Classes

 

 

ADVANCED IMPROV PROGRAM: Begins Nov. 6

Requirement: Graduation of an established improv program   

"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 - Advanced Improv Program grad

"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 - Advanced Improv Program grad

"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 grad

Learn how to:

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.

You'll learn a more powerful and challenging version of 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
  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 thisguyispaul@yahoo.com

 

 

BEGINNING IMPROV PROGRAM:

Add more friends, humor, confidence, laughter, playfulness, boldness, creativity, outrageousness, enthusiasm, fascination, intrigue, enchantment and curiosity to your life.

Free show admission plus one friend admission each show for students

The Improv Dojo is designed to make you the best improviser you can be by giving you:

  • Honest individual feedback
  • Lots of scene work
  • A focus on finding your comedic voice

Discover how to be the best and most confident version of yourself. What you bring to the stage is all you need to bring. You are enough. You'll find your comedic voice. You'll learn how to get out of your comfort zone and play with confidence with strong characters making bold choices. We create a safe space for you to learn to trust yourself and discover a strength inside you that wants to play. We teach several major forms of long-form improv so that you will have a solid understanding of what kind of shows you want to perform upon graduation.

You'll learn 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
  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

Our beginning improv program teachers have a wide variety of experience and were trained at Chicago's The Second City, IO, The Annoyance Theater, and Hollywood's The Second City and The Pack Theater. 

 
 

Level 1

The A of our ABC's of Improv: Attention

  • Understanding Viola Spolin's Five Obstacles to a Direct Experience
  • Learn to listen actively, take in all the little details, and be present in the moment 
  • Play a heightened version of yourself by exploring your true and honest self 
  • Agreement is always implied
  • Starting scenes with strong declarations, emotions and attention  
  • Start to find your comedic voice 
  • Learn how to take direction
  • Overcome the need to always be right and learn to play with a vulnerability that creates laughter
  • Object work

Taught by Paul Cross

Classes ARE NOT held at 2110 Hancock.

Classes are at The White Box at San Diego Dance Studio 2590 Truxtun Road #205 San Diego 92106

Next level 1 start time TBD. Contact me (Paul) on Contact page with interest and questions and I'll keep you posted on a start date when enough students are available.

$225

Taste of Dojo and Dark Side workshop students can pay the discounted rate to 'theimprovdojo' on venmo or to 'thisguyispaul@yahoo dot com' on paypal

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LEVEL 2

The B of our ABC's of Improv: Build

  • Now that you've learned to pay attention, you can build and heighten what your deal is, what your scene partner's deal is, and what the scene's deal is
  • Recognize and play with the first unusual thing in your scene
  • Scene work is explored in more depth with 2 person scenes
  • Build with what you have: reinvest, recycle, revisit
  • Emotions, strong declarative statements, keeping it simple, reacting to partner, relationship, wants and intentions are explored

Taught by David Preciado

 

LEVEL 3

The C of our ABC's of Improv: Commit

  • Commit to what you've established - Raise the stakes
  • Embrace the awkwardness and double down on failure
  • Learn how your scene relates to bigger things
  • Scene work is explored in more depth with 3 person scenes
  • Begin character development 

Taught by Keith James

 

LEVEL 4

Characters and Scenic Development

  • Create strong characters from simple choices, and have them make strong choices 
  • Exist in a rich and varied environment to create interesting and funny scenes 
  • Natural development of scenes based on character choices
  • Form multiple patterns
  • Group and split scenes

Taught by Paul Cross

 

LEVEL 5

Show Forms and Advanced Techniques

Learn and perform a variety of long-forms to discover what kind of styles you like to play and to prepare you for your improv journey:

  • Harold
  • Armando
  • Character Generator
  • Monoscene
  • Deconstruction
  • Oak Tree
  • Pretty Flower

 

  • Review and apply what you've learned in the first four levels
  • Challenges issued based on individual feedback
  • Build aggressive specificity
  • Use the filter of the character in relation to the environment

Taught by Paul Cross