It's time to add improv training to your acting arsenal.

Master improv teacher and Highwire Comedy Co. founder, Ian Covell, can teach you how to use improv to help you become a more spontaneous and confident actor while having the most fun you'll ever have. Ian has over 20 years of experience performing improv and sketch comedy across the U.S. and Canada. He has extensively trained in the Meisner Technique and regularly works in film, commercial, and voice-over acting. His unique blend of improv and acting skills is a rare commodity. Coming up, he can be seen as Darren Spazzio in the film Christine -- which premieres at the Sundance Film Festival 2016. 

Over 16 weeks, students learn these skills and more:

  1. Make strong and inspired choices 
  2. Deliver confident auditions
  3. On-camera improvisation
  4. Create a real connection with your scene partner
  5. Less thinking - it's called acting
  6. Strengthen communication skills with colleagues, crew, and yourself.
  7. Staying presentopen, and in the moment 


Improv for Actors 1

Become more spontaneous in written moments. Be ready when the director says, "Okay, let's improvise."

We have both a morning class and evening class available.

Session A Class Times:  [Wednesdays 11:00am-2:00pm] *SOLD OUT or [Wednesdays 7:00pm-10:00pm] (1/20-3/9) 
Cost: $225//8 WEEKS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

This program teaches trained actors the fundamentals of Long Form improvisation. Skills acquired in this class can be applied to both scripted and non-scripted work. Improv for Actors 1 covers the beginning elements of how to perform an improvised scene that appears as if it has been scripted and rehearsed. 

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You must have one of the following: professional acting training or the equivalent amount of experience, a theater degree, or be enrolled in a college theater program.

You must submit an application to be considered for placement in IFA-1. Let us know about your previous training and experience by filling out the application on this page. 





                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       This class ends with a student performance. 

3 hours, 8 weeks

Instructor: Ian Covell


Improv for Actors 2

Acquire the skills needed to perform an improvised scene that appears as if it has been scripted and rehearsed.

 Session A Class Times:  NOT OFFERED FOR SESSION A                                                                        Cost: $225//8 WEEKS


Continue to build improvisational skills while creating characters and discovering how those characters and their points of view affect a scene. Completion of Improv for Actors 2 fulfills the prerequisites for the Highwire team and show auditions.

This class ends with a student performance.

3 hours, 8 weeks

Instructor: Ian Covell