Nicole Syrlik, Jennifer Nolan

& Gail Handelman


Well aren't you fancy? At this point you have a pretty good understanding of improv, you've performed and now you're ready to dial it up a notch. Here we work on figuring out what makes YOU special as a performer and applying it to more advanced games. Here the audience comes into play even more leaving you and your teammates at their mercy for suggestions. Sound fun? It is.

HUDSON VALLEY IMPROV offers a variety of improv classes for the beginner, regular and professional performer. Classes for Adults and Kids are on out Class Schedule Page. All based in JONES methods, adult students can choose to incorporate a regular improv class as a way of life or take this up a notch and perform. It's really up to the individual. The classes are small and catered to the participants


Core Class/ Non-Performance 

Offered in the Hudson Valley & NYC

New & Established Adult Students

This is the "gym" of improv. You know nothing? You start here. You know everything and want to know more? You come here. All students must take this class at least once before passing onto a performance related class. "Passing"is required to move onto performance classes. In this class you will learn the nuts and bolts of comedy improvisation, brush up your acting and communication skills, and learn  techniques to loosen up and think quickly at work, and play. The class is designed to teach deep ensemble work through short-form improv games. Students often take this class more than once to continue learning craft and tools to support their work as an improvisor and creative person. This class is designed for all experience levels and will provide plenty of opportunity to work out individually as well as in a group.

**Prior improv experience is not necessary, but you must be willing to jump right in!**


The mission of Hudson Valley Improv Youth Training Improv is to provide a freeing and creative yet professional improvisation class for kids who are really into comedy. If your kid watches improv on TV and LOVES It, this is the class for them. Give us your kid and let us empower them from the toes up. We are all connected to our inner kid and have every intention of helping your kid bust into themselves. This multi-week course will teach your kid acting technique, warm ups, team work, listening techniques, problem solving and more! SO what are you waiting for? Seriously! 


This is the 4 hour improv intensive that will put you in the full swing of the art of improv in just one class! These classes are jam packed with theatre warm-ups, Meisner technique, short form improv, long form improv, sense memory and character development. No experience necessary! Just come in ready to take it all in and do things you never imagined you could do before. The classes are taught twice a  year in NYC and can be brought into almost any environment across the USA.


Victoria Ford


Advanced training/Performance Class for Adults

​All of the advanced classes end in a final performance at a local venue. There you will open for a pro-team and test your skills in front of a live audience. Performance training classes are offered on the the Hudson Valley.


You know the basics from the Improv Empowerment Workshop and now you're ready to learn how to do this in front of an audience. In this class you will deepen your skills as a performer and learn more about structure of games & audience payoff. This is where audience becomes a major piece of your improv puzzle and glue that pulls it all together.


Troupe. Did we say troupe? Yes, we did. For those special few who make it this far, you will be infused into a "troupe". You're close knit group will come up with a show name, signature games and a full GRADUATION show to perform for all of your friends in a jazzed club. Yeah- this is where it gets real. REAL real. Can you dig it?

**Students who complete Level 3 may be offered a spot on our pro Improv Company and will have the opportunity to perform in our live shows and explore other options including teaching and directing.***