedback from their instructor. Specific attention will be paid to proper formatting and the revision and re-writing process. Students are encouraged to work on both new and previously written material.

Students should expect to leave the course with at least a modest portfolio of professionally-formatted writing samples.

Please note, students should be prepared to write and read sketches outside of class!

This course will be held entirely online using Google Classroom and web video conferencing.

PREREQUISITES: 101 – Intro to Sketch at The CCB Training School. If you have not completed our 101 course but have equivalent sketch writing experience, please write in to us before registering to request a waiver, otherwise you’re registration will be cancelled!

Online Improv

These courses each focus on elements of Scene Work; performing improv with simplicity, focusing on singular ideas, allowing for clarity in the “Who, What and Where” of the scene. Classes will take place via web video conferencing. CCBTS instructors will guide the class through a series of 2-person warm-ups, exercises and scenes providing real-time feedback and side coaching. Online courses provided a unique opportunity for students to work on being aware, present, and direct. Without the immediacy of in-person interaction and the inability to convey nonverbal cues, students will learn that being clear, descriptive, accepting and patient is fundamental in a fulfilling, fun scene. The Online 4-week curriculum is separate from the standard 8-week curriculum (e.g., passing Online Level 1 does not grant the ability to take standard curriculum Level 2 courses).

Online – Level 1 – Scene Work FUNdamentals

For beginners to improv with an interest in performing improv/being a comedian, improving public speaking or other professional pursuits, being more creative, or just for fun!

This class will lay down the foundation of long-form improv, focusing on the basic tools to perform a scene with clarity.

Students will primarily work in pairs and be given direct coaching by the instructor.

Little to no improv experience required! This level will give you a leg up for jumping into the standard curriculum Level 1 – Intro to Improv.

Online – Level 2 – Scene Work it!

For folks with some experience. People interested in improving their off-the-cuff conversation skills, storytelling and ideation with a focus on clarity. For improvisers with a bit of experience looking to build up their scene work skills.

This class will focus on identifying patterns and tapping into the emotional truth of a scene.

Students will primarily work in pairs and be given direct coaching by the instructor.

For intermediate improvisers. This level will boost your skills, keep your improv talents sharp and should be considered additional training for the standard curriculum.

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