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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In this six-week class we will focus on Act: Character Creation through a series of age-oriented exercises. This course sets up all of the fun of collaboration and building a multi-person scene. Grow from monologue to dialogue, stage 3+ people in a scene, and balance the give- and-take of forming a scene in the moment with the hive mind. 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.

Trust: Script-Free Stage Work

Share: Collaborative Content

Act: Character Creation

Choose: Pushing the Plot

Be: Motion and Emotion 

Class Schedule

Classes will be held every Monday beginning 1/9 through 2/13, 5:30-6:45pm. Please note there is class on MLK Day (1/16).

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 ACT 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 Winter 2023 session, exercises will focus on creation of absurd and grounded characters and balancing individual wants with fellow scene partners.

Class Schedule

Classes will be held every Monday beginning 1/9 through 2/13, 7:00-8:15pm. There is class on Monday, 1/16 (MLK Day)

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.

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 1/3 through 2/7 , 6-7:25pm. An optional end of session show will be held at the end of the session on 2/9.

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.

Instructor: Andrea Duffy

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

About Our Curriculum

Our teaching approach and philosophy centers on Chicago/NYC style "longform" 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. Some of the most famous actors and comedians you see today were taught longform improvisation, including main characters in Ted Lasso, 30Rock, The Office, MST3K and others.


In this six-week class we will focus on building principles taught in the intro classes, with a focus on techniques for building and sustaining scenes, including character, point of view and environment. This class is for 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 requires an introductory, longform improv class at an approved school. All students should be comfortable with in-class participation. 

Class Schedule

Classes will be held every Thursday beginning 1/5 through 2/9 , 6-7:25pm. An optional end of session show will be held at the end of the session.

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.

Instructor: Senior instructor TBA

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This class is open to applicants. 

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

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 over a 12-14 week period. For this session we will focus on performance of The LaRonde, which has a heavy focus on character development, relationships and scene work.

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 1/3 through 4/11, 7:30-9pm. Performers are guaranteed 3 shows beginning in February and running monthly on either Wednesday or Thursday nights (8pm+) month February -April. There will be no class on 2/14 or during local Spring Break.

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.

To Enroll

1) Complete this form to help us validate all registered players have experience: https://forms.gle/R6mPjBWgC8efT6cCA.

2) Complete registration for the class via Eventbrite (this event)

If a player who submits does not have the required experience, we will discuss other class options for them at the Lab.

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: Shyla Ray Hungerford