The Alchemy Comedy Theater is committed to teaching the art of improv comedy throughout the Greenville area. Whether you are interested in performing and joining our company, or simply working on communication and collaboration in the real world, these comedy classes are for you.
Unless otherwise noted, each class runs once a week, for six weeks from 6:30-9:00pm. Each class is a prerequisite for the next level, however there is no comedy or theater experience necessary to take Improv 101. Students get free admission to Alchemy Comedy shows while they are enrolled in a class.
All classes are taught at our training center (400 Birnie St), not the theater. Click on the course you would like to take to purchase online or you can call at (864) 256-1467 if you have any questions.
Improv 101: Introduction to Scene Play
REGISTER HERE for class starting Thursday, August 1st
Improv 101 is an introduction to improvising a scene. This class will focus on the fundamentals of agreement, support, relationship, character, environment, and boldness.
Improv 201: Introduction to Scene Patterns
REGISTER HERE for the INTENSIVE class starting Tuesday, June 11th
Unlike our normal 6 week courses, this condensed version is a two week intensive (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights each week). Improv 201 is an introduction to the patterns that make up a scene. This class will focus on the fundamentals of scene pattern recognition, creation, and heightening.
Improv 301: Introduction to Scene Games
REGISTER HERE for class starting Tuesday, June 25th
Improv 301 is the introduction to the concepts and rules of improv games. This class will focus on building a unique and interesting scene within an established short-form game.
Improv 401: Introduction to Long Form, Harold
Registration for the spring class has closed. The summer session go online soon.
Improv 401 is the introduction to the concepts and rules of long form improvisation. This class will focus on the foundational and widely performed format, The Harold.
Students will be eligible for company auditions at the completion of this class.
Improv 501: Introduction to Other Long Forms
Registration for this next class will go online Fall 2019
Improv 501 is the introduction to other long-forms is the survey of other structures of long form improvisation. This class will cover advances forms like the La Ronde, Armando, Deconstruction, Follow the Leaver, Close Quarters, Bat, Movie, and Narrative improv.
Sketch 502: Introduction to Sketch Comedy Writing
Registration for this annual class will go online Fall 2019
This 6 week elective class focuses on how to write a great sketch comedy show using the skills of improvisation learned in your Improv 101 to 401 classes. You will learn how to spot scenes that would make good sketches and how to refine them as a part of a fully scripted comedy show. No previous sketch experience necessary, but there is a prerequisite of our Improv 401 class.
Youth Improv at RMSC
Do you love to make people laugh? This camp is an introduction to improvising a comedy scene focusing on fundamentals of agreement, relationship, character, and environment. Showcase your new skills with a performance for family and friends on the final day of class. Instructor Harrison Brookie is a trained educator who has taught high school history and improvisation, and is currently the executive producer and artistic director of the Alchemy Comedy Theater here in Greenville. No previous theater or improv experience required.
Dates: July 29 - Aug 2
Times: 9:00am - 12noon
Completed Grades: Ages 12 and up
This class is run through the Roper Mountain Science Center's Summer Camp program. You can register here.