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The Brody Theater offers a full course of study in multiple fields, including public performance opportunities for dedicated students. Whether your goal is to perform on the improvised stage, improve spontaneity in your scripted acting, learn the ropes of standup comedy, Become a sketch writer, or simply find a new creative outlet - or inlet - these fun, challenging and rewarding classes are for you.

Students receive free admission to our shows, an important and enjoyable adjunct to class work.

Register online, at the theater, by phone, or by mail. If you need to discuss prerequisite experience for upper level classes or have other questions, email classes@brodytheater.com, or phone us at 503.224.2227.

We also teach creativity and team-building workshops for non-performance/business applications, and can design a program to suit your needs and goals. Contact us if an improv-based experience for your business interests you.

Our teachers: Marilyn Divine, Tom Johnson, Kerry Leek, Mike Karras, Chris Parsons, & Aspen Farer.

When enrolling, note: we need an email address to send important information about your class. If the address attached to your Paypal account is not the best one, please send an alternate address to classes@brodytheater.com after enrolling.

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IMPROV

One-Time Intro Improv Workshop

Level 1 :: Fundamentals of Improvisation

Level 2A :: Intermediate: Scene-Work

Level 2B :: Intermediate: Ensemble

Level 3A :: Mastering the Scene

Level 3B :: Long Form Improvisation

Level 4 :: Advanced Improvisation

Level 5 :: Advanced Performance Lab


STANDUP COMEDY

Standup Comedy 1


SKETCH COMEDY

Sketch Writing 1

Sketch Writing 2A

Sketch Writing 2B



Address for enrollment by mail:

The Brody Theater
PO Box 3835
Portland, OR 97208


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Current Class Offerings


When enrolling, note: we need an email address to send important information about your class. If the address attached to your Paypal account is not the best one, please send an alternate address to classes@brodytheater.com after enrolling.

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One-Night Intro Improv Workshop

Tuesday November 6, 7:00pm


This "one-shot" workshop, designed for the beginner or someone who just wants to dip their toe into the waters, will include lots of fun improv games and exercises. No previous theater or improv experience required! This class fills up so grab your spot now! Classes and workshops meet at the Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway in downtown Portland.


Prerequisite: None, beginners welcome!

Fee: $40.00

(nominal online service fee applies)

Intro Improv Workshop

Level 1: Fundamentals of Improvisation

NO CLASS OFFERED NOVEMBER-DECEMBER


This class is an introduction to group improvisation covering spontaneity, group focus and ensemble building, narrative skills, and ways to identify and exploit the patterns and connections between ideas and experiences that help power and integrate our work. This is our entry level class, and is prerequisite to further work in the training program. Open to ages 17 and up.


Instructors: Marilyn Divine (Tuesdays)

Prerequisite: None, beginners welcome!

Fee: $225.00 for seven 2-hour class sessions plus free show admissions.
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Level 2A: Intermediate Scene Work

NO CLASS OFFERED NOVEMBER-DECEMBER

Level 2B: Intermediate Ensemble Work

NO CLASS OFFERED NOVEMBER-DECEMBER


Level 2 (intermediate) is a 2-class sequence. Level 2A focuses primarily on 2-person scene work and 2B focuses on ensemble improvisation. They are offered on a rotating basis, and can be taken in any order. Topics will include scene work, ensemble play, narrative skills, scene-editing and connecting, introductory long form concepts. Both 2A and 2B are required before moving to Level 3.

Classes and workshops meet at the Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway in downtown Portland.


Instructors: Mike Karras

Prerequisite: Level 1 (or Equivalent Training AND Permission)

Fee: $225.00 for seven 2-hour class sessions plus free show admissions and option for participation in "Fire Drill"

Students Level 2 and above are eligible to play in our student performance "Fire Drill" on Sunday nights.

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3A: Advanced SceneWork

NO CLASS OFFERED NOVEMBER-DECEMBER

3B: Long form Improvisation

NO CLASS OFFERED NOVEMBER-DECEMBER


Advanced level work in various aspects of improvisation. Level 3A focuses on advanced scene work and 3B focuses on longform ensemble play. They can be taken in any order. Both are required before moving on to Level 4.

Classes and workshops meet at the Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway in downtown Portland.


Instructors: Tom Johnson, plus guest teachers

Prerequisite: Both Brody intermediate sessions 2A & 2B

Fee: $225.00 for seven 2-hour class sessions, plus performance

(nominal online service fee applies)

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Level 3 improvisation

Level 4: Advanced Improvisation

NO CLASS OFFERED NOVEMBER-DECEMBER


Level 4 combines all the skills you learned in Level 3A & 3B, and brings you to a higher level. In addition to your class work, you will perform four or five times in the Sunday Diabolical Experiments shows and our Thursday night Supernova student showcase.


Instructor: STAFF

Prerequisite: Level 3A & 3B improvisation.

Fee: $225.00 for seven class sessions, plus multiple performances

(nominal online service fee applies)


Level 5: Advanced Performance Intensive

NO CLASS OFFERED NOVEMBER-DECEMBER


Level 5 takes invited graduates of our first four levels and makes them into a performance ensemble, through intensive class work and multiple full-length prime-time performances at the theater. Participants are also eligible to play in "Micetro" and sometimes other Brody Theater shows. You'll get the most thorough experience in intensive scene work and long form improvisation, and rigorous enriching instruction from one of the most experienced teachers and directors at the Brody. Teachers for this class rotate from session to session but include Tom Johnson and Kerry Leek. Teacher for the next session: Tom Johnson


Instructors: Tom Johnson

Prerequisite: Level 4 Improvisation and invitation.

Fee: $225.00 for seven class sessions, plus multiple performances

(nominal online service fee applies)

Standup Comedy 1: Introduction to Standup

Mondays from 7:00-9:00pm October 29-November 19. Short session: 4 weeks

We're doing a short holiday-session session--just four meetings instead of the usual six, with the final class November 19. This workshop will help you develop skills and experience as a standup comedian. We'll focus on writing, performance style and mechanics, point of view, and more in a supportive environment. Performance opportunity in our open mics and a special show by workshop participants. Tom Johnson is founding director of the Brody Theater, has been a stage comedian for 30 years, and has worked professionally all over the country. Dozens of his recent students are now regulars on the Portland standup comedy scene.


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Instructor: Tom Johnson

Prerequisite: None

Fee: $199.00 for four 2-hour class sessions, plus performance.

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Intro to standup

Sketch Comedy Writing 1

NO CLASS OFFERED NOVEMBER-DECEMBER


In this fast-paced class, students will spend seven weeks working on idea generation, character and point-of-view, leaving with an understanding of how to write a well-structured, dynamic sketch. Participants will emerge with three polished sketches that they've rewritten and seen up on their feet. Weekly homework assignments require access to a computer, the internet and a printer.


Instructor Aspen Farer is a long-time Brody ensemble member and director of our sketch program, and also taught screenwriting and directing in the film program at the Art Institute of Portland.

Instructors: Aspen Farer

Prerequisite: None, beginners welcome! You'll need access to computer, internet, printer

Fee: $250.00 for seven 2-hour class sessions plus staged reading performance showcase

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Class Cancellation Policy & Enrollment Deferral


Delaying or cancelling enrollment:

Please read this section carefully. Our classes fill up and we often have to turn people away. We cannot simply give full refunds to people who enroll and then do not attend the class.

For all multi-week classes:
If something comes up and you cannot join a class, contact us as soon as possible, preferably at least 48 hours before the class starts, to defer your enrollment, keeping your payment on account to enroll in a future class. If you contact us at least 48 hours before the first meeting there is a $30 deferrment fee. From less than 48 hours before the first class to two days after the first class the fee to defer is $75. Later than 48 hours after the first class meeting the fee is $100. For the one-night intro improv workshop, you can defer enrollment to a later edition of the workshop at no charge if you contact us at least 48 hours before the workshop to make the change. 24-48 hours prior there is a $10 rescheduling fee.

If instead you decide to cancel your enrollment:
For all six and seven-week classes: 10 days or more prior to the first class meeting, there is a $30 cancellation fee; 1-9 days prior: $50. No refunds for cancellation less than 24 hours before the beginning of a class.

All other classes and workshops: 10 days or more prior to the first class meeting: $25 cancellation fee; 6-9 days prior: $40 cancellation fee. One to 5 days before the class or workshop: cancellation fee is 50% of the workshop cost. For workshops costing less than $50 cancellation fee is half the workshop cost, if you cancel more than 24 hours prior to the event.

Your payment, less any cancellation fees, will be refunded within 30 days. No refunds for cancellation less than 24 hours before any class or workshop start time.