Why Take Improv?

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. 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,

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 100-600 classes are for ages 17+. Get ready to:

  • 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
  • HAVE A BLAST

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

Class Locations

Market Theater

1428 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101

Georgetown Studios

650 South Orcas, Suite 101
Seattle WA 98108

Redmond Community Center at Marymoor

6505 176th Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98052

Redmond Senior Center

8703 160th Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98052

Summer 2018 Class Schedule
Improv 100
Dates
Day and Time
Location
Registration
July 7 - August 25
Saturday 1:00 - 3:30PM
Georgetown Studios
July 8 - August 26
Sunday 4:00 - 6:30PM
Georgetown Studios
July 9 - August 27
Monday 7:00-9:30PM
Georgetown Studios
July 10 - August 28
Tuesday 7:00-9:30PM
Georgetown Studios
July 10 - August 28
Tuesday 7:00-9:30PM
Redmond Community Center
July 11 - August 29
Wednesday 7:00-9:30PM
Georgetown Studios
July 12 - August 30
Thursday 7:00-9:30PM
Georgetown Studios
Improv 200
July 7 - August 25
Saturday 4:00-6:30PM
Georgetown Studios
July 8 - August 26
Sunday 4:00-6:30PM
Georgetown Studios
July 9 - August 27
Monday 7:00-9:30PM
Georgetown Studios
July 10 - August 28
Tuesday 7:00-9:30PM
Redmond Community Center
July 11 - August 29
Wednesday 7:00-9:30PM
Georgetown Studios
Improv 300
July 7 - August 25
Saturday 4:00-6:30PM
Georgetown Studios
July 8 - August 26
Sunday 7:00-9:30PM
Georgetown Studios
July 10 - August 28
Tuesday 7:00-9:30PM
Georgetown Studios
July 10 - August 28
Tuesday 7:00-9:30PM
Redmond Senior Center
Improv 400
July 10 - August 28
Tuesday 7:00-9:30PM
Redmond Senior Center
July 12 - August 30
Thursday 7:00-9:30PM
Georgetown Studios
Improv 500
July 10 - August 28
Tuesday 7:00-9:30PM
Market Theater
July 10 - August 28
Tuesday 7:00-9:30PM
Redmond Senior Center
Improv 600
July 8 - August 26
Sunday 6:00-8:30PM
Market Theater
Specialty Classes
Owning the Stage: Direct Feedback

July 8 – August 26, 7:00 – 9:30PM

Explore the quality of your improv with the informed, constructive criticism of an improv pro. This advanced class is designed for the improviser who has completed level 600 and would like to polish their stage skills, space work, and character development. This course provides students with impactful and direct feedback that highlights their individual strengths and identifies performance deficits.

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Inside Story: Creating Stage-Worthy Stories Workshop with Kent Whipple

June 10 & 17, 12:00 – 5:30PM

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.

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Viola Spolin Improvisation Intensive with Aretha Sills

June 23 – 24, 10:00AM – 4:00PM

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. 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.

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Extra Credit Improv Series with Ed Greenberg

June 19, 7:00 – 9:00PM

This Extra Credit event features Ed Greenberg (The Committee, Second City). During Extra Credit, a noted improviser, teacher or accomplished improv luminaries is insightfully interviewed by UP Improv’s Artistic Director, Randy Dixon. The night ends with a Q&A with the audience. The notable guest will discuss their craft and personal improv journey. The penetrating and fascinating insights cover improv impulses, styles, techniques, and history.

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Extra Credit: A Search for Community with Aretha Sills

June 24, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

In 1955, Paul Sills called the new improvisational theater, Compass, “a search for a community.” Viola Spolin and her son Paul Sills created a form of theater that celebrated American ideals of liberty, community, and democracy. The talk will trace the roots of their work to the politically radical Progressive-era philosophies cultivated at Jane Addams’ Hull House in Chicago using stories, personal history, photographs, and Spolin and Sills’ own words and writing.

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Free Introductory Improv Class

June 10, 5:00 – 7:00PM

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.

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Free TeenTix Improv Class

June 20, 1:00 – 4:00PM

This is a special improv workshop for TeenTix members ONLY. It is being offered during the 21st Seattle International Festival of Improv. Come learn what the pros are doing on stage. The workshop will be all about fun! Improvisation skills not only make you a better performer but provide life-long tools you can use every day.

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Teen Improv

Unexpected Productions is excited to offer Youthprov, our teen improv class.

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.
June 25 - 29
Mon - Fri 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Georgetown Studios