What we're about

The Los Angeles Improv Meetup is for anyone interested in fun, playful, interactive games and learning improv.

At this Improv Meetup, we will:
- have fun!
- listen and be present
- build on each other’s ideas
- get out of our heads and let go

We will do the above by playing fun games and by doing improvised scenework!

Upcoming events (4)

Intro to Impro - Saying Yes

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"Yes" is a magic key, a tool, a mechanism that moves the scene forward and gets you out of your own way and out of your partner's way. You can apply "yes" thinking to your work, relationships, art and your life. In this class, we're going to explore the power of "yes" in improvised storytelling. This class is for all skill levels. Why Improv? Improv helps you: - Be present in your body - Become a master of active listening - Celebrate mistakes, practice self-love / compassion - Cultivate great storytelling skills - Discover parts of yourself, you never knew! - Face uncertainty, with confidence and ease (be more resilient) You Will Learn: - Foundations of improv (YES AND, happy healthy well, being present, eye contact, active listening, making your partner look good, be obvious, etc.) - How to use your body, voice, and imagination to tap into characters - Fundamentals of storytelling - Improv games that you can teach to your team, friends and family! What kinds of people attend? All sorts, including: Anyone who wants to try improv, play games and have fun! Donations: - Donations (we recommend $25 - $50 per person for the the class) are gratefully accepted - We accept cash or Venmo: @jaredpolivka What to Wear: - Comfortable clothes - Sneakers and/or close-toed and/or flat shoes What to Bring: - Water - Notebook - you may want to write down games, personal epiphanies and observations. Location Address: Coming Soon *Location Instructions (finding the classroom): Coming Soon Mission: Erica and Jared's mission is to: - spread the joy of improv to underrepresented groups - help people realize that they are storytellers who are interesting to watch and listen to - help people get back in touch with their natural presence - share knowledge, technique and tools to sharpen storytelling skills and build confidence About the Teachers: Erica and Jared Erica Anderson Naturally curious and a bit zany. Erica was born and raised, passionate about acting. Erica’s passion for acting, transitioned into a mutual love for improv and producing comedic YouTube videos, during, her mid-twenties life crisis. Erica is a graduate of BATS improv and Upright Citizen Brigade; and trains weekly with, improvisor, Tim Orr. Erica is involved in an all-women’s improv troupe - Smarty Pants. Erica is deeply inspired to spread the joy of improv to help others discover the masterful storyteller that they are. Erica's social media -> - YouTube Craziness found here: https://www.youtube.com/user/survivingaustralia - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamericaaaaaa/ - Twitter: https://twitter.com/chEricaAnderson Jared Polivka A recovering workaholic, Jared Polivka rediscovered his childhood love for story in Rebecca Stockley’s improv class. Jared’s mission is to serve others and make great art while living a light-hearted, present, empathetic, kind and responsible life. Jared is a graduate of BATS Improv. Jared studied acting at the American Conservatory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Jared currently trains improv with Tim Orr and acting with Richard Seyd. Jared's social media -> - Writings here: https://medium.com/@jaredpolivka - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaredpolivka/ - Rarely used Twitter: https://twitter.com/jaredpolivka

Intro to Improv - Spontaneity, Creativity and Collaboration

Get in touch with your spontaneous impulses, fire up your creativity neurons and joyfully collaborate with other people in this improv class. This improv class is for beginners and improvisers of all skill levels. Why Improv? Improv helps people: - Listen and be present - Tap into creativity - Be better communicators - Celebrate making mistakes and be more resilient - Gracefully deal with uncertainty - Make your partners look good and collaborate more effectively YES AND in addition to being useful, improv is fun! Areas of Focus: - Listening and noticing (with all senses) - Saying Yes (getting out of your own way and your partner's way) - Spontaneity - Yes And - Having Fun You Will Learn: - Foundation principles of improv (e.g. YES AND, happy healthy well, being present, eye contact and listening, making your partner look good, accepting mistakes and how they can be gifts, being obvious, etc.) - Fun improv games that improve listening skills, teamwork and communication - Improv games that you can teach to your team, friends and family! Who Should Attend (audience): Anyone who wants to try improv, play games and have fun! What kinds of people attend class? All kinds, including: - Actors who want to be more in the moment and flexible on set - Directors and writers looking for a creativity boost - Developers / Engineers - Data Scientists - Founders and executives - Graphic Designers - Product Managers - Writers - etc. - all kinds of people from all walks of life are welcome to participate :) What to Wear: - workout attire (athletic shoes, sweatpants/trackpants and t-shirts) is recommended but business casual also works Location Instructions: TBD - we will know soon! Class Donations: Donations ($20 to $50 per person) are accepted. Cash or Venmo @jaredpolivka Mission: Erica and Jared's mission is to: - spread the joy of improv to underrepresented groups - help people realize that they are storytellers who are interesting to watch and listen to - help people get back in touch with their natural presence - share knowledge, technique and tools to sharpen storytelling skills and build confidence About the Teachers: Erica and Jared Erica Anderson Naturally curious and a bit zany. Erica was born and raised, passionate about acting. Erica’s passion for acting, transitioned into a mutual love for improv and producing comedic YouTube videos, during, her mid-twenties life crisis. Erica is a graduate of BATS improv and Upright Citizen Brigade; and trains weekly with, improvisor, Tim Orr. Erica is involved in an all-women’s improv troupe - Smarty Pants. Erica is deeply inspired to spread the joy of improv to help others discover the masterful storyteller that they are. Erica's social media -> - YouTube Craziness found here: https://www.youtube.com/user/survivingaustralia - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamericaaaaaa/ - Twitter: https://twitter.com/chEricaAnderson Jared Polivka A recovering workaholic, Jared Polivka rediscovered his childhood love for story in Rebecca Stockley’s improv class. Jared’s mission is to serve others and make great art while living a light-hearted, present, empathetic, kind and responsible life. Jared is a graduate of BATS Improv. Jared studied acting at the American Conservatory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Jared currently trains improv with Tim Orr and acting with Richard Seyd. Jared's social media -> - Writings here: https://medium.com/@jaredpolivka - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaredpolivka/ - Rarely used Twitter: https://twitter.com/jaredpolivka

Intro to Improv - You Are a Storyteller

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Please raise your hand if you are a storyteller. I'll tell you a secret... you should all be raising your hands. This intro to improv class is for beginners and improvisers of all skill levels. *Note: we are confirming location and will update the Meetup soon! Why Improv? Improv helps people: - Listen and be present - Tap into creativity - Be better communicators - Celebrate making mistakes and be more resilient - Gracefully deal with uncertainty - Make your partners look good and collaborate more effectively YES AND in addition to being useful, improv is fun! Areas of Focus: - Listening and noticing (with all senses) - Saying Yes (getting out of your own way and your partner's way) - Spontaneity - Yes And - Having Fun You Will Learn: - Foundation principles of improv (e.g. YES AND, happy healthy well, being present, eye contact and listening, making your partner look good, accepting mistakes and how they can be gifts, being obvious, etc.) - Fun improv games that improve listening skills, teamwork and communication - Improv games that you can teach to your team, friends and family! Who Should Attend (audience): Anyone who wants to try improv, play games and have fun! What kinds of people attend class? All kinds, including: - Actors who want to be more in the moment and flexible on set - Directors and writers looking for a creativity boost - Developers / Engineers - Data Scientists - Founders and executives - Graphic Designers - Product Managers - Writers - etc. - all kinds of people from all walks of life are welcome to participate :) What to Wear: - workout attire (athletic shoes, sweatpants/trackpants and t-shirts) is recommended but business casual also works Location Instructions: TBD - we will know soon! Class Donations: Donations ($20 to $50 per person) are accepted. Cash or Venmo @jaredpolivka Mission: Erica and Jared's mission is to: - spread the joy of improv to underrepresented groups - help people realize that they are storytellers who are interesting to watch and listen to - help people get back in touch with their natural presence - share knowledge, technique and tools to sharpen storytelling skills and build confidence About the Teachers: Erica and Jared Erica Anderson Naturally curious and a bit zany. Erica was born and raised, passionate about acting. Erica’s passion for acting, transitioned into a mutual love for improv and producing comedic YouTube videos, during, her mid-twenties life crisis. Erica is a graduate of BATS improv and Upright Citizen Brigade; and trains weekly with, improvisor, Tim Orr. Erica is involved in an all-women’s improv troupe - Smarty Pants. Erica is deeply inspired to spread the joy of improv to help others discover the masterful storyteller that they are. Erica's social media -> - YouTube Craziness found here: https://www.youtube.com/user/survivingaustralia - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamericaaaaaa/ - Twitter: https://twitter.com/chEricaAnderson Jared Polivka A recovering workaholic, Jared Polivka rediscovered his childhood love for story in Rebecca Stockley’s improv class. Jared’s mission is to serve others and make great art while living a light-hearted, present, empathetic, kind and responsible life. Jared is a graduate of BATS Improv. Jared studied acting at the American Conservatory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Jared currently trains improv with Tim Orr and acting with Richard Seyd. Jared's social media -> - Writings here: https://medium.com/@jaredpolivka - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaredpolivka/ - Rarely used Twitter: https://twitter.com/jaredpolivka

Intro to Improv - Playing Characters

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A joyful dive into playing characters! We will use our body, voice and imagination to embody characters. This class is for ALL skill levels. Why Improv? Improv helps you: - Be present in your body - Become a master of active listening - Celebrate mistakes, practice self-love / compassion - Cultivate great storytelling skills - Discover parts of yourself, you never knew! - Face uncertainty, with confidence and ease (be more resilient) You Will Learn: - Foundations of improv (YES AND, happy healthy well, being present, eye contact, active listening, making your partner look good, be obvious, etc.) - How to use your body, voice, and imagination to tap into characters - Fundamentals of storytelling - Improv games that you can teach to your team, friends and family! What kinds of people attend? All sorts, including: Anyone who wants to try improv, play games and have fun! Donations: - Donations (recommend $25 - $50 per person) are gratefully accepted - We accept cash or Venmo: @jaredpolivka What to Wear: - Comfortable clothes - Sneakers and/or close-toed and/or flat shoes What to Bring: - Water - Notebook - you may want to write down games, personal epiphanies and observations. Mission: Erica and Jared's mission is to: - spread the joy of improv to underrepresented groups - help people realize that they are storytellers who are interesting to watch and listen to - help people get back in touch with their natural presence - share knowledge, technique and tools to sharpen storytelling skills and build confidence About the Teachers: Erica and Jared Erica Anderson Naturally curious and a bit zany. Erica was born and raised, passionate about acting. Erica’s passion for acting, transitioned into a mutual love for improv and producing comedic YouTube videos, during, her mid-twenties life crisis. Erica is a graduate of BATS improv and Upright Citizen Brigade; and trains weekly with, improvisor, Tim Orr. Erica is involved in an all-women’s improv troupe - Smarty Pants. Erica is deeply inspired to spread the joy of improv to help others discover the masterful storyteller that they are. Erica's social media -> - YouTube Craziness found here: https://www.youtube.com/user/survivingaustralia - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamericaaaaaa/ - Twitter: https://twitter.com/chEricaAnderson Jared Polivka A recovering workaholic, Jared Polivka rediscovered his childhood love for story in Rebecca Stockley’s improv class. Jared’s mission is to serve others and make great art while living a light-hearted, present, empathetic, kind and responsible life. Jared is a graduate of BATS Improv. Jared studied acting at the American Conservatory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Jared currently trains improv with Tim Orr and acting with Richard Seyd. Jared's social media -> - Writings here: https://medium.com/@jaredpolivka - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaredpolivka/ - Rarely used Twitter: https://twitter.com/jaredpolivka

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Intro to Improv - Spontaneity, Creativity and Collaboration!

Madilyn Clark Studios

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