What we're about

Looking to learn about improv? You've come to the right place! Now, if you're reading this, you're thinking of taking the plunge and trying out this workshop. But I bet you're worried that you're going to have to be hilarious right off the bat. Happily, nothing could further from the truth. Actually, our main rule for the class is "Don't try to be funny- it comes later on its own."

What do we do? We focus on listening, accepting offers, and creating a story with a beginning, middle, and end, in a low-pressure environment. You’ll work in small groups and pairs to gain the skills you need. The work on recognizing negativity and the blocking of other's offers will change your life.

Why improvisation? You will be better, stronger, faster than before! No, seriously, you will. I'm not saying you'll hit enlightenment right off the bat, mind you... But it will help you be a more positive person, and one who listens to others before speaking. And that's gotta be a good thing, right?

*Note* Please use at least your REAL first name when you sign up to help us with organizing the workshop and learning your name. And a real photo helps, too. Thanks!

When and where? Classes are held near Yoyogi-Koen and Hatsudai at our blackbox studio/theatre, called Studio Gokko, which means “make believe” in Japanese. Importantly, improvisors have the opportunity to perform in our Student Showcases after every few months of classes. The TCS Improv Foundation Workshop Program has both classes on Mondays and Wednesdays (see details below) from 7:30-9:30pm, and monthly weekend intensive classes, taught by TCS Director Chris Wells and other members of the Improvazilla Show cast substituting when necessary.

What if you’re an experienced actor or improvisor? The invitation-only Advanced Scenic Improv Workshop is for higher-level improvisors and actors, and is each Thursday night from 7:30-9:30pm. It focuses on long-form improv with open scene work and narrative storytelling, though we also do some games each week because they're fun and instructive. We focus on genre work and narrative structure, characters, acting skills, space work, and finding the funny in the truth of a scene. Participants can perform in the Student Showcase at Our Space every six weeks. If you have improv experience and would like to apply for an experience exemption, head over to the L2 Workshop Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/TCSlevel2improv/

More info on TCS and the Improvazilla Show can be found here: http://www.improvazilla.com

Participation English Fluency Requirement - All native-level English speakers are welcome! And don't worry about your improv experience level- this is a class for all levels- from beginners to experienced players. But if you aren't fluent in English this is NOT the class for you. You should go to our English Improv for Everyone! workshops on Wednesday nights, which is open to all levels. 英語でインプロにチャレンジしたい人、英会話を学びたい人、興味のある人・・どんな人でも参加可能なワークショップここです:

https://www.meetup.com/TCS-English-Impro-for-Everyone-Studio-Gokko-School-of-Impro (https://www.meetup.com/TCS-English-Impro-for-Everyone-Studio-Gokko-School-of-Impro/)

I don't mean you have to be a native speaker, though! We always have several non-native speakers in the class who have no problem communicating in English and we love them. I just mean that if you want to take this class to "practice" your English, you should try something else. We want people genuinely interested in improv here.

日本語を話す人々のために!Another option if you speak fluent Japanese would be to check out http://junimai-impro.com for excellent classes in Japanese taught by TCSj founder Jun Imai, author of several books on improv, and Japan's pre-eminent teacher of improv and acting. There you can find workshops in improv, acting, mask work, and more.

Who takes this workshop? Anyone interested in unleashing their creativity, or getting over a fear of public speaking, or just people looking for a good way to de-stress after work and have fun. We get people from all walks of life: teachers, stock brokers, computer engineers, students, musicians, you name it!

Workshop Cost

Workshops are ¥2,000 paid on the night for the 2-hour class, or ¥4,000 for the 4-hour weekend intensives. Be sure to check the schedule here before coming, and RSVP if you can. After the class, we usually head over to a nearby restaurant for a drink and some conversation.

Student Theatresports™ and Maestro™ Showcase Shows

We have a spacious black box theatre in which to perform intimate and relaxed student shows, every few months. These are for students who have taken at least six classes to can get up and show what they've learned in front of a friendly audience of invited friends and family.

A different mix of randomly chosen players join together for each scene in Maestro™, invented by Keith Johnstone, author of Impro for Storytellers, and one of our mentors. Or teams are decided on the night for Theatresports™, a faux competition show. It's a fun, relaxed atmosphere and everyone learns a lot while having a good time. And then there's pizza. For more details, check out the description on the show night!

Weekend Intensives

We have four-hour weekend intensives for those who can't come on weeknights, or simply want to get more training in during the month. Check the schedule each month to see when they are, as the days vary depending on other program content.

Improv Jams

On occasion we have a 4-hour jam in which students can really burn through a bunch of scenes. This isn't a regular workshop, and it's 90% performance, so it's required that new improvisors to have at least 16 hours of instruction under their belts before they participate. That's two months of lessons- not too much to ask! It's a lot of fun and a great way to gain improv experience!

Facebook Group for students:

We have a FB group for Studio Gokko improvisors where we post articles of interest, homework, and chat about the world of improv. Request to join here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/TSCStudioGokkoImprovisors

Upcoming events (5)

Improv Foundation WS at Studio Gokko with Chris Wells

Studio Gokko

¥2,000

We now have a FB group for Studio Gokko improvisors where we post articles of interest, homework, and chat about the world of improv. Request to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TSCStudioGokkoImprovisors Here's where you begin your improv journey! Come and join other beginners and intermediate improvisors on Monday in exploring this most fascinating of art forms. Improv will make you faster on your feet, a better listener, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Our Impro Foundation Program has weekly classes on Mondays and usually one or two monthly 4-hour weekend intensives. Workshops are taught by TCS Director Chris Wells, with other members of the professional Improvazilla Show cast substituting when necessary. Workshops are held at Studio Gokko near Yoyogi-Koen and Hatagaya from 7:30-9:30pm, though we can go over a bit when the spirit of improv and size of the class require it, and cost ¥2,000. Please bring exact change! And note you can eat in the studio before class but we ask that you take all your trash with you. We work on improv techniques, from the fundamentals of character creation to the complexities of scene work. You’ll learn some of the games you’ve seen on TV or stage and how to play them well and tell great stories at the same time, as well as open scene work that leads to long form improv. Whether you're a beginner or intermediate improvisor, you'll find the classes challenging and fun! Students usually go to a nearby restaurant after the class to chat and get to know one another, so it's educational and social! :) The Improv Foundation Workshops are open workshops, so any native-level English speaker is free to come and give it a try. (Non-native level students are encouraged to come to our new English Through Impro Workshops on Wednesday nights, starting in September, open to anyone who wants to communicate in English and have fun with Improv at the same time.) Diversity Policy We strive to create a welcoming atmosphere for everyone, regardless of minority status. Continued participation is at the discretion of the instructors. So be positive and nice to your fellow improvisors! Also, we're all adults here, but hitting on people isn't cool in a workshop. Just saying. Improvisor Resources Check the Improv Resources page on our website, www.improvazilla.com, for lots of information on terminology, games, and more! And join us on FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tokyo-Comedy-Store-In-The-Moment-Improv-Program/176438395757922 Hope to see you soon at Studio Gokko! Chris Wells, TCS Artistic Director PS: Studio Gokko is about a ten-minute walk from the following stations: Hatsudai, Hatagaya, Yoyogi-koen, and Yoyogi-hachiman. The GPS should take you right there, but just in case, we are very close to a restaurant called Hoff: http://hoff-restaurant.com We’re in the basement of an orange-tiled building with a cleaners and glass shop on the first floor, and our door is on the very left-hand side, next to the glass shop, which has グラス written on its shutter. Look for the Studio Gokko logo on the door! Classes are taught by Chris Wells, and when necessary by members of the Improvazilla Show cast.

Improv Foundation WS at Studio Gokko with Chris Wells

Studio Gokko

¥2,000

We now have a FB group for Studio Gokko improvisors where we post articles of interest, homework, and chat about the world of improv. Request to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TSCStudioGokkoImprovisors Here's where you begin your improv journey! Come and join other beginners and intermediate improvisors on Monday in exploring this most fascinating of art forms. Improv will make you faster on your feet, a better listener, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Our Impro Foundation Program has weekly classes on Mondays and usually one or two monthly 4-hour weekend intensives. Workshops are taught by TCS Director Chris Wells, with other members of the professional Improvazilla Show cast substituting when necessary. Workshops are held at Studio Gokko near Yoyogi-Koen and Hatagaya from 7:30-9:30pm, though we can go over a bit when the spirit of improv and size of the class require it, and cost ¥2,000. Please bring exact change! And note you can eat in the studio before class but we ask that you take all your trash with you. We work on improv techniques, from the fundamentals of character creation to the complexities of scene work. You’ll learn some of the games you’ve seen on TV or stage and how to play them well and tell great stories at the same time, as well as open scene work that leads to long form improv. Whether you're a beginner or intermediate improvisor, you'll find the classes challenging and fun! Students usually go to a nearby restaurant after the class to chat and get to know one another, so it's educational and social! :) The Improv Foundation Workshops are open workshops, so any native-level English speaker is free to come and give it a try. (Non-native level students are encouraged to come to our new English Through Impro Workshops on Wednesday nights, starting in September, open to anyone who wants to communicate in English and have fun with Improv at the same time.) Diversity Policy We strive to create a welcoming atmosphere for everyone, regardless of minority status. Continued participation is at the discretion of the instructors. So be positive and nice to your fellow improvisors! Also, we're all adults here, but hitting on people isn't cool in a workshop. Just saying. Improvisor Resources Check the Improv Resources page on our website, www.improvazilla.com, for lots of information on terminology, games, and more! And join us on FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tokyo-Comedy-Store-In-The-Moment-Improv-Program/176438395757922 Hope to see you soon at Studio Gokko! Chris Wells, TCS Artistic Director PS: Studio Gokko is about a ten-minute walk from the following stations: Hatsudai, Hatagaya, Yoyogi-koen, and Yoyogi-hachiman. The GPS should take you right there, but just in case, we are very close to a restaurant called Hoff: http://hoff-restaurant.com We’re in the basement of an orange-tiled building with a cleaners and glass shop on the first floor, and our door is on the very left-hand side, next to the glass shop, which has グラス written on its shutter. Look for the Studio Gokko logo on the door! Classes are taught by Chris Wells, and when necessary by members of the Improvazilla Show cast.

Improv Foundation WS at Studio Gokko with Chris Wells

Studio Gokko

¥2,000

We now have a FB group for Studio Gokko improvisors where we post articles of interest, homework, and chat about the world of improv. Request to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TSCStudioGokkoImprovisors Here's where you begin your improv journey! Come and join other beginners and intermediate improvisors on Monday in exploring this most fascinating of art forms. Improv will make you faster on your feet, a better listener, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Our Impro Foundation Program has weekly classes on Mondays and usually one or two monthly 4-hour weekend intensives. Workshops are taught by TCS Director Chris Wells, with other members of the professional Improvazilla Show cast substituting when necessary. Workshops are held at Studio Gokko near Yoyogi-Koen and Hatagaya from 7:30-9:30pm, though we can go over a bit when the spirit of improv and size of the class require it, and cost ¥2,000. Please bring exact change! And note you can eat in the studio before class but we ask that you take all your trash with you. We work on improv techniques, from the fundamentals of character creation to the complexities of scene work. You’ll learn some of the games you’ve seen on TV or stage and how to play them well and tell great stories at the same time, as well as open scene work that leads to long form improv. Whether you're a beginner or intermediate improvisor, you'll find the classes challenging and fun! Students usually go to a nearby restaurant after the class to chat and get to know one another, so it's educational and social! :) The Improv Foundation Workshops are open workshops, so any native-level English speaker is free to come and give it a try. (Non-native level students are encouraged to come to our new English Through Impro Workshops on Wednesday nights, starting in September, open to anyone who wants to communicate in English and have fun with Improv at the same time.) Diversity Policy We strive to create a welcoming atmosphere for everyone, regardless of minority status. Continued participation is at the discretion of the instructors. So be positive and nice to your fellow improvisors! Also, we're all adults here, but hitting on people isn't cool in a workshop. Just saying. Improvisor Resources Check the Improv Resources page on our website, www.improvazilla.com, for lots of information on terminology, games, and more! And join us on FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tokyo-Comedy-Store-In-The-Moment-Improv-Program/176438395757922 Hope to see you soon at Studio Gokko! Chris Wells, TCS Artistic Director PS: Studio Gokko is about a ten-minute walk from the following stations: Hatsudai, Hatagaya, Yoyogi-koen, and Yoyogi-hachiman. The GPS should take you right there, but just in case, we are very close to a restaurant called Hoff: http://hoff-restaurant.com We’re in the basement of an orange-tiled building with a cleaners and glass shop on the first floor, and our door is on the very left-hand side, next to the glass shop, which has グラス written on its shutter. Look for the Studio Gokko logo on the door! Classes are taught by Chris Wells, and when necessary by members of the Improvazilla Show cast.

TCS Improvazilla Show Workshop Table Reservation!

Crocodile Live House

Come and see the show with your fellow students and we'll save a table for you! More information here: http://www.improvazilla.com (You can make a reservation up until Thursday at 9pm. After that, you can still come to the show, but you won't have a seat at the student table.)

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Improv Foundation WS at Studio Gokko with Chris Wells

Studio Gokko

¥2,000

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