Second City performer and theatre educator Jennine Profeta is back and ready to help you take your Improv classes to the next level. It’s all getting students to perform - and how to be a great improv coach who can keep them supported and grounded (and having fun!)

In this course, you’ll learn the golden rules of improv. You’ll learn a bunch of improv games (great for warm-ups, teaching tools, and even for competitions). You’ll learn Jennine’s tips and tricks for what to look for when coaching and how to troubleshoot common issues.

The course is designed to help you improv as an ensemble and give you the know-how to coach with confidence whether it’s in the classroom or on the stage!

Course Summary

Standards Addressed

9 Modules
2 hours, 14 minutes
4 Credit Hours

improv games group activities

Course Outline

Lesson 0: Introduction 11:24
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Lesson 1: Team Building 24:17
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Lesson 2: Who, What, Where 18:13
Lesson 3: Making Strong Choices 14:39
Lesson 4: Emotional Stakes 12:23
Lesson 5: Listen and Respond 11:42
Lesson 6: Public Performance & Competition 17:27
Lesson 7: Side Coaching 13:25
Lesson 8: Wrap Up 10:36

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Standards Addressed

National Core Arts Standards


TH:Cn11.2: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Cn11.2.HSII.a - Formulate creative choices for a devised or scripted drama/theatre work based on theatre research about the selected topic.

TH:Cn11.2: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding - Grade HS Proficient

TH:Cn11.2.HSI.a - Research how other theatre artists apply creative processes to tell stories in a devised or scripted drama/theatre work, using theatre research methods.

TH:Cr3.1: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade 8

TH:Cr3.1.8.b - Refine effective physical, vocal, and physiological traits of characters in an improvised or scripted drama/ theatre work.

TH:Cr3.1: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade 7

TH:Cr3.1.7.b - Develop effective physical and vocal traits of characters in an improvised or scripted drama/theatre work

TH:Cr3.1: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade 6

TH:Cr3.1.6.b - Identify effective physical and vocal traits of characters in an improvised or scripted drama/theatre work.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade HS Proficient

TH:Pr5.1.HSI.a - Practice various acting techniques to expand skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Pr5.1.HSII.a - Refine a range of acting skills to build a believable and sustainable drama/theatre performance.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade 8

TH:Pr5.1.8.a - Use a variety of acting techniques to increase skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade 6

TH:Pr5.1.6.a - Recognize how acting exercises and techniques can be applied to a drama/theatre work.

TH:Pr4.1: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation - Grade HS Advanced

TH:Pr4.1.HSIII.b - Apply a variety of researched acting techniques as an approach to character choices in a drama/theatre work.

California VAPA Standards (2001)


California VAPA Standards (2019)


Acc.TH:Cn11.2 Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

Acc.TH:Cn11.2.a - Formulate creative choices for a devised or scripted drama/theatre work based on research about the selected topic.

Prof.TH:Cn11.2 Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

Prof.TH:Cn11.2.a - Research how other theatre artists apply creative processes to tell stories in a devised or scripted drama/theatre work, using research methods.

Prof.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

Prof.TH:Pr5.a - Practice various acting techniques to expand skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

Acc.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

Acc.TH:Pr5.a - Refine a range of acting skills to build a believable and sustainable drama/theatre performance.

8.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

8.TH:Pr5.a - Use a variety of acting techniques to increase skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

6.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

6.TH:Pr5.a - Recognize how acting exercises and techniques can be applied to a drama/theatre work.

Georgia Performance Standards 2010 - Theatre Arts


Grade 9-12 - ADVANCED DRAMA IV

TAHSADIV.2 - Developing scripts through improvisation and other theatrical methods.
a. Produces scripts based on personal experiences, heritage, imagination, literature, and history
b. Connects appropriate form and structure to script creation
c. Applies standard theatrical conventions to producing scripts
d. Critiques and uses historical, textual, and improvisational studies

TAHSADIV.3 - Acting by developing, communicating, and sustaining roles within a variety of situations and environments
a. Examines the skills and tasks associated with acting on stage
b. Explores the development of an actor's skills and resources
c. Creates characters using the tools and resources of acting to a variety of formal and informal performances
d. Analyzes and applies observation skills for character creation
e. Applies knowledge of theatre production and management in an actual production

TAHSADIV.9 - Exploring the business of theatre
a. Explores careers in theatre through participation in various production roles and activities
b. Articulates how participation in theatre equips students for success in careers within and outside the theatre community
c. Examines and critiques the structure and standard operating procedures of commercial, professional, amateur, and educational theatre organizations
d. Researches and assesses career opportunities in theatre production and management
e. Assesses the interrelated responsibilities of the various roles involved in production and management

Grade 9-12 - FUNDAMENTALS OF THEATRE II

TAHSFTII.2 - Developing scripts through improvisation and other theatrical methods
a. Critiques elements of dramatic structure
b. Recognizes realistic and conventional speech patterns within dialogue or dramatic verse
c. Identifies and distinguishes between stock and dynamic characters
d. Lists the steps in the dramatic writing process
e. Differentiates between drama and traditional literary writing
f. Incorporates dramatic elements through improvisation
g. Constructs scenes based on the elements of dramatic structure
h. Compares and contrasts dialogue from various theatrical genres
i. Interprets the objectives, decisions, and actions of characters
j. Develops and critiques various scripts
k. Creates and performs scenes for authentic audiences

TAHSFTII.3 - Acting by developing, communicating, and sustaining roles within a variety of situations and environments
a. Investigates mental and emotional methods of actor for preparation
b. Demonstrates awareness of verbal elements of acting (e.g., voice, breathing)
c. Demonstrates non-verbal elements of acting (e.g., posture, facial expression, physical movement)
d. Acquires and incorporates sensory and emotional recall in character development
e. Constructs authentic characters through observation of human behavior
f. Demonstrates the goals, observations, actions, and tactics of characters
g. Differentiates between acting methods (e.g., Stanislavski, Uta Hagen)
h. Revises performance based on self-critique
i. Defends acting and character choices
j. Analyzes critiques of fellow classmates to create improved performance

Georgia Performance Standards 2017 - Theatre Arts


Alberta, Canada


Improvisation Drama 10

1 - use warmup techniques for preparation of body, voice and mind

2 - demonstrate the ability to be still

3 - maintain concentration during exercises

4 - demonstrate heightened sensory awareness

5 - create experiences through imaging, visualizing and fantasizing

6 - demonstrate thinking in a divergent mode

7 - examine and express feelings

8 - tell a story spontaneously

9 - use appropriate stage directions

10 - demonstrate appropriate rehearsal methods

11 - apply the essential elements of a story: character, setting, conflict, climax and plot in planned and unplanned scenes

12 - create, relate and polish a story

13 - communicate meaning without words

14 - discover how various emotions affect one vocally and physically

15 - initiate a dramatic situation in response to a given stimulus

16 - make logical choices spontaneously within the boundaries of situation and character

17 - demonstrate the ability to accept, advance, offer or block thought and action, quickly and effectively

18 - extend the illusion of the onstage environment by creating an offstage reality

19 - demonstrate techniques for creating effective entrances and exits, consistent with character

20 - critique the work of self and others through observation and expression of specific detail

21 - demonstrate techniques for communicating the “illusion of the first time” within a planned situation

22 - distinguish between performer and character

23 - use varied stimuli for character development

24 - select and use vocal techniques appropriate to a character

25 - select and use language appropriate to character and situation

26 - use body language to add physical dimensions and depth to a character

27 - demonstrate economy in movement and speech by making appropriate selections

28 - demonstrate how attitude, and change in attitude, affects a character

29 - demonstrate understanding of and apply the concept of status

30 - demonstrate understanding of and apply the concepts of a character’s objectives and motivation

31 - demonstrate the ability to focus on, and achieve, the objective of a scene

32 - sustain a character throughout a scene or exercise

Movement Level III - Advanced

27 - create and sustain mood through movement

British Columbia - 2018 (latest)


GRADE 8 - ARTS - Communicating and documenting

Take creative risks to express feelings, ideas, and experiences

GRADE 9 - DRAMA - Connecting and expanding

Demonstrate respect for themselves, others, and the audience

GRADE 10 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate respect for self, others, and the audience

GRADE 11 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate awareness of self, others, and audience

GRADE 12 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate respect for self, others, and audience

Ontario, Canada