The Revival, Hyde Park’s Improv Theater, Offers Six New Virtual Classes

The Revival, Hyde Park’s improv theater, has released a list of six new virtual classes for adults, and it might be difficult for you to decide just which one you want, because all of them look really interesting – with everything from “Improv for a Better Life” to “Writing Rap: The Basics.”


Besides, if you’ve been working from home and have saved time from your daily commute, this is a great opportunity to learn something new you’ve always wanted to try. Classes are $100 for a four-week session, and begin the week of September 14, 2020. Sign up two weeks before the first class and receive a 10% discount. Click the links below to learn more about the classes and read the teachers’ biographies.


Classes include:


Improv for a Better Life

Scientific research tells us that the happiest people have the following in common: they laugh, express gratitude, live in the moment, give to others, and spend money on experiences rather than things. Learn how improvisation can instantly increase your serotonin levels and fill you with gratitude, empathy, and joy! This course is facilitated by Erica Elam, a world renowned improviser and educator who recently completed a Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree at the University of Pennsylvania.  No experience necessary!

Teacher: Erica Elam

Day/Date/Time: Tuesdays, 7:00pm-9:00pm CT (9/15-10/6)


Writing for Late Night TV

In this four-week class, Late Night writer Peter Grosz will guide you through the process of creating a writing packet for the late night show of your choice.  You’ll learn what goes into a packet and practice each week on the different aspects:  monologue jokes, desk pieces, sketches, etc.  You will be given prompts and receive direct feedback from Peter on crafting your material for a currently airing late night show.  Students will develop a complete packet and the knowledge of how to update the content of that packet over time. The class concludes with a diverse panel discussion among current and former late night television writers.

Teacher: Peter Grosz

Day/Date/Time: Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00pm CT (9/16-10/7) NOTE: Last class is 3 hrs.


Stand Up Comedy

This foundation course gives prospective comics (and armchair comedians!) the confidence and skills they need to develop their personal on-stage identity!  Weekly classes focus on: joke structure; development of material; finding an attitude & persona; connecting with an audience; and creating a cohesive set.  The class culminates in a Zoom performance for friends and family.  No experience necessary.

Teacher: Mona Aburmishan

Day/Date/Time: Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm CT (9/14-10/5)


Sketch Comedy Writing


This class explores the process of sketch comedy writing. Students will use improv to generate ideas; engage different scene styles (satirical, parody, game-y); and learn the power of a good rewrite.  Throughout the session, students will sharpen their skills and develop confidence writing sketch comedy for the stage, Internet, or wherever you want to take your work!

Teacher: Allison Reese

Day/Date/Time: Thursdays, 7:00pm-9:00pm CT (9/17-10/8)


Writing Rap: The Basics

Focused on the craft of writing raps, students listen, dissect, and evaluate a broad range of hip hop music while learning the basics of composing lyrics; songwriting and theoretical approaches to creating larger works—such as a mixtape, album or extended play record (EP). Through an examination of music, film, literature, and criticism, students develop a comprehensive framework for crafting their own work.  Previous experience writing raps is not required.

Teacher: Brandon Alexander Williams

Day/Date/Time: Tuesdays, 5:00pm-6:15pm CT (9/15-10/6)


Spoken Word vs. Poetry

What’s the difference between a page poet and a stage poet? Students will learn the difference between the two as well as how to write, rhyme, craft and deliver performance poetry/spoken word effectively while strengthening public speaking skills and breathing techniques.

Teacher: Brandon Alexander Williams

Day/Date/Time: Thursdays, 5:00pm-6:15pm CT (9/17-10/8)


The Revival’s classes start the week of September 14


Brandon Alexander Williams, instructor for “Writing Rap: The Basics” and “Spoken Word vs. Poetry”


Mona Aburmishan, instructor for “Stand Up Comedy”