We receive a lot of questions from potential students, teachers and staff. So we’ve put the most popular ones together all in one place. If your question isn’t answered here, then just contact us directly! Or if you don’t know what to look for in an improvisation school, then check out our Choosing an improv school article.
I don’t want to do improv. I just want to be a bit more confident. Do you do that?
Yes we do! All of our students go through our beginners classes which do this and more, without any work on “improv”. If students wish to do improv after that, then they continue on to our multi–level improv programme and already have the foundations in place to accelerate that training.
Do I have to get on stage in your classes or for graduation shows?
No. We don’t run graduation shows, and no student will pass or fail based on whether they’ve been on stage. We do however run shows for students at intermediate levels and above, as the on–stage experience contributes to learning our curriculum. All of our shows are opt–in, so you have to want to be on–stage in order to be in them. You can certainly do all of our classes successfully, having never once stepped on–stage.
If I begin training with you, can I also go elsewhere?
Certainly, and we can’t really stop you doing that if you wish. However we strongly recommend only training at one improv school at a time, as contradictory learning can occur. Basically you’re internalising method memory at one school, and then replacing it with another method memory a few days later. It’s a really bad way to learn improv. Even if you don’t train with us, choose one school and run their programme, then once you’ve completed that, choose another. Our book Inside Improvisation covers this in more detail.
Our training prepares you for all of the different main methods of improvisation that are taught today. By training with us first, this will give you the very best start for when you decide to train at another school. Many of our students do exactly this.
Also note below under Classes, that we do not accept students who have already trained at another school or have some improv experience. We just can’t stop you training somewhere else a few days after training with us.
When are your Sydney inner west classes?
Every now and again as there is demand, but not as regularly as our Chatswood and north shore classes. Our international guest master classes always run in the inner west.
When will you run regular level based classes in the inner west?
When the competition in Sydney isn’t so fierce.
We’re focused on providing the best improvisation training in the world, which sounds a bit pig headed, but that’s our mission. There are a lot improv schools in inner Sydney right now, all competing for students, so we would have to spend more of our time competing with them, than supporting our current students to become the best improvisors they can be.
You only have beginners classes. Is this correct?
Not at all. We offer intermediate and advanced classes, and actually have the most advanced and comprehensive improv curriculum in Sydney — if not the world, but it is impossible to know for sure. We only offer our non–beginner classes to our students who have completed our beginner classes, and so they are not always shown on our website.
I’ve done some improv before, so can I skip your beginners classes?
Sorry, but we don’t currently offer our improv levels to people who already have some improv experience. All of our students start as beginners in our beginners classes.
I only did a level or two somewhere else. Can I take your classes?
We don’t take students who have trained elsewhere. However we do make exceptions in certain cases, where students have only taken a level or two elsewhere and have no on–stage experience.
Why can’t I take your classes? Take my money already!
We teach improv differently, and we prefer to do that from the very beginning. Our students end up with the best all round training in many different improv methods, and that approach requires a beginner level clean slate. If you’ve trained elsewhere, then we don’t know what you learned or who you learned it from, so you may come with training that will need to be fixed or changed before entering our curriculum. With so many places to learn improv these days, it’s now almost impossible to run conversion courses like we used to.
Seriously? It’s just improv! Does it really matter?
Yes it does, and this is why.
Can my group hire you for private training in the inner west?
Absolutely! Our teachers are usually available for any kind of improvisation, improv or spontaneity training you need, pretty much anywhere in Sydney. We love working with different groups at various experience levels, as well as helping organisations improve their team work, spontaneity and agility. Private training is also the only way that experienced improvisors can be invited to join our classes, as our teachers will be able to observe your group and prepare you for our curriculum. Contact us if you’d like to hire us for private training.
Teachers & Faculty
I can teach improv. Can I teach for you?
Sure! We love new teachers coming on board with us and we’re always on the look out for good ones. However due to the nature of our curriculum, we require a very high standard of teaching, either in improv, drama or other related domains, along with a formal teaching background at either school or corporate level. We do make exceptions though, so let us know if you’re interested.
I taught improv at another school. Can I teach for you?
That depends on what you taught and what other experience you have. We don’t hire improvisors who would like to learn how to teach, or students who are a few years out of classes. You must have other skills in teaching and/or drama or related domains in order to teach with us.
Do you have an Assistant Teacher, Train The Trainer or Teaching Track programme?
No. We don’t teach our teachers how to be teachers. We also don’t hire teachers from people who have recently been through these kinds of programmes.
Can you tell me who your teachers are, as they aren’t on your website?
No, sorry. Our faculty aren’t shown on our website, except where they also hold senior advisory roles. If you’ve signed up for a class, then you will receive an email regarding who your teacher will be. If you haven’t signed up yet and wish to know who your teacher will be before you do, then contact us directly.
Who are your beginners class teachers then?
We don’t have fixed beginners class teachers. Our faculty are also practicing artists and teachers, and so we schedule teachers based on their availability. Your teacher for a particular class might not be the same as your friend who did an earlier running of that class.