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The goal of the Planet Ant Training Center is to provide the highest quality instruction possible while fostering a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment to students from any and all backgrounds or identities.  It is important to all employees at Planet Ant to offer a supportive space where everyone can be free and safe to explore, learn and grow as an artist.

Please Contact us if you have any questions/comments/concerns.

Please see our Student Resources page for more information.

All students must be 18 or older. Classes must be purchased prior to start date. Payment Plans may be available upon request.

 

Our May term is currently underway.  Class shows for this term will be on June 13th @ 6:30pm.  Auditions for the next term will be on Sunday June 10th @ 11am.

Our next term of classes starts Monday, June 25th. Intro Discounted Early Registration period ends Monday, June 18th. 

Intro 1 will take place on Tuesdays at 7p. Full class schedule and instructors will be announced soon!


 

Improv Classes

Introductory


Our introductory improv program consists of 4 levels and is designed for students that are entirely new to stage performance and improv while also providing a good fit for students who have decided to refresh their improv skills.  Throughout these classes students will be eased into the basics of improvisation while being focused on building ensemble in a fun welcoming environment.  A class show will finish the 3rd and 4th level of the section.  All classes are six weeks in length.

 
 
 
165.00 190.00

Session A | Tuesdays | June 26 - July 31 | 7-10 pm.

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Intermediate


Our Intermediate level begins digging into the deeper elements of improvisation.  Acting, honesty, styles, relationships, connections, motivations, tropes and slightly more advanced long-form improv forms will be some of the topics covered.  A class show will complete each level.  All classes are six weeks in length.

New students with previous experience may audition into our Intermediate improv section. Audition dates will be posted at least 3 weeks in advance.  If you need to miss an audition date a makeup date may be provided but is not gaurenteed.  All students must audition in order to qualify for the Intermediate Improv section.

Advanced


In our Advanced Improv section students will be introduced to the various long-form forms chosen by our resident company.  Critique will be elevated to it's highest level as dictated by class need.  Advanced Improv 1 & 2 will have a mid term show as well as a final show.  Advanced Improv 3 will have a weekly show on Thursday nights in addition to their class. All classes are six weeks in length.

New students with previous experience may audition into our advanced improv section. Audition dates will be posted at least 3 weeks in advance.  If you need to miss an audition date a makeup date may be provided but is not guaranteed.  All students must audition in order to qualify for the Advanced Improv section.

GO Further with IMPROV

We offer a host of other choices to futher your improv education.  Create a new form, improvise a musical or create and perform a brand new show.  We're always expanding your choices and looking for ways to deepen your education.

 

Masters



Musical Improv

Get cast in an 8 week class that builds an ensemble and creates a brand new long-form form.  After you've created something amazing you'll have an 6 week run on Thursday nights to perform your creation.

New students must have fully graduated from an improv training center and may audition into our Masters Program. Audition dates will be posted at least 3 weeks in advance.

For years Planet Ant has been winning awards with its comedy musicals and impressed audiences with its original musical improv group "Big Time".  Have you ever wanted to add music to your improv scenes?  Now you can.  In each class you'll be learning musical improv from 2 of Planet Ant's instructors who will guide you into creating improvised music in your scenes.  You will be taken from the most basic beginnings into adding harmonies and even dance moves.  No singing experience is needed.  Get up and have your voice heard.

Musical Improv is 6 weeks and culminates in a class show.

No audition required.  Students must have completed an introductory improv program at any theatre.

 
 

The Process

 

A handpicked cast of improvisers will be taken through 3 months of Planet Ant's traditional Process where they will create an original comedy show.  The process begins with the director guiding the cast in improvising for material. The following weeks will be spent writing and molding that material into one cohesive story.  Once the show is complete the cast will each receive a portion of the revenue generated by the performances.  

Any student may audition for the The Process as long as they have knowledge of advanced improv techniques.  Payments will be split into 3 individual $150 payments.

 
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Writing Classes

Sketch Writing


 

Our sketch program takes students through basic character creation, monologues, writing in various styles of comedy, depths of satire, the art of the pitch, collaborative writing, and more.  By the end of the Sketch 4 students will have a personal collection of over 30 sketches done in various styles.  In Sketch 5 students will cast/co-direct, along with the instructor, a 45 minute live stage show composed of sketches chosen by the class.  Class size is limited to 8 writers as to maximize feedback and participation.  Each class is six weeks in length.

 

All students must begin with Sketch 1 unless they have completed a previous Planet Ant sketch level within the last six months.

 
 
165.00 190.00

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Tuesdays | June 19 | 7-10

Instructor: Mike McGettigan

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Next Six-Week Session:

Saturdays | May 5 - June 9 | 11-2

Instructor: Mike McGettigan

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Video Classes

Sketch to Video


 
 

Learn to create short videos one step at a time  Students will be slowly introduced to creating their own videos one essential piece at a time.  Beginning with learning the language of film and writing, then filming and in camera editing, editing, sound and lights students will culminate the course with a group project of their choice.  A 5 part web series or a festival ready short.  No special equipment required.  If you have a cell phone then you have all you need to get started.  Each class is six weeks in length.

All students must begin with Sketch to Video 1 unless they have completed a previous Planet Ant Sketch to Video level within the last six months.

 
 

Screenwriting

Using time-honored tools and some lesser known techniques, this six week program will give you all the skills you need to produce a compelling and coherent feature length screenplay. Students will learn screenplay structure, how to make a beat sheet, how to write dynamic characters, and various techniques for strong dialogue and action. Students will finish the class with a completed structure for their screenplay as well as 5-10 pages of the first act.  This class is six weeks in length.

 
 

Are we missing something?  Have an idea for a class? Contact us if you have any questions/comments/concerns.