Online Classes

Announcing Groundlings School Online!

  • All classes taught via Zoom. Students receive a link via email at least 24 hours before the class starts. 
  • Groundlings School Online Courses are offered via special arrangement with the Groundlings in response to the Coronavirus pandemic to support the organization, its staff, and our wider artistic community. Classes are not intended to be representative of, or a substitute for, the Groundings School’s core improv curriculum.
  • To see a full list of classes, or add your name to a waitlist, click here
  • SUMMER TEEN IMPROV CLASSES are here! Click here for more information

Available classes below:


IMPROV FOR BEGINNERS with JULIE WELCH
A safe and fun introduction to improv. This is a great opportunity to learn some of the basics from the comfort of your own home. Everyone will have a chance to participate.

**TWO SECTIONS AVAILABLE**
1 session: Wednesday, June 10, 2 - 4:30pm. $45. Prereq: None. CLICK HERE TO ENROLL
1 session: Saturday, June 13, 12 - 2:30pm. $45. Prereq: None. CLICK HERE TO ENROLL

GUY STEVENSON - ONLINE IMPROV SCENES
Think it can’t be done? Well, think again! Senior Groundlings instructor Guy Stevenson will guide you through improv scenes, going over character, adding info, and so much more. Come join the fun! 

4 sessions (T/TH, 10 - 12:30pm) starting June 9. $170. Prereq: None.
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SKETCH: WHAT’S OLD IS NEW with TOM BLANK
Even with all the new ways to create content, the fundamentals of good writing still apply. In this class, students use the basics to find success in any media or venue.

4 sessions (T/TH, 7 - 9:30pm) starting June 9. $170. Prereq: None.
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LEARN TO WRITE A SKETCH with GUY STEVENSON
Learn the ABC’s of sketch writing. MADtv writer Guy Stevenson will teach you how to turn your funny ideas into sketches. Screenplay software such as Final Draft, Celtx, or WriterDuet is required to participate in this class.

4 sessions (M/W, 10 - 12:30pm) starting June 10. $170  Prereq: None.
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LEARNING TO “YES, AND…” with LISA SCHURGA
The core principle of improv is saying, “Yes, and…”, but what does that really mean? This class teaches students what “Yes and…” is all about, and how to use it to improve their improv, their acting, or any creative pursuit. Actors and non-actors welcome. No experience necessary.

1 session: Thursday, June 11, 12 - 2:30pm. $45 Prereq: None.
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CREATING CHARACTERS WITH BEN FALCONE AND SPECIAL GUESTS MELISSA MCCARTHY AND OCTAVIA SPENCER
Ben returns with special guests Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer to talk (and answer your questions!) about the process of developing unique and memorable characters. Fundraising event - All proceeds go to support The Groundlings Theatre and School.

1 session: Thursday, June 11, 6 - 8pm. $50. Prereq: None. 
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INTRODUCTION TO CHARACTER CREATION with DREW TALBERT
We will explore the theory behind what makes an effective character and guide beginners through the process of discovering characters they will enjoy playing. We’ll then put these characters into scenes and let them play!

4 sessions (Saturdays, 10 - 12:30pm) starting June 13 (skip 7/4). $170. Prereq: None.
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FUNDAMENTALS OF IMPROV with DREW TALBERT
This is an introduction for beginners to the Groundlings style of improv. Focus will be on listening, teamwork and clear communication. Actors and non-actors welcome!

4 sessions (Sundays, 10 - 12:30pm) starting June 14 (skip 7/5). $170. Prereq: None.
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FROM GENERIC TO SPECIFIC: HONING YOUR POV with KAREN MARUYAMA
We will use improv principles and writing exercises to get creative juices flowing and create fun, dynamic characters to launch scenes and sketches, and to use in improv.

4 sessions (M/W, 11 - 1:30pm) starting June 15. $170 Prereq: None. 
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IMPROV WRITING CLASS with PHYLLIS KATZ
An improv class on paper. This workshop focuses on brainstorming and on-paper games designed to take the stress out of the writing process and keep you from getting blocked when you have to or want to write. We’ll work on many forms — sketches, character monologues screenplay ideas, TV shows, webisodes, short stories, etc., with particular exercises designed to focus on whatever you currently want to address. The class is geared to the people in it.

4 sessions (T/TH, 11 - 1:30pm) starting June 16. $170. Prereq: None
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PITCH with LISA SCHURGA
Virtually write and pitch sketches to get writing experience for Advanced Lab. After the first get-to-know-one-another class, students will meet virtually to co-write (via WriterDuet) and then send scripts out to whoever they are casting. We will then convene to pitch. Students should be able to give an idea of the character or physicality if that’s what the script/idea requires. This class requires a strong Internet connection and a Writer Duet account.

4 sessions (T/F, 12:00 - 2:30pm) starting June 16. $170. Prereq: Passed Writing Lab
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LEARN TO WRITE A SKETCH with GUY STEVENSON
Learn the ABC’s of sketch writing. MADtv writer Guy Stevenson will teach you how to turn your funny ideas into sketches. Screenplay software such as Final Draft, Celtx, or WriterDuet is required to participate in this class.

4 sessions (T/TH, 7 - 9:30pm) starting June 16. $170  Prereq: None.
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LEVEL UP YOUR LIFE SKILLS with BRIAN PALERMO
Through simple, fun, low stress improv exercises, this class will allow you to experience playful work that will hone social skills such as listening, confidence, adaptability, emotional intelligence and more.

4 sessions (T/TH, 6 - 8:30pm) starting June 16. $170. Prereq: None.
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GUY STEVENSON - CONTINUED SKETCH WRITING
Already know the basics of writing a sketch? Let’s dive deeper! MADtv writer Guy Stevenson will give you top quality professional notes, and help turn your own comedic sensibility into sketches you can be proud of. Screenplay software such as Final Draft, Celtx, or WriterDuet is required to participate in this class. Students must send a PDF of a finished sketch to the instructor before the first class.

4 sessions (Saturdays, 12 - 2:30 pm) starting June 20 (Skip 7/4). $170. Prereq: None.
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