Improv - Level 4: Performance

This class focuses on using skills honed in previous classes and teaching further performance skills in relation to both scene and form.

Available classes

Mondays          10/7-10/14/2019      Instructor: Murphy McHugh         7PM-9:30 PM           3503 Georgia Avenue NW

Class meets 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25

Showcase: 12/7/2019   5PM


Successful completion of Dojo L3 Improv or permission of registrar (email with any questions), all students must have read Registration Policies (below) before registering

L4 Improv Performance Classes Available

Course Description

This class will focus on using the basic scenes you have been working on in performance, extending the play of game in a single scene and creating and following form.  Students should plan on moving, so wear clothes and shoes you can move in!

Classes meet eight times for 2.5 hour per session.

Students are expected to see at least 2 improv shows during the course of the class.

Class Size: Maximum 16 Students

Registration Policies

Enrollment Policy

Students may enroll for a class when they have completed the prerequisites for the class or if they have received permission from the registrar. If you have questions about your eligibility for a class, email Registrants are also required to read all of the below class registration policies before registering (updated 1/6/2016).


Improv is a group activity that is best learned in a creative and supportive learning environment. The best way to support yourself and your fellow classmates is to attend all eight classes. Absences hinder your growth as an improviser and in turn affect your ability to support your classmates in class and on stage. If you cannot attend all eight scheduled classes, we recommend you wait until a course you can fully commit to is available.

Dojo Comedy understands that emergencies do happen so absences are allowed, but to maintain class integrity we do not allow more than TWO absences. Upon a third absence you will be REMOVED from the class. Removal from class means you cannot attend any more classes or participate in the student showcase(s). Once removed, if you wish to continue your training, you will have to repeat the level at full tuition price.


If you are more than 20 minutes late, you will be marked absent. If you are more than 40 minutes late, you will not be allowed into class.

Prompt attendance is expected from all students. Arriving late requires the instructor to explain exercises and concepts again and is considered too disruptive to be allowed.

If you show up more than 40 minutes late and beg your teacher to let you in, this is even more disruptive and is considered inappropriate conduct which could result in removal from the Dojo Comedy Training Program.

20 Minutes Absence

Students are expected to be present for the entire class. If you miss more than 20 minutes of any session, you will be marked absent for that session. Depending on the circumstances, you may be asked to leave for the remainder of the session. For instance, if you arrive 15 minutes late and leave 15 minutes early, it will be considered an absence (30 minutes total). Or if you leave in the middle of class for 30 minutes, that will also be considered an absence, and you may not be allowed to return. If a student leaves class more than 20 minutes before the official end time, this will be considered an absence.

Make-Up Policy

Due to the nature of this course, make-ups are not available.

Refund Policy

Refunds are processed by emailing or calling at 1-844-4MY-DOJO (1-844-469-3656). A full refund is available if notice is given seven full days before the start of the class. Withdrawal from a class inside of the seven-day window before the start of the class and the start of the class proper will result in a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued once the class has started.

Extenuating Circumstances of Absence

If you were forced to miss three classes due to circumstances out of your control, you may appeal the resultant removal from a class by emailing These appeals are up to the sole discretion of the registrar. Situations that could be appealed include death in the family, medical emergencies, etc. Appeals can result in credits towards future classes, reversal of class removal, or full/partial class refunds and are determined on a case-by-case basis.

Dress Code

Students should plan on moving, so wear clothes and shoes you can move in comfortably and without exposing too much of yourself.

Show Requirement and Student IDs

As a student it is important for you to see long form improv in action. In order to move on to the next level, one of your requirements is to see one longform improv show. Your show must be seen while your class is in session and before class #8. If you do not see your required show by class #8, you will NOT be allowed to participate in the final class performance or move on to the next level. To make this easier for you, you will receive a student ID in class #1. The ID gives you access to free stand-by tickets for all Dojo Comedy shows. Awesome!

No Large Items

Dojo Comedy is not equipped to store large student possessions like massage tables or bicycles. Please lock these items up outside or leave them at home.

Switching Sections

If your course section has not started and you want to switch into a different section that costs the same, is not sold-out and has also not started, you may do so. Requests for switches are only accepted when received three full days before the start of the original course. Once your class has started, you cannot switch into a different section.

Age Requirement

You must be 18 years of age or older to sign up for this course. If you are 16-17 years old, you may take the course by having a Parent/Guardian contact the Registrar (1-844-4MY-DOJO, If you are under the age of 16, you cannot participate in the Dojo Comedy Training Program at this time.


During class, please do not:

  • eat

  • drink alcohol

  • use tobacco products (including e-cigarettes)

  • use electronic devices in class (including reading or writing text messages)

  • talk while your teacher or fellow classmate is talking

  • abuse the walls, chairs, or any other part of the space

  • bring uninvited guests to class

Inappropriate physical or  sexual behavior between any members of this class at any time will not be tolerated. Inappropriate conduct will not be tolerated and will result in suspension and removal from the course. Don’t be a dick.


Students are not guaranteed promotion to the next course level. Promotion is contingent on attendance, seeing shows, and a demonstration of course concepts through application in class.

Instructor Attendance

Dojo Comedy reserves the right to replace a course instructor at anytime with another equally qualified instructor, without prior notice.


Dojo Comedy reserves the right to postpone or cancel a course if they do not reach a minimum number of students.

Accept or Deny Anyone

Dojo Comedy reserves the right to accept or deny any individual's enrollment.

Inclement Weather

We encourage students to use public transportation whenever possible. Please allow for extra travel time if there is a storm or other situation that might cause delays. In the event that classes are canceled or postponed, students will be contacted. If you do not hear from us, assume that classes will proceed as planned.

Expressed Assumption of Risk

By registering for a Dojo Comedy class, you agree to the below terms.

I am voluntarily participating in my Dojo Comedy class. I understand that there are potential risks associated with my participation in this class, such as physical and/or psychological injury, pain, suffering, illness, disfigurement, temporary or permanent disability, death, or economic loss. These injuries or outcomes may arise from my own or other’s actions, inactions, or negligence, or the condition of the class location or facilities. Nonetheless, I assume all risks of my participation in the class, whether known or unknown to me, including travel to and from the class or any events incidental to the class