Drop-in Classes for Beginners and 6 Levels for Those Who Want More.

Have fun and DISCOVER a more powerful YOU!

We create a safe space for you to explore your voice, we teach the craft of improv by giving you tools you can easily use in life and on stage. Gain greater confidence in your choices, learn to trust your instincts, and become more connected to those around you by being more present in the moment.

We teach improv that often yields hilarious results. However, you will also learn to go deep into the work which makes the end product intelligent, mindful, and will affect the audience and those around you in a genuinely artistic manner. Be a part of our community, meet new friends, stretch yourself and learn the power of YesAND!

About Classes at Moment Improv Theatre

Classes are divided into Drop-in Classes, CORE CURRICULUM, or SPECIALTY classes.
Drop-in classes are great for anyone with ZERO experience and any improviser wanting to experience what a Moment class is like.

Drop-in Classes

A Wednesday evening improv drop-in FROM 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Drop-in classes are great for anyone with ZERO experience and any improviser wanting to experience what a Moment class is like. Click the image above for more information!

Dedicated Craft  •  Professional Polish
Genuine Moments • Hilarious Results

Moment Improv Theatre Core Curriculum

Level 1 is for beginners or any improviser wanting to get back to basics. Levels 2-6 is where you will learn Moment’s approach to improvisational theatre/comedy. Each CORE CURRICULUM class has an optional grad show because we believe that you learn best by doing.

If you have prior experience, GREAT! In most cases, if you have studied improv elsewhere, you can skip level 1. In some cases, you may be able to skip to a later level upon instructor or dean approval. If you feel you match this criteria then reach out to marcus [@] momentimprov.com.

Level 1: The Basics of Improv a.k.a. Your Prescription for FUN!

Description: This six week class will introduce you to the incredible art of improvisation. Here you will learn the fundamental tools of improv (agreement, active listening, being supportive, etc.) through engaging exercises and group game play that will bolster your soft skills and allow you to create without judgment. In this class, you will discover your creative potential and experience the freedom and joy of improvisational play. Great for those with zero improv experience or for the working player wanting to refresh their improv fundamentals. Note: there will no grad show for this class, BUT YOU WILL BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND MOMENT SHOWS FOR FREE DURING THE SESSION!


Instructor: Marcus Sams
Prerequisites: None
Schedule: Tuesday Nights, 9/18/18 – 10/23/2018 (9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23)
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.
6 Classes – Total of 18 hours of instruction. Student cap is 16.
Investment: $225

Enroll Now in the Sept 18th Session!


Instructor: Marcus Sams
Prerequisites: None
Schedule: Wednesday Nights, Nov 14th thru Dec 19th (11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19)
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.
6 Classes – Total of 18 hours of instruction. Student cap is 16.
Investment: $225

Enroll Now in the Nov 14th Session!

Important

Showing up is a key part of the learning experience. In each class session, students are allowed to miss no more than 1 class, in that session, to remain eligible for level progression. If a missed class is in the last three weeks of Levels 2-6, the student will be ineligible to perform in that sessions grad show.

Level 2: The Two Person Scene a.k.a. Playing with others.

Description: The mutual awareness and depth of character relationship between players in a two-person scene are essential for successful improv. In this class, you will learn Moment’s approach to scene work through mindfully designed exercises that enable you to discover how to play an objective-driven scene authentically, with presence and vulnerability. These exercises provide the necessary skills that allow improv to become effortless and enjoyable for all involved by helping you become more mindful of offers and aware that, in improv, anything is everything. This eight-week class culminates in 30-minute grad show.


Instructor: Marcus Sams
Prerequisites: Level 1 or instructor approval
Schedule: Tuesday Nights, Oct 30th thru Dec 18th (10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18)
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.
Grad Show: TBD
8 Classes – Total of 24 hours of instruction. Student cap is 16.

Investment: $300

Enroll in the Oct 30th Session!

Level 3: Group Play and Environment a.k.a. The Monoscene

Description: Scenes including three or more people are quite different than two-person scenes and require a different approach to be successful. In this class, you will learn how to skillfully navigate multi-performer scenes and use environment to create story through advanced space object techniques that unlock unlimited possibilities. The core skills you will learn in this class (object creation, world building, patience, silence, etc) bringing nuance to your improv that will yield deeper, richer and hilariously connected scenes. You will also learn the classic Chicago format, The Monoscene, and perform it in a 30-minute grad show.

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Instructor: Marcus Sams
Prerequisites: Level 2 or instructors approval.
Schedule: Thursday Nights, 10/25/18 – 12/20/18   (10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20)
(Please note we will skip 11/22 in observance of Thanksgiving)
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.
8 Classes – Total of 24 hours of instruction. Student cap is 16.
Investment: $300

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Level 4: Sustainable Characters and POV a.k.a. Connected stories – Our Town

Description: In real life, each of us are characters making decisions and choices based on our points of view. In this class, you will learn to quickly make the simple yet powerful choices that shape the unique voice of each character you play; by forming strong points of view, you will discover what makes your characters tick and how to sustain them throughout any long-form narrative. You will learn the classic format, Our Town, and perform it in a 30-minute grad show.

Level 5: Narrative Long Form Improvisation a.k.a. The Narrative Arc

Description: Most scripted theatre follows a narrative arc. In this class, you will learn how to improvise a longform narrative show that adheres to the constructs of a classic theatrical play: creating a strong base scene, adding meaningful scenes that support the rising action of the narrative and, most importantly, collectively serving the story. You will learn the original format, TOTS, and perform it in a 30-minute grad show.

Level 6: Create a Format

Description: In this advanced-study class featuring a rotation of highly-qualified teachers, you will work closely with a teacher/coach to develop a unique format that highlights your improvisational strengths. The first half of classes will focus on team bonding and, as individual skills are revealed and a structure emerges, the team will move from structured curriculum and into team coaching. Pre-requisite: you must complete all Moment levels or have current teacher’s approval to join this class. You will have a one-hour grad show at the end of this 8-week class.

Level 0: Professionalism, Marketing, and Getting Paid

In this class students will learn how to apply their new improv skills to get paid work. This includes information on how to find an agent for professional acting work, what agents, casting directors, and casting agents are looking for. As well as information on industry standards when it comes to auditioning for stage plays, commercial, and film and television work here in the bay area. You will also learn how to submit to local and national improv festivals, how to set your show apart, and how to increase your chances of getting consideration. You will also learn the ends and outs of how to produce your own improv show as well as many of the common gotchas. In this class you will learn from the mistakes and successes of those who have come before you.

Specialty Classes and Coaching

Veteran Actor and Coach Kirk Baltz
Teaching a Special Acting Intensive!
October 13th

One off coaching sessions. By appointment only.
Daytime and select evenings

Moment will be teaching a special class
at San Francisco Acting Academy!
November 7th

The work Marcus leads students through is rigorous and deep, but the results are evident and lasting. Marcus’ refreshing and unique teaching style not only forges adroit improvisers, it also produces more enlightened people and lasting friendships.”  Jonathan O.

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