SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION offers world class IMPROV WORKSHOPS lead by Improv Visionaries!
Get hands on intensive training from the brightest improv talents from around the country!
2.5HR WORKSHOPS are $25 each
Sign up for IMPROV WORKSHOPS at the bottom of this page.
Susan Messing - JOY JOY WORKSHOP - SATURDAY 11-1:30 at GO COMEDY!
Work getting stale and uninspired? Blaming your friends for your onstage misfortune?
Just need a touch up? This class is for the improviser who has fallen off the joy ride.
Quick, easy fixes that will have you inspired and making your friends inspired too. Register and Pay for Joy Joy Workshop with Susan Messing
Dan Izzo - JUST DO IT - SATURDAY 11-1:30 at GO U
This workshop focuses on quickly engaging scenes with energy, character and focus.
Exercises will help you create an active engaged mindset which allows you to work with,
not against, your scene partner and their ideas while retaining your power in the scene.
Rationalization, justification, the artificial creation of conflict and blatant efforts at
cleverness are replaced with character, fun, energy, emotional power and focus.
Take this workshop and you'll learn to bring mad energy and commitment into your scenes
and have them grow organically and dynamically. Register and Pay for Just Do It with Dan Izzo
Jill Bernard - THE FIREBALL THEORY - SATURDAY 2-4:30 at GO COMEDY!
This workshop presents Jill Bernard's Fireball Theory and offers exercises to help you
improvise faster and harder than you can judge yourself. You will learn to metaphorically
hit the scene running and outrun the explosion of self-loathing and doubt like an action movie
hero outruns a fireball thus defying the laws of physics.
Please wear closed toe shoes to this workshop. Register and Pay for The Fireball Theory with -Jill Bernard
Cook County Social Club - SCENIC GAME PLAY - SATURDAY 2-4:30 at GoU!
Cook Co Social Club teach a workshop on scenic game play: how to find comedic patterns
and heighten them effectively.
Mark Raterman and Greg Hess of Cook County Social Club will teach this workshop.
This workshop will focus on the two facets that created the CCSC classes:
scene work and game play within scenes
Game play was the basis for their signature style and, later,
the Cook Co Master Class and Workshops taught at iO Chicago and throughout the country. Register and Pay for Scenic Game Play- Mark Raterman and Greg Hess
Jonathan Pitts - IMPROV FORUM (Complimentary) - SATURDAY 5-6 at GO COMEDY!
Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Chicago Improv Festival,
answers your questions about how to create a good festival submission,
the ins and outs of making a career out of improv, trends he sees in the art form
and anything else you’d like to ask. Register for Improv Forum Spontaneous Combustion Motor City
Susan Messing - CHARACTER WORKSHOP - SUNDAY 11-1:30 at GO COMEDY!
Get some character, so you don't stand there as yourself
and argue until we're all bored to tears.
Lots of specificity to pull out the comedy instead of hoping you'll be funny
and then wanting to kill yourself. Your work will become more effortless,
whether in long or short form. Register and Pay for Character Workshop with Susan Messing
Jonathan Pitts - WHOLE BODY LISTENING - SUNDAY 11-1:30 at GO U
Listen up! One major skill all schools of improvisation have in common is the need for listening.
True listening is a whole body activity requiring constant engagement in the improviser's body,
brain, heart, and spirit of play. This workshop uses two-person scenes to help players
listen to both each other and themselves. You should hear what you're missing. Register and Pay for Whole Body Listening with Jonathan Pitts
Jill Bernard - TRUTH & BEAUTY - SUNDAY 2-4:30 at GO COMEDY!
In this workshop, Jill Bernard will take you through a series of exercises that
inject your work with a little bit of truth and beauty. Having the ability to
create improv that is honest and vulnerable adds another layer to your work,
a little bit of cake underneath your frosting to take your work from
light entertainment to something with resonance.
Please wear closed toe shoes to this workshop. Register and Pay for Truth and Beauty with Jill Bernard