CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Over the past year, Riverside’s improv classes have helped dozens of individuals ignite their creativity and find their voice. Whether you’re an introvert looking to break out of your shell or an extrovert seeking to refine your creative skills, our classes welcome everyone!

Take a look below for information about and to register for our 2023/2024 classes!

SPRING ’24 IMPROV CLASSES

LAUGHS BEFORE LUNCH: A Daytime Improv Class

Make your Tuesdays just a little bit brighter at Riverside Theatre. Join us for an hour each week while we laugh and learn about the fundamentals of improv. Never taken an improv class before? No problem! Nervous about performing? No performing necessary! Eager to get out and meet some new people? This is the class for you!

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Tuesdays … 11:00am-Noon … Jan 30th – Mar 5th


YES, AND TWO BEERS: LEVEL 2

Already taken an improv class? Performed improv before? Have a clear idea of the fundamentals…but want to learn more? Join Kathleen Johnson at Riverside Theatre in downtown Iowa City to LEVEL UP your improv skills in this intermediate class designed to deepen our knowledge of storytelling, character development, and improv scene/format skills.

If the thought of improv scares you, we’ll bring some liquid courage… each participant will receive 2 drinks (beer, wine, soda, sparkling water, etc) at each class!

Mondays…7:30-9:00PM…March 18-April 8

Ages 21 and up


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Kathleen Johnson is Riverside’s new Education Coordinator has been teaching improv, theatre arts, and communication throughout the midwest for the past 15 years. She attended Notre Dame University and earned her BA in Theatre and English. She went on to earn her Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of Iowa. She studied improv from performers at Second City Improv, Improv Olympic, and Huge Improv Theatre, has performed on short form and long form improv troupes, coached adult improv teams, and has led dozens of improv classes and corporate improv workshops.

PAST CLASSES

YES, AND TWO BEERS: LEVEL 1

Improv is not just about performing…it isn’t even just for performers. Improv is a great way to network, cultivate more energy, improve communication skills, and have some fun.

Join Kathleen Johnson at Riverside Theatre in downtown Iowa City to learn the FUNDAMENTALS OF IMPROVISATION in your personal and professional life.

If the thought of improv scares you, we’ll bring some liquid courage… registration includes up to 2 drinks (beer, wine, soda, sparkling water, etc) at each class!

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Mondays … 7:00-9:00PM … Oct 2nd – 23rd 

Ages 21 and up


HAPPY HOUR IMPROV

Tuesdays are for laughter, libations, and getting a little outside of your comfort zone. Join us for Happy Hour Improv from 5:30-6:30 to gather, grab a drink, and play improv games. Never taken an improv class before? No problem! Already an improv performer? There’s space for you here too! Happy hour improv will touch on the basics principals of improvisation, but is even more focused on getting on our feet, playing around, and letting go of the work day!

If the thought of meeting new people and gathering in Riverside Theatre’s beautiful space doesn’t make you happy enough…then maybe the fact that each participant will receive 1 drink (beer, wine, soda, sparking water, etc) will put that smile on your face!

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Tuesdays … 5:30-6:30PM … Nov 14th -Dec 19th 

Ages 21 and up