Mondays, beginning January 9

CSz 101 improv classes start three times a year. These classes are the gateway for adults to all things ComedySportz®. The class begins in January and you can reserve your place now

We've been called one of the top eight comedy schools from around the nation by Paste Magazine.

To register, call us now at 503.236.8888, e-mail us, or register on-line.

You will have an amazing time:

  • Learn improv the CSz Way - in a concise and organized sequence.
  • Gain incredible insight into what's funny and why
  • Experience the power of letting good things happen
  • Improve your public speaking skills
  • Improve your auditioning skills
  • Equip yourself with new tools for all arts: Speed, Narrative, Movement, Character-building, Conflict, Status and Fun. The improv tools we teach will give you a strong foundation for almost any style of improv.
  • Learn how ComedySportz and other improv styles work
  • Classes are how we find new CSz talent (Does getting paid to play sound interesting? Our players get paid.)
  • Meet interesting people, network and make new friends
  • Have a great time, become extremely funny and yes, even smell better!
  • Here are two blog pieces from recent CSz 101 students, on the unexpected effects of taking this class:

Experience is not necessary (although certainly welcome); our classes feature a level and nurturing playing field.

Our lead teacher - Patrick Short - brings over 30 years of improv teaching experience to the class and the January class will be his 91st CSz 101 sequence. Patrick does a terrific job of leading new and experienced adult students to great discoveries, as well as melding folks from different backgrounds into a united group - and CSz never forgets the fun of improv.

When: Mondays, January 9 through February 20, 2017; 7:30-9:30pm; 7 weeks.
Where: CSz Portland, 1963 NW Kearney St.
How Much: Cost is $195 for the 7-week, two-hours per week series and includes a Loyal Fan Card loaded with enough points for four free admissions to our ComedySportz shows (a $60 value - and it gets you a permanent discount on ComedySportz tickets).

To register, call us now at 503.236.8888, e-mail us, or register on-line.


CSz 201 - the Next Adventure!

101 gives you the basic tools and theory; in 201, we take those tools and put them to use in lots of scene work. 201 is a six-week class devoted to the who, what and where of improvisation, and we'll work on scene starts, positivity, getting to the point, heightening and finding the game within scenes. 201 is focused on building scene skills for all types of improvisational performance.

Led by CSz GM Patrick Short, this class will also feature co-teachers each week from our CSz Pro Team. Each teacher is selected for their area of expertise.

Prerequisite: CSz 101 or equivalent class at another theatre; contact us if you have questions. 

201 will be offered 3 times each year, immediately following the run of a 101 class.

When:  Mondays, February 27 - April 3, 2017, 7:30-9:30pm
Where: CSz Portland, 1963 NW Kearney St
How much: $175, including a CSz Loyal Fan Card for show discounts.

To register, call us now at 503.236.8888, e-mail us, or register on-line.


CSz 301

ComedySportz® Games and Format

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After learning the tools, and building the skills, it's time to learn ComedySportz®! In this fast-paced 8 week class, you'll learn at least 20 of our games and the format that turns them into the show that's played to millions around the US and Europe since 1984. The same folks who've performed this format over 4,600 times will be guiding  you. The Week 8 Class on February 28 is a public show for friends and family, featuring a Pro Referee and Announcer, where we will make you look like a rock star!

Prerequisite: CSz 201 or substantial improv experience at another theatre; contact us if you have questions. Folks who took CSz 101 prior to Fall 2015 may be eligible as well. Contact Patrick at 503.236.8888 x4 to discuss.

Begins January 10, 2017 and runs through February 28. To register, call us now at 503.236.8888, e-mail us, or register on-line.

 

CSz 302

Survey of Long Form Styles and Formats

Is your next step the exploration of longform improv? This 8-week course takes you on the journey, exploring several key elements and formats of longform culminating  in a public performance by your class. You may be involved in the creation of an entirely new way to play!

Teacher:  TBD - Craig McCarty, Hadas Cassorla or Betse Green.

Prerequisite: CSz 201 or substantial improv experience at another theatre; contact us if you have questions. Folks who took CSz 101 prior to Fall 2015 may be eligible as well. Contact Patrick at 503.236.8888 x4 to discuss.

Thursday Nights from 7:30-9:30pm, January 19 - March 2, 2017 , with a performance for the public on March 2.

To register, call us now at 503.236.8888, e-mail us, or register on-line.

CSz 303

Short Form for Longform Players

Learn the ins and outs of game-based improv from the folks who've been getting paid to play for years. Betse Green leads you to discoveries in what's happening now, strong scene starts, heightening and playing within game structures. Take your long form scene skills and heighten them with the focus, energy and quick decision-making that are the hallmarks of the CSz style. This class will also lead toward a new short-form format debuting at CSz in 2017.

With 15 years of improv experience across the U.S. and Canada, Betse Green has taught and performed with CSz Portland, Portland's Brody and Curious Comedy Theaters, and has also made her way around to festivals including Chicago Improv Festival, The IFCincy, SFIT and more. She is a sought-after teacher at the ComedySportz World Championship every year.

January. TBD.

There will be a performance - time to be determined - at the end of the class run.

To register, call us now at 503.236.8888, e-mail us, or register on-line.

 

CSz 304

Musical Improv Basics

Maybe we will use ukeleles and maybe we won't. 

Maybe we will use ukeleles and maybe we won't. 

This four-week course explores how you'll boost your improv skills to create memorable songs - right in the moment. We'll overcome fears and learn tools to help you make what appears to be extremely difficult and astounding almost effortless. Confidence, structure, chorusing, rhyme, duets and common styles will be covered. What you'll learn can be used in any improv style, and can boost your songwriting skills as well.

Patrick Short, our co-owner and GM, has been making music since 1967, and teaching improv since 1984. He's a very experienced improv accompanist with lots of experience helping people overcome improv fears. Stage musical experience includes music direction for scripted musicals, including performances at the Kennedy Center, as well as Screaming Mee-Mees, who appeared at the Chicago Improv Festival, in New Orleans and Seattle. He has 4 albums to his credit this century, including Front Left Corner of Heaven, and writes all the music for Thinking People's Theatre shows.

CSz 304 will lead to CSz 404 - Intermediate/Advanced Musical Improv with Patrick Short & Betse Green. Announced soon.

This class is also suitable for accompanists. You'll learn a ton about how Patrick approaches making people look and sound good.

When: Begins January 12, 2017 - four Thursdays from 7:30-9:30pm
Where: CSz Arena, 1963 NW Kearney St.
Cost: $125, including a CSz Loyal Fan Card for show discounts.

Prerequisites: Two levels of improv training at CSz or equivalent at another Portland-based theatre. Call us if your training was elsewhere. 

To register, call us now at 503.236.8888, e-mail us, or register on-line.

NEXT ADULT CLASSES

CSz 101
Mondays, 7:30 - 9:30
Begins January 9, 2017
CSz Portland Arena
$195

CSz 201

Begins February 27, 2016
Mondays, 7:30-9:30
CSz Portland Arena
$175

CSz 301

Begins January 10, 2017
Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9:30
CSz Portland Arena
$195

CSz 302

Begins January 19, 2017
Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:30
CSz Portland Arena
$175

CSz 303
Short Form for Long Form Players

January TBD
CSz Portland Arena
$150
 

CSz 304
Musical Improv Basics

Begins January 12
CSz Portland Arena
$125
 

CSz 401 Minor League

Every Wednesday
7:30-9:30
CSz Portland Arena
$7
Pre-requisite: CSz 201/301

 


CSz 401 - The Minor League

For people who have completed our 101, 201 and 301 classes (or those who have taken our 303 class).

  • Ongoing Wednesday Night Classes from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Build improv skills and learn our games in a supportive and fun atmosphere
  • Performance opportunities in our Minor League matches every other Sunday at 6:00 p.m.
  • Just $7 per class on a drop-in basis
  • CSz 101/201/301 or 303 graduates only

Some folks are in Minor League Class because they want to join our team; some because it's a fun time with a great group of people.

Need more info?  Email Brooke Chamberlain at brooke (at) cszportland.com

 

CSz 404

Intermediate / Advanced Musical Improv 

Information coming soon!

 

 

Standup Classes

We are not currently offering Stand Up Classes at CSz.

Alex Falcone has taken his talents to Helium Comedy Club and will be offering classes there. We still recommend Alex as the best Stand Up teacher in the Portland area.

We may develop new offerings in 2017. Stay tuned and take some improv classes in the meantime.