Our full class schedule is listed below. For general info about the Planet Ant Training Center click here or follow these links to get info on a specific program:

IntroIntermediate, Advanced, Sketch Writing, Ant Process.

Contact us if you have any questions about our training center.


Intro To Improv 1

$165.00* - A $25 late registration fee will be added on Friday, September 16.

The next 6-week session:

Wednesdays | September 21 - October 26 | 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Instructor: Quintin Hicks

Saturdays | September 24 - October 29 | 11am - 2pm
Instructor: Mike McGettigan

Your improv education starts with Intro to Improv 1 where your seasoned instructor will create a safe and supportive environment, allowing you to learn the skills you’ll need to become a successful performer. You’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of improvised comedy and build your confidence through exercises focusing on listening, agreement, spontaneity, object work, and basic scene development.

This class is perfect for beginning improvisers or the complete novice looking to discover how improv can change their lives for the better when it comes to meeting new people, speaking in public, feeling more confident, and just having more fun!

*Please note that the price includes an online processing fee.

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Intro To Improv 2

$165.00* - A $25 late registration fee will be added on Friday, September 16.

In order to qualify for Intro 2, you must have completed our Intro 1 class within the last 6 months.

The next 6-week session:

Saturdays | September 24 - October 29 | 11am - 2pm
Instructor: Michael Hovitch

In this class, you will hone the basic improv fundamentals that were introduced in Intro to Improv 1. You will continue to add new skills to your improv toolbox as you learn techniques for creating memorable characters and rich environments that will further flesh out your scenes.

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Intro To Improv 3

$165.00* - A $25 late registration fee will be added on Friday, September 16.

In order to qualify for Intro 3, you must have completed our Intro 2 class within the last 6 months.

The next 6-week session:

Tuesdays | September 20 - October 25 | 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Instructor: Dave Davies

In the final level of our Intro program, you will continue to sharpen your improv skills as you use all the techniques taught in Intro 1 & 2 to begin creating fully fleshed-out scenes. You'll learn to make strong initiations and find the game of the scene while creating grounded, character-driven work. Students will also begin learning about the long-form improv format as their instructor introduces them to the Commando long-form style.

This session will conclude with a performance on Planet Ant's stage as part of our Student Showcase night.

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Intermediate Improv 1

$165.00* - A $25 late registration fee was added on Friday, September 16.

In order to qualify for Intermediate 1, you must have completed our Intro program. Email classes@planetant.com for more details.

The next 6-week session:

Wednesdays | September 21 - October 26 | 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Instructor: Dave Davies

This six-week class builds on the fundamental concepts of improvisation with a focus on scene building, character, and relationships. Over the term, students will also be introduced to a variety of long-form styles. Intermediate Improv 1 is ideal for a wide range of improvisers, including those who've just mastered the basics in our Intro To Improv program all the way to seasoned performers seeking to fine-tune their abilities.

The session will end with a class show as part of one of our Student Showcase nights.

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Intermediate Improv 2

$165.00* - A $25 late registration fee will be added on Friday, September 16.

In order to qualify for Intermediate 2, you must have completed our Intermediate 1 class within the last 6 months.

The next 6-week session:

Thursdays | September 22 - October 27 | 7pm - 10pm
Instructor: Michael Hovitch

(Students will stay with the same group and will be placed in the appropriate section based on which instructor they had the previous term.)

In this class, you will continue your training and push your improv performance to the next level while building on the skills and concepts learned in Intermediate 1. Throughout the term, students will begin to explore more advanced improvisational topics such as character POV, genre, and time periods.

The session will end with a class show as part of one of our Student Showcase nights.

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Intermediate Improv 3

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In order to qualify for Intermediate 3, you must have completed our Intermediate 2 class within the last 6 months.

Next 6-week session TBD

Intermediate Improv 3 will introduce new concepts and help you polish the skills you've learned thus far. Students will continue to explore scene work and long-form styles. Each class will hone in on a favorite form or experiment with creating a new form signature to their group. You'll also learn auditioning techniques in preparation for entry into our Advanced Program.

The session will end with a class show as part of one of our Student Showcase nights.

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Advanced Improv 1

$165.00* - A $25 late registration fee was added on Friday, September 16.

In order to qualify for Advanced 1, you must have completed our Intermediate Program within the last six months and participate in an improv audition. Next audition date TBD.

The next 6-week session:

Tuesdays | September 20 - October 25 | 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Instructor: Michael Hovitch

Advanced Improv 1 continues to build on all you've learned in our Intermediate program, but more critical feedback will push your improv and acting skills further than ever. Classes will focus on creating and maintaining realistic and meaningful connections that fuel strong scene work. Your class ensemble will also work to polish their live performances by working on stage presence, show pacing, and editing. 

This class will include two performances. Dates TBD.

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Advanced Improv 2

NOT OFFERED THIS TERM

In order to qualify for Advanced  2, you must have completed our Advance 1 class within the last six months.

Next 6-week session TBD

Advanced Improv 2 will build off of what you learned in the last class. This term will focus on advanced character work. Students will work on making unique and varied choices that push themselves and their scene partners out of their comfort zone and into more rewarding scene work.

This class will include two performances. Dates TBD.

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Advanced Improv 3

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In order to qualify for Advanced 3, you must have completed our Advanced 2 class within the last six months.

The next 6-week session TBD

Advanced Improv 3 will build off the previous two levels while further strengthening your class ensemble by working to exploit strengths and attack problem spots. This term will also touch on the basics of reimprovising scenes, improvising from beats, and writing through improv that will help prepare you for The Ant Process.

This class will include two performances. Dates TBD.

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Acting for the Improviser

NOT OFFERED THIS TERM

Eligible students must have completed Planet Ant's Intermediate 2 class. Other students should email us to see if they qualify.

Acting for the Improviser allows students to take what they have learned through their improv training to help bridge the gap between improvising and working with scripted material.

Taught by York Griffith, former Planet Ant Artistic Director and the director of this season's production of The Aliens, this class will be filled with short discussion, scene work and exercises specific to the script and where the actor is at in their process.

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Sketch 1 - Intro to Comedy Writing

$165.00* - A $25 late registration fee will be added on Friday, September 16.

The next 6-week session:

Thursdays | September 22 - October 27 | 7pm - 10pm
Instructor: Mike McGettigan

This series of classes will focus on writing comedic characters based on strong points of view. Students will learn how to use beats, how to edit, finding the game of the scene and will be exposed to multiple styles. Classes will begin with students writing single characters monologues and end by writing sketches with multiple characters.  By the end of the six-week session, students will have finished a minimum of 3 comedic monologues and 2 sketches.

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Sketch 2 - The Mechanics of Sketch Writing

NOT OFFERED THIS TERM

In order to qualify for Sketch Writing 2, you must have completed our Sketch Writing 1 class within the last six months.

The next 6-week session TBD

In The Mechanics of Sketch Writing, students will learn to deepen their understanding of the tools that can be utilized to create well-written sketch comedy. Students will employ multiple sources for inspiration, from real world events to personal stories, and learn how to turn any idea into a fully realized comedy sketch. By the end of the course, students will have finished a minimum of 5 sketches.

Students should have one 3-5 page sketch written specifically for week 1 of the course.

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Sketch 3 - Further Exploration of Sketch

NOT OFFERED THIS TERM

In order to qualify for Sketch Writing 3, you must have completed our Sketch Writing 2 class within the last six months. Email classes@planetant.com with any questions you may have.

Next 6-week session TBD

The class will use scripts and videos from famous comedy shows as examples on how to write comedy in multiple styles, focusing on comedy for the stage. Students will learn to write in and identify styles such as farce, parody, screwball, dark humor, satire, blue, surreal and more. By the end of the course, students will have finished a minimum of 6 sketches.

Students should have one 3-5 page sketch written specifically for week 1 of the course.

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Sketch 4 - Advanced Sketch Writing

NOT OFFERED THIS TERM

In order to qualify for Sketch Writing 4, you must have completed our Sketch Writing 3 class within the last six months.

Next 6-week session TBD

This session takes students further into comedy writing by finding and fostering each student's personal style.  The class will also teach writing cooperatively and how to generate and coauthor material using the techniques of improv.  By the end of the course, students will have coauthored or authored a minimum of 10 sketches.

Students should have one 3-5 page sketch written specifically for week 1 of the course.

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Sketch 5 - Putting Up the Show

$165.00* - A $25 late registration fee will be added on Friday, September 16.

In order to qualify for Sketch Writing 5, you must have completed our Sketch Writing 4 class within the last six months.

Next 6-week session:

Saturdays | September 24 - October 29 | 11am - 2pm
Instructor: Shawn Handlon

Our entire sketch program culminates in this exciting series of classes were students will work with their instructor/director to further refine their sketches into a complete show that will be cast and performed on the Planet Ant stage. 

Participants will not only receive additional writing experience as they refine and rewrite their sketches in preparation for their final show, but they will also gain insight into many of the factors that come into putting up a successful sketch review, like the casting and directing process. 

Final show dates are TBD.

*Please note that the price includes an online processing fee.