Youth Acting & Improv Program


Westside Improv Studio is proud to offer a youth program for children in the community who want to gain experience and confidence in performing. If you are a parent looking for a unique opportunity for your child to learn improv in a fun and safe environment, this is it!

Class Times

Our youth program classes meet on Tuesday nights during the following times:

Age Group Day Time
Grades 1-4 Tuesdays 4:15pm – 5:10pm
Grades 5-8 Tuesdays 5:15pm – 6:10pm

Session Dates

Session # Dates
Session #1 Sep 11th – Oct 16th
Session #2 Nov 6th – Dec 18th (no class Nov 20th for Thanksgiving)
Session #3 Jan 15th – Feb 19th
Session #4 Mar 12th – Apr 23rd (no class Mar 16th for Spring Break)

Have your children come and learn the art of improv in a fun, safe, supportive environment that encourages their growth and creativity. Using improv techniques, your child will learn how to:

  • build social skills
  • improve confidence
  • learn acceptance though the YES, AND method of improv
  • work collaboratively in an accepting environment
  • develop active listening
  • form connections with other children

About the Teacher

Anne Marie Irey has been involved in theater for almost thirty years. She minored in Theatre at Saint Mary’s College and earned her M.Ed. at DePaul University. Anne Marie is an Alum of The Second City and she spent several years performing improv in Chicago. Previously, she taught 4th grade at Sacred Heart School, where she founded an after school drama program. Prior to teaching here at Westside, Anne Marie taught the Children’s Workshop at Wheaton Drama. You can also find Anne Marie performing musical improv here on Friday nights with her team, Dirty Bars.

Register for the Next Session!

Our classes are $100 for a session. Click one of the links below to register your child for a space in the next session:

Session #1: Tuesdays from Sep 11th to Oct 16th

Session #2: Tuesdays from Nov 6th to Dec 18th (no class Nov 20th)

Session #3: Tuesdays from Jan 15th (2019) to Feb 19th

  • Grades 1-4: 4:15pm-5:10pm (register for Session #3 here)

  • Grades 5-8: 5:15pm-6:10pm (registration for Session #3 is closed in this age group)

Session #4: Tuesdays from March 12th (2019) to Apr 23rd (no class Mar 26th)

Let us know if you have any questions on registration!