Beginning Adult Improv

Summer fun!

Safety Protocols

To ensure the health and safety of our students and staff, the following procedures will be followed for all classes (subject to change):

  • Masks are recommended and appreciated.

  • Safe distancing will be practiced in and outside of classes.

  • A limited number students in each class with no interaction with any other class.

  • Subject to change.


Five Weeks

Mondays, 7:00PM-8:30PM

June 13-July 18 (no class July 4)

Learn the building blocks of improvisational comedy and experience the excitement of creating a scene from scratch. You’ll master the art of “yes, and…,” how to create a character on the fly, and how to get the most from your scene partner. By the end you will have the skills to walk on stage without a script and perform with all the confidence of your favorite improvisers from shows such as “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” or “Middleditch & Schwartz”. These skills will also make you a well-rounded team player anywhere you show up. Everyone can succeed with this art form. Just bring yourself! 


A minimum of six people required to hold the class.


“If you’ve always wanted to try improv, but you don’t know where to start, take a class from Michael Shield. He creates a supportive space for beginners to learn the basics of improvisation. I can’t wait to take another class from Michael!”

-Shaun, 44, Television Producer
“I loved it! My goals were to relax, lose my self-consciousness and learn about something I’ve never done before. Not only was Michael a great teacher, he was reassuring and helped make the class loose, fun and exciting. Everyone was warm and supportive, no judging or criticizing. Can’t wait for the next class.”
-Judy, 67, Retired


About the Instructor

Michael Shield has been performing without a script, with dozens of improv groups all over the country, since 2012. He trained at The Second City in Chicago, Upright Citizens Brigade and The Groundlings, both in Los Angeles, among others. He is a founding member of the award winning musical improv group “Rogers and Hammertime.” Outside of improv he has been seen performing on stage in the national tour of The Music Man, the television show The Price Is Right, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and the Los Angeles standup comedy circuit. He recently relocated to Chattanooga with his wife Mollie and is excited to share his passion for improv comedy at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.