Bandit Theater Improv Training Program

Become more confident, make new friends, and master the art of improv! Class registrations open every quarter. We can’t wait to meet you!



Improv for Everyone

Coming again soon!
Theatre Puget Sound Studio B (Armory 4th floor, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle)

Have you ever seen an improv show and thought “gosh that looks fun” but never had the opportunity to try it yourself? Now’s your chance! Bandit Theater’s Improv for Everyone is a free two-hour introductory-level workshop with you in mind. No prior performance or comedy experience is expected!

In this workshop you’ll get a taste of hilarious spur-of-the-moment theater through low-stakes exercises that are both approachable and a whole lot of fun. Together we’ll experience a sense of carefree play that celebrates collaboration and stepping out of your head. You’ll meet new people and maybe even discover your new hobby!

At Bandit Theater we believe that improv is for everyone. If you’re ready, let’s include you too.


Improv 1: You Are Enough

Wednesdays with Annie Barry, Sept. 4 - Oct. 23, 7-9:30pm (Sold out!)
Sundays with Kevin McVey, Sept. 8 - Oct. 27, 2-4:30pm
Theatre Puget Sound (Armory 4th floor, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle)

Improv 1: You Are Enough is an 8-week longform improv class taught by Annie Barry and Kevin McVey. Here's your opportunity to build confidence, feel a sense of freedom and learn modern techniques and philosophies from New York, Los Angeles, DC and New Orleans.

Bandit Theater teaches a longform improv curriculum, terminology and philosophy that is very different from the short form and longform teachings in Seattle. With this in mind, Improv 1 - You Are Enough is perfect for beginners and for improvisers who have previously taken short form and longform classes in town.

In this class you will:

  • Experience an environment where fun is just as important as learning

  • Get in as many reps as humanly possible in a safe, supportive place

  • Get individualized attention and notes in a positive, professional manner



Improv 2: Playing the Game Together

Tuesdays with Annie Barry, Sept. 3 - Oct. 22, 7-9:30pm
Theatre Puget Sound (Armory 4th floor, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle)

Delve into the mechanics of game... together! Learn how to identify, frame, justify, explore, and heighten the unusual pattern of behavior. Through heightened states of agreement, this class will build upon the foundations of Improv One. Together we will create more complex scene work, play in more unconventional locations, and delight in the joy of specificity. This class will also include an introduction to premise based improv.

Open to all students that have completed Improv One.


Improv 3: The Math of Game

Tuesdays with Kevin McVey, Sept. 3 - Oct. 22, 7-9:30pm
The Pocket (8312 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle)

Stretch yourself and explore advanced topics in longform improv! Learn how to rest the game, conquer the enigma of group scenes, create varied and unique characters, develop philosophies that ground unusual behavior, and leverage an authentic voice of reason to make your scenework pop. Together we will approach improv with an analytical eye and begin to unpack the theory behind great scenes. Using thoughtful support moves and delighting in our scene partners we’ll become improvisers that are a treat to perform with.

Open to all students that have completed Improv Two.


The Art of Editing

Have you ever been in a scene that lost its energy minutes ago? Have you ever been on the back-line thinking, this scene needs to end... but when and how? Good news! In this workshop Annie Barry will to teach you the graceful art of editing the scene. Learn to follow your foot! Learn to be so attentive you will catch the highest pop of laughter and edit with joy! Editing is an important skill to keep the energy flow of a show moving. Let's learn to use it to your advantage!

All skill levels are welcome in this game-based longform improv workshop. Familiarity with the montage format is recommended.