Electives & Workshops

Harold Tune-Up Workshop

Sharpen those Harold skills in this 4-week workshop taught by 4 different instructors with tons of Harold experience. Get some high-quality reps on openings, group games, scene work, and callback moves. Whether you’re looking to build confidence before Harold auditions, get exposed to new Harold techniques, or have some fun with a familiar form, this workshop will be a great learning experience.

iO West Harold Auditions FAQs

Tuesdays 3/28/17 – 4/18/17 @7:00pm – 10:00pm

Taught by:
Bente Engelstoft (Pockets) – March 28
Peter Fluet (Heyday) – April 4
Nate Ballard (Dinner Jacket) – April 11
Marina Mastros (Max) – April 18


Register HERE

Musical Improv Level One

Musical improv may seem daunting. This course will show you simplicity in what seems like madness. Songs are the keystone to any musical improv form, and you’re not far from improvising a song people will swear you wrote beforehand. Over the course of seven song-filled weeks you will get to play with all the tools to strengthen your inner songwriter. You will explore the structure and function of a variety of song types (e.g. pop, blues, duet, tagline, linear, etc). You will also work on navigating musical accompaniment and building your awareness of what your song and/or show needs when you’re in a scene and your music cue hits.

Sessions are led by iO West’s Music Director and house accompanist, Eric Schackne. Each class is limited to 14 students.

Class Show TBA

Sundays 5/7/17 @ 3:30-6:30pm  in Studio 2
Mondays 5/8/17 @ 3:00-6:00pm on the Mainstage


Musical Improv Level Two

So you can make up a tune off the top of your dome. Now let’s learn how to balance scene work and songs. Level two brings your awareness to crafting your scenes with the emotional and narrative content that sets you up for success in your songs. You will learn how to perform in a variety of scene types. Throughout these seven weeks, you’ll also have ample practice in support, including physicality, creating a stage picture, and some sweet sweet dancin’ moves.

Sessions are led by iO West’s Music Director and house accompanist, Eric Schackne. Each class is limited to 14 students.

Class Show TBA

Sundays 5/7/17 @ 12-3pm in Studio 2


The Musical Improv One-Off

Do you know how they say you need 10,000 hours to truly master something? Well, they say that. Add two hours to your musical improv journey this week. The focus of each One-Off changes week-to-week, touching on different elements of musical improv. Attendees should be stage and performance comfortable at the minimum.

Sessions are led by iO West’s Music Director and house accompanist, Eric Schackne.

Please register in advance, as space is limited to 14 students.

Next One-Off:
Sunday 3/26 12:30-2:30pm
Wednesday 3/29 1-3pm


JTS Brown w/ Craig Cackowski

Learn one of the most challenging, freeing, and legendary improv forms from the director of JTS Brown, Craig Cackowski. Created by an ensemble formed by Ike Barinholtz and Jason Sudeikis in Chicago in the late ‘90s, the original JTS Brown were renowned for their transformational, dream-like style of play. Craig will teach you the techniques behind the form, and you’ll learn how to play within a large ensemble with instant support and no judgment. For iO West graduates, and current Level 4 & 5 students with instructor approval. Limit 14 students.

Taught by Craig Cackowski

Sundays @2:00pm – 5:00pm
March 26th – April 16th
One performance TBA the week of April 16th


Email darcy@ioimprov.com for registration info.

FUNNY AF with Holly Laurent

This advanced workshop is for players who have completed an improv training center and want to deepen their characters and relationships through more empowered play. This work will emphasize bringing more of YOU to your scene work by playing smarter, riskier and more twisted. Enough with the same old shit you are doing on stage. The audience is now your greatest teacher. Turn your old habits into compelling scenes that are funny as fuck.

Taught by Holly Laurent

Sunday @2:00pm – 5:00pm
March 19th


Register HERE

Let’s Learn About Beer!

IO Bar Manager Brandon Sornberger is a beer nerd and he wants to share his love of drinking it with you. Each event will focus on a particular beer style…or maybe we’ll talk about brewing, or beer history, or local trends. Who knows. All that’s guaranteed is that there will be samples. Plenty of samples.

Come check out the first installment, What’s On Tap? $10 get you 7oz samples of every draft as well as information on what makes each one different.

Wednesday @6:00pm
March 29th


Limited to the first 15 people. RSVP to Brandon@ioimprov.com

Click HERE for more information regarding our class policies and Registration FAQ