“It will change your life!” That’s what we hear most often about taking improv classes. At BIG University you’ll work with the best improvisers in Baltimore to perform original, honest, and funny work through games, exercises and performances. We offer classes for all levels – from introductory level to advanced specialized programs. Age is truly just a number in improv. There are classes and workshops for kids, teens, and adults. You will receive excellent training and specific feedback while you have the time of your life!
Workshops and classes for Enrollment
Option 1: Sunday, October 22nd, 5pm - 7pm
Option 2: Sunday, November 5th, 5-7pm
Option 3: Sunday, November 19th, 5pm - 7pm
Level 101: Intro to Improvisation
Dates: Wednesdays, 7-9pm, November 1st-December 13th;
Student Showcase on Saturday, December 16th @ 3pm
Teacher: Baltazar Benavides
Dates: Sundays, 4-6pm, November 5th-December 17th; Student Showcase on Monday, December 18th @ 7:30pm
Teacher: Julia Hall
Level 201: Intro to Longform Improv
Dates: Mondays, 7-9pm, October 30th-December 11th; Student Showcase on Saturday, December 16th @ 4pm
Teacher: Ti Coleman
Dates: Thursdays, 7-9pm, November 2nd-December 14th; Student Showcase on Sunday, December 17th @ 4pm
Teacher: Maggie Phenicie
Option 4: Sunday, December 3rd, 5-7pm
Option 5: Sunday, December 10th, 5-7pm
Level 301: Creating Characters
Dates: Mondays, 6:30-9:30pm, October 30th-December 11th;
Student Showcase on Saturday, December 16th @ 5pm
Teacher: Michael Hartwell
Level 312: The Monoscene
Dates: Saturdays, 11am-2pm, November 4th-December 16th;
Student Showcase on Monday, December 18th @ 8:30pm
Teacher: AJ McCombs
Level 313: Improv For Storytellers
Dates: Wednesdays, 7-9pm, November 8th-December 13th (with one make-up class class TBD by class consensus); Student Showcase on Sunday, December 17th @ 5pm
Teacher: Tavish Forsyth
Level 402: Pretty Flower
Dates: Mondays, 6:30-9:30pm, October 30th-December 11th; Student Showcase on Saturday, December 16th @ 6pm
Teacher: John Windmueller
BIG University Student Policy
BIG University strives to create a welcoming and safe creative atmosphere for all. BIG does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, sexual preference, or disability. Students with disabilities or any special needs are encouraged to contact BIG before registering for a class, so we can do our best to provide an accommodating class experience. BIG University has a zero tolerance policy for harassment of any kind in our programs, and the Education Director has the discretion to remove a student from a class if a situation calls for it. Harassment is unwanted behavior that is experienced as threatening–whether physical or verbal in nature. We encourage anyone who experiences harassment to feel safe talking to BIG staff or performers without fear of negative repercussion. People raising concerns can know that they will be heard, respected, and dealt with according to BIG’s policies.
BIG will strive to ensure that inappropriate, triggering and/or insensitive behavior is omitted from class exercises and scene work. BIG believes that good improv comedy arises when scene partners build funny scenes together, not from one participant inserting edgy, outrageous or shocking subjects from a scene's outset. While it is true that improvising on stage can bring out strange and unexpected impulses in performers, such moments are not to be encouraged or pursued when they cause other students to feel attacked or excluded. Regardless of intent, these impulses cannot be justified as someone "simply playing a character" or "just making a joke". Our priority is to ensure everyone in the class feels safe and respected. Work that consistently skews scenes towards sexual, racial, and/or violent themes is a specific cause for concern. If students aren't able to change their approach after the issue has been addressed by a BIG teacher, they will be asked to leave the program.
If students have issues they would like to discuss with an impartial third party, unaffiliated with the class but experienced as an improviser, they may contact one of our Diversity Advocates: Hannah Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or AJ McCombs (email@example.com).
Our BIG University Classes are for Adults ages 18+. If you are interested in classes for Kids and Teens visit our info for young improvisers.
For our seven week classes, we can offer a full refund up to 24 hours before the class begins. Once the class begins, we can offer a prorated refund after the first class. After the 2nd week, we do not offer refunds unless there is an extenuating circumstance. For $15 workshops and Kid/Teen Classes, you must email firstname.lastname@example.org the Friday before the event by 5 pm if you want to cancel/get a refund. We do not offer any refunds after that time.
Attendance and Lateness
BIG University classes meet for two hours once a week for 7 weeks. Please check your schedule carefully to ensure that you can attend all class dates. If you expect to miss more than one of the seven classes in the session, you should wait until the next term to take a class. Please email your teacher if you know you will miss a class.
Please email your teacher if you are going to be late. Just like an absence, a teacher might structure their lesson differently if you are going to be late, so this is helpful for our planning! Also your teacher and your fellow students will worry about you!
If you are missing a class one week, and we are offering the same class, you may be able to drop into an alternative session for ONE WEEK. Please email the education director to see if this option will work for you.
Release of Liability
You understand that participation in improvisational theater involves the risk of personal injury or loss due to the physical, mental, and emotional challenges in the programs and activities offered by Baltimore Improv Group. You also understand that participation in these programs or activities is entirely voluntary and requires participants to follow instructions and abide by all applicable rules and the standards of conduct. You are not aware of any conditions that increase my likelihood of experiencing a personal injury or loss while engaging Baltimore Improv Group’s programs or activities.
With appreciation of the risks associated with Baltimore Improv Group’s programs or activities, you hereby fully and completely release and waive any and all claims for personal injury or loss, including costs and attorneys’ fees, that may arise against Baltimore Improv Group, including its teachers, staff members, volunteers, students, or other persons associated with its programs or activities. This release and waiver applies to any personal injury or loss that may occur as a result of any other program or activity of Baltimore Improv Group.
Weather or Cancellation Policy
If a BIG University class must be cancelled for weather or other reasons, the Education Director will notify students by 1 pm or as soon as possible. BIG University will do their best to reschedule the missed class on the same day of the week and time if possible, and if not at a date assigned by class quorum. BIG University will send a substitute if the teacher is unable to attend to class, but the class can continue as scheduled.
Questions? Email BIG’s Education Director. email@example.com