Improv Etc.

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  • 520 8th Avenue New York

    New York, NY 10018

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  • 718-965-9896

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I was a member of the Improv. Etc. class in 2000-2001. We developed freeform improv ideas and sketches, ranging from "The Blues" to on-the-spot comedy. Susan Kaessenger's class more than met my expectations; it allowed me to learn to open up to and trust others (and vice versa), to share ideas and to "Yes" others as you are supposed to do in improv, without hesitation. Susan provided constrictive criticism that was useful in developing skills not only for improve, but in everyday life. Her approach is caring, concerned and reassuring. The group performed a show at the end of the term; it was no-holds barred and nerve wracking, but ultimately a lot of fun to go in front of an audience, and it opened up a lot of possibilities for all of us. I have since gone on to study improv with Susan, and her work with me allowed me to freely function as a new teacher in the classroom, where on-the-spot decision making and a sense of humor are vital. Whether you are taking a class for the skills, for fun or just as a lark, THIS is the one to take!
-Adam Throne

5
★★★★★

I was a member of the Improv. Etc. class in 2000-2001. We developed freeform improv ideas and sketches, ranging from "The Blues" to on-the-spot comedy. Susan Kaessenger's class more than met my expectations; it allowed me to learn to open up to and trust others (and vice versa), to share ideas and to "Yes" others as you are supposed to do in improv, without hesitation. Susan provided constrictive criticism that was useful in developing skills not only for improve, but in everyday life. Her approach is caring, concerned and reassuring. The group performed a show at the end of the term; it was no-holds barred and nerve wracking, but ultimately a lot of fun to go in front of an audience, and it opened up a lot of possibilities for all of us. I have since gone on to study improv with Susan, and her work with me allowed me to freely function as a new teacher in the classroom, where on-the-spot decision making and a sense of humor are vital. Whether you are taking a class for the skills, for fun or just as a lark, THIS is the one to take!
-Adam Throne

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I had been acting professionally in New York since 1972 and took quite a few classes over the years, including improvisation classes. I was well schooled in Viola Spolin's work as well. But I was very pleasantly surprised when I decided to take Susan's class.

First of all, she is unique! She creates safety in her class first and foremost. Her teaching is both inspirational and down-to-earth practical in terms of motivating the actor and giving her the necessary tools to improvise effectively.

Did I mention fun? Even if one is not pursuing an acting career, I would highly recommend Susan's class for community participation, game/role playing, confidence building, and a lot of fun. In addition to being a skilled improviser, this lady is a real stand-up comedian.

Each person in class gets equal time. There are no "stars." Over the course of several weeks, participants get to engage in numerous scenes, games and improvs. This is a "hands on" class. Come prepared to work, as well as play.

The most important thing I learned in this class is that
each improvisor's job is to make their scene partners look good by supporting their ideas. This way everyone gets to look good. If one person stands out at the expense of others, they did not do their job. Or at least, they did not learn the most important lesson in this class.

I would highly recommend this class both to professional actors and lay persons as well.

5
★★★★★

I had been acting professionally in New York since 1972 and took quite a few classes over the years, including improvisation classes. I was well schooled in Viola Spolin's work as well. But I was very pleasantly surprised when I decided to take Susan's class.

First of all, she is unique! She creates safety in her class first and foremost. Her teaching is both inspirational and down-to-earth practical in terms of motivating the actor and giving her the necessary tools to improvise effectively.

Did I mention fun? Even if one is not pursuing an acting career, I would highly recommend Susan's class for community participation, game/role playing, confidence building, and a lot of fun. In addition to being a skilled improviser, this lady is a real stand-up comedian.

Each person in class gets equal time. There are no "stars." Over the course of several weeks, participants get to engage in numerous scenes, games and improvs. This is a "hands on" class. Come prepared to work, as well as play.

The most important thing I learned in this class is that
each improvisor's job is to make their scene partners look good by supporting their ideas. This way everyone gets to look good. If one person stands out at the expense of others, they did not do their job. Or at least, they did not learn the most important lesson in this class.

I would highly recommend this class both to professional actors and lay persons as well.

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You've got to take this class! Susan's class opened up a whole world for me. I learned the fundamentals of improv, which have helped me not only improve my skills, but have also given me insight into daily life. Susan inserts critique in very helpful ways during a scene. Unlike some teachers, who will just let a scene go on and on until it's finished before offering feedback, Susan coaches us along the way and stops at key moments to point out ways to improve the scene. I found this input very helpful. One of my favorite parts of the class was musical improv (second level)! I loved this unique aspect :) I got a lot of personal attention, and I really learned a lot from my classmates as well. The exercises and scene work are varied and they build nicely upon one another. I loved performing after the second level, and Susan did a great job preparing us for that wonderful experience.

I didn't really know what to expect when I signed up, but all I know is that I had a great time, and the class was the highlight of my week! I've taken two levels so far, and loved it, and I hope I'll be able to take the next levels as well. As far as improv classes go in NYC, Susan's is an excellent deal. I DEFINITELY recommend it hands down to anyone, from beginners to professionals!

5
★★★★★

You've got to take this class! Susan's class opened up a whole world for me. I learned the fundamentals of improv, which have helped me not only improve my skills, but have also given me insight into daily life. Susan inserts critique in very helpful ways during a scene. Unlike some teachers, who will just let a scene go on and on until it's finished before offering feedback, Susan coaches us along the way and stops at key moments to point out ways to improve the scene. I found this input very helpful. One of my favorite parts of the class was musical improv (second level)! I loved this unique aspect :) I got a lot of personal attention, and I really learned a lot from my classmates as well. The exercises and scene work are varied and they build nicely upon one another. I loved performing after the second level, and Susan did a great job preparing us for that wonderful experience.

I didn't really know what to expect when I signed up, but all I know is that I had a great time, and the class was the highlight of my week! I've taken two levels so far, and loved it, and I hope I'll be able to take the next levels as well. As far as improv classes go in NYC, Susan's is an excellent deal. I DEFINITELY recommend it hands down to anyone, from beginners to professionals!

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I took a few Improv classes with Susan Kaessinger.The classes are well structured and fun. I found Susan's teaching to be incredibly caring and respectful. As a student, you will always feel guided and supported by Susan. She also take care to create an environment in which the students support each other. The Improv classes can serve a number of purposes. As a professional software project manager, I often have to train large groups of people. The techniques I learned in Susan's class have helped to make my classes not only informative, but fun and even exciting. Because I enjoy the training sessions, the students enjoy them as well.

Also, as a performing musician, I have become more open to taking risks and exploring choices in front of a live audience. I no longer require a strict script to put on a show. With the techniques I learned in the Improv class, I am more open to discovering my options as they arise. This is key for staying in the moment and dealing with the unexpected.

Finally, the Improv class was fun. You work with caring and interesting people. If you get nothing else from the class, you will find yourself laughing your pants off. At the fair rates that Susan charges you'll get more than your money's worth.

4
★★★★☆

I took a few Improv classes with Susan Kaessinger.The classes are well structured and fun. I found Susan's teaching to be incredibly caring and respectful. As a student, you will always feel guided and supported by Susan. She also take care to create an environment in which the students support each other. The Improv classes can serve a number of purposes. As a professional software project manager, I often have to train large groups of people. The techniques I learned in Susan's class have helped to make my classes not only informative, but fun and even exciting. Because I enjoy the training sessions, the students enjoy them as well.

Also, as a performing musician, I have become more open to taking risks and exploring choices in front of a live audience. I no longer require a strict script to put on a show. With the techniques I learned in the Improv class, I am more open to discovering my options as they arise. This is key for staying in the moment and dealing with the unexpected.

Finally, the Improv class was fun. You work with caring and interesting people. If you get nothing else from the class, you will find yourself laughing your pants off. At the fair rates that Susan charges you'll get more than your money's worth.

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Classes offered in Park Slope, Brooklyn and Midtown Manhattan.



Learn basic and advanced improv techniques in a fun, supportive and non-competitive environment. Through theater games, body awareness exercises, story development and character creation you will learn skills that will help you access your creativity and spontaneity. Discover how improv can help you build confidence and become more comfortable with verbal, emotional and physical expression on and off stage.



Teacher, director, performer Susan Kaessinger teaches all classes and has been teaching improv for over 15 years. Learn more about Susan and read student testimonials at www.improvetc.com.

 

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