Class Policies

Refunds: Class payments are non-refundable and can only be applied only to the current term’s class for which you have signed up.

Class Absences: In order to progress to the next level of class, you may miss no more than 2 classes. If there is another section of a level running concurrently in the same term, you can email us at to make-up one missed class in the other section. If not, you are welcome to make-up a missed class day in a future offering of the class for free. 

Prerequisites: There is no prerequisite for our Level 1 classes. Students may skip Level 1 improv and start with Level 2 Improv only if they have completed one full-length improv class at a major comedy school (e.g. UCB, PIT, Magnet, Second City, iO, Groundlings, CIC, The Pack, Annoyance, etc). Other prerequisites for any particular class are noted in the description.

Work-Study: Students may apply to work one night a week for 6-weeks staffing the BCC box office in exchange for a 6-week class credit via this link.

Retaking Class: Students may retake any class they have completed at the BCC for 50% off by emailing with their request. We reserve the right to approve each enrollment retaking a class. If a particular class is selling out with full-price students, we may not be able to approve a 50% retaking for that particular session - though we will do our best to accommodate everyone. Once we approve you and you send in payment though, your spot is confirmed in that class at the reduced price.

Payment Plans: We can set-up a weekly payment plan via Venmo if you need to pay for a class over installments. Email if interested.

Age: Classes for adults are open to students age 18 and up, or 16 and up with parental approval.

Class Size: Classes are limited to 16 max students, unless otherwise noted.

Teacher Subs: Classes may have a substitute teacher on short notice. 

Class Cancellation: In the event a class fails to meet a minimum number of sign-ups (6 enrollments), students will be notified by email a week before the class begins and given the option to transfer into another section (if available), keep a class credit on the books, or offered a full refund - whichever is preferable to the student.

Class Shows: It’s highly encouraged to attend your class show, but if you have to miss it - no worries, you can still enroll for the class.

BCC Shows: All students enrolled in core classes get into BCC shows for free on a standby basis. Students must present valid and current student ID at box office.

Harassment Policy

Harassment Policy: The BCC is a home for creativity, risk-taking and expression. We value the safety of all participants and performers. Improvisation, acting, and stand-up classes are a delicate balance: while we encourage students to take risks and explore areas that may feel unusual or even a bit uncomfortable, there is a difference between uncomfortable and unsafe. We empower every student to have the right to stop an improvised scene at any moment necessary, for any reason, and as teachers we look to protect every participant, read the room, and stop to address an inappropriate situation before it escalates or even takes place. We encourage dialogue and frank discussion about any issues or feelings that arise in class. Homophobic, sexist, racist, or offensive comments made for the sake of simply saying or doing something "edgy" or "inappropriate," or as the butt of a joke, are never tolerated. Students who violate this policy will receive a written warning for the first offense and will be removed from classes (without refund) for further offenses, in order to maintain classroom integrity for our creativity community. During classes, each instructor is to operate according to the policy outlined above and ensure a safe environment for all involved and report any issues immediately to the BCC managing staff. Teachers are strictly not allowed to date or have any sexual interaction with any student while that student is a member of that teacher's class.  During shows, house managers are to keep an eye out for the general safety and well-being of everyone in the theater. 

If any party on staff is the subject or party to a harassment claim, that person is recused from decision-making about the consequences/outcome/punishment.

Reporting Harassment: Anyone can report an instance of harassment via this form, which will be automatically sent to Artistic Director Philip Markle and Programming Director Maya Sharma. If there is a claim against Maya or Philip, you can also reach out to the other party by emailing or directly. If The form can be filled out anonymously if desired, though that will limit our ability to follow-up and address any claims.