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.
The Education Director Harrison Brookie is a trained educator who has spent over a decade teaching public high school. He also has almost 15 years of improvisational training from veterans from around the country.
Unless otherwise noted, each class runs once a week, for six weeks from 6:30-9:00pm. There is no comedy or theater experience necessary and all students get free admission to Alchemy Comedy shows while they are enrolled in a class. Click on the course you would like to take to purchase online or you can call at (864) 256-1467
In addition, we believe that everyone, regardless of race, age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation should experience the art of improvisation and the many life skills it helps develop in a safe, supportive way. We are actively working to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of our institution and associated programming. Our goal is to open doors, create a bridge, and make improv comedy accessible and inclusive. We firmly believe that unique experiences and points of view are at the core of the art form our artists create and reflective of the audiences and students that we serve. It is because of this goal that Alchemy has created the Diversity Fellowship.
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 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 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
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
Improv 501 is the introduction of other types of long form improvisation. This class will cover advances forms like the the Tag Run, La Ronde, Close Quarters, Dasariski, The Deconstruction, The Living Room, Armando Diaz, The Bat, and The Movie as stylized and narrative improv.
Sketch 502: Introduction to Sketch Comedy Writing
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.
Stand-up 503: Introduction to Stand-up Comedy and Storytelling
This 6 week class focuses on how to build a great stand-up set from the stories that happen to you everyday. You will learn how being authentic is the root to stand up sets that set you apart. Building on the skills learned in your 101 to 401 classes, you will learn how to create a set based on comedy fundamentals. No previous stand up experience necessary, but there is a prerequisite of our Improv 401 class.
IMPROV WORKSHOP with Elana Fishbein: Let Yourself Be Vulnerable
This workshop is all about allowing yourself to be more vulnerable as a performer. Exercises will focus on accessing your character’s wants, weaknesses, and emotional core. By tapping into honest, open-hearted, scene-work, participants will walk away with a more vital and satisfying style of play. It’s like therapy, but cheaper… and more funny.