6-Week Classes

 
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We teach students to fearlessly create and perform from a place of joy and fierceness.

Current students get free admission on a standby basis to see any BCC show at the Brick Theater.

Classes are limited 16 students unless otherwise noted.

 

June-July Classes Now Online


IMPROV

We believe the goal of learning how to improvise isn’t just to perform in improv shows, but as a tool for everything - specifically creating and producing your own content. We teach you to do that over four levels:

Level 1: Intro To improv

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, June 3 - July 15 (no class July 8)

@ Patchworks Theater (98 Moore St, Brooklyn)

Class Show: Friday, July 19 @ 7:00 PM

Teacher: Rachel Rosenthal

Testimonials:

"Rachel brought us all out of our heads and into the present while teaching us the fundamentals of improv. Every class was fun, engaging, and challenging. I could not recommend this class more highly for those interested in improv!”

“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.“

Register - $275.00

Rachel Rosenthal


Level 2: Free Your Mind

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 BCC Level 1 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: Sundays, 2:30-5:30 PM, June 2 - July 14 (no class July 7)

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

Class Show: Friday, July 19 @ 8:00 PM

Teacher: Jared Jeffries

Testimonials:

“Jared is a smart, thoughtful teacher. He brings a wealth of improv (and other random) knowledge to the table, and makes sure each student gets personalized feedback. He's good at working with a wide range of people with various levels of improv experience. I also particularly appreciated his attention to making everyone feel safe in the space.“

“Jared made me feel comfortable to take risks in a way that was so natural and made it feel so easy. He was also so good at seeing what individuals were working on and giving us specific notes (especially at our last class but really all through the 6 weeks!). not only could he pick up what we needed it work on, but he also recognized everyone’s strengths and encouraged us to use them.”

“Jared's continued ability to provide thoughtful, individualized feedback to each student throughout class is definitely one of his strong suits as an instructor. He was able to give constructive criticism and suggestions for improvement upon our weaknesses, all the while complimenting our demonstrated strengths.”

“Jared does a really good job of making everyone feel welcome in the space and like they belong. I also think he was really good at giving specific feedback to people throughout the class.”

“Overall, I've had probably a dozen improv teachers, and Jared is one of the best.”

“Jared is super passionate and excited about teaching and allowing his students to grow without being overbearing. He brought a great energy to class and made it immediately feel welcoming and supportive. He is really good at allowing improvisers to get crazy and explore realities while also helping guide them to what is funny and what will make the scene flow instead of hitting a wall. He was also great at making sure everyone understood concepts before moving on so no one got lost or left behind without dragging everyone else back.”

Register - $275.00

Devin Bockrath


Level 3: Ensemble & Group Mind

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 Improv.

6-Week Class: Saturdays, 3:00-6:00 PM, June 1 - July 12 (no class July 6)

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

Class Show: Saturday, July 20 @ 8:30 PM

Teacher: Philip Markle

Testimonials:

“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.”

Register - $275.00

Philip Markle


Level 4: Creating Sketch Through Improv

Class limited to 12 students.

This class builds on the training in Level 3 of becoming an artist with a strong point of view, who creates and produces original work through improvisation. So often we judge our work before it's time to do so. We will get out of our heads and on our feet in this class to improvise as much content as possible and create through volume. Students will be tasked weekly to come in with original material, ranging from characters pieces to premises for group sketches. These pieces will then be workshopped via improvisation with the ensemble into a sketch revue to be performed at The Brick Theater. Students will graduate class with an actionable method to get to work and produce on your own and with an ensemble of fellow writer/performers to collaboratively create with you.

Andrew Tisher was the producer of the weekly improv-sketch revue THE HOLY FUCK COMEDY HOUR at the Annoyance Theater NY and is a current cast member of the BCC’s weekly improv-sketch revue TV DINNER.

Prerequisite: Completion of BCC Level 3 Improv.

6-Week Section: Sundays, 6:00-9:00 PM, June 2 - July 14 (no class July 7)

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

Class show: Sunday, July 20 @ 9:00 PM @ The Brick Theater

Teacher: Andrew Tisher

Register - $325.00

Andrew Tisher



Stand-up

More than just learning how to craft a solid premise or joke, our stand-up classes empower you to create from your own life experience:

Level 1: Finding Your Voice

Class Limited to 12 Students.

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: Saturdays, 11:30-2:30 PM, June 1 - July 13 (no class July 6)

@ Vital Joint (109 Meserole St, Brooklyn)

Class Show: Sat, July 20 @ 7:00 PM

Teacher: Arti Gollapudi

Testimonials:

“As someone who has tried other stand-up classes in New York City, BCC’s Stand-up class is the best stand-up Class New York has to offer! In a world where a lot of stand-up comedians have shown up as problematic, this is a very progressive space where you learn to still be funny while also not being oppressive.”

“There's no better environment to learn the basics of stand-up. The class is supportive but also inspires you to do your best! “

Register - $295.00

Arti Gollapudi


Level 2: Solidifying Your Set

Class Limited to 8 Students.

Building on the Level 1 "Finding Your Voice" course, Level 2 Stand-up is all about solidifying your choices. This course will be an intensive focused on longer sets and performances involve props, multimedia and other styles to solidify your comedic voice. The class size will be much smaller in order to workshop material as a group, in pairs on top of personalized feedback every week. If you want to take your sets to a deeper level and have the beginnings of a stand alone show, take this class. Class will culminate in a performance of each student’s 10-minute sets. Prerequisite: BCC Stand-Up Level 1

6-Week Class: Mondays, 7:00-10:00 PM, June 3 - July 15 (no class July 8)

@ Vital Joint (109 Meserole St, Brooklyn)

Class Show: Friday, July 19 @ 9:00 PM

Teacher: Milly Tamarez

Testimonials:

“Regardless of background, everyone in the class ended up shining, and we all owe that to Milly and the way BCC teaches this subject. Milly truly invested in each individual and guided us towards confidently delivering jokes we wrote on our own while still giving us the knowledge, tools, and resources to keep going on after the class. Also Milly is a rising star so DO NOT miss out on the opportunity to learn from her!"

"The BCC stand-up class with Milly was truly excellent. It was well-structured and Milly is a non-judge mental, nurturing yet just-the-right-amount- of strict teacher and after much hard work, the payoff was huge.”"Master of subject! Milly really has a wealth of knowledge. My favorite thing was how she treated the feedback part of class (after each student's set) like a writer's room in that she would give ideas on how to improve a joke, or perhaps a different way of wording it, or a different place to take it - thus giving the students the nudge to start working their OWN comedy muscle's in similar ways. Milly is able to give the best constructive criticism - she never made anybody feel like their work or their questions were stupid - she'd just give tips on how to improve, or answer the question in a way that didn't make the asker feel silly."

Register - $325.00

Milly Tamarez



Solo Shows

Learn how to create a narrative, one-person show based on your life.

Creating Solo Shows

Class limited to 8 enrollments.

The most powerful thing you can share onstage comes from your own life experiences. What can you say, from your point of view, that no one else could express like you do? This class will mine your true-life stories to create a narrative solo show that represents your voice onstage. Over the course of six weeks, students will learn to use all the tools and talents at their disposal to bring to life a thematically-driven, one-person show. Each class students will collaboratively workshop material as a group, along with intense, personal feedback on honing your voice. Philip has written many solo shows including his one-man musical SPARKLE HOUR, which has played all over the country, including to rave reviews in the NY international Fringe Festival.

Prerequisite: Prior Level 1 Improv class at BCC or at another a major comedy theater or prior Storytelling class.

6-Week Class: Tuesdays, 7:00-10:00 PM, June 4 - July 23 (no class July 2 and 9)

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

Class Show: Wed, July 24 @ 9:30 PM The Brick Theater

Teacher: Philip Markle

Testimonials:

“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.”

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

Register - $325.00

Philip Markle