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. If you are not quite at this level, and are more of a beginner improviser - no worries - we have classes for you over in our Training Center.

Upon completion of The School, students will get a four-week run at ComedySportz, performing a 45 minute short form show created in Level 5.

The prerequisite to apply for Level One is a year of training at CSz, Second City, Annoyance or iO, or instructor consent. An audition will occur at the end of Level 3 to move forward into the advanced levels of The School.

To sign up for The Chicago School of Professional Improvisation, please click on the School Application button and fill out the form - you will need to attach your headshot and resume. The Dean of Schools will evaluate your experience, availability and training and make a decision on where to place you.

We are currently enrolling for a new Professional School Level 1, term beginning July 14, 2019. Hurry and apply for an Early Bird discount upon acceptance.



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.

Pre-requisite: Please see application above for requirements and application for entry to School.

Now enrolling:
Saturdays (July 20 - September 7) 2-5PM
Sundays (July 14 - September 1) 3-6PM

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.  

Pre-requisite: Professional School Level 1

LEVEL 3 - Advanced Musical Improv


LEVEL 3: 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.

*Note: You may take Level 3 and 4 out of order.

Pre-requisite: Professional School Level 2 + Upper Level Program Audition

LEVEL 4 - Hosting

LEVEL 4: Hosting  explores performer polish, hosting for and interacting with an audience, and utilizing one's strengths to maximize integrity in play. There is a performance following this level.

*Note: You may take Level 3 and 4 out of order.

Pre-requisite: Professional School Level 2 + Upper Level Program Audition

Now Enrolling:
Mondays (July 15 - September 2) 7-10PM


LEVEL 5 - Professional Application

LEVEL 5: 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.  

Pre-requisite: Professional School Level 4



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All classes will be at the CSz Theater Chicago.

contact 773-549-8080 for more info!