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Free Improv Class, Storytelling Workshop, Viola Spolin Workshop & Summer Registration

By May 16, 2018May 17th, 2018The Improv School
Specialty Classes at the Improv School

Have you wanted to try something fun and new? This June, we are offering a Storytelling Workshop from a Moth StorySLAM winner, a Viola Spolin Improv Intensive with a Viola Spolin expert (her granddaughter), and a Free Improv Class for those with no experience and want to try it out. We have also opened up registration for the summer quarter of your Improv School.

Creating Stage-Worthy Stories Workshop 6/10 & 6/17

Tell your story. Get comfortable on stage. This workshop explores the art of oral storytelling.  Learn simple practical story guidelines and step-by-step tools, to create incredible honest stories from your life experience. Learn how to share stories that are genuine, generous, and vulnerable in a fun creative space. We use the writing tools from Natalie Goldberg’s book, Writing Down the Bones, narrative improv games, the use of sense memory and unique storytelling techniques to create a “stage-worthy” story. This workshop is perfect for novice storytellers, or a chance to add to the skillset of a seasoned performer. Come share your inside story.

Skills offered in class:

  • Successful storytelling techniques
  • How to identify story arc
  • Identify difference of scenic detail versus narrative description
  • How to create story stakes
  • How to identify story-worthy material
  • How to pitch a story
  • How to gain audience trust
  • Become comfortable on stage

Objective: To create a stage-worthy to be presented on stage in front of a live audience
Date: June 10th & 17th, 2 Sundays
   Day One: Creating a Story: Storytelling Techniques
   Day Two: Telling a Story: Story Presentation and Coaching
Time: 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm with a 30-minute break,
Performance: Class participants are invited to tell their stories live at a performance July 8th, at 8:30 (not required)
Location: Unexpected Productions’ Market Theater, 1428 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101
Maximum Students: 14
Cost: $125
Prerequisite: None
Ages: 17+

Viola Spolin Improvisation Intensive with Aretha Sills 6/23 & 6/24

“The heart of improvisation is transformation.” -Viola Spolin

This is a rare opportunity to work with an expert teacher in Spolin technique. Viola Spolin’s Theater Games launched the American improvisational theater movement and changed the way acting is taught. Her work has influenced generations of actors and educators. In the weekend workshop with side-coach Aretha Sills, we’ll explore the groundbreaking exercises and theatrical concepts found in Spolin’s Improvisation for the Theater. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime experience.

The intensive is an accelerated version of an introductory workshop. Actors, educators directors, and improvisers learn (through play) how to incorporate Spolin’s transformative techniques into their practice. The workshop is open to beginners and experienced players and is designed to help players be present onstage and off.

Explore the improvisational acting method of Viola Spolin to enhance your training as an actor, improviser, educator, writer, or director. Named “one of the most prominent acting techniques” by Backstage, Viola Spolin’s Theater Games release the intuition through spontaneity and play, opening up new avenues of expression in your work and life.

Date: June 23rd & 24th
Time: 10AM-4PM (with an hour lunch break at 1pm)
Unexpected Productions Improv School
650 South Orcas, Suite 101 Seattle WA 98108
Maximum Students: 18
Cost: $250
Prerequisite: None, 18+

Free Introductory Improv Class 6/10

Have you always wanted to take an improv class, but not sure if you want to commit to a quarter-long term? We have the solution. Come try it out for FREE and see if you like it. No experience is required, and our intro class is open to all but will focus on people who have little to no improv experience.

Unexpected Productions is the largest improv school in Seattle. Our core improv classes are designed for people who want to be challenged, and who want to meet fascinating people in a fun and supportive environment.

Expect to be launched on a track that explores present awareness, thinking quickly on your feet and becoming a less inhibited. Our curriculum is finely tuned, and our instructors are highly experienced.

Due to the popularity of this class, we will accept 50 reservations and divide into 2 groups of 20.

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!

Dates: June 10, 2018
Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Location: Unexpected Productions- Market Theater, Pike Marke
Maximum Students: 50. Please note that our regular 8-week classes are limited to 12-16 students each.
Cost: FREE
Prerequisite: Those with little or no improv experience.
Ages: +17 and above

The Improv School Summer Registration is Open

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.

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

Our celebrated education program is the most established improv school in the region. We host classes in downtown Seattle, Redmond and now Tacoma. We offer 6 levels of classes with 4 quarters a year. We also offer specialty improv classes, sketch comedy, storytelling and stand-up comedy classes from renowned teachers from around the globe.

Summer 2018
Beginning Improv Classes
Georgetown Studios
650 South Orcas, Suite 101 Seattle WA 98108

8 Saturdays Starting July 7, 2018

8 Sundays Starting July 8, 2018

8 Mondays Starting July 9, 2018

8 Tuesdays Starting July 10, 2018

8 Wednesdays Starting July 11, 2018

8 Thursdays Starting July 12, 2018

IMPROV 100 EASTSIDE- Intro to Improv – Build Confidence
Redmond Community Center at Marymoore- 6505 176th Ave NE. Redmond WA
8 Tuesdays starting July 10, 2018, 7:00pm-9:30pm


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 Marymoor
Wednesdays 7-9:30 Georgetown Campus

IMPROV 300 Scene Building – Listen/Be Heard
Saturdays 4-6:30pm Georgetown Campus
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
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 700 Directed Feedback: Owning the Stage with Susie Simpkins
(For Students who have completed 100-600)
Sundays 7-9:30, Georgetown Campus