Classes

Learn the foundational skills of improv through games, exercises, and scene practice. Get ready to move, laugh, meet new people, and explore your creative side!

Level up your tabletop role-playing games (RPGs) by learning & applying the same collaborative storytelling skills used in Roll Play: An Improvised Adventure!

Get your improv a la carte! Right now we offer Beginner's workshops, with Couple’s Workshops, Narrative Intensives, and more on the way!

Looking for a fun summer adventure for your kid(s) ages 11-14? Check out our awesome new camp, featuring an exciting combo of improv AND role-playing games!

Should I take an improv class?

 

We are firm believers that people from ALL walks of life can learn and benefit from improv. Whether you’re looking to build your confidence & creativity, make new friends, or become a performer yourself, our classes provide a safe and welcoming environment to hone your skills!

Improv 1B & RPGs A - Josh (1)

Improv 1 with Josh Holober-Ward

Wednesdays, 7-9pm | July 10–September 11 (10 weeks)

This is your first step into the exciting world of improvised theater! Over this 10 week course, you will explore the fundamentals of what makes a strong performer, collaborator, and improviser.

Register for Improv 1

What Josh’s students say about him:

Taking Improv 1 with Josh was a game-changer for me. He is a fantastic instructor - kind, thoughtful, and encouraging. He's affirming but direct, and he creates a space for you to be yourself. The class was fun, invigorating, challenging, and hilarious all at once. It pushed me out of my comfort zone in the gentlest way and helped me build stronger communication and facilitation skills that I regularly use in my work.

Elena R.

Josh is not only a fantastic Improv 1 instructor, he's an extraordinary human being. Taking those first steps into improv can be scary, but his character is tailor-made for leading new students in their journey. Josh is endlessly supportive, kind, and a master of improvisation. He lets his students explore in a safe and respectful manner while peppering in knowledge and advice throughout.

Tristan W.

Josh’s enthusiasm is contagious, and his guidance is both insightful and encouraging. With a perfect blend of humor and expertise, he creates an environment where everyone feels empowered to take risks and unleash their creativity. He’s a fantastic mentor who not only teaches the art of improv but also inspires a genuine love for it!

Danielle H.

Josh is encouraging and kind, which is exactly what you want and need when taking the first steps in your own improv journey. I learned so much from my time in Josh's Improv 1 class and encourage anyone who is interested in improv, or looking to get out of their shell, or even just meet some cool new people to take a class with Josh!

Amelia M.

Among Josh’s many strengths, the thing that struck me the most was his ability to balance straightforward, front-end instruction of the principles of improv with direct but gentle (and, above all else, insightful!) feedback, all while establishing a safe environment of openness and experimentation. It's very clear that he cares deeply about the craft and about his students.

Dante R.

As a mature student living in the suburbs of Philly, I was hesitant to sign up for an Improv Class. I am so happy I took the plunge. It was silly, fun and challenging all at once. Josh is a warm, welcoming and experienced teacher. I laughed from the moment I walked in to the moment I left.

Monique G.

Josh was a delight and true pleasure to work with. What I loved most about working with Josh is that he believes in play and not taking oneself too seriously. He made sure I understood the basics, and was attentive to understanding me as a beginner of improv. He created a safe space where I was accepted even in my most awkward moments. He was a ball of fun.

Holly S.

Josh’s ability to create a chill and welcoming vibe in class made learning the ropes of improv comedy effortless. The camaraderie my class had was a game-changer, and Josh’s encouragement set the perfect tone for an excellent learning environment. Josh’s positive feedback and encouraging style of critique always left me feeling motivated instead of stressed.

Mike H.

I think every student takes an Improv class for different, sometimes very personal, reasons, and I find it astonishing that Josh seemed to meet each person’s needs – spoken and unspoken – in every aspect of his teaching. He is that rare gem of a teacher – a master in his craft who is also respectful, humble, and truly generous.

Monica M.

Josh is an excellent teacher, striking the perfect balance between instructional and encouraging. He set a warm atmosphere with clear guides on exercises and explained how skills could develop through certain exercises over time. After his intro class, I was excited to take advanced improv classes.

Marissa S.

Whether you're looking to embark on a career in improv comedy or just looking for a new challenge, Josh is the perfect teacher to get started with. Not only does Josh understand the ins and outs of improv, but he also knows how to teach and bring out the best in everyone. He's truly a consummate professional by every definition.

Anant K.

Josh has played a crucial role in my improv journey as a complete beginner. Aside from being an inclusive and flexible instructor, his kindness, patience and positivity also made my experience highly enjoyable. His impact on students is strong given many of us continued our improv journey, taking more classes and even forming our own indie groups like myself. I have many times recommended friends to take his classes.

Kivilcim G.

Improv class with Josh is energizing, supportive, and expertly structured! I decided to try out improv on a whim as a way to hopefully meet new people and laugh more, and I got that experience and more with Josh’s class. I have continued on with improv as have many of the students from Josh’s class and it has become such a positive aspect of my life both in terms of the craft itself and the wonderful community that surrounds improv comedy. I highly recommend taking a class offered by Josh!

Michael C.

Josh is a phenomenal improv teacher who makes the experience of learning how to be a better improviser super enjoyable and fun. He is very knowledgeable about what makes an improv scene successful, and is really good at teaching these principles to his students. I take many improv classes, and I’ve found Josh’s to be one of the best.

Eric W.

Improv 2 with Kelsey Hébert

Wednesdays, 7-9pm | Oct 9 - Dec 18 (10 classes)

This class is for those who have mastered the basics, and are ready to dive deeper into improvised longform scenework. Over this 10-week course, you will learn to consistently create narrative-driven scenes through specific points of view, unique characters, and world building.

Register for Improv 2

What Kelsey’s students say about her:

Kelsey excels as an improv instructor, showcasing outstanding teaching qualities. Among her strengths, her exceptional skill lies in establishing a safe and encouraging atmosphere for risk-taking and experimentation. Her feedback, consistently constructive and tailored to individual skill levels, stands out. In my initial stages as a beginner, Kelsey sparked my enthusiasm for improv, motivating me to embrace challenges and foster personal growth.

Suzanne D.

Kelsey is simply the best Improv teacher and coach I’ve ever worked with! She creates a safe , kind and fun environment for everyone, no matter what their acting experience may be. I look forward to each and every class. I always learn a lot and have a great time! I feel blessed to continue to grow and play in such a supportive environment and with such an amazing human being!

Allison M.

Kelsey brought an enormous amount of fun and energy to her class. Her class always had a supportive atmosphere. Each class had a well-thought out agenda that helped us quickly learn the principles of improv without it ever feeling like a lesson. I would definitely take another class with her.

Bernie L.

Kelsey's teaching is gently encouraging and persistent; she has a very positive feedback style that invites you to stick with the practice and hone your strengths.

Pablo V.

Kelsey was my improv teacher and cultivated a fun, inclusive, and healthy learning environment. I was excited to come to class each week and learn new styles from her innovative lessons and games. Her positive attitude brightened the classroom and made learning easy.

Eileen D.

It was my first improv experience ever and Kelsey welcomed everyone with open arms. She made us comfortable with being uncomfortable in a new setting. Teaching us how to bring that creative fun to the stage with basic exercises and fundamentals. Kelsey is a genuine, wonderful person.

Yardley G.

Kelsey curated my passion for improv in a welcoming and accepting space! She is the reason I still do improv today, and I would take her classes over and over again if I could

Meesh C.

Kelsey is hands down the best improv instructor I've ever had. the level of detail and individualized care that Kelsey puts into her instruction is next level. She should also be commended for bringing consent-based practices to the Philadelphia improv scene and masterfully instructs students through a very sensitive topic with ease. I can't recommend Kelsey as an instructor highly enough.

Tristan W.

Kelsey has been a wonderful instructor to our class supporting our growth from one level to another. She is kind in the way she coaches students and patiently explains the exercises ensuring we are all clear across different skill levels. Her positivity and cheerfulness also stood out to me and I looked forward to my classes with her.

Kivilcim G.

My experience with Kelsey as a teacher has been nothing short of incredible! I have issues with social anxiety, and coming to classes full of new people has always been difficult. Both of the times Kelsey was my teacher she made me feel immediately at ease. She has such a warm, compassionate energy. I will always jump at the opportunity to take classes with her!

Noah D.

Improv for RPGs with Kelsey Hébert

Tuesdays, 7-9:30pm | August 13–September 10 (5 weeks)

From the minds behind Roll Play, this five-week course is designed to help tabletop role-playing game players boost their creativity, storytelling, and characterization through the power of improv. No prior experience necessary, in either RPGs or improv.

Register for Improv for RPGS

What Kelsey’s students say about her:

Kelsey excels as an improv instructor, showcasing outstanding teaching qualities. Among her strengths, her exceptional skill lies in establishing a safe and encouraging atmosphere for risk-taking and experimentation. Her feedback, consistently constructive and tailored to individual skill levels, stands out. In my initial stages as a beginner, Kelsey sparked my enthusiasm for improv, motivating me to embrace challenges and foster personal growth.

Suzanne D.

Kelsey is simply the best Improv teacher and coach I’ve ever worked with! She creates a safe , kind and fun environment for everyone, no matter what their acting experience may be. I look forward to each and every class. I always learn a lot and have a great time! I feel blessed to continue to grow and play in such a supportive environment and with such an amazing human being!

Allison M.

Kelsey brought an enormous amount of fun and energy to her class. Her class always had a supportive atmosphere. Each class had a well-thought out agenda that helped us quickly learn the principles of improv without it ever feeling like a lesson. I would definitely take another class with her.

Bernie L.

Kelsey's teaching is gently encouraging and persistent; she has a very positive feedback style that invites you to stick with the practice and hone your strengths.

Pablo V.

Kelsey was my improv teacher and cultivated a fun, inclusive, and healthy learning environment. I was excited to come to class each week and learn new styles from her innovative lessons and games. Her positive attitude brightened the classroom and made learning easy.

Eileen D.

It was my first improv experience ever and Kelsey welcomed everyone with open arms. She made us comfortable with being uncomfortable in a new setting. Teaching us how to bring that creative fun to the stage with basic exercises and fundamentals. Kelsey is a genuine, wonderful person.

Yardley G.

Kelsey curated my passion for improv in a welcoming and accepting space! She is the reason I still do improv today, and I would take her classes over and over again if I could

Meesh C.

Kelsey is hands down the best improv instructor I've ever had. the level of detail and individualized care that Kelsey puts into her instruction is next level. She should also be commended for bringing consent-based practices to the Philadelphia improv scene and masterfully instructs students through a very sensitive topic with ease. I can't recommend Kelsey as an instructor highly enough.

Tristan W.

Kelsey has been a wonderful instructor to our class supporting our growth from one level to another. She is kind in the way she coaches students and patiently explains the exercises ensuring we are all clear across different skill levels. Her positivity and cheerfulness also stood out to me and I looked forward to my classes with her.

Kivilcim G.

My experience with Kelsey as a teacher has been nothing short of incredible! I have issues with social anxiety, and coming to classes full of new people has always been difficult. Both of the times Kelsey was my teacher she made me feel immediately at ease. She has such a warm, compassionate energy. I will always jump at the opportunity to take classes with her!

Noah D.

Workshops

FREE Intro to Improv

Tuesday July 2nd, 7pm-8:30pm
Wednesday July 3rd, 7pm-8:30pm

Our FREE Intro to Improv is for anyone who has ever been curious about the world of improv, comedy, or performance. This quick introductory workshop will give you a taste of what our core class (Improv 1) is like in a welcoming, low-pressure, high-fun environment. Meet new people, learn some comedic skills, dip a toe outside your comfort zone– and have a blast doing so!

Ages: Adults 18+

Register for Intro to Improv
Camp SideQuest

Summer Session – Improv & RPGs!

July 15–19 & July 22–26

Register for Camp SideQuest

Looking for an awesome summer adventure for your 11-14 year old? Look no further than CAMP SIDEQUEST! Our unique program teaches campers the fundamentals of improv– listening, collaboration, creative expression– through a variety of fun fantasy-themed games & exercises!

Then, in the optional 2nd half of the day, we apply those same skills to an epic ongoing role-playing adventure! Campers will create their own characters, collaborate on building a world to explore, and play out a shared two-week story with their game group – all guided by our expert Game Master camp counselors.

Camp Information


Days:
Mondays–Fridays, July 15–19 & July 22–26

Times:
9:00am–12:30pm – Morning improv camp
12:30pm–1:00pm – Pickup for improv-only campers, Lunch for RPG campers
1:00pm–4:00pm – Afternoon RPGs (optional add-on)

Cost:
$550 – Two weeks, morning improv only.
$750 – Two weeks, morning improv + afternoon role-playing games.

Camp Size: 12 campers
Counselors: Josh Holober-Ward & Kelsey Hébert
Camp Director: Sarah LeClair

All camp staff have all official clearances for child abuse and criminal history.


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