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The Theatre Momentum Training Center includes our Improv Fundamentals for students new to the craft of improv, and Improv as Theatre classes for advanced students of improvisation and theatre. Select the class that's right for you. Questions? Email us at classes@theatremomentum.com, and we will help you select the right class. New class sections begin regularly.


 
 

Improv Fundamentals

Have you always wanted to try your hand at improv comedy/theatre? This is the place to start. Our Improv Fundamentals classes are a low-impact, fun-packed dive into the basics of improv comedy/theatre. Learn to think quickly on your feet, create stories in the moment, and trust your instincts.

These classes will teach you the skills to get comfortable onstage, trust your instincts, and build stories onstage, instantly, with your fellow students. It all starts with yes, and...

 

New classes starting in March!

Click here for a full description of all the classes in the Improv Fundamentals class series.

 
 

Level 1: Building Blocks

Sundays, 12-2 PM

March 19-May 14 (no class 4/16)

Instructor: Dan Jackson

Prerequisite: NONE
 

Agreement, listening, building stories together. Students will learn all these basics and more from our Level 1 classes. Break out of your shell and start your journey. You are all superheroes, poets, and rock stars. Come see how.

 

Regular Price: $100 for 8 weeks.

A payment plan is available if needed.

Email classes@theatremomentum.com for full details on payment plans.

 

Level 2: Short-Form Games and Scenes
Saturdays, 3-5 PM

March 25-May 20 (no class 4/15)

Instructor: Jessica Landis

Prerequisite: Level 1 or Instructor Permission
 

Learn the basics of scenework and shortform games. These basic games will create a structure to tell stories, create characters, and play scenes that are interesting and fun! You'll laugh so much you won't realize how much you're learning.

 

Regular Price: $100 for 8 weeks.

A payment plan is available if needed.

Email classes@theatremomentum.com for full details on payment plans.

 
 

Early Bird pricing! - $75 Sign up while these prices last!


Instructor: Dan Jackson

 

Dan Jackson has been a part of the Theatre Momentum ensemble since 2015, appearing in Consequence, Repercussion, Fugue, One-Act, School of Life, Elements, and Holiday Dinner. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Kent State University, and has trained at the Annoyance and pH Comedy Theater. Dan is also an accomplished playwright whose written work has been performed by Blackbird Theatre Company, Whiskey Rebellion Theatre, City Lit Theater, American Theatre Company, and as part of the Short and Sweet Theatre Festival, both in Hollywood and in Melbourne. His latest full length play, The Curse on Mordrake House, was performed at Chicago Fringe Festival by Barebones Theatre Company to sold-out houses.

 

 

 

Early Bird pricing! - $75 Sign up while these prices last!


Instructor: Jessica Landis

 

Jessica Landis is an actress and improviser, which means she spends a lot of time pretending to do things and be people. After getting her BA in Performing and Directing Theatre, she moved to Chicago where she has coached and taught improv teams at the One Group Mind theatre and with Improv Toolbox. Chicago audiences may have seen her perform with long-term-long-form group FrankenReagan at Mullenís or at One Group Mind. More recently, she has appeared in and then directed musicals at the Annoyance Theatre. Other co-creations in the city include Truth in Science, an improvised experiment; Deuxkele, a youtube channel; and Science!, a band with jokes. She has performed at several US and Canadian improv festivals. She is thrilled to have found Theatre Momentumís style of improv and to pass it on through these courses.

 
 
 
 

Improv as Theatre

 

Do you have some experience with improv? Have you already taken 2 levels or more at another theatre or improv training center? Do you already speak the lingo of Yes And, and you want to expand into something with depth, emotion, and real on-the-fly writing? Then Improv as Theatre is the right class for you. Read on...

Theatre Momentum's Improv as Theatre class series will teach you the skills to create performances that are believable, seamless, smart, and treat improv as a powerful tool to create instant theatre. To find meaning in every movement and expression. To mine your own personal experience to flesh out your characters. To explore your environment and subtle turns of language and staging that are heavy with meaning. TM also allows performers more stage time to develop characters and dialogue worthy of a scripted play, with actors creating characters they will keep for an entire 45 minute performance.

 
 

New classes starting in February!

Click here for a full description of all the classes in the Improv as Theatre class series.


Upcoming sessions

 

Level 1: Improv and Physics

Mondays, 7-9 PM, February 13-April 3

Instructor: Tony Rielage

Prerequisite: 3-6 months of improv experience

 

Superman is only interesting because Kryptonite exists. Students will learn about the connection between strong scenework and the physical environment in self, scene partner, and environment. Learn to be vulnerable and off-balance, get out of your head and into the moment, and use your environment to feed rich and engaging scenes.

 

 
 

Regular Price: $150 for 8 weeks.

A payment plan is available if needed.

Email classes@theatremomentum.com for full details on payment plans.

 


Full payment - $150

 


Payment Plan - $75
(with $45 due by Week 3, balance of $45 due Week 5)

 

 

Instructor: Tony Rielage

 

Tony Rielage is the Artistic Director and Founder of Theatre Momentum, and has been performing, directing, and producing improv theatre for over 20 years. He has trained at iO, the Playground, and Annoyance, and founded TMís precursor workshop, Workshop-in-Progress, and then Theatre Momentum. He is the head instructor of Theatre Momentum's Training Center.

 

 

 
 

Frequently asked questions:

Are these drop-in classes?
No.
All levels build on the level before it.

How long are the class sessions?
All levels are the full 8 weeks.

How much are the class levels?
All levels are $100/8 week session for Fundamentals and $150/8 week session for Improv as Theatre. This is the lowest price in any training center in Chicago. TM aims to keep our classes affordable and accessible. There are payment plans and intern programs, if the price point is an issue.

I've already done improv elsewhere, can I jump into a later level?
Each level  builds upon the prior levels, but if you wish to jump into a later level, you must get instructor permission. Email us at classes@theatremomentum.com for more details.

What does "Improv as Theatre" mean?
The Theatre Momentum style explores bits of both drama and comedy, and strives not to only make an audience laugh, but to engage them as thoroughly as possible. The biggest compliment an improvisor can receive is to be told a performance clearly was not improvised. Our classes endeavor to teach you the skills to create performances that are believable, seamless, and smart. TM treats improv as a powerful tool to create instant theatre. We hope you agree.

This series is meant to build on the lessons of other improv training centers, so we do ask that you have completed at least 2 levels of another training center, so all students are starting on the same page.

I can't participate in the current class. Will there be other sections of classes opening up later?
Yes. We'll be starting new sections of Improv Fundamentals every 8 weeks or so. Improv as Theatre classes are currently pending a new start time.
New instructors and classes are added regularly, so keep an eye out!

I don't have any improv experience/minimal experience; can I still sign up for Improv as Theatre?
This class series builds on the foundation of other improv training, so we recommend a minimum of 2 levels of another training center. If you would like to get permission to take the class without this foundation, please email the instructor at classes@theatremomentum.com to request permission. We also highly recommend the Improv Fundamentals classes for students who are new to the artform of improv.

Is there an age limit for these classes?
These classes are intended for students 18 and older.

I've already worked with the current instructor before; should I wait and sign up with a different instructor?
We recommend signing up with new instructors, so that you get input from a fresh set of eyes. New sections of the class will begin regularly.

Is there a payment plan available?
Yes. Email classes@theatremomentum.com for full details on payment plans.

What can I expect in each level?

Improv Fundamentals is 3 levels.
Level 1: Building Blocks covers the basics of improvisation- agreement, listening, building stories together. Students will learn all these basics and more from our Level 1 classes. Break out of your shell and start your journey. You are all superheroes, poets, and rock stars. Come see how.

Level 2: Short-Form Games and Scenes begins to explore more in-depth the basics of scenework and shortform games. These basic games will create a structure to tell stories, create characters, and play scenes that are interesting and fun! You'll laugh so much you won't realize how much you're learning.

Level 3: Scenework and Character takes the shortform games students have learned and uses them as training wheels to create complex and realistic scenes. Improv has the opportunity to be funny, dramatic, and everything between. This class will give students the skills to touch on all aspects of scene structure and character development.

Improv as Theatre is 5 levels.
Level 1: Improv and Physics - Superman is only interesting because Kryptonite exists. Students will learn about the connection between strong scenework and the physical environment in self, scene partner, and environment. Learn to be vulnerable and off-balance, get out of your head and into the moment, and use your environment to feed rich and engaging scenes.

Level 2: Realistic Characters and Relationships - Every character is you with a thin veil. Students will learn to use their own personal experience to create a variety of characters with depth and dimension, and will create rich relationships with their scene partners, building off of the foundations of Level 1. Learn to create characters with multiple facets, and who are very different than yourself or characters you tend to play onstage.

Level 3: Improv as Writing - Improv is writing. Everything said onstage has been "written", and should be treated as such. Learn techniques to bring your scenework closer to feeling "scripted", so audiences feel like you must have written the scenes of your show. Explore metaphor, storytelling, planting seeds, and subtext, and learn how you write as well as act.

Level 4: Improv Forms - Building off the foundations of Levels 1-3, you will learn some Theatre Momentum signature forms, such as Fugue, Porch Play, and Elements.

Level 5: Building A Show - Performance level. In this level, students will design, polish, and rehearse their own show, to be produced on the TM stage for a 4 week run. The final show will be a 40-45 minute performance.


Any other questions? Drop us a line at classes@theatremomentum.com.