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 12 - August 30
Thursday 7:00-9:30PM
Georgetown Studios
Improv 500
July 10 - August 28
Tuesday 7:00-9:30PM
Market Theater
Improv 600
July 8 - August 26
Sunday 6:00-8:30PM
Market Theater
Specialty Classes
Fearless Physical Improv Workshop with Jay Hitt

August 9, 7:00 – 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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First Offer, Best Offer with Brandon Felker

August 25, 12:30 – 5:30PM

First Offer, Best Offer! Is an intensive workshop that focuses on exactly that, the first offer in an improv scene. Too often in scenes… the first, the second, the third, even the fourth offer goes floating on by without the improviser grabbing hold of the first offer, the offer that unlocks the entire scene. When an improviser masters the ability to recognize the importance of the first offer and to build on it, they move further into complex and satisfying narratives without pushing for them. Participants will practice over accepting the first offer, raising the scene stakes, and emotionally committing to their scene work.

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

Sept. 18 – Nov. 6, 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.

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Creating Stage-Worthy Personal Stories Workshop with Kent Whipple

Sept 23 – Sept. 30, 12 :00 – 5:00PM

Tell your personal story. 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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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.