ComedySportz University Intro to Improv Training Series

Our CSzU introductory workshops emphasize basic improvisational skills by exploring spontaneity, staying in the moment, risk-taking (getting out of your comfort zone), finding the story within the scene, developing characters, and other fun stuff in a relaxed and supportive environment.

We offer classes for everyone, no matter what age you might be! From upper elementary school all the way to retirees, our classes are custom fit for the learning styles of each age group and designed to ensure that everyone gets the most of of their experience!

Facilitated by a seasoned ComedySportz professional, the participants are led through various improv activities and games that work on and incorporate the skills that are used in improvisational comedy, including focus, concentration, teamwork, space work (using your environment in scenes), trust and scene work. You will learn to be fearless and have fun on stage! You'll even learn some ComedySportz improv games! Laughter and positive vibes are guaranteed.

Year-round, we provide a safe environment where participants are encouraged to take chances and stretch their skills in short form, long form and various styles. And, our ComedySportz University courses help lay the foundation of the improv training needed for any of our CSz Leagues!


Elementary and Middle School Classes

At CSz Richmond, we don't teach kids how to be funny, we teach them how to ACTT! We focus on the improvisation principles of Attitude, Commitment, Teamwork, and Trust. Through these lessons our students learn to perform with each other, connect and accept offers. They learn creative thinking and problem solving, teamwork, leadership, decision making, and more. As a result students gain self confidence and respect, all while learning how to laugh with our mistakes and move on.

Improv Comedy 101 for Kids (1st & 2nd graders)
Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Day of Week: Wednesday
Dates: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19
Showcase: November 19, 6:00pm
Cost: $180 - Early Bird Special - SAVE $30 through September 22nd, 2014!
Teacher: Emily Arnold
Location: CSz Richmond Training Center



Improv 101 for Kids - Teacher Profile: Emily Arnold
Emily is a seasoned major league player with ComedySportz. She is a teacher assistant at Dominion School for Autism and was an instructor at Romp 'n Roll. She brings great fun and laughter to her lessons of improv for her students.





Improv Comedy 101 for Kids (3rd-5th graders)
Time: 4:30 - 6:00
Day of Week: Thursday
Dates: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20
Showcase: November 20 6:00pm
Cost: $180 - Early Bird Special - SAVE $30 through September 22nd, 2014!
Teacher: Kristen Peacock
Location: CSz Richmond Training Center


Upper Elementary School Improv - Teacher Profile: Kristen Peacock
Kristen has not only been seen for several years as a Major League player on the ComedySportz Richmond roster, but she is also a teacher and youth minister outside of the troupe. Certainly no stranger to playing games with kids and helping them learn in the most fun ways possible!





Improv Comedy 101 for Youth (Middle School Ages)
Time: 4:30 - 6:30
Day of Week: Monday
Dates: October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1
Showcase: December 6, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Cost: $180 - Early Bird Special - SAVE $30 through September 22nd, 2014!
Teacher: Kelly Scruggs
Location: CSz Richmond Training Center


Improv Comedy 101 for Youth - Teacher Profile: Kelly Scruggs
Kelly has been with ComedySportz Richmond for as long as she can remember, first coming as 5-year old Loyal Fan and working her way up through our High School League and into the Majors! Currently in the early and elementary education program at VCU, she brings with her years of teaching experience and a contagious love for improv!




Improv Comedy for ADHD Students (ages 11 - 13)
Middle School Class for ADHD
Time: 4:30 - 6:30
Day of Week: Tuesday
Dates: October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2
Showcase: December 5, 5:45 - 6:45
Cost: $180 - Early Bird Special - SAVE $30 through September 22nd, 2014!
Teacher: Christine Walters
Location: CSz Richmond Training Center


Improv Comedy for ADHD Students - Teacher Profile: Christine Walters
Christine is the founder of ComedySportz Richmond, coming to us from ComedySportz DC before that! Christine teaches beginning through advanced improvisation, is a corporate trainer and keynote speaker, and develops the curriculum for the entire CSzRVA educational program!



High School Intro to Improv Classes

ComedySportz University Improv Training Classes for High School

There's no better way to survive high school than to learn how to quick on your feet, ready for anything, and able to be supportive of everyone around you going through the same experience! And it certainly wouldn't hurt to get some skills to help you win that Class Clown title, too! Come learn and play with us, and be able to bring that funny to your entire high school experience!



Improv Comedy 101 For Teens 14 - 18
Time: 7:00 - 9:00
Day of Week: Tuesday
Dates: Oct 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2
Showcase: December 6, 5 - 6:00 pm
Cost: $180 - Early Bird Special - SAVE $30 through September 22nd, 2014!
Teacher: Travis Williams
Location: CSz Richmond Training Center


High School Improv Comedy 101 - Teacher Profile: Travis Williams
Our coach for the ComedySportz Richmond High School League®, Travis has been with the troupe since he himself was in the High School Loeague®! Travis has been working with teens for several years now, and is a fan favorite as he brings his talents to the stage in our Major League and in Overtime Improv.






Adult Level Improv Classes


Are you looking for a creative outlet that will help you tap into that playful person you were? Improvisation classes are a great way to reconnect with our playful self. We don't teach people how to be funny, we teach people how to BE!
Be Playful
Be Okay with Making Mistakes
Be Yourself
Be Connected with Others
Be Silly
Be Present
Be Creative
Be Outside the Box
Be Comfortable with Change






CSz 101: Adult Intro to Improv

Class Description: Have you ever seen a ComedySportz match and thought, “I could do that,” or “I wish I could do that?” Well, now’s your chance! Whether you want to become an improv performer or just want to have fun and learn to think on your feet, our Level 1 intro class is the perfect jumping off point. This 10-week course will take you through the basics of ComedySportz-style improv – spontaneity, team work, yes and, etc. The final week is a showcase for friends and family highlighting your newfound CSz skills! You must be 18 years of age or older to take this class.

Day of Week: Tuesday
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Dates: October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2
Showcase: December 4 7:30 - 9:30
Cost: $180 - Early Bird Special - SAVE $30 through September 22nd, 2014!
Teacher : Christine Walters
Location: CSz Richmond Training Center




CSz 201: Improv Fundamentals
Class Description: Now that you have the basics of ComedySportz under your belt, it’s time to delve deeper into improvisation with this Level 2 course. The basics of improvisation – who/what/where, listening, trust, etc. – are covered using more advanced CSz games and exercises. The final week is a showcase for friends and family. You must be 18 years of age or older to take this class.

Day of Week: Monday
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Dates: Oct 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec 1
Showcase: December 3, 7:30 - 9:30
Cost: $180 - Early Bird Special - SAVE $30 through September 22nd, 2014!
Teacher : TBA
Location: CSz Richmond Theatre




CSz 301: Advanced Scenework
Advanced scene work and character work to help you build on those skills you've been developing. How to make it look like there's no way you could have made it up, staying in tune with your scene partners and creating scenes that flow naturally. The final week includes an improv showcase for friends and family. You must be 18 years of age or older.

Day of Week: Thursday
Time: 7:00 - 9:00
Dates: Oct 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, Dec 4, 11
Showcase: Dec. 16
Cost: $180 - Early Bird Special - SAVE $30 through September 22nd, 2014!
Teacher : TBA
Location: CSz Richmond Training Center




All Intro to Improv Series classes are an 8-week course, learning from the improv professionals in Richmond for more than 18 years, and backed by an international network of training centers - CSz Worldwide!

To register for any of these courses, sign up online RIGHT HERE! or for more information, please call us at 804.266.9377 or e-mail christine@cszrva.com.