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Chris Alvarado


Chris Alvarado Improv Workshops offer a refreshing perspective on improv.

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



Promo poster for upcoming 6-week improv class featuring instructor Chris Alvarado screaming on stage.
Open to all experience levels!


This class is for everyone. Let me explain why: If you're a seasoned improviser, I'm excited to introduce you to a fresh approach to play. Together, we'll venture into territories we once dreamed of when we first encountered improv—before we became weighed down by outdated rules. My aim is for you to rediscover the joy of exploration and the fun of failure. And if you're new to this, you're in the perfect spot. I'll lay the groundwork for freedom, enabling you to go wherever your imagination takes you. We'll experiment with concepts like slowing down, heightening to absurdity, and embracing physicality, all the while engaging in work that's not only enjoyable but also meaningful. Let's have some fun!

Thursdays- 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, *No class 4/4*, 4/11, 4/18

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm Pacific Time


Cost: $365

Location: Santa Monica Playhouse

1211 4th St, Santa Monica, 90401

Class size is limited.

Selling fast!


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- 1/8, 1/22, 2/5, 2/19, 3/4, 3/18

Time: 8:00 pm

Cost: $10

Location: Westside Comedy Theater

Promo poster for the improv show The Live Direct Show featuring Chris Alvarado, Liam Clancy, and Jaymie Parkkinen.

Chris "Live directs" the improv duo, The Park. (Jaymie Parkkinen and Liam Clancy)

Mondays- 1/15, 1/29, 2/12, 2/26, 3/11, 3/25

Time: 8:00 pm

Cost: $10

Location: Westside Comedy Theater

Promo poster for the improv show Organism.


(Jaymie Parkkinen, Sarah Delphine, Elena Afanasiev, and Chris Alvarado)

Saturday, February 17th

Time: 9:00 pm

Cost: $15

Location: Broadwater Studio 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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