Improv Comedy Classes At The Voodoo Comedy Playhouse

 

Improv Comedy Classes At The Voodoo Comedy Playhouse

Below you’ll find more information about all of the different classes offered at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse. Our instructors have worked with the best training centers and teachers around the country, and we will give you the best improv comedy training Denver has to offer.  Our classes are perfect for all skill and experience levels, whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been performing for awhile!  Check below for our current class roster and to sign up.  New classes are starting all the time!  JOIN US!

All Voodoo Comedy Playhouse volunteers and interns have access to FREE CLASSES through the Grafenberg Playschool! Contact Justin Franzen at 303-803-8894 or justin@grafenbergproductions.com for more information!

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Drop-In Improv Classes

Presenting the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse’s drop-in improv classes! Helmed by Steve Wilder, owner and artistic director of the Voodoo, and Justin Franzen, owner of Grafenberg Productions and the Playschool at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, this is your chance to polish up your improvisational skills without a long-term commitment. Come as often or as little as you like!


Monday Nights With Steve Wilder

Every Monday night from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. $5 suggested donation. For more information, please call (303) 900-2123 or email steve@voodoocomedy.com.

Steve WilderThis drop-in improv class is for ALL LEVELS of experience, from absolute beginner to seasoned pro. We’ll work through different concepts in every class, ranging from small scenes to group work to musical improv. No two classes will be the same! Bring your playful spirit and let’s explore!

Stephen Wilder has been improvising for over ten years, and he is the most experienced musical improv performer and instructor in Colorado. He has performed with and studied under Michael Pollock, the musical director of Second City Los Angeles and the premier improv accompanist in the country, and Shulie Cowen, the founder and director of Opening Night: The Improvised Musical in Hollywood. Stephen has had the pleasure of performing and teaching at the Los Angeles Improv Festival; the New York Musical Improv Festival; the New York Improv Festival; the Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas; the Montreal Improv Festival; the Duke City Improv Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and the Denver Improv Festival and Colorado Improv Festival.


Tuesday Nights With Justin Franzen

Every Tuesday night from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. Class fee is $5, payable in cash the night of the class. For more information, please call (303) 803-8894 or email justin@grafenbergproductions.com.

Each week you can explore more of your improv self with this class.  If you’d just like to get up and play or focus on something specific, this class will help you grow and have fun while doing it.  This is for anybody!  So if this is the first time you’re going to improvise or you’ve been doing it forever, you’ll grow and have some fun.  So don’t be shy!  Come have some fun!


Grafenberg Playschool Improv Comedy Classes

Grafenberg Playschool - Improv Comedy ClassesThe Grafenberg Playschool is an Improv Training Center in Denver, CO that focuses on Long-Form Improvisation. Our instructors have trained all over the country (Second City, Annoyance, UCB, IO…) and are excited to share what they’ve learned with you! Each class is 8 weeks long and includes a performance at the end of each session for all of the students. We tend to have a lot of fun here so get out of the corner and come join in! Click here for more information on classes and to sign up!


Voodoo Master Series

Presenting the Voodoo Master Series!  These special classes focus on specific areas of expertise in all types of performance.  Check below for our current class roster and to sign up.

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“What You Need Now” Workshop With Rick Andrews
Mar 7 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
"What You Need Now" Workshop With Rick Andrews

As improvisers, we’re constantly trying to grow and stretch our play. This workshop is gonna challenge you to take things to the next level. We’ll focus in on tight, two person scenework with lots of side coaching and individual feedback. We’ll find ways to stop playing the same kinds of scenes over and over again and find new, rich ways to attack our scenes. We’ll identify our “improv parachutes” that are preventing us from the best work possible, and leave with actionable steps to keep improving.

Rick Andrews is a teacher and performer at The Magnet Theater, and has been studying, performing, and teaching improvisation since 1999. He began improvising with Improv Boston, and continued with a stint in Saint Louis, MO. He has been fortunate to learn from many improv greats, including Armando Diaz, Ed Herbstman, Joe Bill, Mark Sutton, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Will Luera, Jill Bernard, and more. Rick has taught workshops at improv festivals across the country, including the Boston Improv Festival, Baltimore Improv Festival, Black Box Atlanta, and many more. He co-produces Duofest, an annual festival of improv duos in Philly, PA. He has taught improvisation to people as old as 75 and as young as 6, and has done workshops for production companies and zoos alike. He enjoys running, putting words on pages, thinking about the brain, and he loves improv more than anything.

“Living The Character” Workshop With Rick Andrews
Mar 7 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
"Living The Character" Workshop With Rick Andrews

Character is a fantastic tool; we’ll spend our time in this workshop expanding our character ranges and committing hard to the simple consistent behaviors that will help create great characters. We’ll use our bodies to connect to new ideas, and open up completely new worlds by connecting to who we are and how we behave in the scene.

Rick Andrews is a teacher and performer at The Magnet Theater, and has been studying, performing, and teaching improvisation since 1999. He began improvising with Improv Boston, and continued with a stint in Saint Louis, MO. He has been fortunate to learn from many improv greats, including Armando Diaz, Ed Herbstman, Joe Bill, Mark Sutton, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Will Luera, Jill Bernard, and more. Rick has taught workshops at improv festivals across the country, including the Boston Improv Festival, Baltimore Improv Festival, Black Box Atlanta, and many more. He co-produces Duofest, an annual festival of improv duos in Philly, PA. He has taught improvisation to people as old as 75 and as young as 6, and has done workshops for production companies and zoos alike. He enjoys running, putting words on pages, thinking about the brain, and he loves improv more than anything.

Mar
21
Sat
2015
Two-Person Improv Workshop With Colin Stanley & Bre Forkes
Mar 21 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Two-Person Improv Workshop With Colin Stanley & Bre Forkes

Two-man improv can be challenging but is one of the most rewarding and popular styles in improv comedy. Bre Forkes and Colin Stanley have developed this workshop to help guide you away from the many pitfalls that exist when there are only two performers on stage. The first half of the workshop is designed to strengthen your scenework and connection with your stage partner. In the second half we will show you numerous improv forms for two man sets and we will help you adapt your own unique form that suits your style as an improviser. Along with this workshop you are guaranteed a spot in Ke-Mo Sah-Bee, the two man improv competition show at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, so you will be able to try out your new found skills on stage.
Even though this is a workshop for two person improv, you do NOT need a partner to sign up. You may even meet your future improv duo partner in class. All improvisers of any skill or experience level are welcome and if you don’t want to be in the show but would like to take the workshop, that’s fine too.

Bre and Colin produce and host Ke-Mo Sah-Bee, the only show in Denver dedicated to improv duos. They perform together as What About A Reuben?!, an improv duo that uses music for inspiration. Come see them perform every Tuesday at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse at 8pm.

Other than Ke-Mo Sah-Bee, Colin Stanley has been a cast member of numerous improv teams including Makeshift Shakespeare, On the Spot, The Heirs of Hogwarts, Free Gluten, Gavel Gavel, and SWARM. He was the winner of Denver’s Next Improv Star Season 5 and also went on a ten week run as champion of the improv competition show “The Duel” with the musical duo Thumbs Up featuring him and Doug Altman. Colin is a freelance improv coach and also leads rehearsals for On the Spot, a short form show that has run for 15 years. Other than improv, Colin writes and produces sketch comedy, occasionally performs stand up, and is an engineer during the day.

Bre Forkes has been doing improv in Denver for a little over 3 years and before that she studied in Chicago with Second City’s Comedy Studies program. She started improv in college where she graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Acting. She’s lived in Denver most of her life and currently teaches at several locations across town. She currently plays with her duo team, “What about a Reuben?!”, the harold team “Hot Dog City, USA!”, the lady group “Snappy Nails”, and Hit and Run: Improvised Musical. She can also be seen killing it at karaoke around town.

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