You're bold enough to step out on stage, and capable of playing some wonderful characters. Fantastic! Now let's talk about what goes into making our scenes comedic in nature.

Our Starter 301 course features a slightly more advanced look at the core building block of long form improvisation: the scene.

You'll get a chance to do a few scenes each week, while experimenting with some of the most influential theories of improv scenework being taught today: the game of the scene as defined by the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and Position Play as defined by Miles Stroth.

Learning about the game of the scene will help you recognise and play with the comedic engines at work in your improvised scenes and scripted sketches.

Position Play stresses the importance of listening to your scene partner in order to discover which of the four basic scene types (Realistic, Straight/Absurd, Alternate Reality & Character) we're most likely inside of. Once you know what scene type you're in, the hard work is done: you can often simply "play your position" and have an entertaining experience!

Course Prerequisites
Please to determine eligibility
Course Duration
8 Sessions Per Term
Graduation Performance(s)
1 Per Term
Free Theatre Tickets


  • 4 student tickets to shows
  • 2 student jam passes
Pass / Repeat Evaluations
You will be evaluated by your instructor – based on your attendance and mastery of the course content
Course Fees

$575 Full / $525 Concession


What students are saying about this course level

"Level 3 really propelled my improv forward, it simplified everything I've been learning over the past two levels, and distilled it into something clear and straightforward."

Mark K.
Starter 301: The Game of the Scene Student

"Level 3 opens your eyes to the fundamental structures of comedy, and trains you to use them to weave improv gold. You start to understand what makes for good improv, and get the chance to try out what styles work best for you as a performer. A great opportunity for anyone who's interested in how comedy works."

Kieran B.
Starter 301: The Game of the Scene Student

"I thoroughly enjoyed the Level 3 workshop at The Improv Conspiracy. Learning about "The Game" feels like being given a key to unlock the world of fun. I feel like I see Game everywhere now and it makes the whole world feel like a playground."

Jeanne-Clare S.
Starter 301: The Game of the Scene Student

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Enjoy some good times downstairs at Theory Bar

Fancy a beverage after your next show or class session? Our ground floor bar is open Wednesday–Sunday.

Community members and ticket-holders get 10% off*

(* Sundays and Public Holidays excepted)

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