Comedic Improvisation (Intro) March 2018

8-session evening workshop with public showcase

Upcoming Class Schedule

21 March, 2018 — 9 May, 2018

Wednesday, 7.30pm — 10.30pm

Programme Details

Who is this workshop for?
Everyone. We welcome both actors and non-actors with an interest in performing arts / improvisation / storytelling.
This workshop is open to anyone from all backgrounds.
Minimum age for admission is 16 and above.


Who is this workshop for?
Please note that there is no lesson on 28 March. It will be replaced on Thursday 10 May, 7.30pm to 10.30pm (in preparation to public showcase on Fri 11 May 2018)

Public Showcase
There will be a showcase on Friday 11 May, 8pm to 10pm!

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About this workshop

With a focus on short form storytelling, the purpose of this course is to make the students proficient in the art of improvising short scenes as played in an improv match.

Every lesson will be structured in three parts :

  • A brief introduction of the concepts that will be studied and what will be expected of the students in each exercise.
  • Warm-Up
  • Exercises – most of which will be systematically debriefed.

The course is essentially focused on Robert Gravel’s match format, Keith Johnstone style of improv and on understanding the codes of genres. The match format is both extremely fun and full of learnings. This format will teach the students how to avoid fear mechanisms and killing a story. The genres that will be explored include : action, drama, romantic comedy, spy movie, absurd theatre, Tennessee Williams, Shakespeare, etc.

Through the study of the match games, you will be able to understand the focus of any game and how to make it interesting for the audience. Also, the tremendous advantage of the match format is that it creates a team spirit. By the end of the course, the improvisers will be completely able to play a match in front of an audience which will be the final result of the course. Improvisers will be able to act both as a player or as the referee.

After the 8 weeks, competitive improv match team(s) will be formed, ready to take the stage.

Each semester culminates in a showcase of skills for the public.
Participants will be paid a percentage of the box office to incentivise professional work.

About the public showcase
It will be a Pay-As-You-Wish event.
Date and time to be confirmed.

Do I get a discount?
Please refer to our early bird promotions.

Payment Plans
Payment Plans are available. Email us at

Improv Alumni Members wishing to perform
Please contact us at to express your interest!

Improvisation Students Alumni
Returning students of the workshop may sign up at 50% off at $200.00 if you have the
HCAC Student Membership card. Email us for discount code!



  • Exercises on theatrical space, status and creative processes from personal truth
  • Short, informal lectures on Improvisation
  • Character and short scene work
  • Mastery of a competitive improv format

About the Instructor

Alison Coriell

Alison Coriell has been teaching theatre for 15 years . She has worked as a professional actress in New York, Chicago and Houston.
She is a graduate of NYU Tisch of the Arts, Second City Conservatory , and the School at Steppenwolf. She has studied Improv at IO, UCB, Annoyance , The PIT , Comedy Sports and Station Theatre.

Areas of Focus

  • Introduction to the basics of creative scene work, spontaneous comedy and character development
  • Reduce fear mechanisms
  • Crafting interesting scenes and stories
  • Creative collaboration and team work through improv team exercises
  • Engaging an audience

Learning Outcomes

  • Greater awareness of the evolution and history of improv
  • Form an ensemble to incubate for the international stage
  • Think creatively and confidently under great pressure and limited time
  • Understanding of the power of “group mind” and let go of inhibitions and commit to impulses

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Comedic Improvisation (Intro) March 2018 / 8-session evening workshop with public showcase

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