FAQ

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General

What is improvisational theater?

Improvisational theater (“improv”) is a type of live theater in which the performance is unscripted and created on the spot.  All facets of the performance, including characters, environments, plots, and dialogue, are made up in the moment by the performers.  No two shows will ever be the same!

What is the difference between long form and short form improv?

Long form improv tends to resemble a play without a script.  The performers may take a suggestion from the audience to inspire them, and then create characters, dialogue, and scenes right before your eyes.  A single long form performance usually runs between 20 and 30 minutes, but could run an hour or longer, depending on the format.

Short form improv looks more like quick-fire scenes and scenic games, usually between 3 and 5 minutes in duration.  At a short form performance, the performers may ask for new suggestions prior to each scene or game, and perform 8-10 of them in a single show.

At Reno Improv, we perform both long form and short form.  While our training program is oriented more toward long form improv performance, the skills we teach are just as valuable in short form.

Where can I park?

We have a small parking lot that can be used on Saturday nights only (our neighbor, Aikido of Reno, uses the lot at all other times).  There is also plenty of street parking on Willow Street, Wells Avenue, and surrounding neighborhood streets.  Please lock your vehicle and take valuables with you.

Do you serve food?

We’ll definitely feed your appetite for comedy, but we do not serve food at our theater.  There are many great places in our neighborhood to grab a bite to eat before the show or a drink afterward.  We encourage you to support our local businesses and make a night of it!

Shows

How much are tickets?

Ticket prices vary, but most shows are $10 and under.  Please visit our Upcoming Events and Shows pages for more information and to purchase tickets.

Do I need to buy tickets in advance?

Tickets must be purchased in advance.  We are not currently selling tickets at the door.

The event page says tickets are not yet available. What's up with that?

Tickets are generally made available starting 14 days prior to the date of the show, at 8 a.m.

Are seats reserved?

All seating is general admission (first come, first served).  If you are coming as a group of 3 or more, we strongly recommend you arrive right when doors open to ensure you can get seats together.

What is the 'rating' of your shows? Can I bring my kids?

We will leave that up to you.  Our shows are uncensored and intended for adults, and the spontaneous nature of improv means that strong language or mature themes may come up at any time.  While we won’t turn anyone away, we recommend a minimum age of 18.

If I come to a show, will you single me out, pull me up on stage, or make fun of me?

Absolutely not.  We love our audience members and we want you to have a great time at our shows.  We may ask for a suggestion to inspire our performance, and some shows may ask for volunteers, but that’s about it.  We do not pull members of our audience on stage or single them out unless they volunteer.

How long do the shows last?

Because our improv shows are unscripted, the length varies.  Most shows are usually about 1 hour long.

Do you offer group discounts for show tickets?

We keep our ticket prices as low as possible for everyone, so we do not offer discounts for groups.

Can I get a refund if I can't make it to the show?

All ticket sales are final and we are unable to provide refunds or transfer tickets to another show.

What are the 'house rules' for Reno Improv shows?

The following rules are in place to ensure that each guest has a great experience at Reno Improv.  Our management team and show night crew are present to uphold all our house rules.  By entering our theater, you are agreeing to abide by these rules:

  1. Have a great time!  Improv is a blast, and we want you to enjoy it as much as we do.
  2. Please keep all cell phones off or on silent, so as not to disrupt the show.
  3. Please refrain from texting during the show, as the glow from your phone and the clicking noises can be distracting to the performers and the guests around you.
  4. No Heckling.  Heckling is defined as attempting to harass or disconcert a performer by shouting disparaging comments, or otherwise interrupting a performance with questions, challenges, gibes, or other disruptive behavior.  If, in the discretion of our show night crew, an audience member is heckling, they will be asked to leave and no refund will be given.

Please also see our Reopening page for specific COVID-19 policies.

Classes

How much are classes?

Class prices vary.  For pricing, check out each of the individual classes on our Classes page.

Do you offer discounts?

Yes!  We discount the price of the first 5 spots in each of our training program classes by 10%.  These spots are labeled “Discounted Registration” on the registration form, and are first-come, first-served.  To take advantage of this discount, keep an eye on our Classes page so you know when enrollment opens, and register early!

Can I pay for the class on a payment plan?

To request a payment plan for a class, please send an email to info@renoimprov.org with Payment Plan in the subject line.  We cannot guarantee that all requests will be honored.

Can I get a refund on my class registration?

We do not offer refunds on class registrations, however we would be happy to apply your payment to any future class or workshop.  If you have registered for a class that is canceled (e.g., due to low enrollment), we will automatically re-enroll you in the class the next time it is offered.

Can I skip Level 1 if I have improv experience?

We start all students in our training program at Level 1 (or the optional Level 0).  Community- and ensemble-building are fundamental elements of all Reno Improv classes, and we believe that students are best served by taking the training program classes in sequence, starting with Level 1.

Should I start with Level 0 or Level 1?

The choice is up to you!  Most students begin with our Level 1 (Intro to Improv Performance), but our Level 0 (The Joy of Improv) is designed for absolute beginners who might be nervous about trying improv, or who want a slower start to their studies. Beginners are welcome in both classes, and both classes teach valuable improv skills to performers and non-performers alike.  The main differences between Level 0 and Level 1 are that Level 0 is shorter, has less of a performance/public speaking emphasis, and does not culminate in a student showcase performance.

How old do I have to be to take classes?

In general, our classes are uncensored and designed for adults.  If you are under 18, we will ask for your parent’s or guardian’s permission to take our classes.

What can I expect to learn in your classes?

Each level in our training program has specific learning outcomes; in other words, specific things you should be able to do upon successful completion of the class.  In addition to the specific objectives of the individual classes, we teach students to be attentive listeners, collaborative workers, and bold decision makers, with elements of public speaking, stagecraft, and acting thrown in for good measure.

Work with us

Can I book your theater for a private show, workshop, or other event?

We love to make these kinds of events happen when we can, but booking our theater for a private event is subject to scheduling availability.  Feel free to contact us to discuss it!

Can I hire you for a private show or workshop at my business/school/organization?

Absolutely!  We love sharing our passion for improv with businesses, schools, and other organizations.  Please contact us for more information.

Can my team reserve rehearsal space at the theater?

That depends on when you’d like to use the space.  Scheduled classes and shows always take precedence over rehearsals, so weekday and Saturday evenings are pretty solidly booked.  Mornings and afternoons tend to be a bit more flexible.  Feel free to contact us to discuss it!

Teams who use the space for rehearsals must be issued a key to the building.  A deposit of $100 is required, to cover the cost of a locksmith in the event the key is lost.  The deposit is refunded upon return of the key.

Other

How do I get to perform?

Reno Improv is committed to providing performance opportunities for improvisers of all backgrounds and experience levels.  Here are some of the ways you can get involved and perform with us:

Take our classes.  Levels 1–4 of our training program culminate in a showcase performance, where students can demonstrate their skills before a supportive audience of family, friends, and fellow improvisers.

Join our House Team Program.  The House Team Program matches up improvisers to form teams under the guidance of Reno Improv’s experienced coaches.

Audition for a show.  We periodically hold auditions for one-night-only, limited-run, and recurring shows.  Audition notices will be posted to our Auditions page.

Form an independent team.  If you just want to do your own thing, find some people you like performing with and create an independent team!  Practice a lot, and consider hiring a coach to help you fine tune your performance.  When you’re ready, sign up for an Indie Night or audition to become one of our repertory teams!

What is Reno Improv doing to keep the community safe?

Reno Improv is committed to creating a community that is free from harassment of any kind.  Please view our anti-harassment policy for more information.

Is there a chance that my image might be used in Reno Improv's promotional materials?

When you participate in classes or shows at Reno Improv, you’re allowing us to use your likeness in photography, social media posts, and other promotional materials.