Our next term of classes starts Monday, October 30. Early registration goes through Friday, October 27, afterwhich a $25 late fee will be added to the enrollment fee.

Our full class schedule is listed below. 

Planet Ant also offers a variety of workshops. For more information, click below.

New students must start at Intro To Improv 1 or Sketch 1 regardless of previous experience. In order to quality for a specific class, you must have completed the previous class in the program within the last 6 months. All students must be 18 or older.

Please visit our FAQ page or 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, Oct. 27.

The next 6-week session:

Session A | Tuesdays | November 7 - December 12* | 7-10 pm.

Instructor: Travis Pelto
*CLASS BEGINS NOVEMBER 7. WILL NOT MEET ON HALLOWEEN*

Session B | Wednesdays | November 1 - December 6 | 7-10 p.m.

Instructor: Andy Reid

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 anyone from the experienced improviser looking to learn Planet ant's unique style to 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!

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Intro To Improv 2

$165.00* - A $25 late registration fee will be added on Friday, Oct. 27.

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

Please note, students will be placed in the same class day unless special arrangements are made. 

The next 6-week session:

Section A | Thursdays |  November 2 - December 14* | 7-10 p.m.
Instructor: Lauren Bickers
*NO CLASS ON THANKSGIVING - NOVEMBER 23*

Section B | Saturdays | November 4 - December 9 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Instructor: Mike McGettigan

n 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, Oct. 27.

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:

Thursdays | November 2 - December 14 | 7-10 p.m.
*NO CLASS ON THANKSGIVING - NOVEMBER @#

Instructor: Quintin Hicks

Class Show: December 20

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 will be added on Friday, Oct. 27.

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:

Session A | Wednesdays | November 1 - December 6 | 7-10 p.m.

Instructor: Shawn Handlon

Class Show: December 20

Session B | Wednesdays | November 1 - December 6 | 7-10 p.m.

Instructor: Lauren Bickers

Class Show: December 20

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, Oct. 27..

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:

Tuesdays | November 7 - Dec. 12 | 7-10 PM

Instructor: Louie Krasue
*CLASS BEGINS NOVEMBER 7. WILL NOT MEET ON HALLOWEEN*

Class Show: December 20

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

$165.00* - A $25 late registration fee will be added on Friday, Oct. 27.

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

The next 6-week session:

Tuesdays | November 7 - December 12 | 7-10 p.m.

Instructor: Quintin Hicks
*CLASS BEGINS NOVEMBER 7. WILL NOT MEET ON HALLOWEEN*

Class Show: December 20

 

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

NOT OFFERED THIS TERM

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

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.

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

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

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

The next 6-week session:

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

NOT OFFERED THIS TERM

$165.00* - A $25 late registration fee will be added on Friday, September 1.

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

Tuesdays | September 5 - October 10 | 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Instructor: Quintin Hicks

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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Sketch 1 - Intro to Comedy Writing

NOT OFFERED THIS TERM

$165.00* - A $25 late registration fee will be added on Friday, Oct. 27.

Next 6 Week Term: TBD

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

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

$165.00* - A $25 late registration fee will be added on Friday, Oct. 27.

The next 6-week session: 

Saturdays | November 4 - December 9 | 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Instructor: Mike McGettigan

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

$165.00* - A $25 late registration fee will be added on Friday, Oct. 27.

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:

Mondays | September 11 - October 16  | 7 pm - 10 pm 

Instructor: Shawn Handlon

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

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

$165.00* - A $25 late registration fee will be added on Friday, Oct. 27.

The next 6-week session:

Mondays | October 30 - December 4 | 7-10 p.m.

Instructor: Shawn Handlon

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

NOT OFFERED THIS TERM

$165.00* - A $25 late registration fee will be added on Friday, Oct. 27.

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

Next Six-Week Session:

Wednesdays | September 6 - October 11 | 7 pm to 10 pm
Instructor: Mike McGettigan

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.

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Sketch To Video 1 - Writing and the Language of Film
165.00

$165.00* - A $25 late registration fee will be added on Friday, Oct. 27.

The next 6-week session:

Sundays | November 5 - December 10 | Time: 4-7 p.m.

Instructor: Mike McGettigan

Level 1 - Writing and the Language of Film

In this course, students will learn the basics of sketch video production. Students will be taught how to write scripts for video, learn the basic types of shots, learn storyboarding, shot composition and get a grip on all the basics needed to turn your ideas into a filmed sketch. By the end of this course, students will have at least six scripts that will be ready to shoot.

Required Equipment: A cell phone with the ability to take pictures.

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Sketch To Video 2 - Filming
165.00

NOT OFFERED THIS TERM

$165.00* - A $25 late registration fee will be added on Friday, Oct. 27.

The next 6-week session: TBD

In this course, students will be tasked with shooting very simple (two minute) comedy sketches each week of class. All video will be shot and edited “on the fly,” with an emphasis on making the process of filming as painless and efficient as possible. Class time will consist of analysis, dissection and critique of projects, with some filming drills and practice along with further instruction in pre production. By the end of this level, students will have six simple sketches recorded.

Required Equipment: A cell phone that is able to capture video OR a video camera that you have a working knowledge of.  NOTE:  No instruction will be given on any particular cameras. Students should come ready to shoot.

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Sketch To Video 3 - Editing
165.00

NOT OFFERED THIS TERM

$165.00* - A $25 late registration fee will be added on Friday, Oct. 27.

The next 6-week session: TBD

Students will be introduced to video editing concepts and techniques. Short videos will still be shot on a weekly basis but will now have the ability to be edited.  Students will be taught the editing skills needed to turn their short sketch ideas and scripts into quality shorts that have a good comedic flow. An emphasis will be placed on streamlining production and using editing to help the entire sketch shooting process become more efficient.  

Required Equipment: Access to a computer that runs basic editing software.  Any video editing software is acceptable.

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Sketch To Video 4 - Sound & Light
165.00

NOT OFFERED THIS TERM

$165.00* - A $25 late registration fee will be added on Friday, Oct. 27.

The next 6-week session: TBD

Lighting and sound will be introduced as concepts to make your video look as professional as possible. Proper techniques for capturing high quality audio and well-lit sets will propel your sketches to the next level. Learning these basic techniques with hands on experience in class will allow the students weekly filmed sketches excel in quality.

Recommended equipment:  Cheap clip on lights, diffusion fabric, light bounce board and portable audio recording device.

Note: Most portable recording devices will be fine for this class, if a device is out of your price range anything that records audio can be used in order to learn technique.  Boom mic and recording techniques will be taught but a boom mic or recording device is not required.

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Sketch To Video 5 - Final Product
165.00

NOT OFFERED THIS TERM

$165.00* - A $25 late registration fee will be added on Friday, Oct. 27.

The next 6-week session: TBD

Students will collaborate on a multi-part web series OR festival-ready short that is written, directed, acted, produced and edited by the Sketch to Video class collaboratively.  

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