Electives & Workshops

The Harold Series with Dave Hill

A series of workshops focusing on the different elements of the Harold and the different ways of approaching them. These are great for individual players looking to sharpen their skills or ensembles looking to grow as a group. You can take all three workshops or pick and choose your areas of focus.
Prerequisite of completion of level 5 or higher at iO.
Monday June 5th 7-10PM (Loft) $60 – Multi-Beat Scene Arcs
Monday June 12th 7-10PM (Loft) $60 – Organic Play (Group Games and Transitions)


Intro to Getting into Characters with Dave Hill

Do you wish your improv characters were more consistent and vivid? Do you feel like you just slip into the same stale types of characters in every scene? Or maybe you don’t really play characters at all and you don’t know where to start? Start here! Through this 3 week workshop, Dave Hill (“King Ten”, “Hill Jones”) will introduce the fundamentals of creating characters that are consistent, vivid and fun to play! Open to all students that have completed Level 2 at the iO West (or comparable training elsewhere).

 Sundays June 11th, 18th, and 25th 2-5PM (Loft)


GAME ON with Greg Hess

This advanced workshop will teach you how to think of game, pattern and comedic loops in a new way: coming to game from an emotional point of view, and learning that relationship scenes and game can be played at the same time. This workshop is an adaptation of Cook County Social Club’s popular workshop taught in Chicago. If you’ve ever seen Cook Co. play, you will see it at work — using emotion to play multiple games while also doing scene work.
Prerequisite: Must have completed at least through level 3 of the iO improv training program.

Four classes over 2 weeks

Wednesday May 24 7-10PM Loft
Sunday May 28 12-3PM DCT
Wednesday May 31 7-10PM Loft
Sunday June 4th 12-3PM DCT


Free Improv Class!

Email Zach@ioimprov.com to reserve your spot.

Thursday 6/1/17 @6:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday 6/10/17 @3:00pm – 5:00pm on the Main Stage


Are your scenes and characters all feeling the same? Is improv starting to feel like work? Are you looking to be challenged and inspired again in your improv choices? This workshop will tackle all these obstacles and more through scene work, exercises and performance evaluation.


A proud native of Buffalo, NY, Karen performed for Chicago’s The Second City for two years. While touring the US and abroad with The Second City National Touring Company, Karen was featured in The Second City’s first-ever USO Tour, entertaining American troops in Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. She was also a resident cast member in The Best of Second City at The Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas for over a year.

Karen co-wrote and starred in the sold-out run of Camp Hot, a three-woman sketch show featured at LA’s Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater. Her one woman show, Her Potential, was a two-time Del Close Award nominee for Best Scripted Show at iO West. Karen currently writes for GIRLBOSS, a new half hour comedy on Netflix.

Karen performs at iO West each week with LA’s longest running House Harold Team, King Ten. When not writing or performing, Karen counts the days until her beloved Buffalo Bills make the playoffs again. On a related note, she also sighs a lot and drinks.

Sunday @2:00pm – 5:00pm
June 4th in The Loft


Register HERE

Punch House: A Joke Writing Workshop for All Levels of Stand-Up

Taught by Shawn Gnandt

A 6-week workshop aimed at both people brand new to standup and for the more experienced performer looking to sharpen and build material. The class will focus on finding and improving material via a workshop format. You’ll learn how to say it your way and say it better!

Shawn Gnandt is a performer at iO West (Slow Hustle) and a veteran stand-up who has played in clubs and colleges across the country for decades.

Sundays 12-3PM in the DCT
July 2nd through August 6th (6 weeks)

Register HERE

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