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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.

WHY TAKE IMPROV CLASSES WITH IMPROV ASYLUM?
  • 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!

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.

**Please note that as of 7/1/22 class prices are going up to $350 for Levels one through five, and $375 for Level 6**

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 having fun as you are led through games and exercises that will loosen you up and get you comfortable being creative on-the-spot and eventually… doing your own improv scenes!

 

Wednesdays, 8:00pm - 10:00pm, Instructor: Matt Griffin

6/1/22 - 7/20/22 | $325

Wednesdays, 5:45pm - 7:45pm, Instructor: TBD

6/15/22 - 8/3/22 | $325

Wednesdays, 5:45pm - 7:45pm, Instructor: TBD

7/13/22 - 8/31/22 | $350

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.

Tuesdays, 5:45pm - 7:45pm, Instructor: Misch Whitaker

5/24/22 - 7/12/22 | $325 | SOLD OUT

Wednesdays, 8:00pm - 10:00pm, Instructor: Steve Dooher

6/15/22 - 8/3/22 | $325

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, 8:00pm - 10:00pm, Instructor: Pat Parhiala

6/6/22 - 8/1/22 (no class Monday 7/4) | $325

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, 5:45pm - 7:45pm, Instructor: Doug DiPietro

6/6/22 - 8/1/22 (no class Monday 7/4) | $325

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.

There Are No Level 5 Classes For Sale At This Time. Check Back Soon!

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.

 

Prerequisite: The preceding Level 5 Class

Wednesdays, 8:00pm - 10:00pm, Instructor: Dan Hirshfield

5/18/22 - 7/6/22 | $360

Mondays, 5:45pm - 7:45pm, Instructor: Kelly Dooley

6/6/22 - 8/1/22 (no class Monday 7/4) | $360

The Instructors

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

Dan is proud to use his prestigious Math degree for two things: Improv. He has applied these skills as a performer on the Main Stage, NXT, House Teams, Lit Night, many one-off indie extravaganzas, and as the producer of the hit show Tight Five. From starting at the box office in 2014 to performing on a resident cast since 2018, Dan is immensely proud of his first 7 years at Improv Asylum.

Dan Hirshfield

Self-proclaimed Boston’s biggest bad boy, James Melloni, is actually one of the nicest people you will ever meet. The former animation script writer turned improviser is very excited to be a part of the NXT cast and has dreams of one day having a bit part on a CW show. Nothing too big, maybe he owns a shop that the main characters visit from time to time. James is a regular at Chow n Joy in Somerville, where he orders a General “GAO” chicken combo with boneless spare ribs and crab rangoon. It comes with fried rice, of course. His record phone order time is three seconds. He has a problem and he is not willing to fix it.

James Melloni

Mark is excited to be a part of the Training Center. He  is a former Main Stage cast member. Mark performs weekly as a coach with Improv Asylum’s House Teams, 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

Steph is an Indiana native—Go Hoosiers! Her tale is as old as Boston time—she left home for grad school, joined an improv troupe, and never looked back. Ok, ahem, maybe not the improv part. Steph is the creator of the Hostel Takeover where she performed with My Dinosaur Life and is a member of the all women’s sketch team Trash Birds! Steph loves performing and is so excited to be with Improv Asylum’s NXT cast. Big hug to all Steph’s family and friends for their love and support.

Steph Simon

Kellie is incredibly excited to join the Main Stage cast! Her passion for theater started at a young age when her mom rented Cats the musical on VHS from the library. She went on to study Theater at Salem State University and was also a part of their improv troupe, Grandma’s 3rd Leg. Her passion then led her to take classes at Improv Asylum, which then led to performing on House Teams and then NXT! Kellie can also be found working at the New England Aquarium down the street!

Kellie Moon

Teddy signed up for classes at Improv Asylum in 2012 and has been an improv nerd ever since. He’s gone on to perform, teach, and direct improv/sketch comedy in Boston, New York, San Francisco, and now Boston again. At Improv Asylum, Teddy was a member of the infamous House Team “Ghost Factory” as well as the NXT cast. He tried stand up comedy once. Do not ask him how that went.

Teddy Meyers

Doug began performing with Improv Asylum in 2004 as an original NXT cast member.  He then joined the Mainstage cast as an understudy, and later as a regular Mainstage player for four years. Doug continued on the touring and corporate casts, and starred in scripted Improv Asylum productions as Rosie O’Donnell in “Burlesque Exposes Bush,” Fancy in “Andy Warhol’s Christmas Special” and Carly in “All the Single Ladies.”  Doug has performed improv, scripted, and musical theater throughout the country and internationally, including Wings Theater NYC, Walt Disney World, and as a vocalist onboard Celebrity Cruises’ Constellation.  @winediet

Doug DiPietro

Anne Krane has had the pleasure of performing and teaching at Improv Asylum since 2014- she has been a writer, a student, a house teams and NXT member, and finally a member of their amazing Mainstage!  She has taught improv to all age groups, and volunteered in several different correctional facilities in MA doing improv and theatre workshops both individually and through Boston College. She also has done improv trainings for teachers, social workers, inmates, teens, and adults with special needs. She has her MDiv and MEd from Boston College and is currently a Pre-K and Middle School Drama teacher in Brighton.

Anne Krane

Rhett is from Alabama originally and moved to New England in 2016, where he immediately began classes at both Improv Asylum and ImprovBoston. He has performed in IA’s House Teams and Lit Night, and is currently performing as a member of the NXT cast. He is super excited to share his love of improv with the IA Training Center students. His favorite improviser is Lauren Lapkus.

Rhett Sosebee

Misch Whitaker has been performing, teaching and directing improv for over 10 years. Past improv credits include Boston’s Unscripted Musical Project  at Catalyst Comedy (2012-2020), ImprovBoston Mainstage (2013-2014) and Improv Asylum Mainstage (2008-2012).  She is the shorter half of the two person improvised show Breakup! The Musical,  and is an extended cast member of Big Bang Improv (Florida Studio Theatre). Locally, you can catch her on select Friday nights at Laugh Boston performing in Dirty Disney, a Catalyst Comedy show that she also directs. Additionally, Misch works as a registered nurse in the combined field of harm reduction and substance use disorders. She uses her multiple areas of expertise to create customizable improv workshops specific to healthcare providers and is available for inservices, retreats and conferences. When she’s not on stage (or wearing a stethoscope), Misch loves to listen to true crime podcasts and play board games.

Misch Whitaker

Sam accidentally auditioned for her college improv team (she thought she was just showing up for free pizza) and was immediately hooked. She did not make the team (nor did she get free pizza), but she came close enough to start a lifelong love of improv. She’s a graduate of IA’s training center, proud house team alumna, current member of the NXT cast, and obsessed with any and all things improv. If you’re ever looking to prov, jam, talk about improv, or have access to free pizza, she’s your gal. Big thanks to her family & friends for all the love, support, and laughs.

Sam Carty

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