Getting Started


Welcome to The Groundlings School!  

Here's a brief rundown of the ways to get started in our program. CLICK HERE to make an account and register for classes! New classes are posted every Monday!


Intro to Improv (1 class, $40): Intro to Improv is a one-day, three hour class that will give you an idea of how we do things here at The Groundlings. The class is interactive and does not require an audition. You’ll learn the basics of improv and 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 doing it, this is the perfect class for you. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!


Improv Workshop A (6 classes, $310): Improv Workshop A is designed for actors and non-actors alike who want to jump right into an improv class. No audition is required for Improv Workshop A. This 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. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!


Audition (1 class, FREE): If you’re looking to get into the Core Track of our school, which includes the Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Improv classes, start here. The audition is designed with professional actors and students with improv experience in mind, however, it is open to anyone. Sign up to reserve your spot in one of our auditions and bring a headshot and resume with you. These are group auditions and you don’t need to prepare anything-- it’s improv! The audition runs similarly to a first day of class and will you a good idea of the activities you would do in a Basic class. We will let you know your results within 1-2 business days. If you pass the audition, you can sign up for the next Basic class that works in your schedule. If you do not pass, you can re-audition in 3 months; we strongly recommend taking Improv Workshop A in that time. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Intro to Sketch (6 classes, $300): Intro to sketch is a 6 week class that will include writing assignments, so it is strongly recommended that you be able to attend all classes. This class will teach you the basic beats of comedy sketches, how to find material for sketches and characters, and how to write sketches that land. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!


Please note, these classes are all for students 18 and up. We have teen classes for students ages 11-14, which you can find here.

About the School

For over 40 years, The Groundlings School has been one of the leading improv training programs in the country, offering structured improvisation classes taught by teachers trained in the Groundlings program. Classes last six to twelve weeks and are held at the Groundlings Theatre and the Groundlings School building, located at 7280 Melrose Avenue. Classes are offered every day of the week and during mornings, afternoons and evenings.


Classes follow a strict curriculum, building on skills and techniques learned in each session. Requirements exist for advancing from one class level to the next for many classes, although not all. Students will be challenged to engage in the collaborative process of improv and to push their physical and creative boundaries. Basic acting skills will serve a student well, although they are not a requirement. As a leader in the field, students can expect a professional, innovative and rewarding experience from The School.


Audits: To preserve the integrity of each class, auditing is not allowed. If you’re interested in getting a taste of what a Groundlings class is all about, consider enrolling in a three-hour Intro to Improv workshop or a six-session Improv Workshop A class.


A minimum non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $100 (applied to the student's tuition) is required at the time of enrollment. There may also be an additional fee for payment plans at the time of checkout. The School does not offer refunds for classes.


The School office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekend hours vary.



(323) 934-4747 x23


The Groundlings Theatre & School
7307 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
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