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Intermediate Improv: Fall 2024 Intensive

Class Session: November 9th & 10th

So, you’ve had a taste of that sweet, delicious improvised comedy, and you’re ready for more. Good news, you little sugar fiend: we’ve got your fix. Join us for our Intermediate Improv Weekend Intensive on November 9th and 10th, where we take a deeper dive into scene work from a short-form lens and learn the skills it takes to build the perfect scene.



During this class, students will learn to:

  • Review foundational/basic improv skills learned in Basic Improv
  • Understand best practices regarding boundaries and consent when improvising onstage and observe “ouch, oops” 
  • Incorporate storytelling tools and story structure into scenes from a short form lens
  • Practice radical listening and staying present in scenes to provide support
  • Implement different types of support onstage during scenes
  • Create specific scenes by identifying the “who, what, where, and why” of each scene
  • Do basic pantomime/space work in scenes
  • Establish and raise the stakes on scenes to keep the audience engaged
  • Prepare for our next class level, Advanced Improv: Short Form
  • Prepare for our class showcase


Classes take place November 9th and 10th, 2024. Please see the schedule below.

November 9th:
10 AM – 1 PM: Part 1 (there will be one 15 minute break at 11:30)
1 PM – 2 PM: Lunch
2 PM – 5 PM: Part 2 (there will be one 15 minute break at 3:30)

November 10th:
10 AM – 1 PM: Part 3 (there will be one 15 minute break at 11:30)
1 PM – 2 PM: Lunch
2 PM – 5 PM: Part 4 (there will be one 15 minute break at 3:30)
5 PM – 7 PM: Dinner break
7 PM – 8 PM: Group warmups prior to show
8 PM – 9 PM: Class showcase

We are happy to accommodate any requests to sit or take additional breaks for those who need them. You are encouraged to take care of yourself and your body’s needs! Students are welcome and encouraged to bring snacks and water and should bring their own lunches. Students may eat lunch and dinner (prior to the showcase on the evening of 11/10) at the Empire Launchpad, go offsite for meals, or join the class for group meals at Cafe Dantorels (2700 24th St, Sacramento, CA 95818) which is a short 2 minute walk from the Empire Launchpad.


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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