Forms and Functions


 
 

Mondays starting July 23rd and ending September 17th (no class on Labor Day), 7:00pm-10:00pm (8 weeks)
Instructor: Paul Vaillancourt
Price: $300
Class size:  Limited to 14 students to ensure everyone gets individual attention and stage time.
Location: Studio LOL
Parking: Lot in the back off Wilkinson Ave. and street parking out front on Moorpark St.


Long form improv isn’t just the Montage or the Harold. When we learn and perform different forms it strengthens us as improvisers and artists. Each form demands something different from us and we bring a different part of ourselves to it. In this class, master instructor Paul Vaillancourt will lead you through a sampling of his favorite forms:  The Slacker, The Armando (as originally conceived and taught by Del Close), The Monoscene, The Living Room/The Road Trip and The Heritage Deconstruction (the Deconstruction as originally conceived and taught by Del Close) – and maybe a bonus or two thrown in to boot. 

How can the class cover so many forms? Paul will show you that many of these forms have similar and overlapping elements, and by learning them in sequence, he’ll teach you how to stack skill on skill for a better understanding of each form.

This class will culminate with a multi week run of shows at Revolution Theater, where students will get to perform the forms they’ve been working on.

Per the prerequisite, this class assumes a good level of comfort with improv and students must be familiar with improvising relationship-based, game driven, two-person scenes.


  • If you have been banging your head against the Harold for a while and you’re looking for something new or a way to open up your Harold/long form work – this is the class for you.
  • If you were an iO West student about to go into level 5 or 5B – this is the class for you.
  • If you’re an improv nerd and love learning everything about improv that you can – this is the class for you.
  • If you’re thinking about creating your own long form and feel like you want to be inspired by what’s already out there – this is the class for you.
  • If you graduated from a training program but feel like there is still more to learn – this is the class for you.
  • If you’re that person that was “on a Harold team for a while and then just kinda stopped and always wanted to/meant to get back to it” – this is the class for you.

The Dark Arts


 
 

Tuesdays starting July 24th and ending September 11th, 7:00pm-10:00pm (8 weeks)
Instructor: Paul Vaillancourt
Price: $300
Class size:  Limited to 14 students to ensure everyone gets individual attention and stage time.
Location: Studio LOL
Parking: Lot in the back off Wilkinson Ave. and street parking out front on Moorpark St.


In this class master instructor Paul Vaillancourt will share skills that he has learned but never had the forum to teach – the techniques that have shaped and made him the improviser that he is today. From short-form games that gave him a leg up when starting long form to the techniques that will teach you to frame scenes in new and interesting ways, this class will take your scene work and long form work to the next level. Students can expect intensive in scenic techniques with lots of individual attention and notes, as well as opportunities to put those notes into action.   This class will culminate in a multi-week run of shows at Revolution Theater, where students will have the opportunity to showcase the skills they’ve been working on.

Per the prerequisite, this class assumes a good level of comfort with improv and students must be familiar with improvising relationship-based, game driven, two-person scenes.


  • If you have been improvising for a while and want to take your work to the next level – this is the class for you.
  • If you have graduated from a training program and you want to keep your skills up – this is the class for you.

  • If you graduated from a training program but feel like there is still more to learn – this is the class for you.

  • If you’re that person that was “on a Harold team for a while and then just kinda stopped and always wanted to/meant to get back to it” – this is the class for you.

  • If you were an iO West student about to go into level 5 or 5B – this is the class for you.

The Improvised Movie


 
 

Wednesdays starting July 25th and ending September 12th, 7:00pm-10:00pm (8 weeks)
Instructor: Paul Vaillancourt
Price: $300
Class size:  Limited to 14 students to ensure everyone gets individual attention and stage time.
Location: Studio LOL
Parking: Lot in the back off Wilkinson Ave. and street parking out front on Moorpark St.


Let’s face it, you come to LA to get into the movies – well, here you go.  In this class you’ll learn to be the actor, writer, director and special effects artist you always wanted to be. 

Veteran teacher and performer Paul Vaillancourt has logged more hours with the Improvised Movie than perhaps anyone on the planet and he is bringing all that experience to this class.

In this class you are going to learn everything you need to know to improvise fun, exciting, on the fly movies in front of audience; story structure for coherent narratives, using camera angles to help tell (and sell) the story, working with the ensemble, techniques for making your characters more dynamic and engaging and how to bring special effects to life on stage. 

The IMPROVISED MOVIE will be the signature form of Revolution Theater and this is your chance to get in on the ground floor!


  • If you are an improviser and a fan of movies, this is the class for you.

  • If you are interested in narrative improv of any sort, this is the class for you.

  • If you are an improviser looking to really round out your education in improv, this is the class for you.

  • If you are a screenwriter looking for a new way to loosen up, try new ideas and have fun in you writing, this is the class for you.

  • If you have been improvising for a while and you’re looking to push your work in a completely new direction, this is the class for you.

  • If you love telling stories, this is the class for you.

  • If you are looking to expand your improv work in a way that no other long form will, this is the class for you.