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RISE Comedy - Denver Improv Comedy Bar & Theater - Improv Comedy Classes

Class Details

Class Runs: Sunday afternoons @ 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM MT
Class Dates: Sun 4/30 - Sun 5/21 (4 classes total)
Location: RISE Comedy, 1260 22nd St, Denver, CO 80205
Instructor(s): Nick Trotter
Price: $200
Special Notes:
  • Students will receive an email with class details and links 12-24 hours before the class. If you do not see this email, please check your spam folder as well!
  • Minimum class size is 8 students.

Improv across Time and Space!: Viewpoints 101

So. Your wit is sharp, your scenes are rock-solid, your edits are crisp and your form is tight. Wanna take your improv to the next level, especially with world-building and game-play?

What if you could seemingly cut and bend time, use the ENTIRE stage, and react honestly but theatrically to anything that happens? What if you saw patterns and possibilities EVERYWHERE?

The Viewpoints, a system of rehearsal and performance techniques developed by Mary Overlie, Anne Bogart and Tina Landau, are a simple but profound way to explore using rhythms, tempos, and spatial relationships to create exciting, spectacular performances. In both long and short-form improv, the Viewpoints can be used for eccentric but authentic characters, spontaneous physical comedy, and wild, imaginative worlds!

This introductory course covers the basics of this incredible system and will get you on the road to dynamic, detailed and creative work in any show you do.

Important: ALL BODIES AND ABILITIES ARE WELCOME HERE! Like all Rise classes, this is an equal-access workshop. Every body and brain can engage in this play!

“The Viewpoints Book: A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition” by Bogart and Landau (Theatre Communications Group) is highly recommended (but not required!) as a manual for the course.



We highly recommend you are vaccinated if you come to RISE Comedy! If you are not, you assume all of the risks involved in contracting COVID-19. Our theater will adhere to all CDC, City and State guidelines as they evolve. All sales are final and no refunds are permitted.




Students will receive their class info 12-24 hours in advance via email. Please check your spam folder if you do not see this email! All class participants must be 18+ unless otherwise specified in the class/workshop description.

Nick Trotter has been playing (and playing around) in the Denver improv community since 2011, teaching at RISE and its predecessor the Voodoo since 2015. He specializes in character, physicality, and surreal, immersive, plastic worlds, especially with Circo de Nada, a local performance project where he serves as founder and director of training, and with whom he has performed at national and international festivals. He is a lecturer and associate professor in theater at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Metropolitan State University in Denver, and Community College of Denver, teaching improv at all three institutions. And he has taught various styles of theater independently. He has been performing onstage since childhood, and holds an MFA in ensemble-based physical theater (2009, Dell’Arte International) as well as a BA in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder.