Sketch Comedy Writing Program

Session #1 of the Sketch Comedy Writing Program is SOLD OUT. Please email renoimprov@gmail.com to be notified when future classes open up.

The Sketch Comedy Writing Program at Reno Improv consists of four 8-week sessions and culminates with a full-length sketch comedy revue written by the students and performed by six actors (three men and three women) within the community.

The first session will cover an intro to comedy writing, comedic voice, character development, the 5-point structure, point of view, tension, stakes, and more. Sessions #2 and #3 will delve into the various forms of sketch, blackouts, songs, and rewriting, and Session #4 will be the production process, which will teach students how to put on a full-length sketch comedy revue. To get the most out of the program, please be prepared to commit to all four sessions.

Session #1 of the Sketch Comedy Writing Program starts Sunday, February 3 and runs through March 24. We will meet at 695 Willow St. (corner of Wells Ave. and Willow St.), Sundays from 3 – 6 p.m. This class is offered to adults 18 and over and will be limited to 8 students. The cost is $200. You can pay ahead of time via PayPal at paypal.me/renoimprov (Reno Improv owner Ben Craig is the payee). You can also pay with cash, credit/debit card or check the first day of class. Contact renoimprov@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

Sketch Comedy Writing Program: Session 1
Sunday, February 3 – March 24, 2019
3 – 6 p.m.
Cost: $200

Level I: Intro to Short Form

Improv training can be a life-changing experience. Becoming a skilled and confident improviser is an adventure worth the effort. Reno Improv provides a supportive and fun learning environment during every step of your improv journey. Our classes are designed to help you experience immediate success and have lots of fun in a safe, welcoming setting.

In this class, you’ll sharpen your listening skills, explore and play with new people and learn the basics of improv comedy. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to loosen up, be more spontaneous and learn to take healthy risks on stage and in life. The class will incorporate scene work, movement-based and group exercises along with short form improv games to help you become more confident, trusting and graceful on stage.

Our next Level I class will be offered Tuesday evenings from 6 – 8:30 p.m., July 2 – August 20, 2019. Please email us at renoimprov@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

Level I: Introduction to Short Form Improv
Tuesday, July 2 – August 20, 2019
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $175

The Playground

Weekly Improv Workshop

Learn the basics of improv at our beginner-friendly drop-in workshop, every Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Play improv games, enjoy good vibes and meet new friends. Participate as much or as little as you like — there’s never any pressure to do more than you’re comfortable with.

Time + Location

Saturdays • 6:30 – 8 p.m.
695 Willow St. • Reno, NV
Cost: $5

Shows

Every Reno Improv show is a unique, freshly baked morsel of comedy + drama prepared right before your eyes! The performances are unrehearsed and unscripted, so you’ll never experience the same show twice. We begin with a suggestion from the audience and our cast of talented improvisers weaves an entertaining series of scenes. Our featured forms include:

  • Armando
  • The Digression
  • DuoProv
  • Harold
  • Living Room
  • Montage
  • Scramble
  • Slacker

Time + Location

Saturdays • 8 – 9 p.m.
695 Willow St. • Reno, Nevada
Cost $5

Level III: The Montage

Continue your exploration of long form improv comedy in Reno Improv’s Level III: The Montage. In this exciting 8-week class, you’ll learn how edit scenes, tag in and out with confidence, create split scenes, and further develop your proficiency in the art of discovering the game of the scene.

Improv training promotes self confidence – both on stage and in professional and public speaking endeavors. In Level III, you’ll continue to develop valuable listening skills, practice exuding composure in the face of uncertainty, and become a stronger collaborator in group settings. Most importantly, you will practice saying “yes” to new ideas and experiences.

Class starts Monday, July 1 and runs through August 19. The class will culminate with a student showcase. We will meet at 695 Willow St. (corner of Wells Ave. and Willow St.), Wednesdays from 6 – 8:30 p.m. This class is offered to adults 18 and over and will be limited to 14 people. The cost is $175. You can pay ahead of time via PayPal at paypal.me/renoimprov (Reno Improv owner Ben Craig is the payee). You can also pay with cash, credit/debit card or check the first day of class. Contact renoimprov@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

Level III: The Montage
Monday, July 1 – August 19, 2019
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $175

Level II: Intro to Long Form

Continue your exploration of improv comedy with Reno Improv’s Level II: Introduction to Long Form. In this fun 8-week class, you’ll learn how to create two- and multi-player scenes as well as how to identify and play the game of the scene. Improv training promotes self confidence – both on stage and in professional and public speaking endeavors. In Level II, you’ll continue to develop valuable listening skills, practice exuding composure in the face of uncertainty, and become a stronger collaborator in group settings. Most importantly, you will practice saying “yes” to new ideas and experiences.

Class starts Wednesday, August 28 and runs through October 16. The class will culminate with a student showcase. We will meet at 695 Willow St. (corner of Wells Ave. and Willow St.), Mondays from 6 – 8:30 p.m. This class is offered to adults 18 and over and will be limited to 14 people. The cost is $175. You can pay ahead of time via PayPal at paypal.me/renoimprov (Reno Improv owner Ben Craig is the payee). You can also pay with cash, credit/debit card or check the first day of class. Contact renoimprov@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

Level II: Introduction to Long Form Improv
Wednesday, August 28 – October 16 , 2019
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $175

Level I: Intro to Short Form

Improv training can be a life-changing experience. Becoming a skilled and confident improviser is an adventure worth the effort. Reno Improv provides a supportive and fun learning environment during every step of your improv journey. Our classes are designed to help you experience immediate success and have lots of fun in a safe, welcoming setting.

In this class, you’ll sharpen your listening skills, explore and play with new people and learn the basics of improv comedy. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to loosen up, be more spontaneous and learn to take healthy risks on stage and in life. The class will incorporate scene work, movement-based and group exercises along with short form improv games to help you become more confident, trusting and graceful on stage.

Our next Level I class will be offered Wednesday evenings from 6 – 8:30 p.m., July 3 – August 21, 2019. Please email us at renoimprov@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

Level I: Introduction to Short Form Improv
Wednesday, July 3 – August 21, 2019
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $175