Improv Level One Intensive (in-person)

Improv Level One Intensive (in-person) with Nick Kanellis

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Check below to see the full schedule for each session, see if your class skips a week for a holiday, and check out the date and time of your class show(s).

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.

All students will be asked to show proof of vaccination prior to the first session in order to participate in this class

Instructor: Nick Kanellis

As a performer, Nick is half of the critically acclaimed improv duo “Trike,” which the New York Times calls "reliably one of the best improv performances in the city." Nick is also one of the premier motion capture actors for pre-vis commercial animatics in NYC (performing in over hundreds of animated spots for both 321Launch and Edit1), is a voice over artist for two of today.com's top 10 podcasts for kids (Story Pirates and Don't Break the Rules!), was featured in TIME for Kids as an "improv expert," was named one of the 25 best things at Comic Con by Rolling Stone, and he is a two time New Yorker caption contest winner (three time finalist). He is a National Champion in Humorous Interpretation and four time National Finalist for the National Speech and Debate Association (formerly the National Forensic League), and has acted in a variety of commercials for Pur Water Filters, Pace Salsa, Verizon, and more.

As a teacher, Nick Kanellis is an improvisational instructor and consultant, creating and facilitating workshops utilizing improvisational theater games and techniques to help participants become better communicators, collaborators, and leaders. He has been teaching applied improv for roughly 12 years with the Magnet Theater, leading workshops for companies including Google, Bloomberg, Nasdaq, Syracuse, Fordham, The Howard Stern Show, and more, as well as instructing a Medical Improv course with NYU Langone's Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine and their Palliative Care team. He also works as part time faculty at The Calhoun School and as a teaching artist/curriculum consultant with The Story Pirates. He also served as house team director at the Magnet theater for two years and is the originator of several improvisational forms including The Beast, The Nightly News, and The Medusa.

He also moonlights as the villainous wrestler "The King of Hearts" and is a co-creator of the pro wrestling show "Wrestlepocalypse" which has a new iteration every year at Northwestern to this day.

Full Session Schedule


Session Schedule*

  1. Sep 12, 2022, 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    at Magnet Theater
    (254 W. 29th Street)
  2. Sep 13, 2022, 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    at Magnet Theater
    (254 W. 29th Street)
  3. Sep 14, 2022, 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    at Magnet Theater
    (254 W. 29th Street)
  4. Sep 15, 2022, 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    at Magnet Theater
    (254 W. 29th Street)
  5. Sep 16, 2022, 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    at Magnet Theater
    (254 W. 29th Street)

Show Schedule*

  1. Sep 16, 2022, 5:30 PM
    at Magnet Theater
    (254 W. 29th Street)
  2. *scheduling subject to change