The Chicago School of Professional Improvisation  is designed to prepare promising improvisers to audition and work at a professional level.  This advanced program trains improvisers in short form, game based improvisation, and hosting skills which are essential for pursuing paid improv work.

Upon completion of The School, students will get a four-week run at ComedySportz, performing a 45 minute short form show created in the Professional Application level.  

The prerequisite to audition for Level 1 is a year of training at CSz, Second City, Annoyance or iO. 

Registration will open for 2018 Term Two in February!

To sign up for The Chicago School of Professional Improvisation, please click below!


LEVEL 1 - Context and Environment


LEVEL 1: Context and Environment focuses on the skill set to play some of ComedySportz's prized games like sideline games and the hardest game in ComedySportz, 5 Things.  Each week a new skill will be taught from gibberish to object work to creating environments and eventually the art of guessing.

LEVEL 2 - Cracking the Game

LEVEL 2:  Cracking the Game teaches advanced  improvisers the understanding and cracking of the basic structure of the most common improv games.  Improvisers will learn how to find patterns, develop blueprints of game types and be taught the skill set to create their own games through advanced theory teaching.  

LEVEL 3 - Hosting & Advanced Musical Improv


LEVEL 3: Hosting & Advanced Musical Improv will take your scenes to new levels. Learn how to host each game with confidence while also adding the element of music to your scenes and games.

LEVEL 4 - Professional Application

LEVEL 4: Professional Application is designed to culminate your School experience and combine all levels of knowledge to finalize a fully formed short form show.  With a honed skill set and sharpened game awareness, improvisers will create their own 45 minute show and learn what it takes to produce a ComedySportz-like experience.  



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All classes will be at the CSz Training Center north of CSZ Theater Chicago on 3435 N. Sheffield at Clark.  

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