IMPROV Classes

Level 1: Intro To Improv w/ Rachel Rosenthal (April/May)

First time taking an improv class? You’re in the right place.

This class will introduce new improvisers to the value of saying “Yes, And” to every idea - especially their own - to become joyful, fearless, and bold performers. Through games and exercises, this class will teach students the essentials of successful scenic improvisation -- to react emotionally and honestly, to trust your gut, to support scene partners and embrace taking risks. Whether you want to be a performer or just try out an improv class and meet new people, this class will boost your confidence and creativity in a safe, supportive environment at Brooklyn’s top comedy theater and school.

6-Week Section: Mondays, 7:00-10:00 PM, April 8 - May 13

@ Vital Joint (109 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY)

Class Show: Friday, May 17 @ 7:00 PM

Teacher: Rachel Rosenthal

Testimonials from past students:

“So many strengths hard to pin-point the greatest. Rachel was great at diagnosing scenes and offering concise and easy-to-apply/easy-to-remember feedback to improve them on our feet which was super helpful. Also maybe just how everything was honestly always so much fun it's hard to pump out constant fun for 3 hours - i don’t know how she did it, but she did and she made it look easy.”

“I learned *how* to be more comfortable jumping into scenes with a strong emotional POV. I emphasize *how* because this is something I have struggled with but Rachel's class really helped me learn to connect my brain and my body.“

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Level 2: Free Your Mind w/ Devin Bockrath (April/May)

This class underlines the core philosophy of what we teach at the BCC: that loving the hell out of whatever is happening onstage is the key to strong, successful scenes. It will help remind you what you love about improv, slap you out of whatever fear is holding you back, and cut out the naysaying voices in your head that cloud your inspiration. We will look at how we sometimes censor or bail on our choices out of a need to make the “right choice" when improvising, and that there is no “right or wrong in improv - only weak or strong,” and become stronger as a performer by embracing your mistakes and failing gloriously. This class pairs this sense of artistic freedom with an actionable approach to initiate scenes from a strong point of view, to be specific and surprising in your choices, to make what your partner said important to your character, and to confidently navigate the vocabulary and concepts that make-up long-form improv. This class will move quickly, keep you on your feet, and challenge you with personal feedback.

Prerequisite: Completion of Level 1 “Intro To Improv” or students who have taken at least one full-length course at a major comedy theater (UCB, PIT, Magnet, Second City, iO, Annoyance, etc.) or have similar prior training can begin at this level. Please write your prior experience in the form when registering.

6-Week Section: Saturdays, 2:00-5:00 PM, April 6 - May 11

@ Vital Joint (109 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY)

Class Show: Saturday, May 18 @ 8:30 PM

Teacher: Devin Bockrath


“Devin did an amazing job at facilitating group bonding, breaking down technique, pointing out individual strengths and making us laugh/ creating a playful atmosphere.”

“Devin found a way to make every moment a teachable one. She was friendly and funny and so smart and it made the class a joy.”

“Hard to say one thing. I looked forward to Devin’s class every week. Extremely supportive, great at keeping our energy up, made every class a pleasure and no one wanted it to be over so soon!”

“Hard to pick one greatest quality about Devin - genuine interest, caring, insight, experience, patience, enthusiasm.”

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Level 3: Ensemble and Group Mind w/ Philip Markle (April/May)

Class Sold Out. Email for wait list.

This class builds on the skills in Level 2 to teach students to command the stage as a fearless artist - while also focusing on being a team-player in any ensemble. First, we challenge each student with exercises designed to wake up your individual creativity and ability to attack the stage confidently. We pair this self-empowerment with specific, personal notes to challenge your own artistic roadblocks and help you shape what you and only you can do onstage. Secondly, we focus on the performer as part of the scene by diving into the dynamics that make up surprising and believable two-person, three-person, and group scene work. Lastly, we focus on the performer as part of the ensemble: so you can take care of yourself onstage--great! Now, how can you be an ensemble player who listens and supports group mind to build long-form pieces organically. This class culminates in a performance for the public. 

Prerequisite: BCC Level 2 “Free Your Mind.”

6-Week Class: Tuesdays, 7:00-10:00 PM, April 16 - May 21

@ Vital Joint (109 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY)

Class Show: Friday, May 17 @ 8:30 PM

Teacher: Philip Markle


“Philip brings the passion and energy to take you by the collar and shake the improv out of you. Players who are often timid were leaping on stage in a frenzy. All the while we hit the marks for a good understanding of improv.”

“Phillip is an amazing teacher. He's certain of himself and the material and was able to convey that certainty in his craft so well to the class. I was worried about taking this class, how I would respond to the challenges, but his knowledge and honesty (not sugar coating critiques) were crucial in helping me grow as a performer.”

“Philip did a great job of getting to know each of our improv styles personally. He is so fun and has such a joy about improv that it feels easy to enjoy myself in class. He is insanely intelligent and talented and I always felt like I was learning a new skill. I was never not having fun, I always looked forward to class!”

“Philip knows so much about improv and was able to impart a wide variety of different ways to think and perform in a clear and digestible way.”

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NEXT level 4 Improv will be offered in JUNE.


Stand-Up: Finding Your Voice w/ Arti Gollapudi (April/May)

Class Sold out. Email for wait list.

Have you always wanted to perform stand-up but don't know where to begin? In this class, we will breakdown how to get started writing a stand-up routine and find your voice as a comedian. Our methods will include how to mine personal stories for material, how to write one-liners and premises, and how to use improvisation to generate ideas instead of staring down a blank page. Classes will also give students the lay-of-the-land on the NY comedy scene - from welcoming weekly open mics to the best shows to see pros in action. Every class will include stage time to try out original material in front of classmates.

6-Week Class: Sundays, 2:00-5:00 PM, April 7 - May 12

@ Vital Joint (109 Meserole St, Brooklyn)

Class Show: Class Show: Sat, May 18th @ 8:30 PM

Class limited to 12 students.

Teacher: Arti Gollapuddi

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