Online Courses

CCBTS is now offering online courses in improv & sketch!

Classes will take place via web video conferencing. CCBTS instructors will guide the class through course curriculum using techniques developed for virtual teaching, and will provide real-time feedback, notes and side coaching.

Please note that the Online improv 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).

Courses are limited in size.

Online course requirements:

  1. A stable internet connection.
  2. A quiet, distraction-free place.
  3. A computer with a webcam and mic. Headphones are recommended.
  4. Students will need to create a free account with our conferencing solution and download necessary software (details to be provided after registration).
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.

Upcoming Courses:

Course Date(s) Time Instructor(s) Register
Scene Work FUNdamentals – Online Level 1 Tuesdays, April 14th – May 5th (4 Classes) 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Josh Telson 8 tickets left

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.

Upcoming Courses:

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Online – Level 3 – Scene Workin’ overtime

For folks with a solid foundation of improv, specifically Game-based improv and Organic long-form.

This class will dive deeper into the improv toolkit and explore techniques improvisers can use to convey ideas when faced with less than ideal situations.

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

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

Upcoming Courses:

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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.

Upcoming Courses:

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