"Before coming to the Dojo, I was unsure of myself and just plain scared of failure. My mind and mouth were overworking.  Paul taught me to  say “Fuck my fear and fuck shit up.” I learned to shut up, listen, and ‘put a period on it’ in order to let the scene develop organically vs. forcing my idea.  I learned to really feel and react through the lens of my character. I learned that simply responding to the last thing said can get me out of my head and back to listening to my partner.  Most importantly, Paul instilled a fiery passion and love of improv that was not there before the Dojo. His genuine love and passion for the art of Improv emanated from him during each class.  Because of Paul’s honest feedback and expertise, I feel like my abilities and confidence in improv has developed immensely." - Eddie Ruiz

"I did a lot of stuff that felt so uncomfortable to me, but was completely necessary for me to shed my fear and embrace the weirdness on stage. I feel like I've grown so much through improv and I can't wait to continue doing so. Paul is a natural teacher with lots of great tools to use and whose enthusiasm for the art of improv shows through his teaching." - Babel Barm

"My favorite thing was the small class size, allowing for consistent, honest individual feedback.  I’ve learned that what I have at the top of a scene is enough, to say what I’m thinking instead of thinking of what I should say, play smart and to commit to being absurd as possible without being apologetic about it. When I do all that, my character and scene will take care of themselves. My job is to listen, relax, slow down, turn off my monkey mind that wants to fight and be right, and behave honestly as the character." - Phil Touche


Advanced Improv Program

MISSION: To guide graduates of an improv program, who still feel that they need to hone their skills, to find their “A-ha” moment, and to continually ride that moment by continually challenging themselves, and accepting challenges to find their comedic voice, and become the type of improviser that they want to be.

SO, HOW’S THAT WORK?: I (Paul) observe how you improvise. I tell you what you do well, what’s delightful to see and hear from you, what is unique to you. I also tell you what you need to work on, the bad habits you may have, the hesitancy you may have to surrender to your character and what the scene needs. And I keep doing this, over and over and over. I hold you accountable and I make sure you hold yourself accountable. I challenge you to really pay attention to yourself. I focus on you becoming a better improviser, the kind of improviser that you want to be. I want you to thrive.

Please email with interest. Classes will start when Paul gets his new work schedule, sometime in 12/18

Limited to 8 students.

Requirement: Completion of an established improv program (Including San Diego’s programs: Finest City Improv, Sidestage Improv, Old Town Improv Company, National Comedy Theater)

Learn how to:

Find your comedic voice

Play slow

Embrace awkwardness

Experience the joy that comes with the freedom to play characters you wouldn't normally play

Raise your standards on what kind of improviser you want to be

Master the dojo's "ABC's of Improv": Attention, Build, Commit

Through all the levels, we revisit and review Viola Spolin's (the godmother of modern improvisation) Five Obstacles to a Direct Experience.

  1. The Approval/Disapproval Syndrome - Getting over trying to please others

  2. Self-Pity - Conquer self defeat and tired excuses

  3. Success/Failure - Transcend opposites of negative and positive

  4. Attitudes - Drop appearances and learn to deal with the problem

  5. Fear - Defeat fear through a direct experience

You'll get:

  • Honest individual feedback

  • Lots of scene work

  • A focus on finding your comedic voice

  • Stage time monthly with a 2 or 3 person team

Level 1 - Attention - 8 classes

Really pay attention, to every little detail. Let the scene present itself. Start with small things to create bigger things. Be aware not only of what your partner is doing, but what you are doing yourself.

Level 2 - Build - 8 classes

Heighten and build what makes your character, your partner's character, and the deal of the scene funny. 

Level 3 - Commit - 8 classses

Create strong characters making bold choices. Commit to each decision made in the scene. Reuse, recycle and reinvest in what you're created. 

Currently accepting students for Level 1, Mondays Nov. 6 through Jan 15, (minus Nov. 27, Dec. 25, Jan. 1)

Classes are limited to 8 students, to ensure lots of scene work and individual feedback.

All 3 levels (6 months total) taught by Paul Cross. 

Attendance policy: Missing more than 2 classes is cause for not advancing to the next level. Levels may be repeated at a significantly reduced rate. 

$225 - Payable on venmo to theimprovdojo or paypal to