Level 1

Beginning
Longform
Scenework

Available Online

During COVID-19, online courses will count towards graduation

Bill Binder


Bill began performing improv in Michigan in 1994. He has taught or performed in 10 countries on three continents and is a board member for The Improv Network. Currently he performs online at The Torch Theatre.

What's included in the course

  • Agreement and Support
  • Emotional Honesty
  • Character Development
  • Scenes and edits
  • Longform Philosophy
  • Basic Stagecraft/Screencraft

About the course


Students will learn the fundamental tools of improvisation to build confidence both on and off stage. Classes will focus on honest and truthful reactions to discover the humor in scenework. Students will participate in a fun and creative environment in which all ideas are supported through improvisations core concept of saying “yes…and” to help further the scene. Concepts will focus on emotional reactions, listening, character development and environment work to allow students to be in the moment on stage.

Semester runs eight weeks and is followed by a student performance at The Torch Theatre or online.

  • "Loved all the feedback and comfortable atmosphere."
  • "I felt encouraged and supported."
  • "I felt safe, both physically and emotionally."
  • "Instructor's calm and reassuring demeanor made it easy for me to open up and express myself."
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Apply for a Diversity Scholarship


The Torch has multiple scholorship opportunities for members of marginalized communities. We encourage students to apply for any scholarship they may be eligible for. If none of our scholarships are available to you, please contact us if you need assistance joining our program.

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