Kickstand Comedy six-level improv curriculum  

We work hard empowering our students to make people laugh their ass off.”
-Kickstand Faculty


Register For Classes HERE - Class descriptions below

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Fine print & class pre-requisites for Levels 2-6 at bottom of page—always read the fine print!


Level One - INTRO to Kickstand Improv

Dive into the world of improv comedy. Sharpen your communication, start listening in new ways, and learn how to create comedic ideas spontaneously, honestly and collaboratively. The Kickstand Philosophy jump-starts your improv journey helping develop your unique voice on stage. No experience required, come as you are!


Level Two - Next Level Scene Work

Now that you’ve been set up with the tools for successful scene work, it’s time to level-up your performance with Kickstand’s advanced technique adding focus, depth, and richness to your improv. Turn the corner and start identifying what’s truly funny in your scene work and create real characters NOT caricatures. Must Finish Level 1 or get Kickstand Approval.


Level Three - Making Connections and Mastering “Game of the Scene”

Upgrade your improv brain— and start thinking critically about comedy. Learn to identify pattern, discover connections and execute ideas effectively. Master, and truly understand game of the scenes.* Go deeper into “why” things are funny and work to let go of control as you build trust and connection with you classmates on and off stage. Must Finish Level 2.

*Game of the Scene is a concept essential to Kickstand’s philosophy, don’t worry we’ll teach you!


Level Four The Harold Intensive

Serious about getting good at improv? Then it’s time to learn how to do a great Harold! Chicago’s famous format The Harold is the CrossFit of improv training. A full body-and-mind workout of essential skills taking themes, characters, and relationships, getting ’em sweating, then adding perspective and connections… Feel the burn. Your improv muscles will get swoll AF. Must Finish Level 3.

  • Level 4 Thursdays | 6:30-8:30pm | class starts 8/15/19 | taught by Dylan Reiff

  • Level 4 Thursdays | 6:30-8:30pm | class starts 8/14/19 | taught by Roland Mechanik (email for more info)


Level Five - Advanced FORMS and perspective

Sample multiple improv formats each week from a rotating cast of Portland’s best improvisers and teachers. The Deconstruction, the Movie, Detours, Close Quarters, etc, etc, will all challenge your scene work, and expand your versatility—motivating you to find ways to keep playful and stay spontaneous. (Skills learned in level 5 give students the components to build a form together in level 6.) Must Finish Level 4

  • Level 5 Thursdays | 6:30-8:30pm | class starts 8/15/19 | taught by Kickstand faculty and special guest instructors


Level Six - Build-a-Show

We’ve given you the tools, now it’s time to create and experiment. Your final mission before graduation is to invent and evolve a brand new, never-before-seen improv format together as a class! Discover your class’ collective voice and create your own 20+ minute show based on your individual and team strengths—then perform your new form for the masses at the student showcase and graduation show. Must Finish Level 5


The Fine Print

  • Each 8-week class is $260 per person.

  • Must be 18+ to register for classes.

  • Levels 3-6 have a 10 student cap.

  • Levels 4-6 perform in our Student Showcase.

  • Classes have limited space, register early or ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • Kickstand requires all students start at Level 1, unless they have FULLY COMPLETED an improv program that shares a similar philosophy and and have received faculty approval.

  • Refunds (minus transaction fees) are available up until 10am the day before your first class.

  • Don't see a class that works for your schedule? Email us at kickstandpdx@gmail.com to ask about our waitlist.

  • Holler at kickstandpdx@gmail.com if you have any questions.


Internships & Scholarships

In our commitment to removing barriers from art we offer both full Internships and scholarships. These programs help us strive for equity and diversity in our classes and on our stage as well as removing or reducing the cost of classes.

Scholarship and Internship spaces are limited. The next round of applications will be open 6/25/19 and will close 7/19/19. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT APPLICATIONS AFTER 7/19/19. Recipients will be notified by 7/22/19. There will be two intern trainings to choose from: Thursday 7/25/19 (5:30pm - 6:30pm), or Saturday 7/27/19 (3pm - 4pm)