Short Form Improv: Characters and Emotions

Anna Bethel is both the managing director and lead improv coach with ComedySportz, Washington D.C. She teaches short-form improv at The Improv in Washington, D.C. and has been performing since 2009. Anna has performed with Sadie Hawkins, WiT's FIST Tournament and various customized corporate and private performances. The troupe Porkchop Volcano frequently has Anna as a guest performer on stage 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.

Anna teaches short-form improvisational comedy at The DC Improv, coaches teams and individuals, and performs regularly with ComedySportz and The Blue Show at the DC Improv.

01/10/2018 7:00 PM

Door Time: 6:30 PM

Other Showtimes

Wednesdays, Jan. 10 - Feb. 7, 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Graduation show at the DC Improv on Feb. 13.

"Improv for Performance!" 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 (at ComedySportz and Blue Show performances). The class concludes with a graduation performance at the DC Improv. Prerequisite: Beginning Improv or permission of the instructor and principal. Click here to learn more about other comedy school classes.

Tuition for this class is $250. Once payment is made, there are no refunds, exchanges or cancellations. All classes are 18 and over.


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Admission 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.
  • There is a two-item minimum per customer. This can be any combination of food items or beverages. Bottled water and soft drinks count as items.

Seating Policies

  • For our main showroom, the first show of any night is the "early" show. All other shows are "late" shows. Early shows are seated by time of arrival. The earlier you arrive at the club, the greater your seating options will be. Late shows have assigned seating, and assignments are made in order of ticket purchase. The earlier you buy tickets, the better your seats will be (i.e. closer to the stage).
  • For our lounge, all shows regardless of start time are seated by time of arrival.

Anna Bethel is both the managing director and lead improv coach with ComedySportz, Washington D.C. She teaches short-form improv at The Improv in Washington, D.C. and has been performing since 2009. Anna has performed with Sadie Hawkins, WiT's FIST Tournament and various customized corporate and private performances. The troupe Porkchop Volcano frequently has Anna as a guest performer on stage 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.

Anna teaches short-form improvisational comedy at The DC Improv, coaches teams and individuals, and performs regularly with ComedySportz and The Blue Show at the DC Improv.