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Improv Asylum Training Center

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 professionals of improv in New England
  • 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.


**Training Center students enjoy perks such as free admission to shows, buddy passes to bring friends to see shows at our theater, drink passes at our bar, access to exclusive workshops and more. If you have any questions, or are interested in learning about our payment plan program, please email us!**

Upcoming Classes

This is the class that kicks off your journey! It’s the perfect first step if you’ve never taken an improv class before. Over the course of eight weeks, you and your class will be led through games and exercises that will loosen you up, having fun and getting comfortable being creative on-the-spot and eventually… doing your own improv scenes!


Mondays, 8:00pm - 10:00pm

1/6/20 - 2/24/20

Thursdays, 5:45pm - 7:45pm

1/16/20 - 3/5/20

Wednesdays, 8:00pm - 10:00pm

1/22/20 - 3/11/20

Wednesdays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

1/29/20 - 3/18/20

Tuesdays, 8:00pm - 10:00pm

2/18/20 - 4/7/20

Liked what you did in Level 1? Or maybe you’ve done improv somewhere else and you’re ready to jump in (if so, let us know) Either way, our Level 2 class builds off of the fundamentals introduced in Level 1 and gets you playing right away with more scenes, introducing a bunch of different point of view tools to encourage you to tap into your greater comedic potential.

Thursdays, 5:45pm - 7:45pm

12/5/19 - 1/30/20 (No Class 12/26)

Wednesdays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

1/8/20 - 2/26/20

You’ve done some great work in the earlier levels and now you want to play and push yourself a little more? Well, this is the mid-point of your journey. You’re doing scenes, you’re playing games, but now you’re focusing more on being able to play different characters and not just yourself! We play with how you walk, how you talk, and all sorts of other ways to quickly generate characters for improv and beyond. Also, hey — Now you can audition for House Teams if you want!

Mondays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

12/16/19 - 2/17/20 (No Class 12/23 and 12/30)

Tuesdays, 8:00pm - 10:00pm

12/17/19 - 2/18/20 (No Class 12/24 and 12/31)

It’s “Big Picture” time. You’ve been doing scenes in all the previous levels, but in Level 4 you start to think about how to play the scene over the top. Figuring out with your scene partner what the game of your scene is and how to build it to a satisfying climax is one of the most useful skills in comedy — ask anyone, they’ll tell you: “Endings are hard!”

Mondays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

1/6/20 - 2/24/20

Tuesdays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

1/7/20 - 2/25/20

Becoming a improv ninja means getting your reps. And we’ll give them to you in the penultimate level where you’ll work with your director to identify your strengths, work on your weak spots and overall work on making you the most versatile improvisor you can be. Notice we said director instead of instructor? That’s because Level 5 is the first-part of the end of our training center. This is where you and your class start to develop your Level 6 Grad Show.

Tuesdays, 5:45pm - 7:45pm

1/7/20 - 2/25/20

Tuesdays, 5:45pm - 7:45pm

1/14/20 - 3/3/20

The Grad Show. The finish line is in sight — putting together an Improv Asylum revue with a director that will go up for your friends, family and the general public! If you’ve taken a Sketch Writing or Musical Elective by this time, you may be pitching sketches or musical ideas. If not, no worries — you’ll be showcasing the improv skills you’ve picked up along the way. With an additional rehearsal on the main stage to prep the show with tech and music, you’ll work with your director to create a night you’ll never forget.

Tuesdays, 8:00pm - 10:00pm

12/10/19 - 2/11/20 (No Class On 12/24/19 and 12/31/19)

Join Improv Asylum co-founder and CEO Norm Laviolette for this unique workshop that explores improv, entrepreneurship and more. For over 25 years Norm has been working in comedy, both on stage as well as building several multimillion-dollar businesses. In this exclusive workshop, you will learn first-hand from the person who has lead Improv Asylum for over 21 years.

This two and a half-hour workshop will be broken down into two sections:

Part 1: The skills of scenic improv. All levels are welcome. Norm will focus on accelerating your understanding of and ability to execute comedic improv scenes. All students will receive immediate feedback aimed at positively advancing their understanding and ability to perform improv comedy.

Part 2: An in-depth examination of the Business of Comedy. Norm will talk about how comedy can benefit entrepreneurship and provide tools and strategies to help you achieve your goals beyond the stage.

This workshop is limited to 15 students.

Each student will receive a signed copy of Norm’s book “The Art of Making Shit Up” as well as two tickets to Improv Asylum.

Snacks, beer, wine, and soft drinks will be provided for the second half of the seminar.

Please email your name and phone number to be added to the waiting list for future classes.

Free for Currently Enrolled Students | $50 for Alumni | $99 for the General Public

Sketch Writing 1 – In this introductory survey, students will gain a working knowledge of the components that make up great sketch writing and learn ways to kick-start their own writing. Using sketches from television, web, and live performance as examples, students will learn about scene structure, writing dialogue and popular sketch formats. In-class work will also consist of writing exercises, and reading/discussing student assignments.

There Are No Comedy Writing Classes Being Offered Currently!

In this 5-week, once-a-week workshop class, improvisers will gain the skills needed to execute on basic musical improv short-form games and long-form musical improv song structures. You will learn sneaky methods for crushing rhyme scheme in a song or rap, how to create basic but impressive hooks, and how to launch from scene into song…and back into scene. You’ll also may dance a tiny bit, but only a tiny bit, and you’ll look soooo cool doing it.

No singing or musical improv experience is required for this course, just bring yourself!

There Are No Musical Improv Classes Being Offered Currently!

The Instructors

Patty Barrett is a two-city renowned improviser, director, coach and leadership development professional. Her comedy career began at Suffolk University as a member of the award-winning improv troupe, Seriously Bent and right here at Improv Asylum as a member of the house team, Leather Gang and the NXT cast. She joined the mainstage in 2011 and never looked back! Well, except for the few years she lived in Los Angeles performing at UCB, iO West, Second City and that one time inside a Von’s parking lot. Outside of IA, Patty lives in Everett, develops leaders at two sneaker companies and has deep conversations with her cat, Ruthie, and her dog, Billie Jean.

Patty Barrett

Wow. Here we are, face to face, a couple silver spoons. Brian is tremendously excited for you to be here and to be understudying his second mainstage revue. When not wearing a suit, Brian can be seen wearing a dress at the Asylum’s Saturday night production of All the Single Ladies at Ned Devine’s. You can also see him more casually dressed with the Leather Gang at IA’s House Team night or with Awkward Compliment, his favorite mistake, Thursdays in Davis Square. Special thanks go out to his incredibly supportive friends and family – you know who you are; the unsupportive ones also know who they are and hopefully haven’t made it this far into the the theater. And most of all, thanks to his wife Natalie, whose exceptional tolerance for bad jokes is much appreciated. Together, we’re gonna find our way!

Brian DiBello

Kelly studied Theater at Suffolk University where she got her start with improv as a member of the Nationally Award winning troupe Seriously Bent. Kelly has performed at The PIT in NYC, taken classes with Upright Citizens Brigade, and is an alumnus of IA’s NXT cast and House Teams. She is thrilled to be back for another Mainstage revue! She would like to thank her father for being her rock, her sister for being beautiful, and her friends and roommates for creating the best family a gal could ask for. She dedicates this and all shows to her mother. Let it be.

Kelly Dooley

Matt got his start at Improv Asylum as a wide-eyed usher. He then went on to join House Teams and the NXT cast. He is also a founding member of the Just Suspects. When he is not at Improv Asylum he can be found writing about himself in the third person.

Matt Griffin

Anne likes improv! She started in college, and now she teaches improv workshops in schools and prisons in Boston. She is a Pre-K teacher by day, and enjoys playing pretend with children as well as adults. She is over the moon to be a part of this terrific cast, and is so thankful that at this job people pee their pants slightly less than at her other job.

Anne Krane

Joey Lopez was an Air Force Captain and alum of the Air Force Academy before he threw it all away to pursue entertainment full time. Joey would like to thank his babe of a wife, Siobhan, for putting up with his Lego addiction, feeding him, and her constant support of his comedy pipe dreams. A big thank you to his friends and family for coming to shows. Special thanks to Bill Connolly, Marty Johnson, Kiley Fitzgerald, Ryan McFarland, Teddy Myers, Jeremy Brothers, Tony Passafiume, and Ryan Bernier for putting Joey on stage with people far funnier than him. Joey is one sixteenth Mexican… Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Joey Lopez

Mark is excited to be a part of his fifth Main Stage revue. He is a graduate of Improv Asylum’s Training Center and is a former cast member in IA’s “All the Single Ladies”. Mark performs weekly with Improv Asylum’s House Team, Ghost Factory, and is an alum of Somerville based improv troupe Awkward Compliment. Someday he hopes to write a musical about health care or get drafted by an NBA team. He’d like to thank his family, friends, fellow cast members, and all of the great people at IA for all of their support.

Mark O’Connell

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