Improv Classes for Kids and Teens in NYC
 

Playgrounded offers weekly improv classes for kids and teens ages 7 and up.

 
 

 
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Improv is the art of creating theater on the spot. Working together, players discover scenes and characters that have never existed before, and will never exist again! In each improv class we teach and practice the skills that help players do this successfully every time they perform.

All improv, no matter what form it takes, revolves around the central idea of “Yes, and…” At Playgrounded, we believe this means accepting others’ ideas and activating them. Our classes use theater games and focused acting exercises to hone each player’s ownership of this core belief. We explore a variety of skills including active listening, hard support, and intelligent play.

Improv is very much a team sport, just like basketball or soccer, and classes help players drill these concepts so that they can become second nature. Players bond with their peers while learning to develop their own unique comedic voices. Unlike standup, which relies heavily on making jokes to get laughs, much of improv’s comedy comes out of interaction between players in a scene. Good improvisers are good actors who make their scene partners look great! We encourage honest emotional reaction, and full embrace of each player’s point of view. In our classes, the things that make us different are the things that help us succeed. We teach our students to become well-rounded players who draw on a solid theoretical understanding of improv, a well-stocked tool belt of theatrical skills, and an ownership of their individuality. We applaud bravery and risk-taking, promote generosity, and are devoted to creating kind, safe environments where everyone feels comfortable to discover and share what makes them awesome.

We hope you’ll check out what makes improv one of the fastest growing art forms in America, performed in theaters all across the country like UCB, The PIT, The Magnet, iO, Second City, The Annoyance, ComedySportz, and The Groundlings; seen on television on shows like Whose Line Is It Anyway?; and used in corporate workshops for companies like Google, PepsiCo, and MetLife.

 

 
 

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We applaud bravery and risk-taking, promote generosity, and are devoted to creating kind, safe environments where everyone feels comfortable to discover and share what makes them awesome. 

 
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ELEMENTARY SCHOOLERS


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The Slide

In this class, players will take the plunge into the world of improv through a variety of games and exercises. They will learn to work with their fellow players as an ensemble, building strong group agreement to create funny scenes. Students will explore creating original characters and environments to help fuel their work.

Beginners welcome.


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the Slide with jordan Bialik

Session Runs: Sundays, April 7th to June 9th, 2019 (8 Weeks)

No class Easter/Passover Weekend (April 21st) and Memorial Day Weekend (May 26th).

Class Meeting Time: 10AM-11:30AM

Location: Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018

Teacher: Jordan Bialik

Early Tuition Rate (Thru 2/28/19): $375

The final class on June 9th will be a showcase performance, open to guests.

(You will be redirected to www.jordanbialik.com for payment)



 
 

Young actors will take the plunge into the world of improv through a variety of games and exercises.

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MIDDLE SCHOOLERS


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The Seesaw

In this class, players will learn to balance strong improv skills with their unique comedic voices. They will explore the tenants of strong scene work, including further focus on acceptance, listening, awareness, and grounding. Students will then learn how to activate these skills in a variety of games, as they learn to identify what they think is funny in a scene. 

Beginners welcome.


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THE SEESAW WITH JORDAN BIALIK

Session Runs: Sundays, April 7th to June 9th, 2019 (8 Weeks)

No class Easter/Passover Weekend (April 21st) and Memorial Day Weekend (May 26th).

Class Meeting Time: 12:00PM-1:30PM

Location: Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018

Teacher: Jordan Bialik

Early Tuition Rate (Thru 2/28/19): $375

The final class on June 9th will be a showcase performance, open to guests.

(You will be redirected to www.jordanbialik.com for payment)



 
 

Players will learn to balance strong improv skills with their unique comedic voices.

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HIGH SCHOOLERS


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The Jungle Gym

In this class, players will learn to take ownership of their improv skills and comedic voices. Students will spend time developing strong group mind, while learning how to activate a comedic premise in a scene. Through a variety of exercises, players will learn how to bring their own voices to their scene work, as they explore the foundations of long form improv. 

Beginners welcome.


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the jungle Gym with Aaron F. Brateman

Session Runs: Saturdays, March 9th to May 18th, 2019 (10 Weeks)

No class Easter/Passover Weekend (April 20th).

Class Meeting Time: 3:00PM-4:30PM

Teacher: Aaron F. Brateman

Early Tuition Rate (Thru 2/28/19): $475

(You will be redirected to www.aaronfbrateman.com for payment)



 

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