Classes at Carolina Improv Company

Carolina Improv Company classes are designed for adults and recommended for persons 18 or older. Our courses are designed for a variety of students – those who want to perform comedy as well as people who want to study improv for personal/professional development or fun. To be successful in anything you do you need to be able to communicate and collaborate in the moment. Key improvisation techniques will help you to think on your feet, create new ideas effortlessly, actively listen to others, and work productively inside team environments.  Our workshops will help you learn to read any audience and will heighten your professional flexibility, making it easier for you to accommodate anyone in your life from clients to family and friends.

By teaching the fundamental and advanced skills of improv comedy, we make it easier for you to engage in the scene and relationships on stage. We do not encourage you to be a “funny” person. As the art of improvisation becomes easier, and your own sense of humor becomes more developed, you will create more honest and truthful work, your confidence and comfort level on stage will increase, and comedy will be the inevitable (and hilarious) by-product.

Experience levels are never an issue as we tailor feedback to each individual student so mixed experience levels are never an issue. We provide an environment perfect for all – experienced improvisers, aspiring actors, CPAs, attorneys, customer service representatives, and every other average John or Susan venturing into the world of improv comedy as a break from the weekly routine. Escape the real world and take a well deserved break – it’s like a play date for adults. Be a child for a few hours every week!

CIC uses improv training techniques that accelerate the student’s growth in ways other places don’t. While the quick gags of other improv clubs may evoke laughter from an audience, we believe dedication to both the fundamental skills upon which quality improvisation is based, and the presentational nature of the artform, can create an incredibly personal experience that will inspire awe as well as laughter.

Our improv curriculum focuses on scenic and short form improvisation, geared towards format, character, story structure and more. Emphasis is placed on empowering the individual improviser, “finding the game” in scenes, and developing an honest sense of play.

Learn to have fun, accept ideas, be positive, support others, pay attention, “almost succeed,” make eye contact, find your creativity, accept your own ideas and be more flexible. You'll be amazed at how the lessons apply to your life both on and off stage. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Be prepared to have fun, to learn, and to laugh!

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