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 7 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

Unexpected Productions’ Market Theater

1428 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101

The Improv School – 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

Free Improv Class
Free Improv Class
Dates
Day and Time
Location
Registration
December 8, 2018
Saturday 3:00 - 5:00 PM
UP Market Theater
Winter 2019 Class Schedule
Improv 100
Dates
Day and Time
Location
Registration
Jan. 12 - March 2
Saturday 1:00 - 3:30PM
Georgetown Studios
Jan. 13 - March 3
Sunday 4:00 - 6:30PM
Georgetown Studios
Jan. 14 - March 4
Monday 7:00-9:30PM
Georgetown Studios
Jan. 15 - March 5
Tuesday 7:00-9:30PM
Georgetown Studios
Jan. 15 - March 5
Tuesday 7:00-9:30PM
Redmond Community Center
Jan. 16th - March 6
Wednesday 7:00-9:30PM
Georgetown Studios
Jan. 17 - March 7
Thursday 7:00-9:30PM
Georgetown Studios
Improv 200
Jan. 12 - March 2
Saturday 1:00-3:30PM
Georgetown Studios
Jan 14 - March 4
Monday 7:00-9:30PM
Georgetown Studios
Jan. 15 - March 5
Tuesday 7:00-9:30pm
Georgetown Studios
Jan. 15 - March 5
Tuesday 7:00-9:30PM
Redmond Community Center
Jan 16 - March 6
Wednesday 7:00-9:30PM
Georgetown Studios
Improv 300
Jan. 12 - March 2
Saturdays 1:00-3:30pm
Georgetown Studios
Jan. 14- March 4
Mondays 7:00-9:30pm
Georgetown Studios
Jan. 15 - March 5
Tuesdays 7:00-9:30pm
Georgetown Studios
Jan/ 15 - March 5
Tuesday 7:00-9:30PM
Redmond Senior Center
Improv 400
Jan. 13 - March 3
Sundays 7:00-9:30PM
Georgetown Studios
Jan . 16 - March 6
Wednesdays 7:00-9:30PM
Georgetown Studios
Jan. 15 - March 5
Tuesday 7:00-9:30PM
Redmond Senior Center
Improv 500
Jan 15 - March 5
Tuesday 7:00-9:30PM
Market Theater
Improv 600
Jan. 13 - March 3
Sunday 6:00-8:30PM
Market Theater
Improv 700
Jan 17 - March 7
Thursday 7:00-9:30PM
Georgetown Studios
Specialty Classes
Fearless Physical Improv Workshop with Jay Hitt

Jan. 17 – Feb. 7, 7:00PM-9:30PM

This class focuses on using physicality to communicate emotion, story, character and utilizing the scene’s environment. Prepare to laugh and sweat as Jay guides you to take your scene from talking heads to fully embodied characters that communicate through action. Improving your physicality will help you be more comfortable on stage from mime and object work to your physical presence. As an improviser your body is your instrument – Play it!

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Intro to Screenwriting with Caitlin Durante

January 26, 2019 2:00PM – 5:00PM

Have an idea for a movie but don’t know where to begin? Want to learn how to write an original TV pilot? Need a general screenwriting overview? Join instructor Caitlin Durante (The Bechdel Cast) for a crash course in writing for the screen. This workshop will cover crafting a story, characterization, structure, theme, dialogue, format, and other script mechanics, as well as what to do with a finished script — for both film and television! At the end of the workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to pitch a movie or series idea and receive feedback.

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Comedy Class w/Emmett Montgomery: Stand-up, Storytelling & Other Weirdness…

Jan. 15 – March 5, 7:00 – 9:30PM

Somewhat beloved comedian and storyteller, and Seattle comedy legend, Emmett Montgomery (who was on TV once) will help students develop five to ten minutes of “something funny.” Emphasis will be placed on stand-up and storytelling techniques and also explore techniques like character development, as well as, other types of sharing through performance and discussion. The class will culminate with a showcase at the end of the course.

Skills offered in class: stand up, storytelling, self-critique, joke construction, character development, embracing failure and recognizing victory!

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Creating Stage-Worthy Personal Stories Workshop with Kent Whipple

Feb. 10 – March 4, 3:00 – 5:30PM

Learn to tell a Moth type story or any story on stage, work and with friends. Get comfortable on stage. This intensive 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 story.

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Acting for Improvisers with Cynthia Lair

March 9  – March 23 , 1:00 – 4:00PM

Bring your improvised scenes to life and experience what it means to fully inhabit the characters you create. Learn to embrace in the imaginary circumstances we improvise. Strong acting skills will help you transform your scene work from the mechanics to authentically lived in spontaneous theater.

Utilizing Uta Hagen’s exercises and methods (many found in her book, Respect for Acting), as well as techniques from other master acting teachers, this class focuses on pursuing objectives that result in emotional responses, as well as internal and external actions. Emphasis is placed on slowing down, listening, and allowing offers to land before responding honestly – moment-to-moment improv. Practicing these techniques can bring richness and reality to improvised scene work.

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Fundamentals of Improvised Hip Hop

Feb. 21 – March 14, 7:00 – 9:30PM

An improvised introduction to the foundations of Hip-Hop, and ways to infuse elements of rhythm and poetry into your improv scenes. Utilizing improv games as gateways to the fundamental Five Pillars of Hip-Hop. Students learn how to create fully improvised hip-hop songs. Applying the fundamentals of improv, coupled with freestyling, beatboxing and crowd techniques, students gain a deeper understanding of hip-hop, its roots and how to utilize these elements to amplify scene work and have even more fun on stage living the improviser’s dream.

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Youthprov

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.
Teen Improv 100
Dates
Day and Time
Location
Registration
Jan. 12 - March 2
Saturday 10:00 - 12:30PM
Georgetown Studios
Teen Improv 200
Jan. 12 - March 2
Saturday 10:00 - 12:30PM
Georgetown Studios