HUDSON VALLEY IMPROV offers a variety of improv classes and specialized training in our studio for the beginner as well as the professional performer. We also offer specialized Private Coaching for those interested in solo pursuits including acting, solo shows, storytelling and public speaking. Classes for Adults and Teens are on our Class Schedule Page. All based in HVI Improv Empowerment Method of deep ensemble work and audience interaction, students can choose our Foundation Classes over and over as a regular "creative gym" or take things up a notch and perform in front of an audience. It's really up to the individual. The classes are small and catered to the participants.
These classes teach the foundation of our method - Improv Empowerment. Session A must be take-in before Session B. THE JAMS are bonus specialized classes free of charge to currently registered adults and mature teen students.
SESSION A: IMPROV EMPOWERMENT CLASS for ADULTS
Required Foundation Class/Non Performance
This is the first of our two foundational classes at Hudson Valley Improv. You know nothing? You start here. Experienced in acting? Come here to delve into our unique method of Improv based in empowerment work, both of you and your fellow students.
Improv Empowerment is where it begins. Small classes, lots of focus, and lots of laughing! But at Hudson Valley Improv its not about being funny, its about being free!
The ensemble class is designed to teach deep ensemble and the foundational techniques needed to perform short-form improv games. Students learn tools to give and take focus, expand and explore in ensemble games, create characters, physical memory and more.
SESSION B: THE GAMES for ADULTS
Required Foundation Class/Non-Performance
This class takes the skills learned in Improv Empowerment and puts them into practice. In this class, students will learn performance based improv games and learn how to start a scene, be a strong team player, save their fellow performers, come up with ideas for scenes and more.
SESSION A: IMPROV EMPOWERMENT CLASS for TEENS (13-17)
Required Foundation Class/ Non-Performance
The mission of Hudson Valley Improv Youth Training Improv is to provide a freeing and creative yet professional improvisation class for teens. We all remember how awkward our teen years were, so we like to get our younger students right when their self-consciousness tries to grab hold. Based on our Improv Empowerment Class for Adults, this class give your kid similar training especially designed for teens to feel empowered and confident.
SESSION B: THE GAMES for TEENS (13-17)
Required Foundation Class/Non-Performance
This class takes the skills and confidence your teen acquired in Improv Empowerment and puts them into practice. In this class, students will learn performance based improv games and learn how to start a scene, be a strong team player, save their fellow performers, come up with ideas for scenes and more.
FREE MONTHLY JAM for CURRENT STUDENTS
Adult and mature teen students currently registered in any of our improv classes can participate in our monthly JAMS. These are one-off specialized classes lead by members of our Theatre Company. Each instructor gets to design the class around what they think is important in improv. So JAMS vary from teacher to teacher. Sign-up is required. Limited space.
ADVANCED PERFORMANCE TRACK CLASSES
Audience connection is the other important half of our training at Hudson Valley Improv. Even if you NEVER thought you'd step onto a stage in your entire life, we hope you will! Session A & B are required to be considered for the Advanced Performance track Classes.
LEVEL ONE IMPROV for ADULTS - ON STAGE
Advanced/Performance Track/Final Show Opening for Another Team
You have learned our foundation work of Improv Empowerment and now you're ready to learn how to do this in front of an audience. In this class you will deepen your skills as a performer and learn more about structure of games & audience empowerment. This is where audience becomes a major piece of your improv puzzle and glue that pulls it all together.
LEVEL TWO IMPROV for ADULTS - WHO AM I?
Advanced/Performance Track/Final Full -Length Show
Well aren't you fancy? At this point you have a pretty good understanding of improv, you've performed and now you're ready to dial it up a notch. Here we work on figuring out what makes YOU special as a performer and applying it to more advanced games. Here the audience comes into play even more leaving you and your teammates at their mercy for suggestions. Sound fun? It is.
LEVEL THREE IMPROV for ADULTS - PERFORM and HOST
Advanced/Performance Track/Final Show Performed and Hosted by Class
This is our final level of improv training. This class seals the deal and reinforces all you have learned at HVI. You are a close knit group will rehearse for your GRADUATION show to perform and host for all of your friends in a jazzed club. Yeah- this is where it gets real. REAL real. Can you dig it?
ADVANCED TRAINING for TEENS
Advanced/ Performance Track
This is an advanced class which combines out teens who have Borg Session A & B under their belts. Each teen will work at their own pace and be featured in their final show in a local venue in front of a jazzed audience.