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 18+. 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 online. We offer 6 levels of classes with 4 quarters a year. We also offer specialty improv classes, storytelling, sketch and stand-up comedy classes from renowned teachers from around the globe.

Classes are Live

Unexpected Productions’ Market Theater

1428 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101

The Improv School – Georgetown Studios

650 South Orcas, Suite 101
Seattle WA 98108

Winter Schedule 2023
Improv 100
Jan. 7 - Feb. 25
Saturdays 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
5700 6th Ave S Suite 109 Seattle 98108
Jan. 8 - Feb. 26
Sundays 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
5700 6th Ave S Suite 109 Seattle 98108
Jan. 9 - Feb. 27
Mondays 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5700 6th Ave S Suite 109 Seattle 98108
Jan. 10 - Feb. 28
Tuesdays 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5700 6th Ave S Suite 109 Seattle 98108
Jan. 11 - March 1
Wednesdays 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5700 6th Ave S Suite 109 Seattle 98108
Jan. 12 - March 2
Thursdays 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5700 6th Ave S Suite 109 Seattle 98108
Improv 200
Jan. 8 - Feb. 26
Sunday 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
5700 6th Ave S Suite 109 Seattle 98108
Jan 9 - Feb. 27
Mondays 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5700 6th Ave S Suite 109 Seattle 98108
Jan. 10 - Feb. 28
Tuesdays 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5700 6th Ave S Suite 109 Seattle 98108
Jan. 11 - March 1
Wednesdays 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5700 6th Ave S Suite 109 Seattle 98108
Improv 300
Jan. 9 - Feb. 27
Mondays 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
650 S Orcas St Seattle 98108
Jan. 11 - March 1
Wednesdays 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
650 S Orcas St Seattle 98108
Improv 400
Jan. 10 - Feb. 28
Tuesdays 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
650 S Orcas St Seattle 98108
Improv 500
Jan. 8 - Feb. 26
Sunday 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1428 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101
Improv 600
Jan. 8 - Feb. 26
Sunday 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
1428 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101
Specialty Classes
Creating Stage-Worthy Personal Stories In-Person Workshop 1/21 – 2/25 3:00 pm – 5:00pm

Share your story. Learn the power of personal narrative and the art and power of vulnerability. In this fun 6-week class, you take your life experiences and develop personal stories that are relatable, engaging, and entertaining. This workshop explores the art of oral storytelling including story creation, enhancement, and presentation. Learn simple practical story guidelines and step-by-step tools, to create incredible honest stories from your life experience.

Kent’s personable presentation style on the creative process combined with small groups, large groups, and individual writing and improv exercises will take you through a fun process of developing a stage-worthy story over 6 weeks. 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.

Skills offered in class:
Successful storytelling techniques
How to identify story arc
identify the difference of scenic detail versus narrative description
How to create story stake
How to identify story-worthy material
How to gain audience trust
Become comfortable on stage or online

Dates: 6 Saturdays. 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm  NOTE: Attendance at the first session of your course is mandatory as it sets the agenda for the entire quarter. If you think you will have to miss the first class, please consider registering for the next time the class is offered.

Location: Market Theatre 1428 Post Alley Seattle 98101
Maximum Students: 12
Cost: $250
Prerequisite: None
Ages: 18+

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Kevin McDonald from Kids In The Hall – Squeezing Comedy from Improv 2/18 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The class begins with Kevin McDonald sharing his process of writing from improv. Then groups of 4 students at a time get up and improvise a scene. When each scene is over, the students and Kevin discuss how to make a sketch scene from the improvised scene that was just done – how to build up the comedy, build on the characters and create a story for this new sketch, they’re creating. Then the scene is repeated, as a more prepared comedy sketch. At the end, everyone performs as a big group improv(with everybody), works on it, and then creates an epic comedy sketch from it. Students learn from improvised scenes and discuss how to build the comedy from the improv, build on the characters, and create a story for new scenes.

Date: 2/18/2023 12:00pm -3:00pm

Location: 5700 6th Ave S Suite 109 Seattle. WA 98108

Maximum Students: 16

Cost: $130 ($135.78 including booking fees)

Prerequisite: None

Ages: 18 and above

About the Instructor: Kevin McDonald has written for The Kids in the HallThe Martin Short Show, and Saturday Night Live. This is his fourth workshop with Unexpected Productions.

He founded The Kids in the Hall with his friend Dave Foley. They met in Toronto at the Second City Training Center, and the two wrote and performed in sketches together more than any other pair in the group. In the troupe’s TV show and stage shows, he portrays several favorite recurring characters, such as the King of Empty Promises, Sir Simon Milligan, and Jerry Sizzler. Still, it’s a frequent running gag that McDonald is the least popular member and always struggling not to get kicked out.

Since The Kids in the Hall’s end in 1994, he’s played many roles in movies like Boy Meets Girl, Agent Pleakley in the Lilo & Stitch series, and Harry Potter in Epic Movie. On TV, he has appeared on The Martin Short ShowEllen (as a radio personality), That ’70s Show (as a confused young cleric, Pastor Dave), SeinfeldFriendsNewsRadio (on which Foley starred), MADtvArrested Development, and Corner Gas. McDonald has also done voice work for various animated series, including Invader Zim (in which he did the voice for Almighty Tallest Purple), The Angry Beavers, Catscratch (in which he voiced Waffle), and Clerks: The Animated Series. He also played an imaginary friend named Ivan in the Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends episode Sight For Sore Eyes, and appeared in the music video for “Roses” by Outkast.

In 2006, McDonald hosted a CBC Television special, featuring several of Canada’s best-known sketch comedy troupes. “Sketch with Kevin McDonald” won a Canadian Comedy Award (Best-Taped Live Performance – The Minnesota Wrecking Crew), with The Imponderables nominated for the same award.

He was recently in Montréal as a part of the Just for Laughs Festival with the reunion of The Kids in the Hall, and also with his show “Hammy and the Kids” with Craig Northey, based on his two dysfunctional families, his father (“Hammy”) and The Kids in the Hall.

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Kevin McDonald from Kids In The Hall – One Line Premise Workshop 2/19 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Each student comes prepared with a one-line premise for a comedy sketch like “What if a guy was $10 short of being a millionaire?” Then Kevin and the class break down each premise. Under Kevin’s direction, they will explore how to write a single-line premise into a full sketch comedy scene. A substantial feature of this workshop is personalized coaching notes from Kevin. After the class, participants return home and write a comedy sketch from their premise. Once their sketch scene is completed, it is sent to Kevin, who will analyze and offer personalized notes through email for each student’s scene. This workshop is a writing workshop and we will not be improvising or performing.

Date: 2/19/2023 12:00pm -3:00pm

Location: 5700 6th Ave S Suite 109 Seattle. WA 98108

Maximum Students: 16

Cost: $130 ($135.78 including booking fees)

Prerequisite: None

Ages: 18 and above

About the Instructor: Kevin McDonald has written for The Kids in the HallThe Martin Short Show, and Saturday Night Live. This is his fourth workshop with Unexpected Productions.

He founded The Kids in the Hall with his friend Dave Foley. They met in Toronto at the Second City Training Center, and the two wrote and performed in sketches together more than any other pair in the group. In the troupe’s TV show and stage shows, he portrays several favorite recurring characters, such as the King of Empty Promises, Sir Simon Milligan, and Jerry Sizzler. Still, it’s a frequent running gag that McDonald is the least popular member and always struggling not to get kicked out.

Since The Kids in the Hall’s end in 1994, he’s played many roles in movies like Boy Meets Girl, Agent Pleakley in the Lilo & Stitch series, and Harry Potter in Epic Movie. On TV, he has appeared on The Martin Short ShowEllen (as a radio personality), That ’70s Show (as a confused young cleric, Pastor Dave), SeinfeldFriendsNewsRadio (on which Foley starred), MADtvArrested Development, and Corner Gas. McDonald has also done voice work for various animated series, including Invader Zim (in which he did the voice for Almighty Tallest Purple), The Angry Beavers, Catscratch (in which he voiced Waffle), and Clerks: The Animated Series. He also played an imaginary friend named Ivan in the Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends episode Sight For Sore Eyes, and appeared in the music video for “Roses” by Outkast.

In 2006, McDonald hosted a CBC Television special, featuring several of Canada’s best-known sketch comedy troupes. “Sketch with Kevin McDonald” won a Canadian Comedy Award (Best-Taped Live Performance – The Minnesota Wrecking Crew), with The Imponderables nominated for the same award.

He was recently in Montréal as a part of the Just for Laughs Festival with the reunion of The Kids in the Hall, and also with his show “Hammy and the Kids” with Craig Northey, based on his two dysfunctional families, his father (“Hammy”) and The Kids in the Hall.

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Teen Improv Class Winter 2023

Why Improv for Teens? In Youthprov, students learn the fundamentals of good improvisation through games and exercises. The games are fun and entertaining but they are also a creative process that encourages support, active listening being present, and intelligent risk-taking on and off the stage.
We help teens build self-confidence, public speaking ability, and cooperation all while having a blast! Our classes boost our student’s confidence, curiosity, and creativity.

Improv teaches us to accept mistakes as gifts and communicate thoughts and ideas more effectively. AND, LIKE WE MENTIONED… IT’S FUN!

The focus is on creating ensemble work in a safe, supportive, and fun environment. Students have a blast, make friends and gain incredible life skills.

Students take classes to:
• Improve listening skills
• Improve their public presentation skills
• Gain amazing teaming skills
• Overcome shyness
• Build confidence
• Improve communication skills
• Think on their feet
• Take intelligent risks
• Come out of their shell
• Have a safe place to take risks

Teen Improv Class Winter 2023
Dates
Day and Time
Location
Registration
Jan. 8 - Feb. 26
Sundays 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Georgetown