Classes

The Playground Training Center is dedicated to helping comedians grow as performers, writers, directors, producers, and individuals. We are committed to helping our students find their voice, promote their strengths, and build their confidence – all through exploration and discovery. We aim to effectively teach the core techniques of comedy in a supportive, guided environment.

Each term includes a variety of classes for multiple ages and experience levels from beginners to professionals. Class will meet once a week for 2 ½ hours. All classes will run for 6 weeks excluding holidays. Level 4 will run four weeks only, and will include graduation shows.

Current Classes

Clowning for Improvisers

Saturday 6/24, 12-3pm
Clowning skills are useful for all levels of improvisers to get more comfortable with physicality and playfulness onstage. Clowns generally aren’t big talkers, so much of the art of clowning is about using your entire body to convey meaning. If you are an improviser who feels disconnected from your body, this workshop will teach you some ways to bridge that gap in your performance.
**Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Get ready to sweat!**

Instructor: Shara Tonn

Class Size: 16 Students

Cost: $30

Prerequisites: at least one previous improv class

Start Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM

Sex and Violence

Saturday 6/24, 3pm-6pm
Want to tell passionate love stories or get into wild fist-fights? From stage kisses to slaps, intimate moments to violent outbursts, this workshop will teach you the down and dirty ways to safely and sensitively show intimacy and violence onstage. After this workshop, you’ll be rarin’ to fall in love onstage or get into a bar brawl in a rollicking Western!

Instructor: Mona Thompson

Class Size: 12 Students

Cost: $30

Prerequisites: This workshop is for more experienced improvisers who have taken a few classes and already have scene work skills.

Start Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Time: 3:00 PM

Clowning for Improvisers / Sex and Violence Workshop Combo

Receive a discounted rate by signing up for both workshops!

Instructor: TBD

Class Size: 12 Students

Cost: $50

Prerequisites: This workshop is for more experienced improvisers who have taken a few classes and already have scene work skills.

Start Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM