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2011 Summer Intensive Improv Classes Across the Country

An image I found when Googling "improv summer camp"I recently wrote about what appeared to be some kind of twisted endurance test for improv newbies, but it turned out I stumbled upon the wonderful world of improv summer camp. And it's kind of exciting! Several theaters around the country now offer seasonal intensive classes that range from one week to over a month--all at doorbuster pricing too. It's perfect for college students, performers eyeing a relocation, jobless ex-cons, angsty teens who just got in an argument with their parents and are running away, drifters without families, and people with so many vacation days you want to throw up on them--basically everyone! How nice would it be to spend a few weeks in a different city, make some new buds, and get the lay of the land?

2011 Summer Improv Intensives

New York

Magnet Theater

5/16 - 6/3 - Improv Levels 1-3 - This program concludes with a student graduation show, directed by Magnet founder Armando Diaz. - $599

6/9 - 6/12 - Camp Magnet - Their annual summer retreat is back for its 4th year. Go camping in the Catskill Mountains and enjoy 4 days and 3 nights of improv, writing workshops, and adventure. - $549

The Peoples Improv Theater

7/11 - 8/5 - Summer Improv Intensive - Complete an entire improv program, Levels 1-4, in just one month. Classes are held M-F from 2-5pm. The intensive will follow with a graduation performance. - $1,000


7/18 - 7/31 - Improv 201 - Open for students who've completed 101 some time in the past 2 years. Two or more instructors teach the class jointly. - $425

Looking for an intensive 101 here? The UCBT's class coordinator tells us:

We posted all of our summer intensives in March to give students enough time to plan travel around class dates. We listed a few sections per month, but at this point, most of them are sold out. If someone drops out of a class, their spot is opened up online and registers on a first come first served basis. You can subscribe to our RSS feed in order to be alerted when new spots are available or new classes are listed. feed:// We offer intensives year round as well.


iO Theater

7/11 - 8/11 - Improv Levels 1 - 4B - The Summer Intensive condenses the entire iO Theater school of thought into five incredible weeks.  Each week, a different iO teacher instructs the class in a particular level of curriculum. - $1100

Second City

Weekly sessions running 6/13 - 8/19 - Levels 1 - 2 of Improv & Comedy Writing -  Learn improv and sketch writing, meet new friends, and take advantage of Chicago's rich comedy scene. 2 weeks - $1000

Los Angeles

iO West Theater

7/25 - 8/26 - Improv Levels 1 - 5 - Condensing the first 5 levels of their 7 level curriculum into one month, you will master the Harold and have a nice tan when all is said and done. - $1400


Various dates 6/20 - 8/12 - Teen Summer Workshops - Get the jump on an illustrious comedy career early with weekly performance classes designed just for teens. - $350