The Pack’s core Improv and Sketch Programs represent what we consider to be the foundations for good performers and writers. We also offer elective workshops throughout the year because a good performer never stops learning. Our electives help students expand their performance abilities and refine their understanding of different approaches to the work. Our commitment to adjustment, adaptation and evolution is what separates The Pack Theater from other comedy schools.
Instructors: Emily Candini, Brian James O’Connell, Miles Stroth
Mon-Thu 11-5pm July 17th – August 3rd in The Pack Theater
3 weeks — $930
Now’s your chance! Whether you are from out of town or in town, this three week intensive will give you a full serving of the Pack Core Improv Program.
Week 1 – Emily Candini – Level 1 and Level 3
Week 2 – Brian O’Connell – Level 2 and Level 4
Week 3 – Miles Stroth – Level 5 and Level 6
Although organized into levels, the Pack Improv Program is structured to be advanced at every level. Be sure to check the site level descriptions to see what you are in for!
You can take the intensive in its’ entirety, recommended if you haven’t studied with us, or you can just take the week or weeks that focus on what you want to work on. The Summer Intensive isn’t meant to, nor does it, take the place of the full year program. It’s an opportunity for those who, due to time or location, wouldn’t otherwise have access to what we offer. The intensive is also an opportunity for those who do study with us to re-hear and continue to work on all of our lessons.
Along with the classes, you will also have weekly opportunities to perform on the Pack Stage!
That’s twelve months of training packed into three weeks. Prepare to have your improv world rocked!
|Mon-Thu 11-5pm starting July 17th in The Pack Theater|
4 week workshop, Fridays 2-5pm — $160
The foundation of the class: physical, ensemble oriented, play hard, enjoy, get out of your head. We’ll do some Viewpoints, and theatre games in tandem with emotional work via improvisation. We will play with character as well as improvise within a beated storyline. We play with being simple for the camera while staying emotionally charged and even outrageous. (Think of shows like Transparent, Veep, Curb your Enthusiasm, Mike Leigh films, and others.)
Prerequisite: at least one full year of improv training.
4 week workshop, Fridays 2-5pm, starting June 9th In the Theater
Instructor: Rachael Mason
3 hour workshop, Saturday August 5th, Noon to 3pm in The Pack Theater — $35
A good old fashioned ass kicking with Rachael Mason (Second City Head of Advanced Improvisation, Chicago)
Stuck in a rut? Fear initiating? Wanna try a transformational edit but have no idea what that is? Just one example of many! Take this workshop and play smarter while having more fun.
|Saturday, August 5th, Noon to 3pm in The Pack Theater|
Instructor: Matt Lieberman
8 Weeks – $310
You must have completed SKETCH I at The Pack, or, have completed a sketch program at another theater, to enroll.
This level focuses on distribution and audience development. Students will learn: the different types of successful sketch videos; how different video platforms operate and how to leverage them for maximum impact; understanding and working with algorithms, content ID rules, and hierarchies; how to create winning titles, tags, thumbnails, annotations, and descriptions; multi-platform marketing and how to boost traffic and raise your profile; devising and pitching Webseries and movies to buyers and how to target audience and influencer talent; and how to create effective branded content and internet commercials. Students will write and produce numerous numerous pieces of content for this class.
|Not Available Until September|
Instructor: Miles Stroth
8 weeks – $310
This elective workshop will focus on 2-person longform. Join with a partner or get paired up the first day of class and get ready to work. Miles did the first 2-person longform in Chicago back in 1998. It is some of the best training you can get. You have to do everything. Miles can show you how! Heather & Miles won the UCB Cagematch a record 49 times in a row doing 2-person that LAWeekly described as “beautiful chaos.” Come find out what was going on in those sets and learn to nail your own 2-person!
|Saturdays 3-6pm, Starting July 15th in the West Room|
Instructor: Jeff Sloniker
$310 – 8 Weeks
Finding Characters is an eight week course that focuses on developing characters for the stage. Through improv exercises, scene work, and monologues, students will learn easy techniques for coming up with characters and applying them to their scenes. The course will also cover practical aspects of performing characters live, like finding character quirks, determining costumes, developing comedic timing, and using physicality to discover character movement.
|Not Available in the July session.|