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The Annoyance Training Center teaches students how to develop and maintain a strong individual voice in their improvisation. Through scenework, classes address the initiation of a scene; developing and maintaining strong characters; learning to hold on to your initial choices while at the same time, expanding on (heightening) the choices you have made; and learning to become deft at creating and weaving unexpected, character-based choices into your work.

 

Annoyance classes challenge the conventional wisdom of the rules of improvisation, examining what’s behind them and how they came to be in the first place. Simply put, we make you the best improviser YOU can be. We maintain small class sizes (14 max), and all of our teachers are ensemble members who have learned and performed with The Annoyance, and thus have first hand experience with the way we approach improvisation at The Annoyance.

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PLEASE BE AWARE: Registration is Non-Refundable and You Cannot Transfer Days.

Your enrollment holds a space in a class that we are no longer able to offer someone else, for that reason we cannot give refunds. Please be sure about your schedule before you register for class. This applies if you get cast in a show, get a new job, or other situation, or have other changes to your schedule. So, please be sure about your schedule before you register.

May, June, July, August: Mon-Friday

Annoyance classes challenge the conventional wisdom of the rules of improvisation, examining what’s behind them and how they came to be in the first place. Simply put, we make you the best improviser YOU can be...

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Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun

Purchase the full Annoyance Improv class offerings in advance and save $190*! Purchase AP1-AP6 and save $60*! *discount is off of a full price class

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None

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun

AP1 is an all-encompassing survey course that will give anyone a solid foundation in improvisational comedy – whether you want to perform, direct, write, or just know more. New to improv? This class is probably for you. The class culminates into a one night only class show. AP1 introduces you to improv by covering a wide variety of concepts...

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None

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun

The Annoyance philosophy focuses on decisive initiations and a strong point of view. AP2 looks at the first seconds of scenes and explores how they affect the rest of the scene... 

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Previous Improv/Acting Class Experience

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun

AP3 is about taking that next step in scenes. While AP2 focused on the beginning moments of a scene, in AP3 students are challenged to play with more complexity and style, juggling it all within a scene while always maintaining their strong point of view... 

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AP2

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun

Through individual feedback, setting performance goals, and identifying and breaking habits, AP4 offers fine-tuning...

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AP3

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun

The focus in AP5 is the creation of an original show by the ensemble.  Exercises are tailored to help the improviser discover and strengthen their individual comedic voice and also on the “hows” of bringing this voice into an ensemble...

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AP4

Tue, Wed

From Annoyance classics like Splatter Theater and Coed Prison Sluts, to more modern shows like Steamworks: The Musical and It's Christmas, Goddamnit! The Annoyance has enjoyed pushing the envelope of what plays and musicals can be. With this class, Actors and Directors will collaborate with Annoyance instructors to create short-length shows that will be performed on The Annoyance Main Stage...

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AP5

Thursdays

ADVANCED IMPROV uses intense individual feedback to help students develop their comic voice. Students are pushed to challenge their improvisation by making surprising and unexpected choices, always maintaining their strong point of view.

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AP5

Mondays

This 6 week class teaches the FOUNDATIONS of stand-up comedy joke writing. BASIC set-up/ punch joke structure and CLASSIC joke writing formulas will be the main focus. By the end of the level...

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None

Mondays

Tap into the natural playfulness of your body. In this class, you will learn to shut up your mind so you can simply play.

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None

Sundays

You have the training, the talent, and the desire, but now what? You want to be a working actor in the Chicago market and beyond.

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None

Saturday

Have you wanted to try solo performance, but don't know how to start? Is coming up with characters hard, weird and also hard and weird? Well then take this workshop you brave beautiful babies!

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None

Sundays

Stop delaying, and start creating. Whether you're stuck in your artistic practice or don't have one, this class will help you get ideas out of your head and onto the page, stage, or canvas. We'll use source texts like The Artist's Way and The War of Art to kickstart our journeys of becoming productive artists. Each week, we'll confront the obstacles that keep us blocked and find ways to dismantle them. We'll start daily creative routines, begin work on dream projects, share our struggles, and learn accountability along the way.

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None

Set Bitch Free - A Workshop with Devin Bockrath

Sat

“Set Bitch Free” is a workshop and tribal event for lady identifying improvisers of any experience level hosted by Devin Bockrath. With a focus on technique, character development, risk taking, and the power of support, this class aims to shake vulnerabilities loose, test personal limits and set fire to the rain, duh, #Adele. If you are frustrated, fierce, fearful, fearless, or fun this one’s for you Bitch.

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Female, Female-Identifying