LAUGHS BEFORE LUNCH: A Daytime Improv Class

Starting April 17th: 11am -Noon

Make your Mondays just a little bit brighter at Riverside Theatre. Join Kathleen Johnson 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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Monday, April 17th from 11:00am-Noon

Monday, April 24th from 11:00am-Noon

Monday, May 1st from 11:00am-Noon

Monday, May 8th from 11:00am-Noon

Monday, May 15th from 11:00am-Noon

Monday, May 22nd from 11:00am-Noon

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SERIOUSLY FUNNY: High School Improv Intensive

Starting May 1st – 6-7PM

Get ready to have some serious fun at Riverside Theatre. This fun and supportive workshop series will get area high school students up on their feet: creating characters, telling stories, and solidifying a deeper understanding of improvisational acting.  

Riverside works hard to remove all barriers to theatrical education. Please contact with any questions about the course curriculum or tuition assistance. 

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Space is limited, Grades 9-12

Monday, May 1st from 6:00-7:00PM

Monday, May 8th from 6:00-7:00PM

Monday, May 15th from 6:00-7:00PM

Monday, May 22nd from 6:00-7:00PM

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Starting May 1st – 7:30-9PM

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 beers (or other drink of their choosing) at each class!

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Space is limited, Ages 21+

Monday, May 1st from 7:30-9PM

Monday, May 8th from 7:30-9PM

Monday, May 15th from 7:30-9PM

Monday, May 22nd from 7:30-9PM

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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.