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Welcome to the Santa Barbara Improv Workshop!

We are an open workshop where players of all abilities are invited to come and learn short form, comedy improv. We try to provide a fun and welcoming environment for beginners, as well as a place for more experienced players to practice and have some fun.

The Class

Our class meets on Wednesday nights, starting at 7:30 pm.

From 7:30 until 8:00 we do orientation for new players and warm-ups for everyone. If you are new to improv or to the SBIW, try to show up at 7:30 so I can meet and talk with you about the class and your experience with improv or performing.

From 8:00 until 9:00 or so, we work on short-form improv games and exercises.

And depending on the class, from 9:00 until 10:00 we'll either continue working on short-form improv, or we'll work on long-form skills.


From time to time, the entire class will put on a public performance, which I affectionately refer to as a recital. They occur every couple of months or so, on a very informal schedule. Performances are optional, although I encourage everyone in the class to participate.

There is a performing troupe closely associated with the workshop, called Caught in the Act. They perform more regularly, but membership is by invitation.

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