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Improv Fundamentals: Environment

  • The Mopco Improv Theatre 10 North Jay Street Schenectady, NY, 12305 United States (map)

Improv Fundamentals: Environment

Class Dates: Mondays on Nov 12, 19, 26 Dec 3, 10, and 17 @ 7:00 pm

Performance Date: Saturday, December 22nd - 7:00pm


In this 6-week course, students will focus on the skills and techniques necessary to transform an empty stage and a couple of chairs into any environment their scene needs. From a musty, local dive bar filled with regulars to a gleaming space station orbiting a strange alien world, improvisers must be ready to create the “where” of their scenes from thin air. 

This class is not just about simulating invisible objects on stage. Coursework will include studies in object work, finding inspiration in your "space" and even becoming the scenery yourself! This class will teach you how to bring your scenes to life, remain connected to your work and dig deeper into the moment.

The Mopco Improv Fundamentals Wheel

Each of the four classes in the Fundamentals Wheel offers focused work on some of the core tenets of improv. Just like working out at the gym, by focusing on these particular "muscle groups", students can enhance their understanding of improvisation. The four classes are Environment, Character, Narrative, and Scene. These reflect basic skill areas that good improv demands, all using the same core principles.ou can jump into the wheel at any point and you don't need to take them in any particular order.

Some improv experience and basic knowledge are helpful in making this class as rewarding as it can possibly be for students and their peers. If you do not have some basic improv knowledge before taking this class, we recommend you take an Improv Essentials class or take Improv 101 before taking any of the Fundamentals classes.

Performance

Each Improv Fundamentals and Musical Improv 6-Week course each has a unique performance element that showcases the skills you focused on during the class. You'll be able to show off to your friends and family everything you've learned. The performance is not mandatory but we bet you'll want to take part. Participation is dependant on consistent attendance. Students will receive two free tickets as part of their enrollment in the class. One ticket will be to attend the show after their performance and the other is to be used at the discretion of the student during the duration of the class.

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

18. We offer youth classes for younger improvisers! Check out our mopco.org/classes to find a class.

How active are these classes?

Our classes involve a good amount of physical activity - you should feel comfortable being on your feet for at least an hour. Please email hey@mopco.org with any questions about accommodations for ability.

Are there any prerequisites to this class?

We recommend students have some basic knowledge of improv before taking one of our fundamentals classes. If the student does not have any improv experience we would recommend taking our Improv 101 or Improv Essentials classes. For those just looking to try it out with a lower commitment, our Monthly Improv Jams are another great way to dip your toe in the water in a low stress, celebratory environment. 

I'd love to get more involved at the Mopco Improv Theatre. How can I do that?

As we grow, Mopco is focused on creating more opportunities for our students to become part of our little community. Currently, we offer a volunteer program that offers students the ability to earn credit toward seeing shows or reducing their class enrollment fees. Help in the cafe, check tickets and catch a free show to boot! For more info, shoot us an email at volunteer@mopco.org.

What is your policy on absences from class?

After two absences, students will not be able to participate in the performance at the end of the class.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Street parking is available on Union and N Jay street by our Theatre. Parking is available in the lot behind Perreca's as well as other public lots within a short walk of the theatre. The lot directly across from us is reserved for the Rossi & Ditorro Funeral Home and is not always available for parking. DO NOTpark in the lot by JoJo’s Auto Service or you will be towed. Find out more and see a detailed map of parking options available around us here

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact us at hey@mopco.org for general inquiries or call us at (518) 577-6726

What's the refund policy?

Cancellations for a full refund must be made 7 days or more prior to the first class. Less than 7 days: Your place in the class is non-refundable unless we can get someone to fill your spot. 

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Please make sure we know who to expect in class.

Earlier Event: November 5
Monday Night Improv: Drop In Class
Later Event: November 15
Mopco's Monthly Improv Jam!