Theater Group

American Improv

English Language Improvisational Theater in Vienna, Austria

Chicago-style "organic" improvisational theater and Viennese charm. Play and learn together with supportive, positive people in a safe space. Learn how to fail colossally with confidence and still deliver a winning performance. Tell stories that move the audience and create an epic tale together with your fellow performers. All while meeting likeminded people and building friendships that last a lifetime.

 
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Events

Pirate Robot Improv Workshop

Tue, Feb 16, 2020, 7pm-10pm

Central European Time

via Zoom

EUR 45 per person incl. tax

There are two types of improvisers: the actor and the writer, the yin and the yang, the empathizer and the recognizer, the pirate and the robot. Riveting improvisational theater happens when actors unite both sets of abilities and use them as needed to create engaging, realistic, unusual, and hilarious performances.

Inspired by Billy Merritt and Will Hines' ground-breaking improv fable Pirate, Robot, Ninja, improv pirate Jeannie Ceglar (Pack Theater, UCB), joins improv robot Peter Graff in teaching this online workshop on the art of being a pirate or a robot whenever one is needed.

You may sign up via Eventbrite by clicking the button below (fees apply) or via email to americanimprov@pm.me (payment by wire transfer required, no fees).

Improv 101: Introductory Scene Work

Tue, Feb 23, 2021, 7pm-9pm

Tue, Mar 02, 2021, 7pm-9pm

Tue, Mar 09, 2021, 7pm-9pm

Tue, Mar 16, 2021, 7pm-9pm

Tue, Mar 23, 2021, 7pm-9pm

Tue, Mar 30, 2021, 7pm-9pm

Central European Time

via Zoom

EUR 180 per person incl. tax

Prerequisites: None

This class focusses on improvisational scene work. Participants will learn how to create rich, deep, engaging base realities, and build upon them with fun, hilarious, and touching games that keep the audience at the edge of their seats. You will learn to create unique, interesting, recognizable characters that move spectators and inspire co-stars to develop scenes in exciting and unexpected ways. Over the course of 6 weeks you will learn all the basics of improvisational long form. You and you fellow classmates will learn character painting with posture, voice modulation, status, and emotion. You will learn to heighten and raise the stakes of a scene. You will learn to explore and find what else is true in the reality you and your partner are creating. And you will learn to react to your scene partner's gifts and play at the top of your intelligence. 

You may sign up via Eventbrite by clicking the button below (fees apply) or via email to americanimprov@pm.me (payment by wire transfer required, no fees).

Improv 201: Intermediate Scene Work

Thu, Feb 25, 2021, 7pm-9pm

Thu, Mar 04, 2021, 7pm-9pm

Thu, Mar 11, 2021, 7pm-9pm

Thu, Mar 18, 2021, 7pm-9pm

Thu, Mar 25, 2021, 7pm-9pm

Thu, Apr 01, 2021, 7pm-9pm

Central European Time

via Zoom

EUR 180 per person incl. tax

Prerequisites: Improv 101 or permission of instructor

Over the course of 6 weeks you will expand your knowledge of improvisational long form. You and your fellow classmates will learn how to portray spectacular characters. You will learn to notice unusual details and turn them into major plot points in the story you're creating. Together with your scene partners you will improvise in ways that allow the audience to identify, connect, and feel for you resulting in riveting performances that leave people in awe of your creative ability.

You may sign up via Eventbrite by clicking the button below (fees apply) or via email to americanimprov@pm.me (payment by wire transfer required, no fees).

Certificate Program: Certified Improv Trainer
Improv 100: Teaching Improvisational Theater

Mon, Feb 22, 2021, 7pm-9pm

Mon, Mar 01, 2021, 7pm-9pm

Mon, Mar 08, 2021, 7pm-9pm

Mon, Mar 15, 2021, 7pm-9pm

Mon, Mar 22, 2021, 7pm-9pm

Mon, Mar 29, 2021, 7pm-9pm

Central European Time

via Zoom

EUR 360 per person incl. tax

Doing improvisational theater is one of the great joys in life. Teaching it well is an art in itself. In this course you will receive twelve hours of detailed theoretical instruction on how to teach improvisational theater classes and workshops, and practice your teaching skills through hand-on examples. You will learn about the fundamentals of great teaching in general and the specifics of teaching improvisational theater in particular. You will learn how to deal with sensitive issues such as confidence and vulnerability in the classroom. Furthermore, you will be introduced to the most important concepts in modern improvisational theater and learn how to convey their core ideas in an engaging, supportive way to improvisers at any level of experience.

Participation in this class allows you to obtain a Certificate of Completion for the Certificate Program: Certified Improv Trainer. To obtain the certificate you must i) personally attend all 12 hours of this class ii) provide evidence of 24 hours of teaching improvisational theater. This class provides instruction (“Unterricht”) on how to teach (“Unterricht”) improvisational theater. The certificate of completion does not provide a license to engage in any professional activity subject to Austrian trade law (“Gewerbeordnung”) such as, for example, advising (“Beratung”).

You may sign up via Eventbrite by clicking the button below (fees apply) or via email to americanimprov@pm.me (payment by wire transfer required, no fees).

 

Reviews

Peter is without a doubt the best improv teacher I ever had. I learned a lot and got to be part of a great community. The atmosphere of his workshops are very welcoming and judgement-free, I would recommend these workshops to anyone who's interested!

Klara, Vienna

Ich hab mich am Anfang etwas gefürchtet. Reingestoßen und los geht’s. Aber WOW… was für eine tolle Erfahrung. Einen Haken hat das ganze natürlich: „wenn ich nur aufhören könnte“ Absolute Empfehlung, tolle Erfahrung, toller Lehrer!

Alexandra, Vienna

Peter is a great improviser and a wonderful teacher! Whether your new, advanced or have NO idea what improv is, take classes with Peter! He will make it easy, fun and you’ll leave the class with new friends and a greater understanding of improv.

Jeannie, San Jose

Had an amazing time at my first improv class. 10/10 would recommend to any and all! I had never done any sort of improv or acting before and it was a great learning experience.

Lane, Vienna

Right place to go if you are experienced in Improv acting but also if you are new to it! For me it was the first time and I loved it. No reason to be scared just go for it!

Laura, Vienna

I highly recommend these improv classes – you're guaranteed loads of tools to become a better improviser and loads of fun while learning them!

Mari, Vienna

First time doing improv and this was the perfect way to get a full experience! Lots of fun, laughter and quality people with different improv background. Peter's experience guided our group and time flew by!

Caroline, Vienna

I had a great time at Peter's workshop - very high quality teaching with a fun atmosphere. Highly recommended!

Ben, Vienna

 
 

Corporate Trainings

We also offer classes, trainings, and team-building workshops for our valued corporate customers in both English and German.

 

GLOBAL 2000

Alle waren sehr begeistert! Danke für den tollen und beschwingten Start in den Tag! Die Leute reden jetzt noch davon. Es hat ihnen sehr viel Spaß gemacht!

Podcasting

Tune in to some fully improvised podcasts by American Improv alumni and friends.

 

Peterbutter and Jeannie

Every episode Jeannie Ceglar and Peter Graff serve you 100% improvised comedy made up on the spot! Here’s your freshly made up Peterbutter and Jeannie sandwich! Enjoy!

Meet your instructor

Peter Graff studied improvisational theater for four years while living in the United States. He attended classes, and played theaters all over the San Francisco bay area. He has completed courses and curricula at ImprovBostonComedySportz San Jose, Endgames Improv, Made Up Theatre, and Bay Area Theater Sports. Peter has performed at improv theaters and festivals with his troupes Pool Side Improv and She's British, and taken workshops from improv legends Betsy Stover, Jimmy Fowlie, Susan Messing, Rachel Hamilton, and Matt Besser. Peter's style is organic, emotive, and relationship driven. He also thoroughly enjoys improv games, and theater sports on stage, as well as in real life.