Improv Comedy Training since 2001
Welcome to JesterZ Improv, where creativity knows no bounds and laughter is the name of the game. Our classes offer an unparalleled opportunity to unlock your potential, boost your confidence, and connect with a community of like-minded individuals. Whether you’re looking to enhance your communication skills, embrace spontaneity, or simply have a blast while learning, our diverse range of classes has something for everyone. Join us and embark on a journey of self-discovery, where the power of improvisation transforms lives, one chuckle at a time. Discover the joy of learning, growing, and laughing with JesterZ Improv today!
1 Hour FREE Introductory Class
Take your first step towards conquering the fear of the unknown with our FREE Intro to Improv Workshop! We get it; trying something new can be daunting. That’s why this one-hour session is designed as the perfect starting point.
It’s a safe, no-pressure space to explore the exciting world of improv and see what it’s all about before you commit to anything. Join us, and together, we’ll turn those apprehensions into excitement and the unknown into unforgettable fun!
Bring a friend and you’ll get a discount code for you BOTH to save $ on Level 1 registration.
Level 1 – Beginning Improv Class
Our beginning Improv class is designed to teach basic improvisational skills through different exercises and games. Students can anticipate a safe environment where they can express ideas, receive feedback, and be treated with respect from other students and our instructors. You’ll be learning such topics as Yes, And, Space/Object Work, exposition, among other things. Improv is your chance to push yourself and see what you’re truly capable of.
This class (and all our classes) are appropriate for all. No profanity or off-color content allowed. We push our students to be creative without being “dirty” or “blue”.
Level 2 – Character Development
Get ready to bring your characters to life with unique personalities, quirks, and fun backstories that will tickle your audience keep them on the edge of their seats.
You’ll learn the art of creating characters that are engaging, dynamic, unforgettable, AND FUNNY!! From an outrageous neighbor to a low-status CEO or a mother with detachment issues to a fairytale princess whose dream is to be a Drill Sargent – you’ll have the tools to create real characters that are real fun. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be proficient at accents or an award winning actor – just a desire to jump into the “pretend” world of real life people.
Level 3 – Storytelling & Comedy Techniques
We’re cranking up the fun and excitement with this class as we explore the nitty-gritty of comedic techniques and find new and innovative ways to level up your skills. We’ll focus on discovering the “game” of the scene and discovering patterns in scene work. We’ll show you how to use advanced techniques like 1, 2, and 3, Set up, Set up, Twist, Big, Bigger, Biggest, and more!
Get ready to take your improv from a 2 to a 10 and learn to bring exagerated truth to every scene. Our experienced instructors will guide you on this wild and hilarious journey as you develop your comedic voice and find your inner performer.
Novice to Professional – By Audition ONLY
“Performance Prep” at JesterZ Improv is your ticket to becoming a professional improv comedian and actor. This class is all about honing your skills and taking your talent to the next level. We believe that practice makes perfect, so you’ll have the opportunity to step onto the Friday Student Stage regularly and perform in front of a live audience!
Our experienced instructors from JesterZ founder Jef Rawls, along with Main Stage Directors & Cast members, will guide you through the ins and outs of pushing your improv performance to the exptreme and equipping you with the tools and confidence needed to shine in the world of improv.
Comedy Writers Laboratory
In this multifaceted workshop, we delve deep into the expansive world of comedy writing, adaptable to a rich variety of mediums. Our seasoned mentors foster a nurturing environment where you can craft witty stand-up routines, write laugh-inducing sketches, and even pen humorous tunes for musical comedy. It’s not just about eliciting laughs; our workshop encompasses the art of strategic storytelling which can enhance public speaking engagements, making them more engaging and impactful. Through a thoughtful blend of instruction and hands-on practice, you’ll learn the art of infusing humor into any narrative, creating content that resonates with audiences across different platforms, including social media, TikTok, and commercial advertising. Whether you’re aiming to brighten someone’s day with a clever blog post or keep an audience hooked during a live performance of stand up comedy, this class will equip you with the skills to weave humor & comedy seamlessly into your creative projects.
TEEN CLASSES & Training at JesterZ
Empower Your Teen with The Charismatic Connector Advantage™
Give your teen the gift of the 10 C’s as a foundation to help the develop the skills they need to succeed at LIFE (the things adults wish they knew earlier! The stuff they don’t teach in school).
Each of the 10 C’s have fun activities to give hands on practice and application of each vital attribute. We’ll roll-play conversations that help each student level up from where they are to be more confident in who they are!
Teenagers deal with so much social pressures in person and online. They lack connection and have minimized their communication to negative talk about self and others. Today’s youth connect their identity with likes on IG and views on TikTok.
Life Skills That Will Help Your Teen With:
- Group social skills at school, church, sports, etc.
- Communicating with adults (incl. YOU!)
- Customer service & phone skills
- Job Interview
- College prep/entrance
- Dating & 1-on-1 conversations
- Leadership roles
- Public speaking & social discomfort
- Ministry & missionary service
- Overcoming anxiety
- Interpersonal boundaries
Weekly Improv Class: Ages 12-17
Hey Parents! Are you ready to watch your teens embark on an incredible journey of laughter, learning, and friendship? Our Teen Improv Weekly Class is the ultimate recipe for a great time and valuable life skills rolled into an ongoing weekly experience. As your teens dive into spontaneous creativity, they’ll also be mastering essential skills like active listening, collaborating with others, and gaining unshakable confidence in expressing their unique voice and ideas. Plus, they’ll be making friendships that are sure to bring extra smiles into their lives. It’s a win-win for both you and your teens!
This class runs the entire school year and follows the same schedule as Mesa Public Schools. Tuition is due each month and you can start/stop anytime. This ongoing class has a monthly showcase for those ready to perform!
Summer Camp: Ages 8-16
Other classes, workshops & training at JesterZ
Upcoming acting classes to include:
- Audition Techniques
- On-Camera Techniques
- Get REEL Footage
- Prep for Representation
- Film Crew – Behind The Scenes
MORE INFO COMING SOON!
"Taking improv classes with Jef was the best decision I ever made. Not only did I have a blast every week, but I also gained confidence, learned to trust my instincts, and developed valuable communication skills that I use every day. Jef is a fantastic teacher who creates a safe and supportive environment where everyone can thrive."
"I signed up for improv classes with Jef on a whim, and it ended up changing my life. Not only did I discover a new passion for performing, but I also made some incredible friends and learned to take risks and embrace failure. Jef's energy and enthusiasm were infectious, and his feedback was always constructive and helpful. I would recommend his classes to anyone looking to step out of their comfort zone and have some fun!"
"Improv classes with Jef were exactly what I needed to break out of my shell and develop my sense of humor. Jef's teaching style is both challenging and supportive, and he really pushed me to explore new characters and ideas. I loved how every class was different and how we were encouraged to collaborate and build off each other's ideas. I would highly recommend Jef's classes to anyone looking to hone their improv skills and have a great time!"
"I cannot say enough good things about the improv classes I took with Jef. Not only was he incredibly knowledgeable and experienced, but he also made the classes so much fun. Jef had a way of making everyone feel comfortable and included, and his feedback was always constructive and tailored to each person's strengths and weaknesses. I learned so much from him and came away with a newfound appreciation for the art of improvisation. I would recommend his classes to anyone looking to challenge themselves creatively and have a blast while doing it!"