Training Center

The Dramatic Improv Training Center

The Core Curriculum:

What will I learn at the Dramatic Improv Training Center?
Theatre Momentum’s classes will teach you the skills to create performances that are believable, seamless, and smart. You will learn how to 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 can keep for an entire 45 minute performance. This is a unique experience that no other theater in the country provides.

All classes are limited to 15 students apiece.
All students will receive free passes to any Theatre Momentum production while you are a student.
Each level is 8 classes of 2 1/2 hours apiece.

New classes start January 19th! Sign up here!

Black Friday prices!- up to 60% off!

Regular price: $150/level
Black Friday price: $75/level

Regular price: $750/All 5 Levels
Black Friday price: $300/All 5 Levels


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The Core Class schedules:

Level 1 (Session 4): Sundays, 4-6:30 PM, January 19-March 8, 2020

Level 4 (Session 1): Sundays, 1:00-3:30 PM, November 17, 2019-January 26, 2020 (no class 12/1, 12/22, 12/29)

Hear what our students are saying!

“Theatre Momentum classes are the real deal. Insightful, to the point, with a focus on specificity and honest reaction. Tony helps find the easy way to living truthfully in imaginary circumstances.” -Allison A.

“The style this institution evangelizes has allowed me to get out of my own way on a more consistent basis. There’s nothing like doing scene work without breaking, figuratively speaking, a sweat. Or, the realization of ‘wow, that was much easier than normal’ dawning upon you.

Additionally, sure, there is an element of mysticism associated with this art form.But, Tony provides rational, easily understandable reasoning as to why things work as opposed to ‘Yay! Magic!'”
-John L.

“As a performer I always felt like a twin separated at birth. In the back of my mind I knew something was missing but I couldn’t figure out what. For me it turns out it was dramatic Improv. Theatre Momentum and Tony Rielage have introduced and reunited me with the wonderful world of acting-based dramatic Improv. And now I couldn’t go back if I tried. It is some of the most rewarding work I’ve done.” –Ben S.

“Tony is the toughest Improv teacher I ever had. I’m looking for that!” –Larry K.

“Theatre Momentum is a great place for improvisers of all levels. As someone that came to Theatre Momentum with very little improvising experience, I was welcomed with open arms and open minds. The director, Tony Rielage, has a keen eye for finding your strengths and weaknesses, and utilizes exercises and games to help strengthen your relationships and your environments in your scene work. Theatre Momentum’s style is grounded in reality, and while some might feel it limits your choices, I feel it is refreshing to be able to take your time with scene partner and develop honest relationships with profound struggles.” –Brenton P.

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The classes:

Level 1: Improv and Physics

Start here and dive into Dramatic Improvisation. 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.

Session 4: 4-6:30 PM, Sundays (January 19-March 8, 2020)
Session 5: TBD (March, 2020)

Level 2: Realistic Characters and Relationships

Students will focus on developing rich, three-dimensional characters with multiple facets. Personal experience and other sources will help them to develop characters with depth, dimension, and history. Students will learn tools to craft dynamic relationships with their scene partners, without getting lost in plotting.

Session 4: 4-6:30 PM, Sundays (March 15-May 10, 2020)
Session 5: TBD (May, 2020)

Level 3: Improv as Writing

Students will focus on treating their improvised scenes like they were fully scripted. They will learn tools that focus on compelling language, storytelling, planting seeds, themes, and subtext.

Session 4: 4-6:30 PM, Sundays (May 17-July 19, 2020)
Session 5: TBD (July, 2020)

Level 4: Extended Scenework and Show Structures

This level will focus on integrating the work of the previous three levels into long scenes and dramatic show structures, including TM’s signature forms, Fugue, Porch Play, and 2-Act dramas.

Session 1: 1-3:30 PM, Sundays (November 17, 2019-January 26, 2020)
Session 4: 4-6:30 PM, Sundays (July 26-September 13, 2020)
Session 5: TBD (September, 2020)

Level 5: Show level

Utilizing all the tools of the previous 4 levels, students will build their own show structure from scratch, developing something unique to their class. These shows will perform for the public, for 4 weekends at Theatre Momentum.

Session 1: 1-3:30 PM, Sundays (February 2-March 22, 2020)
Session 4: 4-6:30 PM, Sundays (September 20-November 15, 2020)
Session 5: TBD (November, 2020)

About the Instructor:

Tony Rielage is the Artistic Director and Founder of Theatre Momentum. He has been performing, directing, and producing improv theatre for over 27 years. He has trained at iO Theater, the Annoyance Theatre, and the Playground Theater, and founded TM’s precursor workshop, Workshop-in-Progress. He is Theatre Momentum’s head instructor, and firmly believes that the best improv is about vulnerable human beings acting naturally, bravely, and honestly.

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