Classes & Training

Westside Improv Studio provides opportunities for people in the western suburbs of Chicago who want to learn improv. You can find out about our training below!

Classes for Adults (18+)

8 Week Class

Do you want to learn more about improv? Do you want to eventually perform in our Players Worskhop or on one of our House Teams? Do you not care as much about that, but want to get your feet wet in improv?

In all of those cases, our 8 Week Class is a great way to go a bit deeper with improv at Westside, and it culminates with a performance during one of our improv shows. The cost is $160 and you must register in advance. For more info click here.

Advanced Improv Class

If you have taken our 8 Week Class, our Advanced Improv Class is a great way to improve your skill and go even deeper with improv at Westside. It’s a $160 class that involves 8 weekly sessions focused on group improvised scene work, character development, and finding the game in scenes.

Ensemble Class

If you are interested in learning to write, cast, and produce sketch comedy, our Ensemble Class is for you. It’s a $225 class that involves 10 weekly sessions introducing writing exercises, brainstorming, character creation and incorporating story structure. The class culminates with 4 Saturday night shows that you will fully create.

Players Workshop

If you have taken our 8 Week Class and our Advanced Improv Class, or have already trained at another improv school, our Players Workshop gives you an opportunity to commit to an ongoing training environment. You’ll play in weekly workshops and have a weekly performance on Saturday nights. The cost is $40 every month. Space is limited and you need prior instructor approval to join, so email us!

Musical Improv

Always wanted to try a musical improv class, but worried you can’t carry a tune? No problem. By the end of this class, you’ll become a better singer, but more importantly, you’ll discover ways to use music to make your scenes great, regardless of your ability to win a karaoke contest. This is a course for students of all experience and skill levels, so no auditions are required, and there is no musical or singing experience prerequisite.

Character Development

Are you looking to add some great character work to your improv toolbox? Don’t know how to find a character? Don’t know what a character is? If you’ve answered either yes or no to these questions, this is the class for you.

Classes for Youth (1st-8th Grade)

Youth Acting & Improv Program

Parents, look no further for a unique opportunity for your child to learn improv in a fun and safe environment. Children will have a blast exploring lots of theater and improvisational games. Young performers will learn basic stage and acting techniques while they further develop their creativity.


Questions?

Email us for more information!