“It will change your life!” That’s what we hear most often about taking improv classes. At BIG University you’ll work with the best improvisers in Baltimore to perform original, honest, and funny work through games, exercises and performances. We offer classes for all levels – from introductory level to advanced specialized programs. Age is truly just a number in improv. There are classes and workshops for kids, teens, and adults.
You will receive excellent training and specific feedback while you have the time of your life!
WHERE: All classes, unless otherwise noted, will be held at Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 W. Cold Spring Lane, in Evergreen
Level 101: Intro to Improv
This is the place to start. This course is a prerequisite to all of the upper-level classes.
Students will explore the fundamental principles of improvisation through exercises in agreement, commitment, spontaneity, and listening. No prior performance or improv experience are necessary. Classes build upon one another, allowing novice improvisers to grow and be challenged at a comfortable rate. Sessions are designed so students will build a strong foundation as a confident performer. You will amaze yourself with your newfound skills at the last class performance in front of your friends and family!
7 Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, Jan 10 - Feb 21
7 Thursdays, 7-9 pm, Jan 11 - Feb 22
7 Sundays, 4-6 pm, Jan 14 - Dec 25
Note: This course will meet at The BIG Theater, 1727 N. Charles St.
Level 201: Introduction to Longform
Level 304: The Harold
Dig into all the elements of improv's most famous formats: The Harold! Created by improv guru Del Close, this classic structure is the form that theaters such as Improv Olympic and Upright Citizens Brigade were founded on. The class will focus on all elements of a successful Harold including openings, beat structure, group games, and how to use variety and texture to create a show that explores an idea that the group creates together.
7 Mondays, 6:30-9 pm, Jan 8 - Feb 19
Level 304: Acting for Improvisors
The dirty secret of improv, the one many improvisers won’t even whisper to themselves at night, is that improv is acting. Acting for Improvisers will focus on “living truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” We will be slowing down to explore character creation and motivation using scripted scenes and monologues as well as fully improvised scenes. This course will require some work outside of class, and full engagement in class, with the commitment to play scenes for truth before laughs. The class will culminate in a showcase combining scripted scenes and fully improvised dramatic scene work.
7 Mondays, 7-9 pm, Jan 8 - Feb 19
Try a Two-Hour Intro Workshop
Never taken an improv class before? Well now is your chance to try it out with experienced BIG instructors!
This introductory workshop is designed to give potential students an opportunity to experience what a class is like before committing to a full course. Through simple, fun and supportive games, participants will explore basic concepts like playfulness, listening and agreement – all in a safe and comfortable group setting geared specifically toward those who are new to improv.
*As an added bonus, workshop participants will receive a free ticket to the Sunday evening improv show, directly following the workshop!* Space is limited, so please sign up ahead of time to secure your spot. For adults 18+
Workshops for Kids and Teens
Kids Improv Workshop
January 13, 10 - 11:30 am (register)
Do your kids love to make believe? Are they creative? Do you think they might be funnier than you? Then have them join The Baltimore Improv Group for a fun class of improvisational theater! Students will learn the basics of improv, participating in exercises and games for better listening, agreement, and response. From there, kids will take to the stage to practice scene work and create fun characters. Through it all, the students will see their self-confidence increase while exploring their own creativity and how group trust and teamwork make for amazing and hilarious improv theater. This class is limited to children, ages 8-12 years old. No prior experience is necessary!
Teen Improv Workshop
Saturday, January 13, noon - 1:30 pm (register)
Let your teens jump into some seriously hilarious improv work while simultaneously learning newfound confidence! In addition to growing their speaking and listening skills, teens will learn how to build exciting stories, create fascinating characters, and present them through fun improv scenes and games. Students will also learn different types of improv formats, structures, and games. These workshops are all about jumping in, having fun, playing hard, working together and finding your voice. Always fun, this class will focus on developing improv skills and creating performers. For teenagers ages 13-17, with any level of experience.