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Basic Improv: Fall 2024

Class Session: September 17th – October 22nd

Join us for a spring full of laughter, spontaneity, and endless fun. Whether you’re new to improv or looking to sharpen your skills, our short-form focused classes are perfect for you.

Discover the art of quick thinking and on-the-spot creativity in a supportive and friendly environment. This 6-week class starts on 9/17/24 and meets every Tuesday night from 7 – 9 PM at the Sierra 2 Center with a student performance on Saturday, October 26th.



During this class, students will learn to:

  • Revisit and embrace the powers of playfulness and joy in a supportive environment
  • Work collaboratively with scene partners to establish, contribute to, and sustain a shared reality through the power of “yes, and…”
  • Frame “failures” or “mistakes” as opportunities rather than avoiding them
  • Proactively and compassionately support their partners through listening, humility, and compassion
  • Understand basic story structure and use it as a framework for building improv scenes
  • Think outside the box, stretch creative thinking “muscles,” and practice thinking quickly on your feet
  • Collaboratively justify any idea within the reality of an established scene
  • Commit to ideas with your scene partner(s), even if it seems silly
  • Convey emotions during a scene and explore spontaneous emotional reactions
  • Construct basic scenes with others, including adding specific details to scenes
  • Prepare for our next class level: Intermediate Improv
  • Prepare for our class showcase
  • Have fun and be gentle with yourself and others!


Class is every Tuesday night from 7-9 PM, September 17th – October 22nd with a student performance on October 26th.


Empire LaunchPad at Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St, Room 13 (upstairs), Sacramento, CA 95818

Important Details:

Tuition is nonrefundable. You must be at least 18 to register.

Parking & Accessibility:

Sierra 2 has two free parking lots and various on-street parking options. Check out the map >

Our venue is upstairs on floor 2. The building is wheelchair accessible (including the bathrooms and access to the second floor). Please let us know if you require any special accommodations ahead of time and we’ll be happy to help.

COVID Safety Requirements:

All students must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination (either vaccination card or digital record) on the first day of class at the door or via email.


About the Instructor

Jessilee Windhaus is a proud Sacramento local and a firm believer in the power of applied improvisation. With a background in both short form and long form comedy, she is a 20-year improv veteran who has trained with Upright Citizen’s Brigade and The Groundlings and performed in cities all across the country.

Learn more about Jessilee >

Jessilee Windhaus

Improv Program Director, Empire Arts Collective Co-Founder

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