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Improv Essentials

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

Improv Essentials 

4-Week Class on Core Improv Skills

Class Dates: Wednesdays on Jan 9, 16, 23, and 30 @ 7:00 pm

This four-night class will guide students through the basics of performing improvisational theatre. Dive into the core tenants of improvisational theatre with “Yes, and…,” celebrating failure, making your scene partner look good, and playing to the top of your intelligence. With interactive exercises, you will build listening and communication skills, heighten your awareness and learn how to be more playful, spontaneous and flexible. No need to "be funny" or have a bunch of celebrity impressions tucked away in your pocket, we believe ANYONE can improvise and gain from the skills this class develops.

Improvisation skills are also great for performers of all types, whether you're an actor, writer, podcaster, dungeon master and anything and everything in between. Take to the stage and learn to turn a single word into amazing, inspired scenes on the spot!


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

18. We offer youth classes for younger improvisers! Check out our 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 with any questions about accommodations for ability.

Are there any prerequisites to this class?

Not at all! This is a great place to start. If you're looking to really dive into improv, we recommend starting here before committing to one of our 6-week fundamentals classes. If just looking to try it out with a lower commitment, our Improv 101 or our monthly Monday Night Drop-In or Improv Jams. A jam is an especially 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

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 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: January 7
Monday Night Improv: Drop In Class