This semester marks one year of Spitfire Improv classes, and we got a lot to show for it. So far, over 100 students have worked toward mastering the craft of collaborative comedy. Our first cohort graduates this semester with their ‘Student Mainstage,’ bringing Star Trek: Marooned to life at the end of March for a 4-show run. It’ll be co-directed by local improv journeyman Larry Bukovey. No doubt it’s going to be cosmically funny.
Spitfire improv is more than just fun and games. It’s about meeting and playing with people you never imagined you'd find something in common with, diverse in age, gender, sexual orientation, politics, careers, interests - you name it. Folks with some acting or improv background mix with folks who never dreamed of getting on stage, which means every student has a story about what brought them to class and what they get from the program.
Read about it in our Weekly Student Spotlight series right here on our blog next week.
But classes are killer for more than learning how to sharpen your comic thinking on the fly. They teach you how to attack anxiety, strengthen focus, destroy awkwardness, and get people to laugh, which is something to look forward to every weekend.
Last semester, some of our students let us know how Spitfire classes took them by surprise, woke them up, and made their life better:
“I spotted this cool little theater on a random bike ride in my neighborhood and saw that they offered improv classes. So I signed up not knowing what it might be like. It turned out to be my ‘happy place’ every weekend. I’ve learned so much, performed live on stage, and have the time of my life doing it!” -ST-5 Student
“Its given me the skill to listen and better understand another person's ideas, needs, and how invested they are on a topic, and how to find agreement so conversation moves forward. And it’s more than 'being funny'. It's about self-honesty and finding the oddity in normal things. I found a community of people I would have never met, and I like it!” -ST-4 Student
“I was diagnosed with late stage autism and severe PTSD in 2013. Antipsychotics and various treatments were tried, yet to no avail. I knew that I wanted to be a comedian for many years because people said I was just funny. (They didn't realize that it was a psychotic laugh). Long story short, because of the ST-1 class I’ve found that my passion to perform helps me both privately and professionally. My confidence in my own abilities has skyrocketed - tell your CEO's that you do live improv and your world changes!” -ST-3 Student
“Regardless of whether I ever become a brilliant and famous improviser, the community at Spitfire has made my life a funnier, shinier, more connected, infinitely more interesting place.”
The next round of classes starts this Sunday, Jan 13th @ 11am. You can sign up for ST-1: Foundations until the day of class, either on our website or by calling 727-329-6290 to get your spot. It's 10 weeks of 2 hour sessions for under $200 or set a payment plan here.