Comedy School

Short-Form Improv: Characters & Emotions

This course builds on the skills learned in Beginning Improv to develop characters through emotion. Specific characters grounded in strong emotions are why we care about a scene. Expanding off the "Yes and..." foundation, students will learn how to engage with each other while creating interesting characters who interact with each other in meaningful ways. Students will play short-form games and exercises that they've seen on "Whose Line Is It Anway?", and in the DC Improv's Lounge. The class concludes with a graduation performance at the DC Improv.

About the Instructor: Anna Bethel (official website) is a comedy performer and teaches short-form improv in Washington, D.C. She was both the managing director and lead improv coach with ComedySportz, Washington D.C. until 2021. Anna has performed with various improv teams throughout the nation's capital. She teaches, coaches teams and individuals, performs regularly with the DC Improv and leads many customized corporate and private performances. The troupe Porkchop Volcano asked Anna to join as a permanent member in 2016, performing on stage, in video sketches and podcasts. She has a B.A. in Cinema & Theatre from Denison University and her professional improvisation training began at ComedySportz, DC in 2010. Anna's training with Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall) of writing sketch comedy from improv inspired the creation of varied media content. She creates podcasts and video content with fellow comics in the greater Washington D.C. area.

01/11/2023 7:00 PM

Door Time: 6:45 PM

Other Showtimes

Wednesdays, January 11 - February 8, 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Graduation show Monday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m.. Participants in this class must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

This course with instructor Anna Bethel builds on the skills learned in Beginning Improv to develop characters through emotion. Specific characters grounded in strong emotions are why we care about a scene. Expanding off the "Yes and..." foundation, students will learn how to engage with each other while creating interesting characters who interact with each other in meaningful ways. Students will play short-form games and exercises that they've seen on "Whose Line Is It Anway?", and in the DC Improv's Lounge. The class concludes with a graduation performance at the DC Improv. Prerequisite: Beginning Improv or permission of the instructor and principal.


All sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges.


Class Policies

  • Patrons must be 18 or older to attend events or classes at the DC Improv. Any exceptions are clearly noted in the event descriptions on dcimprov.com.
  • Participants in this class must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and produce proof of vaccination (such as a completed vaccination card) at the start of the first session. If you have any questions about this policy, please e-mail info@dcimprov.com.

This course builds on the skills learned in Beginning Improv to develop characters through emotion. Specific characters grounded in strong emotions are why we care about a scene. Expanding off the "Yes and..." foundation, students will learn how to engage with each other while creating interesting characters who interact with each other in meaningful ways. Students will play short-form games and exercises that they've seen on "Whose Line Is It Anway?", and in the DC Improv's Lounge. The class concludes with a graduation performance at the DC Improv.

About the Instructor: Anna Bethel (official website) is a comedy performer and teaches short-form improv in Washington, D.C. She was both the managing director and lead improv coach with ComedySportz, Washington D.C. until 2021. Anna has performed with various improv teams throughout the nation's capital. She teaches, coaches teams and individuals, performs regularly with the DC Improv and leads many customized corporate and private performances. The troupe Porkchop Volcano asked Anna to join as a permanent member in 2016, performing on stage, in video sketches and podcasts. She has a B.A. in Cinema & Theatre from Denison University and her professional improvisation training began at ComedySportz, DC in 2010. Anna's training with Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall) of writing sketch comedy from improv inspired the creation of varied media content. She creates podcasts and video content with fellow comics in the greater Washington D.C. area.