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.

Scholarships: At Highwire Improv, we want to make improv classes accessible to as many people as possible.  To support this, we have a very simple scholarship program for our paid workshops and classes.  Request a scholarship code by emailing highwireimprov@gmail.com with your name and the workshop you want to register for.  If we have a space available, we’ll send you a code for when you register.  The only condition is that you have not already used two scholarship spaces in the past month, to ensure we can reach as many individuals as possible.

We also have a list of improv classes at other theaters which we recommend. Learn more about them.

improv classes

Saturday, June 26, 1-3 pm
Taking Up Space

Instructor: Michelle Gilliam

Confidence, charisma, fun! These are things we all want to exude in improv and in life. In this workshop you will gain some tools to help you do just that and be a great scene partner. The one thing no one else can do is BE YOU!

3 Takeaways

· Confidence

· Ability to be calmer before shows and in life!

· Feeling like a contribution to yourself your team and your community!

Cost: $0-40 (Pay What You Can)

Bio: Michelle Gilliam is a voice-over actor, as well as the Owner and Artistic Director of Improv MKE, an improv comedy school and theater, based online and in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, currently serving the world.

Michelle has been involved in improv comedy for over 24 years, through studying, performing, coaching, teaching, directing, as well as leading corporate teams to success through helping them to harness the power of improv as a tool and resource for creativity and empowerment.

Sunday, June 27, 11 am – 12:30 pm
You. Them. Us.

Instructor: David Escobedo

A class inspired by my current study in improv as a PhD Student. I am studying “collaboration as a form of entertainment.” People like movies like Lord of the Rings, Coach Carter, or Big Hero 6, etc. – movies where a ragtag band of misfits learn to work together.

This class will have a 30 minute lecture at the top. I’ll talk about some theories and ideas. Surrounding the concept of “you” and “them.”

Then we will do some exercises to get into some kinesthetic practice.

Some of the material will be inspired by my book “This Improv Book” – there are things you can control (You), things you can support (Them) and the nexus at which these things collaborate as a collective (Us).”

Cost: $10-30

Bio: David Escobedo has been coaching and performing improv since 1995. He ran his first improv team for 13+ years and has performed in San Diego and Los Angeles. He has his BA and MA in Drama, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Drama with a focus on improv. His MA paper was on how an improviser’s voice (background/experience) is the most valuable element to an improv team and show. David loves improv that leans towards discovery more than invention. Improv is one of the few art forms where the audience discovers the story at the same time as the performers. Being lead by a style discovery may surprise the performer at the same time.

Sunday, June 27, 1 pm – 2:30 pm
You. Them. Us.

Instructor: David Escobedo

A class inspired by my current study in improv as a PhD Student. I am studying “collaboration as a form of entertainment.” People like movies like Lord of the Rings, Coach Carter, or Big Hero 6, etc. – movies where a ragtag band of misfits learn to work together.

This class will have a 30 minute lecture at the top. I’ll talk about some theories and ideas. Surrounding the concept of “you” and “them.”

Then we will do some exercises to get into some kinesthetic practice.

Some of the material will be inspired by my book “This Improv Book” – there are things you can control (You), things you can support (Them) and the nexus at which these things collaborate as a collective (Us).”

Cost: $10-30

Bio: David Escobedo has been coaching and performing improv since 1995. He ran his first improv team for 13+ years and has performed in San Diego and Los Angeles. He has his BA and MA in Drama, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Drama with a focus on improv. His MA paper was on how an improviser’s voice (background/experience) is the most valuable element to an improv team and show. David loves improv that leans towards discovery more than invention. Improv is one of the few art forms where the audience discovers the story at the same time as the performers. Being lead by a style discovery may surprise the performer at the same time.

Saturday, July 10, 11 am-1 pm
Singin’ Saturdays

Instructor: Velvet Wells

The first Saturday of each month is dedicated to making up made up songs! We will practice techniques to sing in groups, trios, duos and maybe even some solo moments. The only experience you need is a joy for singing.

Immediately followed by a FREE open jam!! All levels welcome!

Cost: $25
Scholarships are available for BIPOC students. (Unlimited, select appropriate ticket type during checkout.)

Bio: 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 Styles, 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

Saturday, July 15, 5 pm-7 pm
Hot Under the Collar

Instructor: Rhiannon Jenkins

With a focus on consent, confidence building, and fun, this class will teach you a variety of techniques to discover your hot and sexy self. Learn how to flirt, create intimate scenes, and find your own brand of hotness.

Cost: $25
Scholarships are available for BIPOC students. (Unlimited, select appropriate ticket type during checkout.)

Bio:

During lockdown, Rhiannon has directed The Love Circle, Loose Seuss, and Between the Lines at the Hideout Theatre, and continues to teach online. She appeared in Scene and Unseen by Across the Pond as part of The World of Improv, with Eggplant Improv at District Queer Comedy Festival, in A Culinary Journey at The Nursery Theatre, and in Dr Boo’s Creepy Neighbourhood and A Holly Jolly Journey for The Hideout Theatre. They Don’t Know the Half of It recently performed as part of the Anywhere Improv Festival, Xtreme Improv Online Festival, the Dramatic Improv Festival, and the Compass Improv Festival, and Hot Singles in Your Area performed at The Blast-Off, HighWire Improv, and The Nursery Theatre.

Learn more about Rhiannon at her website!