The PSI curriculum is designed to be taken in order, with the skills from one class forming the foundation for the next in the series. Students should plan on taking classes in order. If you have previous improv training and wish to start at Intermediate 1 or higher, please email us with your request, detailing your specific improv training.

Each class meets weekly for 8 weeks. Please see our policies regarding refunds, attendance, and expectations.

Cost: $225 if you register by October 15; $250 if you register after October 15.

 

IMPROV 1: INTRO TO IMPROV

If you have ever wanted to give improv a try, now is your chance. This class will take you through the basics of improv, from short form games to scene work. At the same time, you will be learning about stage skills such as listening and collaboration that translate into real life growth. We provide a safe environment to explore and enjoy your first foray into improv.

Sundays @ Noon-3 pm

October 28 - December 18

Teacher: Sara Rose

Sundays @ Noon-3 pm - Section 2

October 28 - December 18

Teacher: Gary Lehman & Donny Riedel


IMPROV 2: IMPROV SKILLS

Improv 2 builds on and expands the skills you learned in Improv 1. Now that you have the basics under your belt, you will explore more improv games and expand your tools of improv. This class also starts to lay down the foundation for beginning to learn long form improv and scene work in the Intermediate program.

Thursdays @ 7-10 PM

October 25 - December 20. No class November 22.

Teacher: Donny Riedel

Saturdays @ 3:30-6:30 pm

October 27 - December 15

Teacher: Shawn Golden


INTERMEDIATE 1: SCENE WORK

This class will introduce you to the basis of longform improv: scene work. You’ll learn to create and sustain a scene through the basics of character, emotion, relationship, and more.

*Students with previous experience at other theater training centers may start here. Please email our Education Director (eddirector @ pointlessbrew.com) with your request, along with your previous experience and what theater. Please be as specific as possible.


Mondays @ 7-10 PM

October 22 - December 17. No class November 19.

Teacher: Peter Felsman

WednesdayS @ 7-10 PM

October 24 - December 19. No class November 21.

Teacher: Aaron Johnstone


INTERMEDIATE 2: ADVANCED SCENE WORK

This class will pick up where Intermediate 1 left off. The class will move into more advanced scene work in areas like multiple players, different types of scenes, scenic additions, openers, etc. Intermediate 2 gives students more time to really delve into and understand scene work in preparation for long form improv.

Wednesdays @ 7-10 PM

October 24 - December 19. No class November 21.

Teacher: Maggie O’Reilly


INTERMEDIATE 3: LONG FORM SCENE WORK

This class will focus on doing scene work with the overall set in mind. The focus begins to turn to your show: how scenes can influence and direct the flow of a set, how seemingly unconnected scenes can become woven together to create connections and thru-lines. Scenic patterns and the nature of callbacks within scene work will all be explored.

Thursdays @ 7-10 pm

October 25 - December 20. No class November 22.

Teacher: Steve Vagts


LONG FORM 1: the harold

We begin our journey into long form by focusing on the original, classic long form of improv: the Harold. By diving into this form, we will begin using all of the scene work and long form tools learned throughout Intermediate 1-3. The Harold will begin to focus students on the myriad of tools available to an improviser in long form. Along with this, it also focuses student’s attention on the Pointless Philosophy of Improv: relationship based scene creation, callbacks, and thru-lines (play with what you created).

TUESDAYS @ 7-10 PM

October 23 - December 18. No class November 20.

Teacher: Gary Lehman


LONG FORM 2: the deconstruction

The Deconstruction makes us focus and work on important, yet different, aspects of long form form The Harold. Patient scene creation is the heart and thru-line of a Deconstruction with its Source Scene. The Deconstruction also helps us deconstruct what we see from the backline: Themes, Commentary, and Tangents. By focusing on these deeper aspects of what we see while not in a scene in long form, we can bring even deeper connections and thru-lines in our long form.

Mondays @ 7-10 pm

October 22 - December 17. No class November 19.

Teacher: Matthew Flickinger

tuesdays @ 7-10 pm

October 23 - December 18. No class November 20.

Teacher: Corene Ford


LONG FORM 3: the performer

The final class in the Pointless School of Improv, this class brings it all together! The means by which this will be done is through hyper focus on the individual improviser. This class will give each student a plethora of individual notes on things that they excel at, things they are good at, and things they need to focus on going forward, both in the class and beyond the PSI class structure. Learn to let go, challenge yourself as an improviser to do things and go places you normally never would, and play with all the tools at your disposal.