Unexpected Productions Improv School
The Largest Improv School in the Northwest!
What's New?

 

                                   Our Winter 2017 quarter of Improv Classes start in January!

 

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Try something new...take an improv class. Have fun, make new friends and tell YOUR story. Learn the basics of improvisation. Discover how to listen actively, to use your life to create stories, and work on the fundamental principles of improvisation.

 

We have campuses in downtown Seattle, Georgetown and on the eastside in Redmond. There are five levels of classes and additional specialty classes each quarter.

 

Discover the power of collaborative storytelling and connecting with your audience (on stage, at home, or at work). Step out of your shell, be funny and gain some incredible life skills. Add more spontaneity and playfulness to your life.  

 

Emphasis is placed on understanding and utilizing basic scene work skills, and most importantly, having fun. Lots of laughs and lots of stage time. Make new friends, and gain new skills. Thousands of students have passed through Unexpected Productions' Improv classes. 

 

Your improv class will help you expand your skills including:

The art of improv

Improve public presentation or teaming skills

Overcome shyness

Public Speaking

Being Present

Creativity

Brainstorming

Active Listening

Building Ideas 

Affirming Ideas

Collaboration

Communication

Storytelling

Or, simply to meet others, have fun and laugh with a group of fun, easy-going people.

 

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!

 

All quarterly classes are $225 ($250 Final Registration after September 9th). All quarterly classes are eight weeks long, meeting 2.5 hours once a week.

 

Unexpected Productions doesn't just teach improv skills, but skills that can apply to everyday life: verbal/non-verbal communication, creativity, acceptance of ideas, responding quicker in the moment, flexibility to change, problem-solving, and appropriate risk taking.

 

Multinational corporations based in Seattle, like Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing, and Starbucks have integrated Unexpected Productions’ training into their daily operations. Local groups like the Space Needle, Virginia Mason, and Group Health have also integrated Unexpected Productions’ unique teachings. Now it's your turn.

 

Beginning Improv Classes

Georgetown Studios

650 South Orcas, Suite 101  Seattle WA 98108

 

8 Saturdays Starting January 14, 2017

1:00pm-3:30pm

8 Sundays Starting January 15, 2017

4:00-6:30 PM

8 Mondays Starting January 16, 2017

7:00pm-9:30pm

8 Tuesdays Starting January 17, 2017

7:00pm-9:30pm

8 Wednesdays Starting January 18, 2017

7:00pm-9:30pm

8 Thursdays Starting January 19, 2017

7:00pm-9:30pm

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

IMPROV 100 EASTSIDE- Intro to Improv - Build Confidence

Old Redmond Schoolhouse in Redmond

8 Tuesdays starting January 17, 2017,  7:00pm-9:30pm

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 

 

Continuing Improv Education Classes

Classes start during the week of January 15, 2016

 

IMPROV 200 Storytelling, The Power of Collaboration

Sundays 4-6:30, Georgetown Campus

Mondays 7-9:30 Georgetown Campus

Tuesdays 7-9:30 Old Redmond Schoolhouse

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 Old Redmond Schoolhouse

 

IMPROV 400 Narrative Exploration - Embracing Risk

Sundays 7-9:30, Georgetown Campus

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 Old Redmond Schoolhouse

 

IMPROV 600 Advance Performance - Conquer Your Fear

Sundays 6-9:30 Market Theater, Downtown Seattle

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 

 

 

 

 

SPECIALTY CLASSES WINTER 2017

 

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: Six Saturdays, Jan 28 to March 4, 2017.
Time: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m
Location: Unexpected Productions Georgetown Studio, 650 South Orcas St, Seattle 98108
Maximum Students: 16
Cost: $225
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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR COMEDY WRITING THROUGH IMPROVISATION WITH JOE GUPPY

 

 

 

IMPROV FOR TEENS

Unexpected Productions is excited to announce Improv for Teens,  a new class in our Youth Program! For years we have been producing the Hogan Cup, the 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.

In Improv for Teens, 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. We have a brand new space in Georgetown and are excited to share it with you.

Teen improvisation classes are broken into three sections – short form, character work and scenes – designed to lead the student to create and perform solid ground relationship based scenic work.

Teens 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. 

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. 

Class is 4 Saturdays, 10:00am-12:00pm March 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th,  2017 at our  Georgetown Studios. 

Unexpected Productions Improv School
Georgetown Studios
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! 

 

 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR TEEN IMPROV

 

 

 

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. 

 

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

About The School

Come play with us. Try something new...take an improv class. Have fun, make new friends and tell YOUR story. Learn the basics of improvisation. Discover how to actively listen, to use your own life to create stories, and work on the fundamental principles of improvisation.

Discover the power of collaborative storytelling and connecting with your audience (on stage, at home, or at work). Step out of your shell, be funny and gain some incredible life skills.

Add more spontaneity and playfulness to your life.  

Emphasis will be placed on understanding and utilizing basic scene work skills, and most importantly, having fun. Lots of laughs and lots of stage time. Make new friends, and gain new skills. Thousands of students have passed through Unexpected Productions' improv classes. 

This 8-week class will help you expand your skills including:

The art of improv

Improve public presentation or teaming skills

Overcome shyness

Public Speaking

Being Present

Creativity

Brainstorming

Active Listening

Building Ideas 

Affirming Ideas

Collaboration

Communication

Storytelling

Or, simply to meet others, have fun and laugh with a group of fun, easy-going peop

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!

All quarterly classes are $225. All quarterly classes are eight weeks long.

 

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