Getting Started

Welcome to The Groundlings School!

Here’s a brief rundown of how to get started in our program. If you haven’t done it already, create an account so you’ll be ready to start signing up for classes. Have questions? Check out our FAQs page, or write to us at [email protected]. Please note: These classes are all for students 18 and up — click here to read about Teen Classes. 

Improv for Beginners

One class — $45

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A one-day, three-hour class that will give you an idea of the basics of improv and teach you more about The Groundlings program in an open, welcoming environment. If you’ve ever been curious about what improvisation is, or how to get started, this is the perfect class for you.

Improv Workshop A

6 classes — $310

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Improv Workshop A is a part of our Intro Track, and is open to anyone at any experience level. It's designed for actors and non-actors alike who want to jump right into an improv class. No audition is required for Improv Workshop A. IWA will teach you the fundamentals of improv and will help build performance skills and confidence. The class meets six times, each for three hours. After Improv Workshop A, you can take Improv Workshop B or audition into the Core Track.

Audition for Basic Improv

One class — Free!

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Passing a free audition is a prerequisite for enrolling in Basic Improv, the first class in our Core Track. Each group audition consists of improv exercises designed to assess your placement in either IWA or Basic Improv. No headshot or resume is required for online auditions. The audition will give you a good idea of the activities you would do in a Basic class. Your results are emailed to you within 2-3 business days.

Sketch Writing Workshop A

6 classes — $310

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Sketch Writing Workshop A is a 6-week class that includes writing assignments, so it is strongly recommended that you attend all classes. This class will teach you the basics of writing sketch comedy, including how to find material, and how to write sketches that land.