There’s sketch, improv, writing, acting, music, and badminton. Those are the seven forms of comedy.
— T. J. Miller (who broke BETA's mini-blinds)

IMPROV LEVEL 1
FUNDAMENTALS

Dates: 
Tuesdays | 7pm - 10pm | Starting June 13
Instructor: TBD

AND

Wednesdays | 7pm - 10pm | Starting June 14
Instructor: Billy Trim

8 weeks | 24 classroom hours
With an end of class recital after week 8!

This class is about the foundations of scenic improvisation. Students will practice supporting each other with agreement, building creatively by listening for patterns, and making choices on stage with confidence. 

Location
Rec Room
100 Jackson St
Houston, Tx 77002

The PERFECT Class FOR ALL.  Actors, writers, comics, BUSINESS TYPES and NORMAL FOLKS.  This class is about the foundations of scenic improvisation. Students will practice supporting each other with agreement, building creatively by listening for patterns, and making choices on stage with confidence.

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IMPROV LEVEL 2
SCENE WORK + TOOLS

8 Weeks and a RECITAL | 24 Classroom Hours
Instructor: Billy Trim

SATURDAYS | 2 PM - 5 PM| starting June 17th
Level 2 will fine-tune skills from level one and leverage them into sustained scene work. We will focus on grounded, two-person scenes and introduce Scene moves and mechanics that make up longer formats. Improvisors will begin learning to find game and play it out in their scene work.

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IMPROV LEVEL 3
APPLIED TOOLS

8 Weeks and a RECITAL | 24 Classroom Hours
Instructor: Traci Thiebaud

SATURDAYS| 11 AM - 2 PM| starting June 10th
Level 3 takes the tools learned in 2 and applying them to complete long form sets. Improvisors will learn the timing, mechanics and game of a long form improv show. Starting with a suggestion and an opening, students will utilize improv mechanics to heighten themes and games discovered through scene work. The class will culminate in a recital of a 25 minute mix-tape set.

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IMPROV LEVEL 4
group work: claSsic long form

8 Weeks and a RECITAL | 24 Classroom Hours
Instructor: TBD

TBD | TBD PM - TBD PM| starting TBD

working in an ensemble is the focus of Level 4. Students will be taught the structure of the harold, the most traditional and established  long-form improvisation format. students will learn to find the game of each scene and play it out in several iterations and forms. individual creativity will be harnessed to serve the piece. each performer is an important voice in a cohesive group. the harold will open up the possibilities of thematic exploration while teaching the humility of ensemble play.

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IMPROV LEVEL 5
improvising theater: advanced long-form

Dates: TBA
Instructor: TBA
8 Weeks and a RECITAL | 24 Classroom Hours

improvisation is a form of theater, and, at beta, we treat it seriously. Level 5 will ask students to attempt technically difficult formats, styles and longer sets.