What we're about
NOTE: Beginners should start with our Improv Foundations Workshop.
TCS has been bring Western-style comedy to Tokyo since 1994. Our impro classes cover a wide range of impro styles, from Keith Johnstone's work to Second City, IO, and Annoyance Theater.
The Advanced Scenic Improv Workshops are held on Wednesdays from 7-9pm. These workshops are for those with a solid foundation in improv and acting, and focus on narrative structure, character work, acting skills, space work, and finding the funny in the truth of a scene. Contact us through Meetup if you wish to join Scenic Improv directly due to your experience.
This is not Whose Line is it Anyway?-style improv, but rather theatrical, long-form improv for those interested in telling stories with memorable plots and characters.
Recommended for both actors and non-actors who wish to expand their creativity and ability to perform in front of people.
*Note* Please use at least your REAL first name to help me with organizing the workshop and learning your name. And a real photo helps, too. Thanks!
The workshop is taught by Chris Wells, TCS Director and member of TCS since its founding in 1994:
Originally from the United States and a Tokyo resident since 1994, Chris Wells is a founding member of the Tokyo Comedy Store, where he directs the In The Moment improv program. He is the Asian Region Representative for the International Theatresports Institute’s Board of Directors.
Improv has been a cornerstone of Chris’ life in Japan since high school, where he competed and excelled in impromptu and extemporaneous speaking. With a BA in Psychology, he is interested in the transformative aspects of improv in people’s lives, as well as simply putting on a good show. His Punching Up workshop helps groups do improv with and about minorities and ethnic groups in a thoughtful, positive way.
He focuses on Johnstone-style storytelling and musical improv theatre in his Improvazilla Show, and has taught in multiple countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
He is a professional narrator heard around the globe on NHK World, in national museum audioguides across Japan, and on the JR West and Hokkaido bullet train platforms telling passengers when the next train departs in a soothing voice.