Classes

The Alchemy Comedy Theater is committed to teaching the art of improv comedy throughout the Greenville area. Whether you are interested in performing and joining our company, or simply working on communication and collaboration in the real world, these comedy classes are for you.

Unless otherwise noted, each class runs once a week, for six weeks from 6:30-9:00pm. Students are required to attend at least four of the six classes in order to graduate. Each class is a prerequisite for the next level, however there is no comedy or theater experience necessary to take Improv 101. Students get free admission to Alchemy Comedy shows while they are enrolled in a class.

All classes are taught at our training center (400 Birnie St), not the theater. Click on the course you would like to take to purchase online or you can call at (864) 256-1467 if you have any questions.

With Covid still a concern, we are requiring either a vaccination or masking for all students in our level 201 class or higher.

Available Classes

Improv 101: Introduction to Scene Play

REGISTER HERE for a 6 week class starting
Tuesday, September 27th

Improv 101 is an introduction to improvising a scene. This class will focus on the fundamentals of agreement, support, relationship, character, environment, and boldness.

Improv 201: Introduction to Scene Patterns

REGISTER HERE for a 6 week class starting
Wednesday, September 28th

Improv 201 is an introduction to the patterns that make up a scene. This class will focus on the fundamentals of scene pattern recognition, creation, and heightening.

Improv 301: Introduction to Scene Games

Our Improv 301 class has just ended. Registration will open for our next session later this Fall.

Improv 301 is an introduction to the concepts and rules of improv games. This class will focus on building a unique and interesting scene within an established short-form game.

Improv 401: Introduction to Long Form, Harold

Our Improv 401 class is currently running. Registration will open for our next session later this Winter.

Improv 401 is an introduction to the concepts and rules of long form improvisation. This class will focus on the foundational and widely performed format, The Harold.

Improv 501: Introduction to Other Long Forms

REGISTER HERE for a 6 week class starting
Sunday, October 2nd

Improv 501 is an introduction to other long-forms is the survey of other structures of long form improvisation. This class will cover advanced forms like the La Ronde, Armando, Deconstruction, Follow the Leaver, Close Quarters, Bat, Movie, and Narrative improv.

Stand-up 503: Intro to Storytelling and Stand-up Comedy

REGISTER HERE for a 6 week class starting
Tuesday, September 27th

Stand-up 503 is an introduction to building a great stand-up comedy set by finding the humor in your everyday life. This class will focus on being authentic as the key to finding your comedic voice. Building on the skills learned in your 101 to 401 classes, you will learn how to create a set based on comedy fundamentals. No previous stand up or storytelling experience necessary.

Improv 601: Advanced Scenework

REGISTER HERE for a 6 week class starting
Monday, January 2nd, 2023

Improv 601 is the final class in the Alchemy improv curriculum. This class is taught by the current Artistic Director who instructs accepted players how to combine all the skills taught in previous levels into a single scene with a single partner (often referred to as a Monoscene).

This class has open registration, but will only accept 6 experienced players. Registration will close one week before and those 6 who are accepted will be contacted the week before the class. Anyone who registers, but is not accepted into this class, will have their money refunded.