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Course Descriptions

Level 1 Intro to Improv (Sept 18 start date)

6 class meetings (2 hours each) and 1 class recital. Cost is $175. MUST PAY IN ADVANCE TO HOLD A SPOT

This 6-week class introduces the Theatre 99 method to create improvised scenes based on audience suggestion. Students in level 1 will participate in group games and exercises that help everyone remember how to play. The focus will be on having fun and learning how to start an improv scene. You will learn some of the improv games that we perform here at Theatre 99 and get to do them for your friends and family during the recital. As a bonus, every student receives a free ticket at each class to any Wednesday and Friday show while they are a student. MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER TO TAKE THIS CLASS.

Level 1: Intro to Improv (August 16 start date)

6 Class Meetings and one class recital. Cost is $175 (MUST PAY IN ADVANCE TO HOLD A SPOT)

This class introduces the Theatre 99 method to create improvised scenes based on audience suggestion. Students in level 1 will participate in group games and exercises that help everyone remember how to play. The focus will be on having fun and learning how to start an improv scene. You will learn some of the improv games that we perform here at Theatre 99 and get to do them for your friends and family during the recital. As a bonus, every student receives free tickets to any Wednesday and Friday show while they are a student. MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER TO TAKE THIS CLASS.

Level 1: Intro to Improv (start date Oct 11)

6 Class Meetings and one class recital. Cost is $175 (MUST PAY IN ADVANCE TO HOLD A SPOT)

This class introduces the Theatre 99 method to create improvised scenes based on audience suggestion. Students in level 1 will participate in group games and exercises that help everyone remember how to play. The focus will be on having fun and learning how to start an improv scene. You will learn some of the improv games that we perform here at Theatre 99 and get to do them for your friends and family during the recital. As a bonus, every student receives free tickets to any Wednesday and Friday show while they are a student. MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER TO TAKE THIS CLASS.

Level 2: Introduction to Character Building in Improv

7 Class Meetings and one class recital. Cost is $175 (MUST PAY IN ADVANCE TO HOLD A SPOT)

This 7-week class introduces the Theatre 99 method to create dynamic, honest and comic characters in improv scenes. Students will build on what they learned in Level 1 and learn a character creation method called "The How." Who you are in a scene is defined by HOW you do what you do. Level 2 focuses on the HOW. You will also fine-tune your skills with the improv games you learned in Level 1. The class ends with a recital for family and friends. Every student receives free tickets to any Wednesday and Friday show for the duration of the class. MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER TO TAKE THIS CLASS.

Level 3: Five Scenic Elements & Relationship

7 Class Meetings and one class recital. Cost is $175 (MUST PAY IN ADVANCE TO HOLD A SPOT)

This 7-week class introduces the Theatre 99 method of relationship based scene work and the concept of long form improvisation. You hear it during every class: "Improv scenes are about the relationship." But what is a relationship? This class breaks the relationship between characters into 4 components (point of view, physicality, history & status). Exercises taught during the class help students make offers based on relationship components. The recital for level 3 will be 100% scenes, no improv games. Every student receives free tickets to any Wednesday and Friday show for the duration of the class. MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER TO TAKE THIS CLASS

Silence and Sincerity in Improvisation and Sketch

Special Class 2 hours long $30.00

There's more said on stage than dialogue. This workshop will focus on using both those unspoken endowments (words, motivations, history, among others) and emotion to bring more wonder and depth to your improv and sketch. Voted Best Class by Students of Improv Wins Conference & Festival in 2014.

Sketch Writing Tool Kit with Mike Spara

Special Class 2.5 hours long $30.00

Good sketch comes from reps, writing and rewriting. Great sketch takes those ideas and elevates them with honesty and compelling staging. This workshop will focus on 1) generating new material, 2) sharpening previous material to be both truthful and engaging and 3) production steps to perform material. Beginning writers will have a powerful framework, more experienced writers will have a tried-and-true system to push to the next level.

Strategy - Playing Better Games

Special Class 2 hours long $30.00

The concept of pattern and game helps improvisers discover the invisible script of each scene. This workshop will delve deeper into explicit strategic moves available in ALL scenes to make your writing onstage more engaging, more dynamic, and even funnier. Just as good writing occurs offstage, "writing" on stage is particularly impactful as we are the writer, director, performer, and editor. Through strategic structural moves, you can be more brilliant in all of your roles. This is one in a series of workshops designed by Mike Spara and Derek Dupuy, cofounders of The New Movement New Orleans. The workshop series is designed on the principles of expertise development and growth mentality. Derek Dupuy is the original Artistic Director of The New Movement New Orleans. He is also a founding member of the sketch comedy group Stupid Time Machine. Derek has traveled all over North America performing improv and sketch comedy. Some of his work includes credits on Funny or Die, Bustle, San Francisco Sketch Fest, Hell Yes Fest, and the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival.

Additional Information

Currently Offered

Level 1 Intro to Improv (Sept 18 start date)

Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

Starts Sunday, September 18

Instructor: Andy Livengood

Level 1: Intro to Improv (August 16 start date) - SOLD OUT

Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Starts Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Instructor: Brandy Sullivan

Level 1: Intro to Improv (start date Oct 11)

Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Starts Tuesday, October, 11 2016

Instructor: Brandy Sullivan

Level 2: Introduction to Character Building in Improv - SOLD OUT

Mondays at 7:00 p.m.

Starts Monday, August 1st, 2016

Instructor: Andy Livengood

Level 3: Five Scenic Elements & Relationship - SOLD OUT

Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.

Starts Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Instructor: Greg Tavares

Silence and Sincerity in Improvisation and Sketch

Sat. Sept. 3rd at Noon

Instructor: Mike Spara

Sketch Writing Tool Kit with Mike Spara

Friday, Sept 2nd at noon

Instructor: Mike Spara

Strategy - Playing Better Games

Sat. Sept. 3rd at 3PM

Instructor: Mike Spara