Lessons & Workshops

Mojo Dojo Comedy takes a mature and disciplined approach to long-form improv. At the Dojo, you are free to practice the many forms of improv in a safe space. A space where no one can fail.

Our Sensei are here to guide and advise you along your path to better understanding. With this specific approach, Dojo participants experience personal growth, gain confidence, learn respect for others, think faster on their feet, find workable solutions, experience fulfilling team work, and gain valuable face to face interpersonal interactions.

The Mojo Dojo will always work with serious students to find a payment plan that fits your current situation. Please contact us to discuss installment plans or ways to earn credit towards lessons.

***ALL LESSONS & WORKSHOPS ARE HELD AT THE MOJO DOJO CONSERVATORY, 924 S. 5TH STREET, MILWAUKEE***

 

SKETCH WRITING wITH MIKE BETETTE

Commitment: 1 day a week/8 weeks, plus final performance
In this eight-week course, students will learn how to write sketch for the stage in a variety of styles. Each week, we’ll start by reviewing and workshopping the sketches written at home, review new sketch styles, and discuss specific tools to aid in the writing process. There will be opportunities to write individually, in teams, and as a class. This lesson will conclude with a live revue of sketches generated by the class, performed by outside performers and the writers who feel comfortable.

Sketch Writing w/Mike Betette (Wednesdays 6-8PM Starting 10/18)
 

WAY OF THE CRANE: INTRODUCTORY IMPROV

Commitment: 1 day a week/8 weeks, plus final performance
Price: $180 ($160 if registered and paid in full before 9/27)
Learn fundamentals of improv comedy and meet cool new people in the process!
This path is designed to help participants unlock their inner creativity in a fun and supportive environment. Learn more about the comedic process to become a better writer/actor/performer, or loosen up and improve your communication skills while becoming more comfortable in your own skin. The lessons we teach work to build your confidence, both onstage and off. This path celebrates who you are to find truth in comedy through a series of exercises that focus on honesty, spontaneity, playfulness, and saying “YES, AND..." 

Way of the Crane (Mondays 6-8pm starting 10/9)
 

WAY OF THE TIGER: INTERMEDIATE IMPROV

Commitment: 1 day a week/8 weeks, plus final performance
Building on the fundamentals, students begin practicing skills and techniques to strengthen their scenes and characters. Concepts are introduced to create deeper characters and relationships more quickly and to keep things fun. Participants learn how to identify patterns or “games” within a scene, as well as how to create rich environments through object work. Various long form techniques will be covered, such as edits, walk-ons, tag-outs, group scenes, and other tools to help students become more comfortable performing and improvising in front of an audience.

Way of the Tiger (Tuesdays 6-8pm starting 10/10)
 
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WAY OF THE MANTIS: LEARN THE TINA

Commitment: 1 day a week/8 weeks, plus final performance
Strong group work, or “group mind,” is the focus of this path. Participants take a deeper look at scene work to create shows that are more than just a montage of disconnected scenes. While strengthening and building upon previous lessons, new storytelling techniques and other skills are introduced to help students create an entire long-form improv show. The Tina teaches ways to identify and have fun with the “games of a show” happening between scenes, that give each show its shape.  

Way of the Mantis (Tuesdays 6-8pm starting 10/10)
 
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WAY OF THE MONKEY: LEARN THE HAROLD

Commitment: 1 day a week/8 weeks, plus final performance
If Chicago-style improv were music, The Harold would be the twelve-bar blues, the language that’s shared by all improvisers in this tradition. In addition to being challenging and rewarding, The Harold is also a great teaching tool. Lessons on this path are applicable to almost every other form of improv. This path builds on and challenges all of the skills acquired to this point. Participants weave together multiple story lines and characters to create shows that are each a unique tapestry spun from what has come before.

Way of the Monkey (Mondays 6-8pm starting 10/9)
 

WAY OF THE DRAGON: ADVANCED IMPROV

Commitment: 1 day a week/8 weeks, plus four performances
On this final path, participants develop their own show to perform multiple times at Mojo Dojo Comedy live events. Students collaborate under the guidance of a Sensei to create a unique improv structure, then work to perfect their idea for showcase performances. A completion ceremony will also be held, where friends and families can stay to hear teachers speak about each participant. This path teaches the entire process of creating a show so that participants can continue to produce their own shows anywhere! 

 

MUSICAL IMPROV WORKSHOP WITH ROBBY MCGHEE

Commitment: 4-hour workshop
Join Robby McGhee (All In Productions, Big Hot Robot, T.I.M: The Improvised Musical) and Patrick Thompson (Passing By) as they teach fun-loving students the fundamentals of Musical Improv, including how to improvise a song, improvised choreography, and working together as an ensemble. This workshop is geared towards performers looking to have fun while gaining confidence, remaining calm under pressure, dealing with ambiguity, and staying in the moment during performances. No experience necessary; come have fun with us!