The closing of Second City’s Cleveland training center had left no place for actors and comedians to hone their skills. So the trio got to work and hope to fill that void with the Cleveland Improv Institute opening this month.
“What we’re really trying to do with the students that come to us is really create that complete performer, where they can take the skills that we give them here and take them anywhere across the country,” Mitri says.
It’s a place for anyone who wants to learn more about improv: public speakers, actors who want to take their craft to the next level or people just looking for a good time. If you’re just starting out, Mitri suggests trying the six-week Intro to Improv class. The more advanced should opt for the Fundamentals of Improv, an eight-week gig.
“We have to build that interest and that new blood in the city again,” he says. “There’s a lot of people that do improv, but there are thousands who see it on TV and think about doing it, and we haven’t touched any part of that yet.”
theater & dance
12:00 AM EST
January 20, 2010