Beginning Improv

Beginning Improv

Improvisation is more than just a useful tool for actors, it’s a different way of approaching life. Through fun games and exercises, students will gain more confidence, more creativity, and more playfulness with the basic improv skills of listening, reacting, working with others, and trusting oneself. Not only will it make you more comfortable while thinking on your feet, it’s really fun! This fun class is eight weeks of meeting and playing in an enjoyable, supportive environment without the pressure of a final performance.

  • DatesSaturdays, 12-2:30pm, August 17 - October 12 (no class August 31)
  • Cost($285) $239*
    Early Bird Special: Save $46 if you sign up before June 30
  • LocationSt. Columba's Episcopal Church — 939 James Burgess Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024
  • PrerequisitesNo previous training or experience necessary.
  • I took my first improv class with Amanda, and I’m so glad I started with her. I walked into that class terrified – I had no acting experience and was rarely funny. She created an environment
    where I felt encouraged and safe to be vulnerable (a rarity for me at that time)….I can also honestly say that her classes have changed my life outside of improv – I’m more open, more comfortable with failure and less stressed in social situations.

    —Sylvester Russell

The Harold

The Harold

In this 8-week class, improvisers will learn the philosophy and execution of The Harold, the world-renowned long-form developed by Del Close and The Committee in San Francisco in the 1960s. Before it was reined into a shorter, structured format in Chicago more than fifteen years later, The Harold was an unstructured organic exploration of themes through the convergence of scenes, games, monologues, songs, transformations, and more rooted in the legendary improvisation techniques of Viola Spolin. The Harold exercises every tool and skill each individual improviser has, while the ensemble collaborates to orchestrate an improvised whole together. There will be a graduation performance on the evening of the last day of class. 

  • Amanda is not only a great improviser with years of experience, but she knows HOW to teach it. I believe this is hard to find nowadays. She is a gifted teacher.  You will not be disappointed by trusting in her creative way of teaching, her unique insights and honest feedback.

    —Marianne

Personal Storytelling Workshop

Personal Storytelling Workshop

Everyone can tell a personal story, but in this workshop for adults, you’ll learn some of the technical ins and outs of taking true events from your own life and weaving them into an engaging performance. We will touch on personal style, story structure, and different approaches in this introductory workshop. Storytelling skills build confidence, connection, and community.

This workshop is pay-what-you-can! Simply enter the amount you can pay (even if it’s just a dollar) when you register.

The June 29th workshop is a special, invite-only event and is tailor-made to fit the group’s needs.

Contact Amanda if you’d like to schedule your own private worskhop.

  • DatesSaturday, June 29, 1-4pm
  • Cost$46
  • LocationThis is a private event for invited students only.
  • PrerequisitesNo experience necessary.
  • Being in a class with Amanda is never intimidating and always fun.  Because the class is based in non-judgment and inclusion on all levels, you feel safe and open to discovery.  Her honesty and openness are inspiring and it’s always a joy to be in a room with her.

    —A.B.

Yoga & Improv

Yoga & Improv

We all need more fun and less stress in our lives, and this workshop delivers! Each monthly class brings together fun improv play with accessible yoga for all levels. Stretch both your body and your mind, while strengthening your confidence, mindfulness, and creativity in a fun, relaxing atmosphere.

I’m delighted to co-teach this workshop with the amazing yoga instructor, and co-creator of the concept, Elizabeth Chavez Phillips.

Bring a yoga mat if you have one, a water bottle, and comfy clothes you can move in.

 

  • I really enjoyed the safe environment that Amanda created.  I am really a beginner and I never felt like an outsider during the workshop.  Amanda made sure that we all walked away with a new skill and ways to think outside of the box!

    —CJ Leavens

Continuing Improv

Continuing Improv

In this class, students will build upon the skills they absorbed in Beginning Improv, and learn how to confidently sustain scenes. They will continue to explore short form performance play, while also adding more to their skillset, fully completing a sturdy foundation for strong improvised theatre.

  • You need to know how to teach to make a difference, and she surely does.

    —Irv Levinson

Creating & Sustaining Characters

Creating & Sustaining Characters

In this 8-week classs, improvisers will learn how to create and sustain characters effortlessly. Students will practice building characters from both within and without. Going far deeper than playing a cartoonish caricature, actors will develop long-lasting skills that will assist in playing a variety of genuine, believable characters who have heart.

  • Every week of class, Amanda introduced a new way of creating characters, or gave a fresh perspective on a familiar approach. Her approach really empowered me since I came into improv without an acting background, she gave me the confidence to be more bold with my characters.

    —Alex

Advanced Scene Study

Advanced Scene Study

Learn how you can nurture the skills needed to create grounded scenes that can sustain themselves for longer than just a few minutes.  In this 8-week class for improvisers, we will focus on breaking out of any habits you may have formed that can hinder sustainable work, while we explore the small steps we can make to do truly sustainable, dynamic scenes.

  • DatesSundays, 11am-1:30pm, September 17-November 12 (no class October 22)
  • Prerequisitesprevious improv training/experience required
  • Request this class
  • Amanda’s Advanced Scene Study Class is not just the best improv class I’ve taken, it’s the best performance class I’ve taken in general. She is incredibly specific with her instruction, pushing and pulling at each performer where they need it. At the end of each class, I walked away feeling challenged. At the end of the session, I walked away a stronger improviser and actor.

    —Cody S.

Talk to Strangers

Talk to Strangers

“Don’t talk to strangers!” Many improvisers treat the concept of avoiding scenes with strangers as an unbreakable rule of improv.  But actually, with the right tools and using the right skills, improvisers can create very entertaining scenes between complete strangers. In this workshop, students will exercise those fun and important acting skills, elevating their play to engaging improvised theatre.

  • Amanda is not only a great improviser with years of experience, but she knows HOW to teach it.

    —Marianne

Love the Suggestions You Hate

Love the Suggestions You Hate

Sometimes, improvisers receive suggestions from the audience that they dislike. And even though the first rule of improv is to “yes, and,” they might say “no” and ask for a different idea, or perhpas they take the unwanted suggestion and use it for a joyless and completely uninspired scene. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to embrace and honor any audience suggestion to create engaging scenework.

  • Amanda’s teaching style was at once relaxed enough that I didn’t feel a need to impress, professional enough so that I felt compelled to do my best, and friendly enough that I didn’t feel it would matter how I did. Thankfully, with her coaching, I did better than my previous best and came away from her workshop feeling more confident in my abilities and able to approach Improvisation in a new manner.

    —G.G.

Forms

Forms

Students will spend the first four weeks of this eight week class learning a sampling of different long-forms. This class goes far beyond the Harold to explore character-based, narrative-based, and deconstruction-based formats.  Students will spend the second half of this session workshopping and developing a new original format that they will perform in a final graduation show. 

  • PrerequisitesAdvanced Scene Study completion or preivious long form improvisation class/training at any reputable training center
  • Request this class
  • I felt like I relearned exercises that I’d known for years in a way that finally connected me to them and gave them new life.

    —Galen E.

Not At All Human

Not At All Human

From gods to gremlins; parakeets to pencils, when improvisers try to play characters so wholly unrelated to themselves, they can get stuck.  It can sometimes be difficult to fully commit to an unfamiliar reality, which can cause abandoned ideas and flailing scenes.  In this workshop, players will exercise both the physical and not-so-physical skills it takes to sustainably play non-human characters, opening up new worlds for scenes and longer narratives.

 

 

  • Amanda’s ‘Not At All Human’ class provides tips and techniques to help improvisers create nonhuman characters that not only reflect the physical features of the character, but also their personality, point of view, and objects of their desire.  There are exercises which help the student get grounded in the different body type (e.g., where is the new center of gravity, how does it feel to have wings or a tail, how do the sedentary natures of rocks and trees differ).  There are also exercises that focus on what makes a nonhuman character tick.  …While there is lots to learn, Amanda focuses on the fun.  There isn’t much point of playing a ‘fantastical fungus with sensual spores’ if you’re not having fun.  So, come for the instruction, stay for the fun, and then look for reasons to bring nonhuman characters to your improv play.

    —Gil

Narrative Collage Master Class

Narrative Collage Master Class

Although not as well known in many improv communities, Narrative Collage is a unique and entertaining improvisation format originally developed by Del Close. Because it relies on individual monologues to create a connected story through separate narratives that are expertly woven together, it is a perfect fit for online play. This format highlights the players’ abilities to create and sustain strong characters and stories.  In this 4-week class, students will exercise both their skills of building a strong, cohesive narrative and creating and sustaining clear characters, all while learning the tools needed to execute an engaging Narrative Collage performance.  

  • LocationOnline
  • Prerequisitesprevious improv training/experience required.
  • Request this class
  • Amanda Rountree’s skill as an instructor is top notch. Her insight is amazing, and it is matched by her succinctness in giving constructive and critical feedback. She offers the learner clear directions on their path of development in the art of improvised theater and a deeper understanding of the nuances of performance.

    —Brad Fortier, Author, A Culture of Play

Creating a Character (from the Inside Out) Workshop

Creating a Character (from the Inside Out) Workshop

In this one day workshop, students will explore what makes a character tick and how to go deeper than playing just a cartoonish caricature.  Actors will exercise the techniques that assist in portraying genuine, believable characters who have heart.

 

  • Amanda’s Online Creating a Character Workshop is sensational. I left it with several new ways to find heartfelt and realistic characters, and a handful of specific new characters to summon as needed. I highly recommend this workshop and all of Amanda’s other classes. You need to know how to teach to make a difference, and she surely does.

    —Irv Levinson

Build a Form

Build a Form

We will create a new improvised format every single class! Based on the students’ improv experience and preferences, as well as an idea we will draw out of a hat, the director/instructor will lead the ensemble of students in exercises that move into a brand new mid-form or long-form improvisation each week. Students can sign up for just one class, the whole session of classes, or any number in between.

  • If Amanda offered Build a Forms Class all year long, I would take it every time. Experiment as an improviser with great friends. I’m in!

    —Anthony

Improv for Teachers

Improv for Teachers

No matter the age of your students, utilizing improvisation skills and games to supplement your personal teaching approach helps nurture new, dynamic ways of learning in the classroom. In this workshop, you will learn the basic principles of improv and how to apply those concepts to lessons across your curriculum, fitting your classroom’s specific needs.

  • Improv is something that has always intimidated me. I’ve always felt that it’s far out of my league. This class opened up my understanding of what improv can be and showed me that I do have something to bring to the table.

    —Brenda Kelly

Just for Fun Improv Workshop

Just for Fun Improv Workshop

It’s easy for adults to forget to set aside time in our lives to play and laugh, but it’s one of the most important things we can do for our happiness.  This feel-good improv class is play-time for grownups, a delightful and necessary break from the work and stress that can build up in our lives.  You’ll spend the entire class-time simply playing and having fun, as Amanda leads the group through both beloved classics and lesser known games.  Since this workshop is just about playing fun games, it’s open to adults with all levels of experience with improv, whether that’s no experience at all, just a little bit, or a whole lot.  Making time for play is an act of self-care.

 

  • I have not laughed so much in a long time. What a fun class.

    —Elizabeth

Personal Storytelling Online Class

Personal Storytelling Online Class

First person storytelling shows are all the rage on stages and podcasts across the country.  In this class, you will learn how to take true events from your own life and weave them into engaging performances. We will work on presentation, story structure, different approaches, and creating your own unique style.  Each week, students will be given a new assignment for how to structure a story.  Students choose their own subject matter for their personal stories.  This class culminates in a private online performance (invite only), where each student will get to tell a 3-7 minute personal story.

 

  • I really love the space Amanda Rountree created for our storytelling class, how it was structured, the honest helpful feedback, the camaraderie of the class supporting each other.  I appreciated it as a space I felt safe to take risks, which I believe has made me a better storyteller. I look forward to more classes with Amanda!

    —Donna Joyce

Intro to Improv

Intro to Improv

This workshop is your chance to get a small taste of how the art and fun of improv can impact your life in a positive way. In the span of just a couple of hours, students will get a small sampling of the gifts that can come from improvising. Improvisation is more than just a useful tool for actors, it’s a different way of approaching life. Through enjoyable games and exercises, students who benefit from regular improv practice gain more confidence, more creativity, and more playfulness with the basic improv skills of listening, reacting, working with others, and trusting oneself. Find out if improv classes are right for you with this introductory workshop!

This workshop is pay-what-you-can! Simply enter the amount you can pay (even if it’s just a dollar) when you register.

 

  • Apart from her remarkable teaching, Amanda’s commitment to fostering a collaborative and supportive learning environment really enhanced the experience and made me feel more comfortable.

    —Uma Anand

Intermediate Personal Storytelling

Intermediate Personal Storytelling

This 8-week class builds on the skills that students exercised in their first Personal Storytelling class, as they continue to explore the most engaging ways to share their personal experiences. The instructor will give specific feedback so that students can sharpen their own unique storytelling style. This 8-week class culminates in a final online performance, wherein each student will showcase a personal story.

  • LocationOnline
  • Prerequisites8-week Personal Storytelling class or instructor permission
  • Request this class
  • Each week she finds the pearls in each of our stories. Everybody gets help to create their own style of storytelling…Zoom didn’t change her ability to give helpful feedback and guidance to the class.

    —Suzanne Elbon

La Ronde Workshop

La Ronde Workshop

‘The Round’ is a lovely improv format both on its own or as a jumping off point for a broader narrative, in which players explore characters, relationships, and dynamics.  Students in this class will hone their character and relationship playing skills through exploring this format and learning all that it can teach us.

 

  • There’s a certain level of anxiety when taking an improv class. Amanda gets rid of the “fear of the unknown” with her Southern hospitality and charm. Come in nervous, leave with a great friend and coach. I can’t wait to take a class with her in person.

    —Anthony

Advanced Personal Storytelling

Advanced Personal Storytelling

This class builds on the skills students executed in both Personal Storytelling and Intermediate Personal Storytelling, as they continue to refine their own unique style. Based on each student’s individual needs, the instructor will give further story structure assignments or specific homework based on the student’s individual goals with a particular story. This class is not just for students of storytelling, but for experienced storytellers who would benefit from the weekly homework deadlines of a master class.

  • LocationOnline
  • Prerequisites8-week Intermediate Personal Storytelling or instructor permission
  • Request this class
  • Each week she finds the pearls in each of our stories. Everybody gets help to create their own style of storytelling…Zoom didn’t change her ability to give helpful feedback and guidance to the class.

    —Suzanne Elbon

Scene Doctor

Scene Doctor

These classes are tailor-made for improvisers to get personal, specific feedback from the instructor on their improvised scenework. Students can inform the instructor of any goals they might have for themselves and/or request that she make her own recommendations based on their performance. Class size is limited.

Students can sign up for just one workshop, all six, or any number in between!

 

  • Amanda Rountree’s skill as an instructor is top notch. Her insight is amazing, and it is matched by her succinctness in giving constructive and critical feedback. She offers the learner clear directions on their path of development in the art of improvised theater and a deeper understanding of the nuances of performance.

    —Brad Fortier, Author, A Culture of Play

Playback Theatre

Playback Theatre

Playback Theatre is a form of improvisational theatre wherein performers take personal experiences from audience members and turn those experiences into theatrical pieces. Students will learn how to use their improv skills in fresh ways, while learning new tools they can apply to all of their improv work. Heightened listening and emotional connection converge in this artistically satisfying story-driven format.

  • It reminded me that improv comes from a place of truth, memory and emotion.

    —Barb S.

Improv for High Schoolers

Improv for High Schoolers

Improv (short for improvisation) is a popular form of theatre in which the players spontaneously create stories, characters, and scenes. Through fun games and exercises, students will learn the essential improv skills of listening, reacting, collaborating with others, and trusting oneself. Over the course of the twelve weeks, students will learn how to release their natural creativity and create spontaneous stories both verbally and physically. This class will culminate in an entertaining demonstration for family and friends. Even if students miss a class here and there due to busy schedules, they can still participate in the final demonstration.

This class is for high-school aged teens (14-17).

 

  • DatesSaturdays, 10:30-11:30am, August 17 - December 14 (no class 8/31, 9/21, 9/28, 11/23, 11/30)
  • Cost$275
  • LocationSt. Columba's Epicopal Church — 939 James Burgess Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024
  • Prerequisitesno previous improv or acting experience needed
  • Amanda’s style of teaching and the concepts she teaches are foundational for good scene work and unlike any that are taught in other theaters in Atlanta. She has changed the way I play and makes it feel more effortless to improvise.

    —Rupesh

Summer Storytelling

Summer Storytelling

This online class is for any personal storyteller or storytelling student who wishes to continue to explore the most engaging ways to share their personal experiences. The instructor will give specific feedback so that students can sharpen their own unique storytelling style in a supportive environment. Students can easily fit this class into their summer schedules by choosing to take just one class, the whole six-week session, or any number in between. (One class costs $38, the price for taking all six is $199).

  • LocationOnline
  • PrerequisitesPersonal Storytelling Class or instructor permission
  • Request this class
  • Each week she finds the pearls in each of our stories. Everybody gets help to create their own style of storytelling…Zoom didn’t change her ability to give helpful feedback and guidance to the class.

    —Suzanne Elbon

Relationship Before Words

Relationship Before Words

In this workshop, improvisers will learn how to easily establish relationships on stage before dialogue even begins.  Integrating the use of space, physicality, object work and emotional reactions, this class helps put the “theatre” back into “improvised theatre,” creating the foundation for more engaging, sustainable scenework.

 

 

  • Amanda’s class has helped my improv skills grow and blossom more than any improv books I’ve read, or any other workshops I’ve taken before. Her approach to creating realistic and humanistic scenes focus on deep rooted emotional connections and strong relationships between characters…

    —Uma Anand

Narrative Improv

Narrative Improv

Find out how to apply narrative to any scene or improvised show—without being in your head about it! Learn story structure beyond the basics so that you can recognize and utilize it in your work. Students will learn the ins-and-outs of storytelling, exploring common story structures from ancient fairy tales and legends to contemporary movies, applying their new skills to expertly weave together a narrative-based, format-free, online improvised performance.

This class culminates in a final online graduation performance.

 

  • LocationOnline
  • PrerequisitesAdvanced Scene Study completion or preivious long form improvisation class/training at any reputable training center
  • Request this class
  • I am astounded at this unique process based upon trust in our ‘natural storyteller’ and playful impulse  to create an improvised story. Amanda takes us on a journey through storytelling. She pulls each one of us out of our heads to reach a natural state of play and ease through group exercise and personal homework. In Long Form Narrative, I have been challenged to find my own story, and to fully trust in myself as an actor and ensemble member. Everyone should take this class who is interested in honing his or her improvisational skills, or to go deeper into the craft—Do it!

    —Stephanie Davis

Improvising Shakespeare Workshop

Improvising Shakespeare Workshop

Improvising in this style might sound impossible, intriguing, or intimidating, but this introductory workshop will put you at ease. Students will gain familiarity and confidence with the language and style, learning the skills to bring this classic genre to life, through fun, improvised scenes.

  • For those that might see this and think, ‘hmm, sounds interesting, but…’ I have this advice: take the class. It will challenge your improv brain at a whole new level, and while it’s a lot of work to get good, it is also a freakishly fun format to perform.

    —Jeff B.

Talk Like Shakespeare Workshop

Talk Like Shakespeare Workshop

If you felt like you could just never “get” Shakespeare in high school, this class will rectify that. In this fun workshop for adults, students will play enjoyable games and exercises to learn the difference between their “thees” and “thous.”  Students will be throwing around both compliments and insults, Shakespeare-style, in no time!

 

  • Being in a class with Amanda is never intimidating and always fun.  Because the class is based in non-judgment and inclusion on all levels, you feel safe and open to discovery.  Her honesty and openness are inspiring and it’s always a joy to be in a room with her.

    —A.B.

Dramatic Improv Fundamentals

Dramatic Improv Fundamentals

Scripted theatre expresses all subjects, moods, and styles; improvisational theatre should have the same limitless possibilities. In this workshop, improvisers will learn the techniques needed to create a space in which dramatic improvised scenes can occur, without feeling forced or pretentious. Students will revisit and review acting techniques in a fresh way that is applicable to all improvised play. In this workshop, students can expect individual feedback on their scenework in a safe, supportive environment. Even improvisers who don’t have the goal of improvising dramatic scenes will gain skills to help improve all of their improv.

  • It reminded me that improv comes from a place of truth, memory and emotion.

    —Barb S.

Intermediate Improv

Intermediate Improv

After mastering all of the basics, students now progress into creating full-fledged characters, playing strong relationships, and forming satisfying resolutions to their scenes and stories. This eight-week class will culminate in a graduation showcase, so that the players can show off their improv skills and talents!

Improv for Actors Workshop

Improv for Actors Workshop

Improv is a useful tool for actors, which helps bring forth ease and sincerity in your acting.  Plus, it makes auditioning easier and less stressful. In this online workshop, not only will you gain the skills and confidence to stray from the script when needed, you will learn how to apply different improv techniques to engage with your scripted material in fresh ways.  This medium is a perfect fit honing your skills for taped and live online auditions!

This online workshop is pay-what-you-can ($20 suggested).

  • After taking both her Improv for Actors and Character Intensive classes, I felt empowered as an improviser and found a renewed confidence and love for improv.

    —Amor Owens

Improvising Shakespeare

Improvising Shakespeare

Learn how to improvise a play in the style of William Shakespeare! The thought of improvising in this style might sound inspiring, impossible, intriguing, or intimidating. But this class will put you at ease with some enjoyable ways to learn the skills of bringing this classic genre to life. You will gain familiarity and confidence with the language and style. The class will culminate in an entire play improvised in the style of the Bard.  

  • PrerequisitesNarrative Improv completion or preivious improvisation training at any reputable training center
  • Request this class
  • For those that might see this and think, ‘hmm, sounds interesting, but…’ I have this advice: take the class. It will challenge your improv brain at a whole new level, and while it’s a lot of work to get good, it is also a freakishly fun format to perform.

    —Jeff B.

Spoon River Workshop

Spoon River Workshop

Spoon River is a delightfully dark improv format based off the book, Spoon River Anthologies by E. L. Masters.  Students in this one-day workshop will learn and play with the form, while working their character, storytelling, and monologue skills.  With monologues as its core structure, Spoon River is an ideal format for online improvised play.  We will explore the different approaches individuals and ensembles can make to this mostly forgotten format.

 

  • Amanda’s teaching style was at once relaxed enough that I didn’t feel a need to impress, professional enough so that I felt compelled to do my best, and friendly enough that I didn’t feel it would matter how I did. Thankfully, with her coaching, I did better than my previous best and came away from her workshop feeling more confident in my abilities and able to approach Improvisation in a new manner.

    —G.G.

Scene Doctor at Georgia Tech

Scene Doctor at Georgia Tech

These classes are tailor-made for improvisers to get personal, specific feedback from the instructor on their improvised scenework. Students can inform the instructor of any goals they might have for themselves and/or request that she make her own recommendations based on their performance. Class size is limited.

Students can sign up for just one workshop, all six, or any number in between!

  • DatesSundays, 11am-2pm, April 11-May 12
  • Cost$150
  • LocationGeorgia Tech Exhibition Hall
  • Prerequisitesprevious improv training required
  • Amanda gives some of the most insightful and best feedback I’ve ever gotten. She zeroed in on the barriers to my goals, and helped me overcome them. After several Scene Doctor sessions, I felt like a different, much improved improviser.

    —Alex

From Online to Onstage

From Online to Onstage

So many improvisers said “yes, and” to staying home and safe during the pandemic by creating and participating in online platforms for shows, classes, and jams. Even though that meant continuing to train and work all of those improv muscles, it also means that a re-entry into in-person improvisation might feel intimidating and even a little scary. If you feel good or confident about the online play you did, but a little nervous or hesitant about how it will feel to return to in-person improv, this workshop is for you.

  • There’s a certain level of anxiety when taking an improv class. Amanda gets rid of the “fear of the unknown” with her Southern hospitality and charm. Come in nervous, leave with a great friend and coach. I can’t wait to take a class with her in person.

    —Anthony

Creating & Sustaining Characters at Georgia Tech

Creating & Sustaining Characters at Georgia Tech

In this 8-week classs, improvisers will learn how to create and sustain characters effortlessly. Students will practice building characters from both within and without. Going far deeper than playing a cartoonish caricature, actors will develop long-lasting skills that will assist in playing a variety of genuine, believable characters who have heart.

This special price is for LTT members only!

  • Every week of class, Amanda introduced a new way of creating characters, or gave a fresh perspective on a familiar approach. Her approach really empowered me since I came into improv without an acting background, she gave me the confidence to be more bold with my characters.

    —Alex