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"Seriously one of the best improv teachers in LA!" -P.N.

"Chris' instruction is a
game changer."

"Chris is one of the people
most responsible for my personal growth as an improviser."

Chris Alvarado


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The workshops and classes foster an environment of exploration, experimentation, and the freedom to venture beyond the established norms of traditional improv.


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Chris and Zach have been improv teammates (Heyday) and friends for over 10 years. Their brains are wired completely differently, and that's a big part of why they love each other so much. Chris's vulnerability and passion are the yin to Zach's analytically obsessive yang. These differences led them to take different paths up the improv mountain but to arrive at the same destination.

Learn from two teachers in one class and see the same statue from different angles. Double the perspective, double the fun. Come chase with us.


May 14 and May 21 with Zach.

May 28 and June 4 with Chris.

Time: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm Pacific Time


Cost: $245

Location: Santa Monica Playhouse

Class size is limited.

This class is SOLD-OUT, but you can join the waitlist.


Promo poster for the improv team Heyday. A collage of different moments from shows.


Award-winning improv by some of the best to do it.

Mondays- 4/8, 4/22, 5/13, 5/27, 6/10, 6/24

Time: 9:00 pm

Cost: $10

Location: Westside Comedy Theater


Jaymie P.

Chris is the only coach with whom I've worked who genuinely cares about the success of the ensemble. He's professional and exudes a contagious passion for the work. My favorite thing about working with Chris is his openness to the group's artistic vision and the fact that rehearsals always feel like a creative collaboration.

Josey O.

“What makes Chris special is his openness to experimentation and his skill at finding real depth in scene work. As a performer, I feel comfortable trying out something new on stage when Chris is coaching.”

Garrett R.

Chris's approach helped me develop the improv superpowers that are specific to me, and his workshops provide a space to try new things, make weird choices, and find creative ways to avoid the pitfalls of bad scenes. His passion "in the lab" is contagious, his feedback is constructive, and most importantly, you'll leave each workshop a better improviser than you went in.

Cat C.

I’ve done multiple classes with Chris and have LOVED them all. Chris is always supportive and makes me feel like a rockstar. The improv skills I’ve learned have helped my confidence as well as my writing and creativity.

Marcus R.

I was blown away by Chris' passion and encouragement. Not only does he have a wealth of knowledge and experience, but he made sure that every student felt comfortable and confident on stage. He created a fun and supportive environment where everyone could let loose and have a great time.

Stephanie S.

Chris Alvarado is hands-down the best improv teacher I’ve had the pleasure to work with. He is refreshingly “real” and gives it to you straight, not common among many teachers. The result is more fun, deeper play, and a lot more satisfaction. He reminds you what is possible with this incredible work and he encourages you to fully immerse yourself in it - slowly, “taking care of yourself first,” to experience the truest rewards of the form - the joy of surrendering the need to “perform” and discovering what happens in this moment together. 

Instructor Chris Alvarado with two female students laughing in a theater.

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