Improv Classes

Highwire Improv workshops bring together some of the top teachers across the world for classes focused on specific skills and formats. Our classes will help you as a performer, producer and all-around improv genius! Click the arrow to learn more about our improv classes and to register.

All improv classes are offered completely online through Zoom. We recommend using a computer for the best experience. You do not need a Zoom account, but you might want to try it before the class so you are familiar with it.

All students taking our improv classes must agree to the Highwire Improv Code of Conduct. All classes and workshops are for participants ages 18 and older unless otherwise specified.

Scholarships:

At Highwire Improv, we want to make improv instruction accessible to as many people as possible.  To support this, we have a very simple scholarship program for our paid workshops and classes.  Each workshop and course will have a designated number of scholarship spaces available (at least one per five paid spaces) – all you have to do is select the desired ticket type!

Any questions?  Reach out to us at highwireimprov@gmail.com!

improv classes

Saturday, September 11, 11 am-1 pm
Singing with Attitude with Velvet Wells

Instructor: Velvet Wells
Cost: $30 (BIPOC Scholarships available at checkout)

Join here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/singing-with-attitude-with-velvet-wells-tickets-168817199789

Musical improv is the easiest way to embrace and unleash your Shower Swagger in every other improv form. You’ll learn when to say yes to musical offers (and yourself), how to share focus between singers (even on Zoom!) and then we’ll make up songs from shared and different perspectives.

The workshop is followed by a free jam, open to the whole musical improv community

Scholarships are available for BIPOC students. (Unlimited. Please check the appropriate box at checkout.)

Community accountability: In addition to Highwire Improv’s Code of Conduct, Velvet will embrace and reinforce Consent Informed Spaces.

Bio: Velvet Wells

Velvet Wells is a Black, autistic, queer, velvet voiced entertainer and facilitator from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a graduate of the Second City Toronto Training Centre (Musical Improvisation Conservatory) and The Improv Place (Masterclass in Teaching). Additionally, Velvet studied under international facilitators including Katy Schutte and Chris Mead, John Gebretatose, Ken Hall, Tara DeFrancisco and Rance Rizzutto, Natasha Boomer, Patti Stiles, and Mick Napier.

Velvet has facilitated in-person workshops for Toronto Theatresports (Toronto), Theatre on the Edge (Waterloo) and Black and Funny Festival (Minneapolis), and in 2020, started offering independent workshops online.

Social media link: https://linktr.ee/velvetduke

Thursday, September 16, 7:30-9 pm
Improv N’ Flow with Keith Williams

Instructor: Keith Williams
Cost: $30 (BIPOC scholarships available at checkout)

In this workshop you’ll learn how to find your flow, create rhythm and construct rhymes or verses that can heighten any improvised scene.

You’ll learn how to leverage good scene-work to develop flows that audiences can connect with. Create scenes and weave them into a musical number that you, and your fellow improvisers, develop in the moment.

Keith Williams is an Improviser, Improv Masterclass Coach, Leadership Coach, and the Owner and Artistic Director of Better With Improv. He has been practicing, performing, and teaching Improv for 10 years +. The mission of Better with Improv is to help you discover what’s next. By reducing the fear of embarrassment through the joy of improvisation so that you can reach your maximum potential and have even better connections. 

 Keith teaches Improv for beginners to professional improvisers. We teach Improv for Actors and Applied Improv for Business. A member of Queen City Comedy an Artist collective of Improv, Sketch and Stand Up Comedy, and a Moderator for The International Improv Station a UK based global improv community for collective improv training and collaboration.  “Everything Better With Improv.”

This class is offered completely online through Zoom. We recommend using a computer for the best experience. You do not need a Zoom account, but you might want to try it before the class so you are familiar with it.

All students must agree to the Highwire Improv Code of Conduct.

Saturday, September 18, 1-3 pm
Brenna’s Expression Session with Brenna Judkins

Instructor: Brenna Judkins
Cost: $20 (Scholarships available at checkout)

Online platforms are ideal for taking advantage of your close up! Nonverbal communication can often go under utilized in online improv. How can we use the silence? How can we expand the emotions of our words? In this workshop we will focus specifically on using facial expressions and body language to enhance our performance.

Brenna Judkins is an actor, improviser, artist and activist from Southern California. They have been teaching improv and puppeteering for 1.5 years and can be found directing and hosting Disaster Time, and playing with Don’t Mess, Judkins and Dingle, and Improv Chattanooga online team. They are also a co-founder of Zmack Virtual, a consultant on LGBTQIA2S+ issues and a host of several online jams catering to queer spaces.

This class is offered completely online through Zoom. We recommend using a computer for the best experience. You do not need a Zoom account, but you might want to try it before the class so you are familiar with it.

All students must agree to the Highwire Improv Code of Conduct

Saturday, September 25, 12-2 pm
Say It With Your Chest: Improvised Songs for Huge Emotions w/ Stephanie Rae

Instructor: Stephanie Rae
Cost: $35 (Black Improviser Scholarships available at checkout)

Your character has feelings – huge feelings. But sometimes, words just aren’t enough. Enter…music! We will explore point of view, emotion, and desire to figure out what your character wants and why. And then, when we hit that pivotal moment of climactic emotion, you’re gonna break into song! Attendees will learn structures for improvised songs and practice transitioning from scenes into musical duets. See you on the virtual stage!

Stephanie Rae has been studying traditional and musical improv for eleven years. She’s directed a Boyz II Men themed show for UCB’s Del Close Marathon, guest played with everyone from the Groundlings to ComedySportz, and taught classes and workshops for improvisers from Louisiana to Liverpool. These days, she directs the Black Improv Alliance, performing with International Players Club and Wakanda vs. Everybody, and running the 100 Black Improvisers Partnership – a program which has created scholarships for Black improvisers at more than 60 theaters around the world. She also has a law degree from Georgetown – but mostly uses it to win arguments online. Catch her rapping about gratitude as an ambassador for Freestyle Love Supreme Academy and making scenes in theaters across the globe and all over Obama’s internet.

This class is offered completely online through Zoom. We recommend using a computer for the best experience. You do not need a Zoom account, but you might want to try it before the class so you are familiar with it.

All students must agree to the Highwire Code of Conduct

Thursday, September 30, 7:30-9 pm
Relationship Over Plot with Keith Williams

Instructor: Keith Williams
Cost: $30 (BIPOC scholarships available at checkout)

You will learn or practice finding the funny or interesting through character and relationships with the other characters.

Quickly recognize when you are in a plotty situation and how to get out of it and move forward. Examine your own strengths against this approach to see how much you will grow. Take these skills to the real world.

Keith Williams is an Improviser, Improv Masterclass Coach, Leadership Coach, and the Owner and Artistic Director of Better With Improv. He has been practicing, performing, and teaching Improv for 10 years +. The mission of Better with Improv is to help you discover what’s next. By reducing the fear of embarrassment through the joy of improvisation so that you can reach your maximum potential and have even better connections. 

Keith teaches Improv for beginners to professional improvisers. We teach Improv for Actors and Applied Improv for Business. A member of Queen City Comedy an Artist collective of Improv, Sketch and Stand Up Comedy, and a Moderator for The International Improv Station a UK based global improv community for collective improv training and collaboration.  “Everything Better With Improv.”

This class is offered completely online through Zoom. We recommend using a computer for the best experience. You do not need a Zoom account, but you might want to try it before the class so you are familiar with it.

All students must agree to the Highwire Improv Code of Conduct.

Saturday, October 2, 9-11 am
KidProv! with Jonathan Monroe (ages 9-13)

Instructor: Jonathan Monroe
Cost $40 for a four-week session
Class dates are October 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd
Ages 9-13

Improv isn’t just for adults. Students will work collaboratively to develop and practice speaking, reacting, and quick-thinking skills through the performance of unrehearsed scenes and games. Activities are designed to help students improve self-confidence, learn the art of performing with and for others, and foster appreciation of the personalities and talents of their peers.

Bio: Jonathan Monroe has been a teacher in the Maryland school systems for over 10 years. He has also been an improviser in the Baltimore area for 8 years. Jonathan has been directing a monthly school aged driven family friendly show, The Playground, once a month at Highwire Improv.

This class is offered completely online through Zoom. We recommend using a computer for the best experience. You do not need a Zoom account, but you might want to try it before the class so you are familiar with it. Captions are available upon request. All participants must adhere to the Highwire Code of Conduct