Check out these unique classes and workshops. These provide a special opportunity for you to try something new and learn from and with a variety of experts!


What is genre and where does it fit into improv?

In this unique one-day workshop, you will analyze the use of genre in both long-form and short-form improv to create unique scenes and tell engaging stories. For this installment, Sci-Fi will be the genre used as a platform for the entirety of the workshop. 

Taught by guest artist Doug Dean, an actor/improvisor from Portland where he has been performing for over a decade. For the past seven years, he has been an Artist-in-Residence at Funhouse Lounge, a theater that specializes in parody. Dean is particularly interested in the use of genre to support fresh and cohesive group storytelling. He directed an improvised Slasher Scooby Doo mashup "Murder Mystery Machine." He recently wrote and produced a stage adaptation of John Carpenter's The Thing.

This workshop will be in Unit G on March 2 at 1-4pm.

Tuition is $75 (Scholarships are available!)

Doug Dean

Saturdays with Annie & Levin

Play with Professional Improvisors for an afternoon… or five!

This winter, Annie and Levin O’Connor will share their wealth of experience as improvisors and teachers. For all experience levels, these stand alone workshops will develop your skills, introduce you to new concepts, and expand your understanding of improv and of yourself as a performer! Each Saturday focuses on a specific topic. These workshops are Saturdays from 1-5pm in Unit G

Join us January 12th for…

The Devil’s in the Details — Participants will develop techniques for stronger, richer specificity in scenes.

complete list of upcoming topics…

February 2, 2019: Subtlety of Character — Participants will learn ways to develop more realistic and sustainable characters in improv.

March 9, 2019: Long Form Scene Work — Breaking down strategies for initiating, crafting, and connecting long form scene

Tuition is $75 per workshop. Scholarships are available!

Meet the instructors…

from the past…

The following workshops and classes have been offered before at Verge. Let us know if these excited you! With enough interest, we can bring them back or add them to our regular rotation!

Character Creation through Mask Exploration


Exploring WHO WE ARE within the Family of Humanity!

Participants in this class will be led in a productive, safe environment to develop their own sense of creativity and risk-taking, enabling them to create full characters while also developing their innate acting skills.

Participants use 30 professionally created character masks to develop their ability to breathe new life into your character work by making surprising, insightful, and more deeply investigated choices through the creation of masked characters, the archetypes of humanity.

All experience levels are welcome and encouraged to participate!


Science of Laughter

An immersion in physical theater through the absurd logic of the Clown.

Clowning is not exclusively about red noses, white faces and "clown costumes". Comedy and clowning evolves as our society does, and helps us to understand not only our society but our true human nature.

In The Science of Laughter, the students are invited to discover and explore those elements that makes something "funny". What makes people laugh? Timing, contrast and conflict, accidents and many other elements that are always present in daily life, but we don't pay much attention because we are focused on looking good, being smart, and acting cool.

Guided by Paúl Gomez (MA in Physical Theater from Academy Dimitri and founder of 406Cirque/Bozeman Cirque School) the students will be sailing the waters of physical theater, flowing through the currents of comedy and overcoming the waves of stage freight.