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 the take our Foundation Class over and over as a regular "creative gym" or take things up a notch and perform in front of an audience. Those who want to learn about directing and producing their own troupe move up to Level 4 and audition for one of our House Teams. It's really up to the individual. The classes are small and catered to the participants.
Required Foundation Class/Non Performance
You know nothing? You start here. Have improv experience? You start here.
This 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 and physical memory. 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. This is a safe creative environment without the pressure of a show at the end. YAY!
Our teen drop-in classes are once a month. The class is perfect for teens of any experience level. Once your kid has taken a dup-in class then can be considered for our advance multi-week class which ends in a final show
Our PRE-teen drop-in classes are once a month. The class is perfect for PRE-teens of any experience level. Currently we do not move pre-teens onto performance levels until they turn 13.
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 focused on specific skills we teach here at HVI. The 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.
Final Performance in Front of a Jazzed Audience
Our teen program is designed after our model of adult classes. Each month we have drop in classes for teens. Each month the class is catered to the kids participating. Some kids take one drop in or several drop in's before moving onto our performance level. Once there, they become a part of a tight knit troupe and g through a multi-week course to prepare for a final big show.
Final Show Opening for Another Team
You have learned our foundation work 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.
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.
Final Show Performed and Hosted by Class
Level 3 means its time to learn how to host! This class seals the deal and reinforces all you have learned at HVI. You are a close knit group will rehearse for your 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 Performance Track/Interview/Audition Required
You've completed Levels 1-3 and you are certifiably addicted to improv. At this point you may have a solid team you have been performing with for awhile. Or you may want to audition for an already existing Level 4 Student House Team. Level 4 provides those students involved in a house team ongoing instruction and development. House Teams have a dedicated page on our website, private coaching with HVI directors, access to rehearsal space, assistance with publicity and branding and opportunity to perform. Members of House Teams are continuing students of Hudson Valley Improv. They are not paid for performances.