iO WEST TRAINING CENTER
The goal of iO West’s improv training program is to teach you how to improvise, whether its on stage or on camera, understanding all of the mechanics of listening and building off of other people’s ideas to create absolutely anything.
iO West also offers sketch and TV writing classes, as well as a wide range of other comedy-related electives. All available classes are listed below.
Summer Intensive (5 Weeks) – $1400
Begins Monday, 7/14/14 – 11:30 AM – DCT – TBA
Level 1 Intensive (7 days) – $350
Begins Monday, 3/24/14 – 11:30 AM – L – James Maestriani
Class Dates: Week 1: 3/24, 3/25, 3/27, 3/28. Week 2: 3/31, 4/1, 4/3
Level 1: Introduction to Improv (7 weeks) – $350
Tuesdays – Begins 04/15/14 – 7:00 PM – L – James Maestriani
Wednesdays – Begins 04/16/14 – 7:00 PM – L – Paul Vaillancourt
Saturdays – Begins 4/19/14 – 11:30 AM – L – Sean Cowhig
Sundays – Begins 04/20/14 – 11:30 AM – L – Holly Laurent
Level 2 – Character & Game (7 weeks) – $350
Mondays – Begins 4/14/14 – 7:00 PM – S2 – Brett Elam
Tuesdays – Begins 4/15/14 – 7:00 PM – S2 – Aaron Krebs
Wednesdays – Begins 4/16/14 – 7:00 PM – L – George McAuliffe
Saturdays – Begins 3/1/14 – 3:00 PM – L – Shulie Cowen
Level 3 – Intro to Harold (7 weeks) – $350
Wednesdays – Begins 4/16/14 – 7:00 PM – S – Eric Hunicutt
Thursdays – Begins 4/17//14 – 7:00 PM – DCT – Paul Vaillancourt
Sundays – Begins 4/20/14 – 11:30 AM – DCT – Brian Jack
Level 4 – Advanced Scene Work (7 weeks) – $350
Mondays – Begins 4/14/14 – 7:00 PM – L – Brian James O’Connell
Thursdays – Begins 4/17/14 -7:00 PM – S2 – Greg Hess
Saturdays – Begins 4/19/14 – 3:00 PM – DCT – Craig Cackowski
Level 5 – Harold (7 weeks) – $350
Wednesdays – Begins 4/16/14 – 7:00 PM – DCT – James Grace
Saturdays – Begins 4/19/14 – 11:30 AM – DCT – Bridget Kloss
CLASS SHOWS: TBA
Level 6 – Advanced Harold (7 weeks) – $350
Sundays – Begins 4/20/14 – 3:00 PM – L – Dave Hill
CLASS SHOWS – TBA
Level 7 – Graduate Level (7 weeks) – $350
Thursdays – Begins 4/17/14 – 6:30 PM – DCT – Holly Laurent
CLASS SHOWS: TBA
SKETCH WRITING LEVEL 1 (7 Weeks) – $350
This class teaches the basics of sketch writing. What makes the premise of your sketch funny? Learn heightening and writing efficiently in your scenes. Different types of sketches will be introduced as will rewriting sketches, and writing with others. There will be home-work assignments each week. No prerequisite to start this class (Level 1 Improv is recommended).
Wednesdays – Begins 4/16/14 – 7:00 PM – WR – Matt Craig
SKETCH WRITING LEVEL 2 (7 Weeks) – $350
Students will build on the skills learned in Sketch 1 to generate material for stage and television. Notes from the instructor will become more specific and focused on producing professional sketches. The final weeks of class will focus on writing for Saturday Night Live and Television Talk shows like Conan and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Saturdays – Begins 4/19/14 – 12:00 PM – WR – Frank Caeti
SKETCH WRITING LEVEL 3 (7 Weeks) – $350
Students will use sketches from level 1 and 2 and create new sketches to form an original sketch show! Students will be taken through an iO West rehearsal process while stopping to elaborate on the different elements that make up a successful stage sketch show. Writing, tech rehearsal, running order improvisation and acting will all be addressed. This class culminates in a main stage show.
Sundays – Begins 4/20/14 – 12:00 PM – TBA – George McAuliffe
WRITING PROGRAM ELECTIVES:
Tiger Lily Stand Up Workshop (7 Weeks) – $350
This 7 week course is perfect for all levels from beginners to experts trying to revamp their acts, performers trying to gain more confidence in auditions, or just regular people looking to express themselves in a fun and unique way.
Students will write and perform in every class, gaining stage presence, confidence and practice with constructive feedback in a supportive environment. By the end of class you’ll have an action plan, a stand up set and an optional performance at Tiger Lily comedy show.
Tiger Lily is a critically acclaimed, free weekly show that has been running for 7 years and features the best stand ups and storytellers in the world. Known for it’s surprises and celebrity drop-ins as well as for being on the pulse of presenting extraordinary up-and-comers, the show is always a special, unique and reliably fantastic evening. For lineups please follow @whatsuptlily on twitter.
Sundays – Begins 4/20/14 – 12:00 PM – S2 – Melinda Hill
How to Create a Hit Web Series (7 Weeks) – $350
This 7 week course will take you step by step through the creation of your very own hit web series in a supportive environment. Lessons will cover pitching, financing, marketing, creating loglines, characters, bibles, episodes, story arcs, writing, hiring crew and everything else you need to make a hit web series. There will be some guest speakers.
Sundays – Begins 4/20/14 – 3:00 PM – S2 – Melinda Hill
Pilot Writing 1 (7 Weeks) – $350
CREATE YOUR OWN SERIES – People always complain about what’s on television but nobody does anything about it. Until NOW! More and more networks and executives are starting to look beyond their typical yearly development for fresh, unique and original voices with a script with the potential of becoming the next cutting edge series. The philosophy is simple: build it and they will come. But creating the next HIT spec takes a lot more than just having a great idea. The “magic” goes in crafting a catchy concept, engaging characters and an involving story that brings the brilliance to light. Learn from a seasoned television writer with three network pilot sales under his belt, not to mention years of experience on staff as well as a studio executive, to take you from concept to reality. In a writer’s room setting, this seven-week course takes aspiring creators through the process of what it takes from realizing a brilliant idea into a sellable pilot script that will get others to take notice.
Mondays – Begins 4/14/14 – 7:00 PM – WR – Mark Amato
Spec Writing (7 Weeks) – $350
IT ALL STARTS WITH THE SPEC – Staffing season is around the corner and if you’re serious about trying to break in the lucrative world of comedy writing, you need an eye catching, knee slapping, laugh-out-loud original half hour spec script. But in order to turn heads, you have to get people to turn pages first. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re looking to up your game and create the best half hour spec script of your career so you can get agents and executives to take notice, this course is for you. Students work in a writer’s room setting as a seasoned pro helps you learn the skills to craft the perfect spec script. Good is the enemy of great as you will discover the tricks to tap into your inner BRILLIANCE. Working in a collaborative “writer’s room” setting, this seven-week course will help you focus on first creating a concept for a story, then focuses on working out the beats into a comprehensive outline so you can sit down and write a dynamite spec that will get you noticed. Whether you want to write for mainstream comedies like MODERN FAMILY or BIG BANG THEORY or for fringe shows like WORKAHOLICS or LOUIS C.K., this course will demystify the process of developing a spec that is so crisp, fresh and funny, you’ll truly understand what it means when writer’s say the script “wrote itself”.
Tuesdays – Begins 4/15/14 – 7:00 PM – WR – Mark Amato
SNL Writing Packet (7 Weeks) – $350
The goal of this class is an SNL sketch packet comprised of at least six separate sketches suitable for submission to literary agents, TV producers and SNL itself. In this class by former SNL writer Matt Craig, students will hit the ground running and experience what it is like to write for a weekly sketch comedy show. Curriculum will cover Weekend Update jokes, cold openings, monologues, commercial parodies, Digital Shorts, TV and Movie parodies, cast and group scenes, as well as original and existing Character sketches in a SNL-style weekly writer’s room environment. Ideally, students will walk away from the class with not only a solid SNL sketch packet but a business plan to move forward in pursuit of an agent and career in the world of writing. Previous sketch writing experience is a must. INTRODUCTION to COMEDIC SKETCH WRITING strongly encouraged as a prerequisite to this class.
Thursdays – Begins 4/17/14 – 7:00 PM – WR – Matt Craig
Descriptions of these classes are on our CURRICULUM page
Any questions please e-mail LAclasses@ioimprov.com
FYI – We also offer payment plans, if you need to split up your payments. If interested, please e-mail LAclasses@ioimprov.com
(L) = The Loft (Enter on Cosmo St.)
(DCT) = Del Close Theatre (Enter Cosmo St.)
(S2) = Studio 2 Classroom (Enter Cosmo St.)
(WR) = Writers’ Room (Enter Cosmo St.)
(MS) = Mainstage (Enter Hollywood Blvd.)
INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR CLASSES
iO West’s internship program allows students to work at the theatre in exchange for improv classes.
Internships are only available to currently enrolled students.
Please do not submit if you’re not enrolled in classes.
If you are interested in an internship, please fill out an application and return to the iO West Office or Box Office.
Applications can also be emailed to email@example.com .
To download the internship application Click Here
Future Registration Starting Dates
Please call the Training Center with any additional questions! 323-962-7560.