The CCB Training School offers courses in a wide range of improvisation. Our classes and workshops provide a safe, fun, and nurturing space for students to explore their inner creative side and, of course, discover their comedic selves.

We provide an alternative voice for improv in the German “Hauptstadt,” borrowing our philosophy from Del Close and the North American approach. We teach trust, support and truth. And we believe Germans can be funny.

Instruction is offered in English and German for students spanning all experience levels. Our instructors have a wealth of experience and have trained with UCB, CSz, iO, L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and more importantly, have formed their own ethos right here in Berlin.

All courses end with a student show to demonstrate everything you’ve learned. We train students for the stage and and it is our promise to make you “performance ready” by the end of the course.

Come see what it’s all about!

 

Please read our FAQs before signing up for classes!

Level 1

Intro to Improv (in English)

Come dip your toes in the water! This course is designed for folks who've never improvised before, or for those with limited experience.

Over 8 classes, we'll teach you all you need to know for a solid foundation in comedic improv. You'll learn the basic skills every new performer needs to get up on stage and make magic happen. We focus on making positive choices, smart scene work, group support and we explore the kernels of what makes something funny.

 

Intro to Improv (auf deutsch)

Probier dich aus! Dieser Kurs ist für Leute, die noch keine Erfahrung mit Comedy Improvisation haben.

In acht Wochen bringen wir Dir alles bei, was Du für solide Improfundamente brauchst. Wir lehren euch die grundlegenden Fähigkeiten, die jeder Performer braucht, um auf der Bühne magische Momente zu kreieren. Wir konzentrieren uns auf positive und clevere Szenenarbeit, Gruppensupport und das Erforschen dessen, was eine Comedyszene ausmacht.


Level 2 

Intro to Game

In this course, we introduce students to the concept of ‘the Game of the Scene’, a funny pattern that is explored and heightened to maximum effect. A core part of the North American approach to improv, Game forms the foundation of our philosophy of comedic improv. 

Students will learn to build solid scene platforms, identify funny ideas that can be turned into patterns, heighten and explore those patterns, and get a solid foundation in core comedic improv. We emphasize a holistic approach to Game, encouraging students to embrace character work and physical acting while honing in on a single comedic idea to make a scene as funny as possible.

Honest improv

This course focuses on grounding your improv in something realistic and emotionally tangible. We explore how characters, worlds and scenes unfold when we focus on relationships and the “who”.

You’ll learn how put yourself in the mindset of discovery by listening and staying honest and truthful. You’ll discover how playing grounded, relatable characters can provide rich, fulfilling and hilarious scenes. Get ready to throw out preconceived notions of story and delve headfirst into the unknown!


Level 3

The Harold

The Harold is one of the foundational forms in North American improv, and is performed and taught by most major improv theaters across the Atlantic. It is a 25-minute form consisting of multiple stories revisited and heightened over the course of many scenes and is one of the best ways to highlight the Game of the Scene.

In this course, we build upon the foundation set in Level 2 and hone student’s skill set in preparation for creating their own teams and auditioning for House Harold Teams. In learning and practicing the Harold, we will emphasize listening, bringing focus to scenes, and clearly identifying games to heighten them swiftly to their zenith.


Level 4

Truth of the Scene

In this course, we take a deep dive into organic, slow, truthful improv. It relies heavily on honest discovery and grounded-ness and borrows directly from the teachings of TJ and Dave and their seminal work “Improvisation at the Speed of Life”. You will learn to further unpack relationships, build nuanced and multi-dimensional characters and how to inhabit space. This class drills hard on attention to detail, trust and progressing your improv one step at a time.

As an advanced level course, you will be expected to attend all classes, form practice teams and work on the form outside of class. Let’s take a leap of faith into the improv wilderness.  

Will be announced on a rolling basis


Electives and Intensives

Electives and intensives will be announced on a rolling basis. They are available to students who have partially or fully completed Level 2.


 

The CCB Training School course program