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This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

Current classes are listed below:




Improv 101


The Creative Institute’s Improv 101 Classes

Tuesdays, September 19 - November 7, 2017

Improv 101 is designed for the beginner looking to expand creativity by learning to:

  • Think on one’s feet
  • Boost one’s ability to think in the moment
  • Learn to say yes to one’s ideas and the ideas of others
  • Find comedy in truth
  • Creatively express oneself verbally and physically

Whether you are looking to embark on a journey of improvisational comedy or just want a class that will give you skills to use with regards to communication, idea generation, presentations skills, and interpersonal relationships, then Improv 101 is for you.

Our classes promote risk taking in a safe environment so you discover your true creative nature. You don’t have to be outgoing to take this class because it is designed for everyone to find their most creative self.

Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30pm, September 19 - November 7, 2017
8 weekly classes

Cost: $190.00

Where: The Cabaret at Camp Bar
490 N Robert St, St. Paul

Instructor: John Haynes, Director of the Creative Institute

Register for the class online at BrownPaperTickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

Questions? E-mail John directly at john@actorsmn.org

Testimonials

“Coming into this class with a background in interactive comedy made me wonder, since it was a beginning level improv class, if I would gain anything from it. The way John structured the class was almost customized to each of our experiences and he very much emphasized the ensemble learning mode of group trust and support. I was able to hone some skills and fine tune others, and being an actor who also works with limited funds John offered a 20% arts discount on the class. I very much appreciated that and look forward to taking more classes at The Creative Institute.”
-Denice

“I am a shy person and so one of my goals taking this class was to open up more. Also being a single mom limits my funds and John understood both of these concerns. He discounted my class fee and that helped me be able to take the class. I gained so much from having interaction with others to build my confidence for both personal and professional success.”
-Samantha

“I won the class at a silent auction for another theater company in the Twin Cities. At first I thought how great it was that one theater company would donate a class to another theater to use as a silent auction item for their fundraiser event. This class was great, as I am a stage actor, I needed to get some improv skills and be able to be more present. The class really helped me discover those skills.”
-David

“I stay at home and care for my grandchildren and so I have needed to get out and do something fun just for me. I have always been the type of person that isn’t always the most outgoing. I emailed John about the class and assured me it would be helpful and I wouldn’t feel uncomfortable. He was right. I gained skills in the class that helped me to have confidence in social settings and found myself using those skills on a regular basis.”
-Marge


To learn more about the Creative Institute and to see other kinds of classes that are offered, click here.


Improv for Actors


The Creative Institute’s Improv for Actors

Saturday, July 8, and Sunday, July 9

  • Are you working on audition monologues?
  • Do you need to increase your confidence with character and role?
  • Do you need to dig deeper into your monologues?

Then this two day workshop was designed with you in mind. Using improvisational techniques as a way to creatively work with scripted pieces is the main goal of this workshop. You will be guided with your current monologues as well as given new monologues to work on in class. Improvisational exercises will help you create and discover in the moment as you work with you scripts. In this class you will gain tools to help you make strong choices and not limit yourself to one or two techniques.

Instructor John Haynes is the director of The Creative Institute at the Actors Theater of Minnesota. Formally the Director of the Brave New Institute School of Improvisation, John brings over 15 years experience to his classes. John performs improvisation regularly in the Twin Cities with Stevie Ray’s Improv Company; he has been a company member with The Mystery Café Comedy Dinner Theater as well as performing his one-man improv structure “Voices in My Head.” John is also the co-creator of the popular improv duo Police Cop Detective PI.

10:00am - 2:00pm, Saturday, July 8, and Sunday, July 9

Cost: $90.00

Where: The Cabaret at Camp Bar
490 N Robert St, St. Paul

Instructor: John Haynes, Director of the Creative Institute

Register for the class online at BrownPaperTickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

Questions? E-mail John directly at john@actorsmn.org

To learn more about the Creative Institute and to see other kinds of classes that are offered, click here.