Welcome to The Lab's class listings!

You can find information about all of our upcoming classes for kids, teens and adults below. Click on each class name or the photo to take you to the registration page.

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Kids classes & performances

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Great for new and returning students!

In this six week class, young comedians will learn to use their bodies and voice to take on exciting new characters! Unlocking their natural sense of fun and play, our 1st-2nd grade students will navigate the exciting world of improv.

This class is best for: Students that are new to improv or returning to classes and can engage in class with direction and encouragement.

Class Schedule

Classes will be held for six weeks every Saturday beginning 9/10 through 10/15, 10:30-11:45am. There will be an optional end of session show for parents and friends on 10/15.

Student Information

Masks are optional. Those showing symptoms of Covid should remain at home, and anyone testing positive three days after attending a class is asked to notify the instructor and school.

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In this six-week class we will focus on TRUST through a series of age-oriented exercises. This course is all about “platform,” as far as making everyone aware of what makes for a good show, elements of scene creation, patience and listening, and supporting each other. Success comes from a confidence in character, setting, and conflict identification.

Students will have the ability to collaborate with others in a safe, fun environment.This class does not require prior improv experience. All students should be comfortable with in-class participation.

Class Schedule

Classes will be held every Monday beginning 9/12 through 10/24, 4:00-5:15pm. There will be an optional end of session show for parents and friends on 10/22.

Student Information

Masks are optional. Those showing symptoms of Covid should remain at home, and anyone testing positive three days after attending a class is asked to notify the instructor and school.

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In this six-week class we will focus on TRUST through a series of age-oriented exercises. This course is all about “platform,” as far as making everyone aware of what makes for a good show, elements of scene creation, patience and listening, and supporting each other. Success comes from a confidence in character, setting, and conflict identification.

Students will have the ability to collaborate with others in a safe, fun environment.This class does not require prior improv experience. All students should be comfortable with in-class participation.

Class Schedule

Classes will be held every Monday beginning 9/12 through 10/24, 5:30-6:45pm. There will be an optional end of session show for parents and friends on 10/22.

Student Information

Masks are optional. Those showing symptoms of Covid should remain at home, and anyone testing positive three days after attending a class is asked to notify the instructor and school.

teen classes & performances

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In this six-week class we will focus on TRUST through a series of age-oriented exercises for middle school students.

About the curriculum

All youth and teen classes at The Lab (formerly Improv Ambler) are lead by experienced comedians and theater educators with a passion for comedy. 

Our curriculum is designed to teach both new and experienced students the principles of improvisation and collaboration through five fundamental concepts: 



Trust: Script-Free Stage Work

Share: Collaborative Content

Act: Character Creation

Choose: Pushing the Plot

Be: Motion and Emotion 

Who Can Join?

Each session builds upon the other and includes fresh exercises, games and focus points that build on other sessions while still allowing students to join or rejoin as needed. Both new and returning students will build skills and confidence in this class.



About This Session

For the Fall 1 session, the class will focus on TRUST: Script-Free Stage Work.

This course is all about “platform,” as far as making everyone aware of what makes for a good show, elements of scene creation, patience and listening, and supporting each other. Success comes from a confidence in character, setting, and conflict identification.

Class Schedule

Classes will be held every Monday beginning 9/12 through 10/24, 7:00-8:15pm. There will be an optional end of session show for parents and friends on 10/22.

Student Information

Masks are optional. Those showing symptoms of Covid should remain at home, and anyone testing positive three days after attending a class is asked to notify the instructor and school.

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In this six-week class we will focus on TRUST through a series of age-oriented exercises for high-school students.

About the curriculum

All youth and teen classes at The Lab (formerly Improv Ambler) are lead by experienced comedians and theater educators with a passion for comedy. 

Our curriculum is designed to teach both new and experienced students the principles of improvisation and collaboration through five fundamental concepts: 



Trust: Script-Free Stage Work

Share: Collaborative Content

Act: Character Creation

Choose: Pushing the Plot

Be: Motion and Emotion 


Who Can Join?

Each session builds upon the other and includes fresh exercises, games and focus points that build on other sessions while still allowing students to join or rejoin as needed. Both new and returning students will build skills and confidence in this class.



About This Session

For the Fall 1 session, the class will focus on TRUST: Script-Free Stage Work.

This course is all about “platform,” as far as making everyone aware of what makes for a good show, elements of scene creation, patience and listening, and supporting each other. Success comes from a confidence in character, setting, and conflict identification.

Class Schedule

Classes will be held every Saturday beginning 9/10 through 10/15, 1:30-2:45pm. There will be an optional end of session show for parents and friends on 10/22.

Student Information

Masks are optional. Those showing symptoms of Covid should remain at home, and anyone testing positive three days after attending a class is asked to notify the instructor and school.

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In this six-week class we will focus on learning the fundamentals of stage acting and work towards development of character monologues.

About the curriculum

All youth and teen classes at The Lab (formerly Improv Ambler) are lead by experienced comedians and theater educators with a passion for comedy. 

This class is aimed at performers interested in understanding acting techniques and developing comfort and command of two monologues, one dramatic and one comedic, that can be performed and used for audition.


Who Can Join?

Rising 8th graders through 12th grade are welcome to join this class. Those with acting experience or new to acting are welcome. Students do not need improv or comedy experience.

Class Schedule

Classes will be held every Saturday beginning 9/10 through 10/15, 12:00-1:15pm. There will be an optional end of session show for parents and friends on 10/22.

Student Information

Masks are optional. Those showing symptoms of Covid should remain at home, and anyone testing positive three days after attending a class is asked to notify the instructor and school.

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Are you in 8th-12 grades and have experience with improv?

Do you love Stranger Things and comedy?

Want an opportunity to improvise full episodes of Stranger Things with a comedic twist?

The Lab's Fall/Winter show run is for you!

We will be holding auditions/evaluations for our upcoming coached ensemble, which will perform the show. Evaluations will be held on Sunday, August 21st from 2-5pm EST at the Lab (85 E Butler Av, Ambler PA 19002). Classes run on Sundays from 1-2:30pm starting on 9/11 and ending on 12/11.

Information about upcoming evaluations and the production are here: https://forms.gle/RmaAEadJkEnYuVGd9

Please fill out the form to sign up for an evaluation slot. Those that accept an invitation to join the production will be asked to register for the class via Eventbrite with a provided code.

Questions? Contact us at info@thelabambler.com

Concept and Direction by Erika May McNichol

Show name by Sarah LeClair

adult classes & Performances

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A six-week class focused on learning the founding principles of longform improv as performed in Chicago and NYC with final, optional show.

About this event
In this six-week class we will focus on a blend of introductory concepts (learning the foundations of improvised scene work through "Yes, And") and building on general agreement to create rich scenes. This class is geared towards both new students and those wishing to increase their longform improvisation competency.

Students will have the ability to collaborate with others in a safe, fun environment with the goal of ending the class with the ability to partner in an improvised scene. This class does not require prior improv experience. All students should be comfortable with in-class participation.

Our teaching approach and philosophy centers on Chicago/NYC style "long form" scene improvisation, which focuses on character development, collaborative agreement and world-building similar to what is used in shows like This Week Sucked and Breeders.

Class Schedule

Classes will be held every Tuesday beginning 9/6 through 10/18 , 6-7:25pm. There is no show on 10/4 for Yom Kippur. An optional end of session show will be held on 10/25.

Student Information

Masks are optional. Those showing symptoms of Covid should remain at home, and anyone testing positive three days after attending a class is asked to notify the instructor and school.

Students are eligible to attend shows during their active session for free; available tickets are released at 10 min prior to showtime.

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We are currently inviting adults (18+) with formal improv experience to submit for a coached longform troupe to learn/perform The Armando.

About our Curriculum

Our mission is to provide committed performers over 18 with a deep interest in comedy and collaboration an opportunity to rehearse and perform with like-minded peers. Our coaches and teachers are working comedians who have trained at Second City, Improv Olympic and Upright Citizen Brigade and beyond.

We are currently inviting adults (18+) with formal improv experience to submit for a coached longform troupe. This session will combine longform classroom instruction with stage time. For this session we will focus on performance of The Armando/ASSSSCAT, which uses monologues/stories as inspiration. This is also the format used in some of The Lab's most popular shows, including This Week Sucked and Breeders.

The coached ensemble format is ideal for players that have taken improv classes and are interested in diving deeper into longform. A minimum of 6 players will be required to enroll and no more than 12 performers will be assigned to the ensemble.

Rehearsal Schedule

Class/Rehearsal will be held every Tuesday beginning 9/13 through 12/13 , 7:30-9pm. Performers are guaranteed 3 shows beginning in October and running monthly on either Wednesday or Thursday nights (8pm+) month Oct - December.

Student Profile and Info

Prospective troupe members should know the fundamentals of improv and demonstrate good listening and collaboration skills. Class experience can be outside of Improv Ambler/The Lab or another school of acting/comedy. Those enrolling must complete the attached form along with their registration: https://forms.gle/sYBByQrfXCt5jN7a9

Masks are optional. Those showing symptoms of Covid should remain at home, and anyone testing positive three days after attending a class is asked to notify the instructor and school.

Students are eligible to attend shows during their active session for free; available tickets are released at 10 min prior to showtime.

Coach for this session: Nicholas Elmer