CSz Richmond Improv Training Series - Learning Improv ComedySportz Style!

Training Adults through Elementary School kids and everyone in between!

Our 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!


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Elementary 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: Tuesday
Dates: Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3
Showcase: March 3, 6:15pm
Cost: $180 - Early Bird Special - SAVE $30 through January 5th, 2015!
Teacher: Jen Lewis
Location: CSz Richmond Theater


Teacher Profile: Jen Lewis
Jen has been seen countless times as one of our players with the ComedySportz Richmond Major League. She has worked with children in other learning environments around town, and as a parent herself, 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: Wednesday
Dates: Jan. 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4
Showcase: March 4, 6:15pm
Cost: $180 - Early Bird Special - SAVE $30 through January 5th, 2015!
Teacher: Kristen Peacock
Location: CSz Richmond Training Center


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 for Elementary School ADHD Students (3rd-5th graders)
Time: 4:30 - 6:00
Day of Week: Tuesday
Dates: Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3
Showcase: March 3, 6:15pm
Cost: $180 - Early Bird Special - SAVE $30 through January 5th, 2015!
Teacher: Christine Walters
Location: CSz Richmond Training Center

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!


Middle School Classes


Improv Comedy 101 for Youth THURSDAYS (6th-8th graders)
Time: 4:30 - 6:00
Day of Week: Thursday
Dates: Jan. 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12
Showcase: March 12, 6:15pm
Cost: $180 - Early Bird Special - SAVE $30 through January 5th, 2015!
Teacher: Kelly Scruggs
Location: CSz Richmond Theater


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 101 for Youth MONDAYS (6th-8th graders)
Time: 4:30 - 6:00
Day of Week: Monday
Dates: Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2
Showcase: March 2, 6:15pm
Cost: $180 - Early Bird Special - SAVE $30 through January 5th, 2015!
Teacher: Christine Walters
Location: CSz Richmond Theater

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!


Improv Comedy for Youth FRIDAYS (6th-8th graders)
Time: 4:30 - 6:00
Day of Week: Friday
Dates: Jan 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13
Showcase: March 13, 6:15pm
Cost: $180 - Early Bird Special - SAVE $30 through January 5th, 2015!
Teacher: Christine Walters
Location: CSz Richmond Training Center


Improv Comedy for Middle School ADHD Students (6th-8th graders)
Time: 4:30 - 6:00
Day of Week: Thursday
Dates: Jan. 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12
Showcase: March 12, 6:15pm
Cost: $180 - Early Bird Special - SAVE $30 through January 5th, 2015!
Teacher: Christine Walters
Location: CSz Richmond Training Center



High School Classes

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 High School Youth (9th-12th graders)
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Day of Week: Saturday
Dates: Jan 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14
Showcase: March 14, 4:00pm
Cost: $180 - Early Bird Special - SAVE $30 through January 5th, 2015!
Teacher: Christine Walters
Location: CSz Richmond Theater



Stand-Up Comedy 101 For High School Youth (9th-12th graders)
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Day of Week: Saturday
Dates: Jan 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14
Showcase: March 14, 2:00pm
Cost: $180 - Early Bird Special - SAVE $30 through January 5th, 2015!
Teacher: KD the Comic
Location: CSz Richmond Training Center

Teacher Profile: KD the Comic
KD the Comic is one our Minor League players, and has been performing stand-up comedy locally and nationally for over ten years, and is the emcee and host for NASCAR Driver Ryan Reed in the NATIONWIDE SERIES.




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: Jan. 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10
Showcase: March 12, 7:30pm
Cost: $180 - Early Bird Special - SAVE $30 through January 5th, 2015!
Teacher : Christine Walters
Location: CSz Richmond Theater




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: Jan. 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16
Showcase: March 19, 7:30pm
Cost: $180 - Early Bird Special - SAVE $30 through January 5th, 2015!
Teacher : Travis Williams
Location: CSz Richmond Training Center



Teacher Profile: Travis Williams
Travis has been with the troupe since staring in the High School League® years ago, and is currently the coach of that league. Travis is a fan favorite as he brings his talents to the stage in our Major League and in Overtime Improv, as well as playing the host Tyle Trenton in Improv Arena.




Storytelling with Slash Coleman
Class Description: Nationally renown storyteller and performer Slashtipher Coleman brings his expertise to CSz Richmond! This 8-week series of classes will teach you all you need to know about the basics of storytelling and the narrative arc, and how to adapt this knowledge to your own unique style.

Day of Week: Thursday
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Dates: Jan. 29, Feb 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19
Showcase: March 25, 7:30pm
Cost: $180 - Early Bird Special - SAVE $30 through January 5th, 2015!
Teacher : Slash Coleman
Location: CSz Richmond Training Center



Teacher Profile: Slash Coleman

The author of “The Bohemian Love Diaries,” the personal perspectives blogger for Psychology Today, and an advice columnist at howdoidate.com (Ask Uncle Slash), Slash is best known for his PBS Special The Neon Man and Me and is currently creating The New American Storyteller for PBS.







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.