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Improv Asylum Training Center – NYC

Whether you’re trying improv for the first time, or are a professional actor looking to add to your repertoire of skills – Improv Asylum can help you achieve your goals.

Our philosophy on improvisation is simple: we teach you the essentials of good scene work. By learning the essential tools that lead to good scene work, students can apply them to whatever style of improv, acting or writing that they so choose. We emphasize confident choices and unfailing support of your scene partner. And we do this in an environment that is above all fun and accessible to all experience levels.


  • To learn how to think faster
  • To be a better, more confident public speaker
  • To tap into your comedic voice
  • To think more creatively
  • To perform better in auditions
  • To work with top improv professionals with years of experience
  • To laugh and have fun

Email us if you have questions about our Training Center and how it can help you reach your personal goals.

Diversity and Inclusion Scholarships – Improv Asylum is committed to diversity and inclusion, and keeping things fair for our community. We give out scholarships to eligible candidates on a term-by-term basis. Please email the TC Admin for more information and application requirements.

Upcoming Classes

Intro to Online Improvisation – Join us in this 6-week intro course that will go over the fundamentals of improvisation while also providing a toolkit for online improv. Students will learn techniques through a series of exercises and games that will be played online through Zoom. Students will finish the course with the tools and knowledge necessary to be able to play short comedic scenes through Zoom or at home.

Taught by incoming Artistic Director, Will Luera.

Class meets once a week on Zoom.

No classes being offered at this time. Please check back soon!

Intro to Improvisation – This socially distanced, in-person class is a great jumping-off point for an inexperienced improviser. Using the power and positivity of ‘yes and,’ students will learn the basics of improvisation through fun exercises meant to stimulate the mind, and the ability to think on your feet. This class is two hours long and meets weekly for 6 weeks.


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Intro to Online Sketch Writing will introduce students to exercises and workflows that will help them develop their own original comedic sketch. Throughout the four-week, once-a-week course, students will work on brainstorming a topic, pitching ideas, writing a first draft, working with a collaborator, and delivering their final sketch. The goal of the course will be for students to gain an understanding of how to transform their funny idea into original sketches.



This eight-week class is an introduction to improvisational techniques and skills. An emphasis is placed on working in a group, working with a scene partner while learning to share the space, and basic scene structure. Students will leave Level 1 with a strong understanding of the concept of “Yes, and,” object work, and physical movement on stage.

The class culminates with a mini-performance of all of the skills learned throughout Level 1 in front of your invited guests on the final day of class.


Take your love of improvisation to the next level with our exciting new musical improvisation program. Learn short and long-form musical improvisation, song structure, harmonizing on the spot, and more. This class culminates in a short musical improvisation show for family and friends.


Taught by Trevor Livingston

*Must be a member of an actors union or a graduate of an accredited theatrical institution to register.*

Improv For Actors is a specially tailored course using the Improv Asylum method of theatrical improvisation to ease professional performers into the world of improv. Enhance your career and abilities by learning improv with other trained professional actors.

*After the course is completed, graduates may move directly into Level 3.


Meet Our Instructors

Katie Hammond has been a professional improvisor for nearly 15 years, performing internationally as well as across the United States. Starting her career and training in Chicago, she studied and performed at The Second City, The iO Theatre, The Playground Theatre and the Annoyance Theatre.  From Chicago, Katie relocated to Orlando, FL, where she improvised full-time at Walt Disney World and was in the ensemble for SAK Comedy Lab. In New York City, Katie studied and performed on house teams at The Magnet Theatre and The People’s Improv Theatre. She currently tours the country with two professional Musical Improv companies, Broadway’s Next Hit Musical and This Is Your Life; The Musical, and is a company member of The Story Pirates.


Katie started teaching in Orlando, and quickly developed a reputation for her energetic and inclusive teaching style.  As well as performance, Katie is a certified Human Resources Generalist, who specializes in People Operations. She works as a consulting HR Manager start-up companies. She values the interpersonal relationships above all and focuses her training on encouraging active listening and hands on interaction. She believes that culture, communication and community are the paramount building blocks for a successful working environment.

Away from the improv stage, Katie is a proud member of Actors Equity, a working commercial actor and an award winning lyricist. She is mom to a small rescue dog and is a very slow runner. 

Katie Hammond

Alan Kliffer is the Artistic Producer of Improv Asylum. Hailing from Canada, Kliffer worked at The Second City for three years before becoming an independent comedy producer. Kliffer began teaching improvisation at the young age of 16, and has since taught in Canada and the United States for high schools, colleges, corporations, and recreationally for various improv institutions. Out of the many musicals and plays he’s produced, Kliffer is an award winner for his fully improvised two-act musical, One Night Only. Kliffer also works with the New York City Department of Education as the coordinator of the city wide improvisation program. He is a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute.

Alan Kliffer

Trevor was born on Cape Cod and moved to Boston to study acting and writing at Suffolk University in 2006. Trevor spent the next eight years traveling around North America performing improv and sketch comedy with his award-winning college improv troupe and with the critically-acclaimed Improv Asylum Boston cast. In 2014 Trevor took his talents and student loan debt to the Big Apple where he performs in the shows Simply Unemloyable, Angry Landlord, and Small Talk. You can also check him out playing obnoxious football fans on or really showing his range as a Jock in the “80’s Bullies” Geico commercial. Follow him on Twitter @hoagiejr because that is what all the kids are doing. Trevor thanks you, his sister Alex, and his mom and dad (an even better twitter follow @hoagie64) and hopes you enjoy the show.

Trevor Livingston

Will Luera is the Artistic Director of Improv Asylum, Director of Improvisation at Florida Studio Theatre, Director of Big Bang Improv and serves as the Artistic Director Emeritus of ImprovBoston. Will is co-creator of Healing Moments for Alzheimer’s, a non-profit organization that provides education, advocacy, and ministry for persons with dementia and their caregivers. Will tours globally as an improv and theater actor, director and instructor that performs and teaches regularly all across North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

Will Luera

Recently seen at Ars Nova in “An Evening with Pam Goldberg”.

New York credits include: Empire Travel Agency (Woodshed Collective); Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge (HERE Arts Center); Two Gentlemen of Verona (Urban Stages); The Deepest Play Ever (New Ohio Theater). Regional theatre credits include: Noises Off (Two River Theater); Riddle of the Trilobites (Flint Rep); Peter and the Starcatcher (Argyle Theatre); Wellesley Girl (Humana Festival); Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (North Shore Music Theatre/La Mirada Theater for the Arts; Ovation Award nomination), many more. Opera: Frosch u/s in Die Fledermaus at the Metropolitan Opera; Devil in The Soldier’s Tale at the Castleton Festival.

He is co-author of the musical Bloody Bloody Jessica Fletcher, an unauthorized parody of “Murder, She Wrote,” which is currently in development. Film/TV: Sell By; “FBI”; “For Life”; “High Maintenance”; “The Outs”. BFA, Boston University School of Theatre. He has also taught at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Phillip Taratula