Improv Instructor: Chris Ulrich
Chris Ulrich (official website) teaches classes in beginning improv, advanced short-form improv and long-form improv. He has been performing since 2003. Currently, Chris performs regularly in a number of Improv troupes including Jive Turkey, Nox, and King Bee. He has studied improvisational comedy at the Uprights Citizens Brigade and The Magnet Theater in New York, Improv Olympic and Annoyance Theater in Chicago and Los Angeles, and at the Washington Improv Theater and DC Improv in Washington. Also, he has coached and led workshops for Improv troupes in the DC area.
Chris was a cast member in the DC based comedy pilot, Capital Gym, which was entered in the 2009 NexTV Pilot Competition and has appeared on the Food Network's "Dinner Impossible" with Chef Robert Irvine. He also serves as a consultant to Edelman Public Relations as part of its creative content team, leading creative strategy sessions to encourage new ways of thinking for Edelman client accounts.
In addition to Improv training, Chris is the founder of CU in the Moment LLC, a company with a multi-disciplined approach to educating clients about body language, personal confidence, and presentation skills. He is a media consultant who can frequently be seen on CNN, MSNBC, "Dr. Oz," Headline News, "Dr. Drew," "Nancy Grace," Washington’s USA Channel 9, and "Let's Talk Live," where he educates viewers about non-verbal communication issues. Along with his work at CU in the Moment, Ulrich is a senior instructor at the Body Language Institute. He trains executives, salespeople, government staffers, lobbyists, and small business entrepreneurs to use new body language to transform their executive presence.
Chris' Classes (in-person)
Level 1 | Beginning Improv. Learn basic improv skills and short form games, with an emphasis on teamwork, creative thinking and having a good time. Five or six weeks.
Level 2 | Level 2 Improv. A continued focus on short-form improv, especially building fun and dynamic characters. Ends with a graduation show. Five or six weeks.
Level 3 | Advancing the Scene Workshop. Builds on the skills of "yes and," active listening, observation, structure, and support to expand how we approach scenes. Five weeks.
Level 3 | Exploring Ensemble. A class for experienced performers, looking to get the most out of performing with a group. Ends with a graduation show. Five weeks. (Harold training is recommended but not required.)
Level 3 | Advanced Character Workshop. A four-week class using acting exercises and body language training to develop authentic characters.
Level 4A | Intro to the Harold. This class focuses on the creation of the long-form improv style developed by Del Close. Ends with a graduation show. Five weeks.
Level 4B | Advancing the Harold. A further exploration of the Harold long-form format. Ends with a graduation show. Five or six weeks.
Level 4B | Advanced Improv: The Ronald. Learn "The Ronald," a loose hybrid of the La Ronde and the Harold. Four weeks. Ends with a graduation show. Taught by Chris Ulrich.
Chris' Classes (online)
Level 1 | Beginning Improv Online. A four-week version of the introductory course, conducted live via video conferencing.
Level 2 | Level 2 Improv Online. A four-week online version of the class, presented via video conferencing. Ends with an online graduation show.
Level 3 | Advancing the Scene Workshop Online. A four-week, online version of the class, presented via video conferencing.
Level 3 | Advanced Improv Performance Online. A class specifically to help students create the best online performances they can. Ends with an online graduation show. Four weeks.
Level 4A | Intro to the Harold Online. This class focuses on the creation of the long-form improv style developed by Del Close. Ends with an online graduation show. Four weeks.
Level 4B | Advancing the Harold Online. A further exploration of the Harold long-form format. Ends with an online graduation show. Four weeks.
Classes Currently Scheduled