Unexpected Productions Improv School
The Largest Improv School in the Northwest!
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Whether you're someone who'd like to try improv for either professional or personal reasons or someone who just wants to unleash their creativity and laugh and play for a couple of hours a week - our classes are an excellent way to achieve your goals! Right from the start, you are on your feet exploring hilarious exercises and skill-driven games in an incredibly supportive and fun environment. 

Our classes focus on team building and the concept that “If your teammate looks good, then you will look good.” In our classes, an emphasis is placed on understanding and utilizing basic scene work skills, and most importantly, having fun. Lots of laughs and lots of stage time. All students begin at this level. It’s a prerequisite to the other levels.

Under the guidance of our amazing faculty, you will learn to:

• Be a Better Listener

• Conquer Fears

• Spark Creativity

• Meet New People/Make New Friends

• Become a Better Problem solver

• Gain Confidence

• Fail Easier

• Say Yes More in Your Life

• Learn to Think Fast 

• Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

• Become a Better Public Speaker

• Discover More About Yourself


Spring 2018

Beginning Improv Classes 

Georgetown Studios

650 South Orcas, Suite 101  Seattle WA 98108


8 Saturdays Starting April 7, 2018


8 Sundays Starting  April 8, 2018


8 Mondays Starting April 9, 2018


8 Tuesdays Starting April 10, 2018


8 Wednesdays Starting April 11, 2018


8 Thursdays Starting April 12, 2018




IMPROV 100 EASTSIDE- Intro to Improv - Build Confidence

Redmond Community Center at Marymoore-  6505 176th Ave NE. Redmond WA

8 Tuesdays starting  April 10, 2018,  7:00pm-9:30pm



Continuing Improv Education Classes-

Classes start during the week of April 8. 2018

(Please note that Continuing Improv Educations classes 200-600 are cumulative, and require the previous classes be taken with Unexpected Productions Improv School.  Execeptions must be approved by the Artistic Director or Education Coordinator). 


IMPROV 200 Storytelling, The Power of Collaboration

Saturdays 4-6:30pm Georgetown Campus

Sundays 4-6:30, Georgetown Campus

Mondays 7-9:30 Georgetown Campus

Tuesdays 7-9:30 Redmond Community Center at Marymoore

Wednesdays 7-9:30 Georgetown Campus



IMPROV 300 Scene Building - Listen/Be Heard

Sundays 7-9:30, Georgetown Campus

Tuesdays 7-9:30 Georgetown Campus

Tuesdays 7-9:30 Redmond Senior Center (RSC) 



IMPROV 400 Narrative Exploration - Embracing Risk

Sundays 7-9:30, Georgetown Campus

Tuesdays 7-9:30 Redmond Senior Center (RSC)

Thursdays 7-9:30, Georgetown Campus



Improv 500 The "Art" of Improv - A Deeper Understanding

Tuesdays 7-9:30 Market Theater, Downtown Seattle

Tuesdays 7-9:30 Redmond Senior Center (RSC)



IMPROV 600 Advance Performance - Conquer Your Fear

Sundays 6-9:30 Market Theater, Downtown Seattle




 IMPROV 100 TACOMA- Intro to Improv - Build Confidence

Tacoma Arts Community Center

1102 S. 11th St.

Tacoma WA 98405

                     8 Tuesdays starting  April 10, 2018,  7:00pm-9:30pm


Dynamic YouthProv! Teen Improv Class Ages 12+

Unexpected Productions is excited to offer Youthprov, our teen improv class.  For years we have been producing the Hogan Cup, Seattle's first High School improvisation tournament, now we are adding a class to continue offering skills to youth.

Unexpected Productions is Seattle’s heart of improvisation and produces many shows of all kinds including Seattle TheatreSports, the Northwest’s longest running improvisation show.

Class is 8 Saturdays, 10:30 00am-1:00 pm starting  April 7, 2018 at our Improv School in Georgetown. 

In Youthprov, you will learn the fundamentals of good improvisation through games and exercises. Explore the basics of storytelling and spontaneous scene creation through strong characters, listening, narrative, self-confidence, spontaneity, and basic stage skills. The focus will be on creating ensemble work in a safe, supportive, and fun environment. Student will have a blast, make friends and gain incredible life skills. 

Improvisers Will:

-        Study the fundamentals of improvisation.

-        Develop strong ensemble and character skills.

-        Develop stage presence.

-        Build patience, self-confidence, good communication skills, and a respect for other performers and their creativity. 

INSTRUCTOR Sara Carmer McMahon is a frequent performer and teacher with Unexpected Productions. She can be seen most weekends in the Happy Hour show. A few past UP shows you may have seen her in include:  Bubbles in the Wine: Improvised Lawrence Welk, Improvised Hitchcock, Afterlife, Truth or Dare, and Play to Play. 

Sara graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and has been acting here in Seattle for the past 20 years. 

She has been teaching improv to Teens all over Seattle for 10 years! She finds great satisfaction exploring the art of improv with teens. 

Unexpected Productions Improv School

650 South Orcas, Suite 101

Seattle, WA  98108  

Our Georgetown Studios are located right behind the Georgetown Post Office. It is easily accessible via I-5 or Highway 99, or via bus lines 124, 106, 131, and 132. There is plenty of well lit, free parking as well, right near our front door! 

**Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel before the first class, we offer credit only towards future classes. We are unable to offer refunds.




Comedy Writing Through Improvisation with Joe Guppy

Learn to write comedy with fun and energizing improv games, as taught by Emmy-award-winning comedy writer, Joe Guppy. Students will learn basic improv skills, and how to build a comedy premise. We will gather around a supportive and encouraging writer’s table to rewrite using story structure, and study scenes from Saturday Night LiveKey & Peele, and comedy films. Perfect for aspiring or experienced improvisers, actors, comedy writers, screenwriters, playwrights. The class culminates with a writers’ showcase at Unexpected Productions' Market Theater (performance optional).

Skills offered in class: fundamentals of comedy writing, basic scene improvisation, story structure, rewriting, how to create a comedy premise.

Date: 8 Saturdays
Time: 1:00-pm-3:30pm
Location: Unexpected Productions Georgetown Studio, 650 South Orcas St, Seattle 98108
Maximum Students: 12
Cost: $235 ($247.74 including booking fees)
Prerequisite: None

Teacher Bio: Joe Guppy, M.A., won 8 Emmys and a Writers Guild award for comedy writing and performing. He’s a former head writer/cast member for the Seattle comedy show Almost Live, which ran for 15 seasons on KING-TV5, with two runs on Comedy Central. Joe is a founding member of Seattle Theatre Sports and has written television scripts in Los Angeles for directors John Landis (Blues BrothersAnimal House) and Blake Edwards (Pink Panther). He’s taught fiction and scriptwriting at Seattle University and is an experienced group leader.



**Cancellation policy: If you must cancel before the first class, we offer credit only towards a future classes. We are unable to offer refunds.




Why Take Improv Classes?

Why should you take improv classes?

Thousands of students have passed through Unexpected Productions' improv classes. Some are looking to pursue the art of Improvisational Theatre. Some are looking to improve their public presentation or team skills. Some are looking to overcome shyness, to meet others, or simply to have fun and laugh with a group of fun, easy-going people.

Whatever the reason, Unexpected Productions' teachers work hard to teach the basics of improv, which are not only useful to improvisers, but to anybody wanting to work with others, as a member of a team, as an effective communicator, as a good listener, or simply as a friend!

With 25 years experience, Unexpected Productions' teachers have had thousands of success stories, from groups of friends to stand-up-comedians, from successful improvisers to Hollywood Stars, and from local-business owners to Vice Presidents of Fortune 500 companies!

Our quarterly classes are one of the best values in town for acting / improv classes.  All quarterly classes are eight weeks long. 

Our standard improv classes are for ages 17 and up. Exceptions are at the discretion of the Education Director and/or teacher of the class. Watch for our kids camps and teen improv classes!


For questions, please email school@unexpectedproductions.org, or call us at 206-762-2239.

About The School

In this fun and exciting interactive process, you will gain self-confidence, sharpen your communication skills, and learn the type of teamwork necessary to create something original and brilliant from scratch.

Three Ways Improv Can Improve Your Career
You are forced to collaborate
You have to let go of judgment
You become a better listener
Fast Company Magazine, 1/31/14

Right from the start, our students are on their feet exploring hilarious exercises and skill-driven 
games in an incredibly supportive and fun environment. Under the guidance of our caring and experienced faculty,
you will:
- Discover the joy of spontaneous storytelling 
- Conquer fears
- Improve your job skills
- Spark creativity
- Meet people/make new friends
- Become a better listener
- Be a better problem solver

Three Ways You Can Hone Your Leadership Skills With Improv
1. Find Comfort In Uncomfortable Situations
2. Learn To Communicate And Listen
3. Start To Take Initiative
Forbes Magazine, March 9th, 2017

Unexpected Productions' teachers instruct the basics of improv, which are not only useful to improvisers, but to anybody wanting to work with others, as a member of a team, as an effective communicator, as a good listener, or simply as a friend!

3 Ways Improv Training Can Boost Business
1. Build Authentic Interactions
2. Be Flexible and Adapt on Your Feet
3. Building the Story Together
BCBusiness Magazine, 3/26/2017

All quarterly classes are $225-250. All quarterly classes are eight weeks long.
Classes are for ages 17 and up unless otherwise posted. Some exceptions may apply.

If you have any questions about the improv school, please contact us at school@unexpectedproductions.org.