It’s what we do! “Longform Improvisation” is mostly teams of players doing approximately 25-minute sets of scenes based off of one suggestion from the audience. Oftentimes it looks like a montage of interrelated scenes. “Shortform Improvisation” is the kind of improv you see on Whose Line Is It Anyway. Sometimes we love to do it, but it’s not our main focus. If you want to know more, a Google search of either term will send you down a rabbit hole of nerdom that may be worthwhile or may be a total waste of time.
Every show is $5 unless otherwise noted. All shows, with few exceptions, are free to Improv Shop students and performers.
We do not currently sell advance tickets. They can be purchased at the theater on show nights when doors open at 7 PM. All shows start at 8 PM. We recommend getting there by 7:30 to get good seats.
No. We may ask for audience suggestions, but that’s about it. You will never be forced to do something if you don’t volunteer, and we won’t single you out. We think that’s annoying.
We leave that up to your discretion. Our shows should be considered Rated R for potential language and adult situations. Realistically, 17 is probably the minimum age.
There are several options for parking. There is a $4 pay lot just south of us on Euclid Ave across from Westminster Place. We also have free dedicated parking across Washington Blvd behind Trinity Episcopal Church, with entry via the alley north of the church. Other than that, there is usually metered parking along Euclid Ave and Washington Blvd.
First, take the classes. Then either audition for a show or our Harold program. If you don’t like auditioning or want to do your own thing, form a team (after studying with us) with people you like performing with. Practice a lot. Then look for opportunities (ie. Cagematch or our Longform Showcase) to perform at The Improv Shop. There’s also other opportunities that spring up around town. Perhaps consider joining the Facebook group “Saint Louis Improv” to hear about stuff going on
Regardless of experience, we start all students off in Level 1. We feel that our training center has a specific thrust that is valuable to performers of all experience levels. We also place a heavy focus on ensemble, and giving it time to build throughout the training process is critical.
Level 0, the optional level for total beginners that may even suffer from stage fright, is $100 for 6 weeks. All other Levels are $215 for 8 weeks; however, L1 has an early registration discount and all levels are discounted for full-time college students. Please look at the class registration page for more specific details.
To request a payment plan for classes, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Payment Plan” in the subject line. We cannot guarantee that all requests will be honored.
If you’re under 18, we’ll want to get your parents or guardian’s permission. We’ve certainly had mature high schoolers in the program, but our classes are uncensored and focused around an adult experience.
Maybe. It usually depends on theater availability. We absolutely love to try to do these kinds of events when they spring up. Just send us a message via our custom events page or email email@example.com to discuss the potential.
Yes. We love to! Just send us a message via our custom events page or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set it up.
Email our general manager, Andy Sloey, at email@example.com, and he should be able to help you.