Improv Asylum
Located in the heart of Boston's North End
216 Hanover Street, Boston, MA
617.263.NUTS
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FAQs



Do I have to start at Level 1?

Improv Asylum's curriculum is a sequential learning process where students learn Improv Asylum's technique of improvisation. Some students who have prior professional training at an equivalent training center may be allowed to begin at Level 2. Those students may email the Director of the Training Center.

How long does each level last for?

Each level is 8 weeks long. If there is a holiday break during your class term, it could extend the course by a week or two. All weeks off should be announced by the instructor at the beginning of each level.

How long is each class?

Classes are two hours long.

Can I just show up?

We ask that you enroll in advance. If not enough students are enrolled, the class will be canceled. Also, you could show up for a class that is already maxed out.

Can I give you five dollars and owe you the rest later?

Sorry, payment is due in full with your registration. Tuition is non-refundable, unless the class is canceled. Course spots are on a first-come, first-served basis. If the course you select is filled, we will call you to make alternate arrangements. You may pay by check, cash or by Visa or MasterCard.

What else do I get?

Students in Improv Asylum's Training Center receive tons of free shows at Improv Asylum. You also get notifications of master workshops that are offered throughout the year. In addition, you get advance notification of Training Center electives.

Students in levels 3 and higher get the opportunity of stage time, as well. They have the opportunity to audition for a House Team that will perform throughout the semester.

Participate in the Refer-a-friend program once you complete Level 1, and you and your friend receive $25 towards your next class. Get your company (or any company) to book us for a corporate show or corporate training and receive your next level for free. Free!

What happens when I graduate?

There are six levels in Improv Asylum's Training Center. At the end of level 6, your class puts on its own graduation show. Grad. shows are fully produced performances. We provide you the space, a musician, a technician and staff. You create the show. Then invite your friends and family to come see how all of your hard work and money has paid off. And best of all – it's FREE! (Reservations are recommended as most grad. shows sell out.)

Who teaches the courses?

Classes in Improv Asylum's Training Center are taught by professional, improvisational actors. The actors are either current actors or alums of Improv Asylum. Click here to find out more about the instructors.

Where are the classes held?

Classes are held either at Improv Asylum, 216 Hanover St. or in our classrooms at 215 Hanover St. The first class of each level meets in the lobby at Improv Asylum and your instructor will bring you to your permanent classroom.

If I take a class during the winter, how will I know if you cancel class?

If the weather conditions require we cancel class, your instructor will email you to let you know. We will also post it on WHDH-TV.

Will I be with the same group level to level?

While it always helps to work with the same people on an ongoing basis, it doesn't always work out that way. Some people need to switch to a different night for their class due to work or personal reasons. Sometimes two classes within a level get combined due to enrollment. We do, however, ask that when you sign up for Level 5 that you commit to going on to Level 6 so that you have two levels to work as a group towards your grad. show.

What kind of feedback do we get?

Throughout each level, the instructor will have opportunities to provide feedback to students individually as well as to the class as a whole. Your class instructor and the Director of the Training Center are always available to address any questions you may have. You yourself also have the opportunity to provide feedback on your instructor, your class and our Training Center in an evaluation form filled out at the end of each term.

How do I get more practice time?

Many classes like to get together outside of class time and some go on to form a troupe from their class. Improv Asylum instructors and actors are available to hire to be a director for your troupe if you put one together. Class troupes also have access to Improv Asylum rehearsal space for a discounted rate. Each term Improv Asylum holds House Teams auditions as an opportunity to give students in the Training Center stage time.

What else do I need to know?

Sign up for your next level as soon as possible. It's never too early!

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