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Next Available Dates:

12 Workshop Dates: Every Tuesday for 12 weeks from Tuesday 20th March 2018 (four weeks longer than our usual courses).

Multiple Show Dates: Thursday 26th April 2018 AND Wednesday 30th May 2018 AND additional mini shows throughout the course.

Time: 7pm - 10pm (half an hour longer than our usual workshops).

Price: £300. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £150 followed by the remaining £150 once the course starts.

Teacher: Katy Schutte.

Workshop Location: Theatre Delicatessen, 2 Finsbury Avenue, London, EC2M 2PP.

Tube: Liverpool Street, Moorgate or Bank.

Also includes a copy of Katy Schutte’s book The Improviser’s Way.

This course is now fully booked. Please contact us to be put on the waiting list for future dates.

The Improviser’s Way Course with Katy Schutte

Our ULTIMATE improv course!

A 12 week course with two main shows PLUS multiple other mini-shows throughout the course, and ongoing support and mentoring throughout the course. Giving you individual support tailor made to help you become the improviser you want to be.

This is beyond a course, this is to support your entire improv career!

Based on Katy Schutte’s new book The Improviser’s Way: A Longform workbook. A copy of the book is included as part of the course!

A course and workbook for longform improvisers at any level. Follow the twelve-week programme on your own or with your team. Become a better improviser and a better person!

Develop a work ethic for your craft and find ways to cope with bad gigs, jealousy, fear of missing out and your inner critic. Katy Schutte’s course and book is full of exercises, essays, techniques and advice for learning faster and becoming (more) amazing at improvisation.

We’ll be exploring a variety of different styles. We don’t believe in one philosophy of improv; each one is valuable and you can pick and choose from what you learn to discover your improv superpowers and continue to have the best time on stage (or wherever you improvise).

Katy will be providing more side coaching in scenes and personal development than normal. You’ll also be completing exercises in the book between each workshop, so you can grow creatively as an improviser and go deeper than any other improv course.

Each workshop also has a bonus half an hour at the end to discuss recent shows, discuss upcoming gig opportunities, and for Katy to provide mentoring and general improv and acting career help.

The course is also longer than our usual 8 week courses so you have a chance to perform multiple times and learn and grow as an improviser.

The course will go beyond improv and also help you grow creatively as a person.

People on this course will be given priority at performing at our theatre, so it will be possible to perform mini-shows each week and constantly evolve as an improviser by learning in a live performance environment.

If you are serious about becoming the best improviser you can be, this is the course for you! It’s like a drama school, for improv.

This course is now fully booked. Please contact us to be put on the waiting list for future dates.

Fringe GuruRemote Goat1080 MagazineEdinburgh Guide

“If improvisation floats your boat you should head to Hoopla. There’s fewer better ways to see what spur-of-the-moment comedy London has to offer.”

The Londonist

“Everywhere you look, huge grins suggest an enthusiasm-and an attentiveness-that is rarely seen in the classroom.”

The Daily Telegraph

“You really rocked it as ever, and I have heard nothing but good from the participants. Once again, thanks again for a splendid series of workshops.” Gareth Mitchell, Lecturer, Science Communication, Imperial College.

“Inspiring, hilarious and richly rewarding. The workshop brightened up everyone's morning. The whole experience was a true pleasure and hugely helpful.”

James Honda-Pinder, Apple

The supportive atmosphere ensures that even complete beginners will have the confidence to grow their skills.”

Time Out

“This introduction to improvisation will teach the skills you'll need to master scenes, stories and sketches in a relaxed environment.

“The workshop is supportive and collaborative and neatly strips out the expectation and nerves that result from comedic preparation.”

The Evening Standard

“Thanks for the workshop. All the feedback has been extremely positive! The team loved it!”

PR Manager, Comedy Central

“Most fun EVER at @hooplaimpro showcase tonight! On the bus home 6 hours later drunk on congratulatory drinks from other people! #Nocalories”

Helen, @treehouse1984

"Just wanted to say how much I loved this course, it really got me passionate about improv again, trying out a completely new style. I really loved it and my friends said that the show was amazing!"

Chloe Wittet

“Great improv workshop with @hooplaimpro couldn't stop smiling from beginning until end!”


“Thank you for an awesome session this eve. Haven't laughed this much on a Monday eve for years :-)” @SarasmithsVO

“Have I mentioned that I’m Learning Improv with @hooplaimpro and it is the best thing ever? Because I am and it is.” @Flyingnelly

“My imagination has been given a serious workout this weekend with the @hooplaimpro course.”


Reviews & Testimonials


Q: What is the structure of each workshop?

A: Katy will be catching up with you as individuals, finding out about shows you have performed in recently and helping you with where you are at as an improviser. We’ll then be running fun warm ups and then exploring a different theme each week and developing different shows. The bonus half an hour at the end is to provide mentoring and extra help.

Q: What is the structure of the course?

A: You’ll be following the 12 week course as laid out in the 12 chapters of Katy’s new book The Improviser’s Way. The book is included as part of the course. You’ll be forming as team and growing and exploring new themes and who you really are as an improviser. You’ll be performing multiple time

Q: How many shows are there?

A: Two main shows plus multiple mini-shows throughout the course.

Q: When are the mini-shows?

A: These are arranged week by week in the workshop for the weeks ahead. We are giving this course priority over our improv theatre bookings so can provide people on the course with all the show space and development they need.

Q: Who is this suitable for?

A: People with previous long-form improv course who want to become the best improviser they can be.

Q: How much improv or acting should I have done before doing this course?

A: You should have done at least our beginners improv course and performance course or a similar amount of improv or acting somewhere else. This course is not suitable for people totally new to improv or acting.

Q: What comes after this course?

A: We have a variety of other Advanced Improv Courses that would be suitable.

Q: What if I’m running late?

A: We’ll be starting each session at 7pm. This is an advanced course and we’re trying to form a team, so please don’t book this course if you are likely to be late on a regular basis.

Q: What’s the class size?

A: The group size is going to be limited to 16 people - small enough that you get lots and lots of practice and stage time, but big enough that there’s still a lively atmosphere in the workshop. It’ll be fun as we get to know each other and build a team together.

Q: Where are the shows?

A: The shows takes place at our improv comedy club, at The Miller, 96 Snowsfields Road, London Bridge, SE1 3SS.

Q: Do I have to perform in the shows?

A: No. The shows are optional, and you’ll still get loads out of the course without doing the show.

Q: Can I pay by instalments?

A: Yes. You can book and pay the £150 first instalment (non-refundable) and pay the remaining £150 once the course starts.

This course is now fully booked. Please contact us to be put on the waiting list for future dates.

Katy Schutte


Katy Schutte is an improviser, writer, comedian, actor and director.

She trained in Drama at the University of Hull before finding her true passion at iO Chicago, Second City Chicago and with teachers from The Annoyance Theatre, UCB and other world-class improv training schools.

Katy has been a member of award-winning improv company The Maydays since their founding year in 2004. She performed in a twoprov with Rachel Blackman for over a decade and performs in science-fiction show Project2.

Katy is a Funny Women Finalist and has written and starred in several acclaimed live comedy shows including Schutte the Unromantic and Who Ya Gonna Call? (the Ghostbusters fan-tribute musical).

You can often catch her in TV commercials and nerdy comedy shows. Katy lives in London and teaches and performs all over the world.

This course is now fully booked. Please contact us to be put on the waiting list for future dates.