All of our improv teachers draw from one consistent theory, the Expansion Tree, which can be seen as the "string theory" to all long form improvisation. Discovered in 2005, the Expansion Tree arms the improviser and group with techniques that can be used to react to any and every situation. The process stresses truly reacting to the dynamic of the piece as the events unfold, rather than using a defined structure that may be predictable to the audience. The presentation usually involves a more cohesive performance that stays ahead of audience expectations while allowing the artists to collaborate together using a common language. More importantly, it allows the comedian to learn and practice comedy in a productive environment.
Our Apprentices are in a 12 week training program, meeting once a week, followed by 4 weeks of live shows, performing once a week. You will learn the basics of our improv theory, The Expansion Tree, including, characters, relationship, and the basic techniques we use to expand on scenes and move from scene to scene. As your long form performance, you will perform scenes inspired by monologues. Each Apprentice group will be limited to 16 people.
Our Ensemble members have rehearsals for 12 weeks, meeting once a a week, followed by 12 weeks of live shows, performing once a week. They repeat this until they have mastered:
The Direct Expansion Tree – Teaches storytelling, characters, and relationships while using walk-ons, tag-outs, swinging doors, split scenes, and transformations to get from scene to scene.
The Indirect Expansion Tree - Teaches ideas, jokes, themes, while using cut to's, runs, absurd universes, and starting in the middle to get from scene to scene.
Each Ensemble group is limited to 16 people.
For those looking to pursue improv more rigorously, we invite some of our ensemble members to join a house team of no more than 9 people. House teams have a dedicated coach in every other week rehearsals and they perform every other week on the same day and the same time. Teams are reviewed periodically but may perform together in perpetuity. House Teams learn 8 new forms with the ultimate goal of exploring pieces that discover their form as they are played. They learn how to react to pieces as it unfolds and to look at the suggestion as possibly the means by which they present the scenes to the audience. (Ex. the suggestion of "traffic" might lead scenes to "merge" or "crash together" or be "ushered in by traffic police") They also begin exploring how team chemistry impacts their work.
We also extend additional benefits to House members and above:
Pay for private events ($25 minimum at home shows, $50 minimum for away shows)
Can perform in any Ensemble form as a sub
Team Listed on www.thecomedyclubhouse.com
Festival submission reimbursement after acceptance
When a team is experienced enough, they are promoted to an Artisan Team with no changes or reviews in future casts. Artisan Teams can perform weekly, on the weekend, and are coached by a coach when the team requests it.
We also extend additional benefits to Artisan members:
Paid corporate and touring events
Featured team on website with performance day and time
Agent introduction where appropriate
Become a Member
$50 a month (per discipline)
Receive training, performances, perks, compensation, and opportunities to build your career. Whether it is a show or rehearsal, you will have something to do every week. Specialize in the discipline that makes you feel comfortable or add other disciplines if your goal is to be well-rounded.
We believe in keeping our membership as low as possibility to be as accessible to as many people as possible. We haven't raised it since we began the membership based system in 2011. We have been adding perks from day one. Join us!