Why do improv?
There are so many reasons why different people do improv. Some of us find it is a way to challenge ourselves creatively; some of us just love staying on our toes; some of us want to push ourselves out of our comfort zones.
We might be working towards personal or career-based goals. We might be actors, working on ways to develop characters. We might be businesspeople who want to use improv as a way to build confidence speaking in front of big groups. Some of us think it's a pretty awesome way to meet cool people that have a go-getting and positive attitude to life.
For something that's made up, there's a couple of rules about improv that you'll always learn on your first lesson.
We make our partners look good. It's a supportive environment where we are all here to learn, no matter how much or how little improv we've practiced in the past. We're all about the positivity here.
We say "Yes and ...". We accept what our partners offer and add to it with our own ideas. In this way, we build a scene together.
Renegade Saints Improv Classes
We are delighted to announce our first classes for 2024.
All classes will be held at Floky La Loutre, Rue de Carouge 44.
INTRO TO IMPROV (for those who have never taken a Renegade Saints class before)
This short course gives you the basic tools of improv—getting out of your head, having your partner's back, and 'yes-and'ing—with an emphasis on building a fun, safe environment in which to play. This class emphasizes skills and team-building exercises.
Option A: 6 February - 27 February (4 weeks); every Tuesday from 18:30 to 20:00
Option B: 5 March - 26 March (4 weeks); every Tuesday from 18:30 to 20:00
LEVEL 1 (generally open to those who have successfully completed INTRO TO IMPROV)
Level 1 is an eight-week course generally open to those who have successfully completed Intro to Improv. Level 1 focuses on recognizing and using the basic ingredients of a scene (who-what-where), with an emphasis on discovering and creating characters (the who).
Dates: 7 March - 27 March (8 weeks); every Wednesday from 18:30 to 20:00
Cost: 225 CHF
You can register for any of the courses by clicking this link. Your registration is only finalized once you have paid. You will receive payment information via a confirmation email. Thank you for your interest. We hope to see you in class!
And don't forget: In addition to classes, we offer improv workshops for companies and organizations. If you are interested in learning more about how improv training is tremendously beneficial for teams at work, have a look here.
Testimonials from our students
I fully recommend this class to anyone wanting to explore improv for the first time. There are plenty of opportunities to get out of your comfort zone with fun games and scene building.
I had so much fun each week! I recommend this improv class for anyone who wants to get out of their comfort zone and dare to let their creativity flow.
Before the first class, I was feeling a bit nervous as I thought I would be 'put on the spot' but the teacher actually created a very safe and supportive environment. She helped us progressively switch to 'Improv Mode' and trusting our own creativity. The exercises were funny and the premises were easy to reach, so I recommend this course for anyone wishing to discover improv theatre.
The class was fun! The lessons built on each other well in a gentle and encouraging environment. Four weeks was just right for a taster and it left me wanting more!
It was a great experience to meet new people, try new fun games and step out of reality for a few moments. I would advise it if you're looking for an activity that takes you slightly out of your comfort zone but also widens it.
We are so happy to once again be hosting drop-in sessions at the Mr Pickwick Pub.
If you've watched Whose Line Is It Anyway or seen the Renegade Saints perform and thought, that looks like fun, here's your chance to join in. It's barmy, it's silly and you'll love it. These sessions are good for anyone, whether you're looking to laugh off the stress of the week, get a little more self-confidence, or work on some performing skills towards that acting career you've always dreamed of.
We’ll do a variety of improv exercises and play a number of games, guaranteed to make you crack a smile. Come along and improvise with us. All levels of experience are welcome! It's a fantastic way to try improv to see if you enjoy it.
There's no charge (though any contributions at the end are always welcome).
These sessions are a great way to have fun, meet new people, and play some improv. Sessions are facilitated by Saints and friends. No experience needed - just register beforehand so we can keep track of numbers. Sign-ups open a week before each session.
Where: Mr Pickwick's Pub, 80 Rue de Lausanne, Geneva
When: Every Monday from 3 July to 4 September 2023, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with voluntary contribution at the end
Registration: Sign up and more by clicking this link!
Class and Drop-in Locations
You will usually find us at the Mr Pickwick Pub or Floky La Loutre.