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August Summer Intensive

iO West

Monday, August 7, 2017 - Friday, September 8, 2017
iO West 6366 Hollywood Blvd. Los AngelesCA  90028
Monday, August 7, 2017 - Friday, September 8, 2017
iO West 6366 Hollywood Blvd. Los AngelesCA  90028

What's Included

The great curriculum and teachers that have made the IO West one of the country’s best improv schools, is available in a 5-week intensive format. You’ll learn the breadth of the IO improv philosophy from the fundamentals of listening and agreement to performing The Harold, the signature longform improvisation piece at the IO West (and in the world). The class culminates in a performance in our Mainstage theater. The class meets every Monday through Thursday from 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM for five weeks. Each week is taught by a different one of IO’s acclaimed instructors. 2016 instructors included: Craig Cackowski, Jason Shotts, Colleen Doyle, Dave Hill, Brian Jack, Lyndsay Hailey, and Zach Huddleston. The Summer Intensive is a great opportunity for both people that are just visiting Los Angeles for part of the summer and for people that live in town and have the time and the desire to dive headfirst into IO training. Those performers that complete the Intensive and would like to continue their training at IO will be given the opportunity to be placed into an upper level class in the IO Training Center (specific class placement is based on cumulative teacher feedback).

About This Organizer

The LA branch of Chicago’s famed ImprovOlympic, iO West boasts dozens of L.A.’s best improv and sketch comedians as alums. Based on the work of director Del Close and co-founder Charna Halpern, iO pioneered the long-form improv style known as Harold, and created a story-based approach to improvisatory acting. iO West classes include seven levels of advanced improv training, as well as sketch and television writing programs, and students can also enroll in shorter workshops in subjects ranging from storytelling to commercial audition and beyond.  

 
 
L.A.'s premiere improv and sketch comedy venue, the iO WEST Theatre (formerly Improv Olympic), features the best improv and sketch comedy in Hollywood, with shows on two stages, seven nights a week! Celebrity guests perform with veteran improvisers every week. iO WEST's 99-seat, two-level Mainstage theatre includes a full bar, cocktail service, and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. The Andy Dick Black Box is “the lab in the back:” an experimental space that is open to all ages. Additionally, iO WEST offers improv classes, writing classes, and much more. Our alumni feature the best and brightest actors, writers, and directors in the entertainment industry, including: Emmy-winner, Tina Fey, as well as Amy Poehler, Vince Vaughn, Adam McKay, Mike Myers, Jack McBrayer, Seth Meyers, Chris Farley, Andy Dick, Andy Richter, as well as numerous writers and performers from Saturday Night Live, MADtv, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Late Night With Conan O'Brien, 30 Rock… not to mention the most promising talent of tomorrow.

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iO West 6366 Hollywood Blvd. Los AngelesCA  90028
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