Level One: The Principles of Improv

Level One: The Principles of Improv with Armando Diaz

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Class Description

Simply put, you'll learn to improvise. In Level One, students will get onstage immediately and explore the fundamental principles of improvisation through exercises in agreement, commitment, spontaneity and listening. Sessions are designed so students will build a strong foundation as a confident performer. You will amaze yourself with your new found skills at the class graduation performance in front of your friends and family. This show is always fun and usually the highlight of most people's lives. Open to all.

Instructor: Armando Diaz

Armando is widely regarded as one of the best improv teachers in New York City and beyond. His list of teaching credits is a long one: the ImprovOlympic Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, NYU and Michael Howard Studios. He has trained dozens of actors who have performed or written for Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Mad TV, and The Daily Show.

A Chicago native, Armando studied improv under Del Close at the ImprovOlympic, Mick Napier at the Annoyance, and graduated from the Second City Conservatory. He performed in and helped create one of the most popular improvised longforms in Chicago, "The Armando Diaz Experience...." For the last decade, "the Armando" has been performed weekly in Chicago, and is now taught and performed in many other cities including Los Angeles and New York.

In addition to writing and producing short films, Armando wrote sketches for the show Upright Citizens Brigade on Comedy Central, and has performed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Full Session Schedule


Session Schedule*

  • Aug 5, 2020, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    at Zoom (Instructor will send info)
    (cyberspace)
  • Aug 12, 2020, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    at Zoom (Instructor will send info)
    (cyberspace)
  • Aug 19, 2020, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    at Zoom (Instructor will send info)
    (cyberspace)
  • Aug 26, 2020, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    at Zoom (Instructor will send info)
    (cyberspace)
  • Sep 2, 2020, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    at Zoom (Instructor will send info)
    (cyberspace)
  • Sep 9, 2020, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    at Zoom (Instructor will send info)
    (cyberspace)
  • Sep 16, 2020, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    at Zoom (Instructor will send info)
    (cyberspace)
  • Sep 23, 2020, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    at Zoom (Instructor will send info)
    (cyberspace)

Show Schedule*

  • This class does not include a performance.