we love improv
getting started with IMPROV
Improv is play
As children, we built our own worlds — playing with dolls and action figures, constructing Lego empires, creating intergalactic adventures on the playground... Improv training through Planet Ant reintroduces badly needed play and imagination into your adult life and offers a community of like-minded, hilarious, and creative people. Free yourself from the constraints of your 9-to-5. Get back to being an astronaut, a giant, a ghost, a queen, and fall in love with improv.
Why do we need play?
Learning to improvise is about much more than just theatrical performance. Improv has been proven to help with countless skills such as… public speaking, social anxiety, communication, and creativity. There are countless articles recounting the use of improv by scientists, the NYPD and businesses of all types.
Is Improv for me?
Yes! Our student population is composed of a diverse collection of ages, backgrounds, experience levels, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and countless other identities that make up our beautiful human race. We pride ourselves on making our spaces safe, fun, and welcoming for everyone.
The Ant Style
Our style of improv is taught from an acting-based perspective, which is based in relationships, emotional connections, character and the human experience. We offer three levels, from beginner to intermediate to advanced, to ease all newcomers into the world of improv and increasingly challenge you as you gain experience and knowledge.
We focus on ‘long form’ improv. Long form improv is a style of improv not bound by games. It centers on creating short scenes created as a group without any planning.
Our classes make improv easy. Our instructors work hard to build on each skill and making you forget that you’re learning. Learning improv in our classes is a hilarious way to become proficient with myriad social skills.
Jump in at any experience level
We welcome all levels of experience in our program. Each major level has an audition. Contact our training center to book an audition or find out what level is right for you.
Our Musical Improv Program
Adding music to your improv can take you to an entirely new level of creativity and exploration in comedic storytelling. Musical improv takes music and adds it to improvised scenes, creating a never before scene musical with every scene. Students are taught the basics of improvised songwriting within the structure of basic improv games.
You don’t have to be a professional singer or dancer in order to create these easy peasy musical scenes. Our classes start by focusing on the simple fun of music and creation and bring you to a place where you’re having a blast creating a full fledged improvised musical.
planet ant’s writing program
Learn how to take the best parts of your improv and put in on a page for scripted work! Have you ever watched Mr. Show, The Chappelle Show, Kids in the Hall, Monty Python, Key and Peele or any other sketch comedy show and thought, “I’d love to know how to do that”?
Our sketch teachers are the best that Metro Detroit has to offer and have a wealth of experience and ability. Start with the basics and end with a writing portfolio and a full-fledged live stage sketch show, which you and your classmates write, cast and help direct.
I have an idea. I know it’d make a killer movie. Does that sound like you? This class takes that idea you've been thinking about and turns it into a stack of pages that you’re ready to send to Hollywood with an easy to follow process from a great instructor.
Take a class that makes getting your project done a reality: learn how to finally get that screenplay you’ve been keeping locked up in your head out of hiding and onto the page!
Don’t believe us?
You don’t have to.
The verdict is in. Scientists love improv.
Here's a selection of scientific abstracts and peer reviewed articles concerning the benefits of improv.
Everyone is talking about the benefits of improv
Over the last several years improv has been brought up in countless news articles. Here's a sampling.