Electives and other classes

Throughout the year, Dallas Comedy House offers various specialty workshops that cover a wide range of topics. See below for current workshop offerings.

Workshop: Take A Bigger Bite w/Ashley Bright

Workshop: Take A Bigger Bite
Saturday 2:30 - 4:30 | December 9th

Taught by Ashley Bright, this workshop focuses on making bold moves while still listening to your partner and making every line matter.

Prerequisite: Students must have completed Level 3 Improv at DCH

Workshop: Musical Improv Performance

Workshop: Musical Improv Performance
Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 | December 17th
Thursday 6:30 - 9:30 | December 28th

Have you ever wanted to learn how to sing a hilarious song on the spot? You can by learning musical improv! In this three hour workshop, you will learn how to make up a song with your classmates utilizing your emotions and innate musical skills. Whether you are an experienced singer or not, you will have a blast learning the basics of musical improv with lots of positive feedback and encouragement. 

Leslie Collins, originally from Dallas, has spent the last 17 years in NYC performing professionally in theater and comedy. She has performed improv, musical improv and sketch on house teams at the Upright Citizens Brigade, Peoples Improv Theater (faculty), the Magnet and with the world famous musical improv troupe, Baby Wants Candy (Edinburgh Fringe). Leslie performed musical theater at such great theaters as the Goodspeed Opera House, Theater Under the Stars, Casa Mañana and the Flat Rock Playhouse, to name a few. You also may have seen her in commercials (Cascade, Amex, PBS) and on TV on MTV's "Made" (comedy coach), The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and VH1's "Best Night Ever."

Prerequisite: Students must have completed Level 1 Improv at DCH

Workshop: Guided Comedic Writing (Ladies Only)

Workshop: Guided Writing (Ladies Only)
Sundays 1 - 4 | January 7th - January 28th

This class is a guided writing workshop in an all-female environment. Building off of basic standup skills, this workshop will focus on writing in your own unique voice. We will use writing exercises to generate new material, discuss issues that are unique to women in comedy, and learn from studying some of the great female comedians of our time. All students who identify as female are welcome. 

Prerequisite: Students must have completed Level 1 Standup at DCH

Dance: Hip-Hop Ballet w/Brittany Mason

Dance: Hip-Hop Ballet
Sundays 1:00-2:30 | January 7th - February 18th

Each class will follow the typical format for a Classical Ballet Class; Barre, across the floor, center work, and an Adagio or combination. Each of the exercises will be paired with a Hip Hop or R&B song Playlist. Participants will have the opportunity to request songs.

Note: Although Ballet technique is important, this class will be targeted to a beginner audience focused on core ballet principles. Ages 18+ welcomed

Workshop: Character Intensive w/Cesar Villa

Workshop: Character Intensive
Saturdays 2:30 - 4:30 | December 16th

Taught by Cesar Villa, this workshop is great for improvisers looking to connect with their characters, get back to basics, or just want to relive some of their favorite training milestones. Performers will explore characters through exercises and class interaction.

Prerequisite: Students must have completed Level 5 Improv at DCH

Workshop: Beginner Music Direction for Improv and Sketch w/Colten Winburn

Workshop: Beginner Music Direction for Improv and Sketch
Saturdays 2:30 - 5:30 | January 6th - January 27th

Are you a musician who wants to get more involved in comedy? Let's play!

Taught by Colten Winburn, this workshop will take you through the basics of accompanying and incorporating your musical talent into your improv and sketch comedy shows. Over the course of four weeks you will learn the basics to playing alongside long-form, short-form, and musical improv as well as how to get started as a music director for sketch comedy. We will be improvising with our instruments so an intermediate skill level is required.  Piano or guitar is preferred.  

Prerequisite: Students must have completed Level 5 Improv at DCH

Workshop: Advanced Long-Form Formats w/Allie Trimboli

Workshop: Advanced Long-Form Formats
Wednesdays 6:30 - 9:30 | January 10th - February 21st

Have you ever been to an improv show and thought... "Hm, they're not doing the Ewing. I wonder what that format is." Or... "I love the Ewing but I know there are other long forms out there." Well you're in luck! In this seven-week workshop, taught by Allie Trimboli, you'll learn the basic structures and approaches to four other long formats. Which ones?! I'm glad you asked. The Harold, La Ronde, Monoscene, and the Deconstruction. Gain exposure to just a handful of formats you may not have known existed!

Prerequisite: Students must have completed Level 5 Improv at DCH

Workshop: Trust And Finding Your Role In The Scene, w/ Tabooze!

Workshop: Trust And Finding Your Role In The Scene
Saturday 2:30 - 4:30 | January 27th

Taught by Scriven Bernard and Brian Harrington, this workshop will help performers strengthen trust in their scene partner and find their role in their scenes. Students will explore the mechanics of the Tabooze format and perform a full set, guessing words provided by Scriven and Brian.

Prerequisite: Students must have completed Level 3 Improv at DCH