Before you pay for a workshop or attend a drop-in session, please read through these basic ground rules which apply to all training courses, one off workshops, classes, drop-ins, and jam sessions with MissImp. Our intention is to provide the best environment in which everyone can learn improv comedy.  By signing up and paying for a MissImp course or attending a training event or drop-in, you are agreeing to these rules so please read them carefully.  Thank you.

Behaviour

We want everyone on our courses to experience the positive, accepting and open environment that good improv has to offer.  Improv is about respect for your scene partner and for the group.  We ask that there is no consumption of alcohol before or during class.  You are expected to be open to the ideas of your fellow students.   We have a zero tolerance of sexist, racist, homophobic or physical abuse of classmates.  Whilst our crazy characters might do things that aren’t considered socially acceptable, they must never be used as a veil for the abuse of others.  If you are abusive you will be asked to leave and there will be no refund.  A safe environment for students is our primary concern.

Attendance

In order to complete a course, you need to have attended each week.  If you miss a week due to illness we can schedule for you to come to the next time we teach that element.  This won’t cost you anything.  If you are ill, please call whoever is taking the class before it starts.  If you fail to do so, you may be charged to make up the element you missed.  If there are mitigating circumstances for a no-show they will be taken into account by your instructor.

Please be on time for all classes.  They will start promptly and timely attendance is a courtesy not only to your instructor but to your fellow classmates (and yourself – after all, you’ve paid to be here).  If there is something beyond your control happening that will make you late, please call ahead.  If you don’t, and are late, the instructor has the right to refuse your entry to the class without refund.

Your fee is for your own attendance.  Due to space restrictions you cannot bring guests to watch the class.

Training Prerequisites

For Level 1 classes the only prerequisite is that you are at least 18 years old (or over 16 with parental permission).  For Level 2 classes you need either to have completed our Level 1 class or a similar class taught by another institution (in this case we might ask for details of the instructors so that we can check their syllabus covers similar material to ours).  If you have a lot of improv experience we are happy to take that into consideration regards placement.  For our one-day / weekend workshops the prerequisites for attendance will be as advertised.  Our Thursday jam session remains open to all regardless of experience.

Your Expectations

You have the right to expect a supportive atmosphere in a MissImp class.  Improv is a team activity and we believe in living out an attitude of acceptance.  Your instructor is there to create a safe space for you to learn and experiment.  Classes will certainly challenge you and you will be encouraged to face those challenges with your fellow students.  Expect to experience a challenging, supportive and fun environment.

Cancellation / Re-scheduling

We don’t like to cancel classes but sometimes unexpected things happen.

We aim to always hold classes as scheduled, even if there is extreme weather (eg. snow) providing public transport is still able to function.  On enrolment, we will ask for your phone number and give you a contact number for your instructor.  Should an unexpected event, personal tragedy or extenuating circumstance occur, we will inform you at the earliest opportunity.  If a class needs rescheduling we will co-ordinate with the students concerned to find a time when the class can take place with the maximum number of students present.

In the unlikely event of your trainer being unavailable we will endeavour to have an alternative trainer take the class.  This trainer will be an experienced member of the MissImp team who will be familiar with the syllabus.

Alterations to the weekly jam will be posted on this website, Twitter and Facebook.

Summary

We aim to create a collaborative atmosphere where you can learn and grow as an improviser.  Your engagement in this philosophy will help make both the improvisational elements fun and the practical / organisational elements of these classes run smoothly. MissImp has full public liability insurance and for courses where participants are under 18, instructors will have completed a CRB check.