Conditions of Participation

We've created a list of conditions of participation to guarantee that you and your classmates get the most out of your Improv Conspiracy experience. Please ensure that you understand all of the conditions before attending your first Improv Conspiracy class.

In summary: fulfill your course objectives while being respectful of everyone's comfort and time — your peers, your instructor and yourself.

Unless explicitly stated, all conditions apply to all students in all classes. However, some conditions may may apply differently for Improv Students Sketch Students and Intensive Students.

Questions? Contact us!

  Before You Register

Initial course placement

We expect that the overwhelming majority of students will begin our workshops program via our Level 1 courses, even if they possess prior Australian acting, writing or improvisation experience. Rare exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Education Director, most likely if a student has prior class experience at one of the big American comedy schools which we've vetted (iO, UCB, etc.). If you think you might qualify for placement into a higher level, please contact us.

Age restrictions

Unless explicitly listed as a youth/teen class, all Improv Conspiracy courses are intended for people aged 18 years and over.

English language skills

Students who aren't fluent English speakers often have a difficult time in our courses. We'd love to work with foreign students as long as you're confident in your ability to communicate.

Refund policy

Course registration fees are non-refundable for most reasons, including change of mind.

However, should your situation change, we are happy to offer internal credit towards a future class – less a change of registration fee. The full schedule of change of registration fees is described in-depth during the course checkout process.

If you are currently booking for a free trial course, please be aware that we sell full-term courses at the end of the trial. Please familiarise yourself with the relevant change of registration fees for those courses before booking one.

Contact policy

Our teachers and office staff will use email as our primary method of communication with you outside of class hours. You agree to receive a reasonable number of emails from us during the class term, at the email address you provide when signing up. In rare/urgent cases we may contact you via phone or text message.

By registering for workshops you also opt-in for the Improv Conspiracy newsletter mailing list, which you can always unsubscribe from later.

We promise not to share any of your private contact information with third parties. Even if you unsubscribe from our mailing list, you may still receive relevant class-related email from us during the term.

Participation in one 8-week course at a time

While admittedly rare, we have seen that students who attempt multiple 8-week courses simultaneously can end up having negative learning outcomes. As such, explicit permission from the Education Director is required before booking any 8-week course that overlaps with one you've booked previously.

  Attendance During The Term

Workshop attendance

In our normal eight-week courses, you must attend a minimum of six of the eight class sessions you've booked for, with your assigned instructor, in order to be considered for passing the course. Missing more than two of eight sessions in your booked course with your assigned instructor will result in an automatic recommendation to repeat the course.

Sketch Students Physically attending class without bringing your written sketch homework to share with the class will count as an absence.

Intensive Students The equivalent policy is that you must attend a minimum of 75% of your course hours with your assigned instructor.

No make-up sessions provided

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer make-up sessions for students who miss a course session. However, we are able to extend a slight kindness to our improv students as our program is so large and robust.

Improv Students The first time you are marked absent during an 8-session course term in a course with an evaluated pass/repeat outcome, our website will automatically email you a voucher valid for one of our Drop-In classes (including Friday night Sips & Scenes) taking place during the next 30 days. We are unable to offer any extensions, transfers, exchanges, etc. on these absence vouchers.

Arriving late & leaving early

Arriving more than 15 minutes late to a workshop, or leaving more than 15 minutes early will result in an absence being marked, despite your presence at the class session. No latecomers will be allowed to enter the classroom after 30 minutes have passed.

Student showcase attendance Improv Students Only

All Improv Conspiracy improv courses come with at least one performance opportunity during our student showcase weekend. While not mandatory and not part of your course evaluation, we strongly suggest that you participate in all showcase opportunities, as they are a major part of the experience we offer. If you know that you can't attend your showcase, please inform your instructor as soon as possible.

Show viewing quota Improv Students Only

One of the best ways to get better at improv is to watch and analyse professional shows put on by experienced performers. For that reason, each of our classes begins with an open discussion of the shows students have seen during the prior week at our theatre.

All students participating in eight-week courses must attend a minimum of FOUR qualifying shows at our theatre during term – there's no additional cost to fulfil this requirement, with four complimentary tickets included in your course fees. (Note: these tickets are for you to book a single seat on separate occasions – not to bring friends along. Your mates are welcome to buy their own tickets and join you!)

Qualifying premium shows are generally offered every night we're open — for a full list of which shows count towards your quota, please click the Book A Student TIcket button in the My Account section of our website. Only tickets booked through this student reservation system will count towards your quota.

We certainly encourage you to watch more shows than the minimum requirement! Once you've used up your free tickets, students can purchase personal-use community rate tickets to most shows for $10.

Intensive Students As your class sessions take place over a single week, this allows you fewer opportunities to attend shows during term. The viewing requirement may not apply – please discuss with your instructor.

  Personal Conduct

Drug & alcohol policy

Improvising requires you to have a clear head in order to perform at the top of your intelligence. Do whatever you want after class, but please don't show up to class under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Anyone who is suspected of being under the influence will be asked to leave and will be marked as absent for the day. In extreme cases our Anti-Harassment & Community Safety Policy may come into play.

Food & drink in class

To limit disruptions, please eat all food items before class begins, or during your mid-class break. To limit spills, all drink containers should have lids. At the end of class, please dispose of your rubbish.

Appropriate footwear

For safety and hygiene issues, we require that you wear footwear with a sole during class and while performing on stage. Bare feet or socks are not appropriate.

Violent, sexual, and otherwise disruptive behaviour/content in class

In order to create a safe space, gratuitous sexual or violent behaviour and content will not be tolerated on stage in our workshops. Any other sufficiently disruptive behaviour is similarly forbidden. Students who feel uncomfortable or threatened by other students should inform their teacher ASAP. In extreme cases our Anti-Harassment & Community Safety Policy may come into play.

Other edgy content in class

Other than the aforementioned areas which are not tolerated, we DO support your right to express yourself freely on stage, as long as you aren't endangering yourself, your classmates, or the trust that exists between the group. Desperate to do something edgy and unconventional? Please discuss boundaries and best practices with your instructor first, so you can work out a game plan for how to do it safely. Once you have a bit of experience and guidance there's almost always a way to express yourself freely without endangering that precious trust.

Criticism of other students

Don't provide notes or feedback for your fellow students inside or outside of class. Unsolicited compliments are great, but unsolicited criticism is unacceptable, no matter how constructive the intention.

Anti-harassment policy

The Improv Conspiracy is committed to providing its students and performers with a safe community to train, perform and socialise in that is free from harassment. Sexual harassment, or harassment based on race, age, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression are all forbidden. Please read our comprehensive Anti-Harassment & Community Safety Policy for more information, including how to report known or suspected harassment.

Dating within the company

Proceed with caution! Not recommended, but if you and another consenting adult insist on dating within the company please understand that this is a small community full of people with whom you'll likely be interacting with professionally and socially for years to come. Please use common sense and treat each other with respect and integrity. There are additional policies in place to prevent people in positions of power in the company from taking advantage of newer community members. Quid pro quo sexual harassment is forbidden, and any relationships between community members with unequal status must be reported to theatre management in order to eliminate bias in teacher assignments, casting decisions, etc.

Reporting misconduct

After reading our Anti-Harassment & Community Safety Policy, if you'd like to report an issue relating to a community member's personal conduct, you should speak with your instructor, a venue manager, a membership of the company's management team or the Company Director.

  Advancement In The Program & Company

Advancement to the next workshop level

Your ability to advance to higher workshop levels is based on teacher recommendation. You'll be judged on your understanding and ability to execute the goals of each workshop level, as well as your attendance (a combination of your workshop session attendance, student showcase attendance, and your four-show quota for ensemble performances). Any appeals will be decided by the Education Director.

Repeating a core workshop level

When repeating a core workshop level based on teacher recommendation, you'll receive a 50% discount on course fees.

When repeating a core workshop level voluntarily, you'll receive a 25% discount on course fees.

Auditioning for an Improv Conspiracy house team

Completing our public workshops program does not guarantee you a position on one of our house performance teams, or a regular opportunity to perform at The Improv Conspiracy Theatre. Every few months a round of auditions will be held, and only the top performers will be offered opportunities. As these auditions are highly competitive, our graduates are strongly encouraged to start their own independent teams before or after the completion of our program, and to create their own performance opportunities around Melbourne regardless of what we are able to offer them.

Improv Students Auditions for house improv teams are only guaranteed to those students who have successfully completed Improv Level 6 or higher in our core workshops program.

Sketch Students Auditions for house sketch teams are only guaranteed to those students who have successfully completed Sketch Level 3 or higher in our core workshops program.

How do I pass my improv class?

  • Attend minimum 75% of sessions in the class section you signed up for (i.e. 6 of 8 weeks)
  • Meet the objectives of the workshop level during those sessions
  • Visit the theatre to watch a premium show (i.e. those normally priced at $12) on four different nights during the term. These are offered every Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

How do I pass my sketch class?

  • Attend minimum 75% of sessions in the class section you signed up for (i.e. 6 of 8 weeks)
  • Miss no more than one homework assignment
  • Submit rewrites during the final week of class that reflect the notes provided to you earlier in the term