Awesome New Opportunity for FCI Grads!

We are excited to announce our brand new graduate program, THE CLUBHOUSE. We got together 20 of our house team members, teachers and artistic staff and asked them… “how do we give more opportunities to Level 6 grads so they can keep learning, keep playing, and of course… keep laughing together?! And, help them get ready to audition for a FCI House Team one day?” They came up with an exciting new program that takes the best of the Conservatory and the best of the “PDI” teams (Figment & Yer Baby) and combines them into one awesome 6-month “Sunday Company” … Read More

Shawn Roop teaches the value of improv for disaster management at Red Cross

One of our esteemed teachers and community leaders Shawn Roop recently brought together volunteers at the San Diego Red Cross for an afternoon of learning and laughing. “Talking with the team, they shared with me how serious their jobs are due to the nature of their business and that they really wanted to bring more humor into the office place. I look forward to help them use humor to connect to deeper levels for the projects are doing.” says Shawn leading up to the event. Improv comedy teaches us that we can harness positivity with the phrase “YES! AND…” Teams can … Read More

Hip Hop Playground with Seamus Scanlan

Join us on March 30th from 4-7pm for a one time opportunity to play and learn like a Hip-Hop pro, improv style! This workshop is great for those who want to try musical improv in a low pressure environment, or if you want to infuse #improvswag into your normal performances. It’s all about confidence and belief in you! What you will learn: stage-worthy words and how to rhyme them; fantastic rhythms and how to find them; being hype AF about your choices; finding volume  notch 11 on your voices; and how to have FUN every damn second you’re in the mix.  … Read More

Festival Workshops Now Live!

The San Diego Improv Festival is right around the corner and we hope you’re ready to dive in! We have some amazing teachers from all over the country and they all have one thing in common… they are OUTSTANDING!  Artistic Director of Portland’s Curious Comedy Theater and one bad ass teacher, Kristen Schier is here to teach you to take emotional risks, and how to stop acting and start feeling! 2018 Best of Fest winners Red Door is going to show you how to Space Work yourself to greatness! Anděl Sudik from windy Chicago will help you MOVE DAT ASS! From Cincinnati Emily … Read More

Improv vs Toastmasters: Which is the Right Fit for You?

When it comes to improving communication and connection, there are two popular options: improv and Toastmasters. Many of our own 800+ students have confirmed this, mentioning that both local improv training and Toastmasters of San Diego were part of their searches into personal development. Deciding between the two programs can be a challenge. So, how do you know which one is right for you? Finest City Improv is proud to have a longstanding relationship with many local Toastmasters groups (including some that we have brought training to!) so, we wanted to provide some easy answers to our similarities and differences. … Read More

Learn the Secrets of the “Yes! And…” Sisterhood

Are you a female identified improviser? Want to work out your muscles in a safe and supportive environment? This class is for you! Each week, you will meet with a different kickass female teacher to deliver to you what they find special and unique about being a lady on stage. We asked Natalie Guerra, currently enrolled in the elective her thoughts on being a female identified player: “Being a female improvisor means being limitless on stage. It means honoring myself, and the scene. I started improv a year ago; and I always hear people talking about how improv affected their … Read More

Musical Intensive Workshop with Robot Teammate!

On Saturday, September 15th, visiting FCI from LA is the musical team Robot Teammate. They are not only performing, but they’re offering a 4-hour Intensive Musical Improv Workshop! Take this opportunity to learn from true masters and the 2016 SDIC “Best of the Fest” winners! In Robot Teammate’s 4-hour intensive, students will learn the tools to create one-of-a-kind characters audiences will remember long after the curtain closes. Taking inspiration from their original narrative structure, the Robots will challenge you to tell nuanced and hilarious stories through lyrics, physicality, and form. Whether you’re the narrator, villain, sidekick or star, this workshop will … Read More

Be Your Badass Self with Niki Kalmus!

It’s time to be LOUD, to take up SPACE, and to BE YOUR BAD ASS SELF. That’s right, ladies, this workshop is for you. FCI instructor and house team player Niki Kalmus is leading “Being Your Badass Self,” a master class for female-identified improvisors. With Niki at the helm, you will practice Yes, And-ing yourself and each other, surprising yourself, and trusting that who you are and what you bring to the table are 100% enough. Join Niki at 2pm on Saturday, September 8th. This class is sure to fill up fast, so register quick!   About the instructor: Niki … Read More

Speak Up! A 3-Hr Workshop for women to develop a more confident voice.

confidence workshop for women and girls

Women and girls often have trouble speaking up in the moment, expressing themselves in front of groups, and simply “putting themselves out there.” Speak Up! helps women and teenage girls cultivate confidence to address the “confidence gap.” What could you achieve at work, at school, or in your personal life if you had more courage to speak up? Evidence shows that women are less self-assured than men—and that to succeed, confidence matters as much as competence. What You Learn Using exercises and tools from improvisational theater and leadership training, this program guarantees to help you: Are opportunities slipping by because you lack the courage to … Read More

Make lifelong friends with Josh Garcia!

Josh is currently a level 5 student at Finest City Improv. He is originally from Altus, Oklahoma. He finds himself in San Diego by way of El Paso, Los Angeles & Houston. He first was introduced to improv in Los Angeles at iO West. Currently a level 5 student, he also performs with Brown Privilege, In The Buff, Castaway and sometimes Catfish Souls! He works as a software implementation consultant.  Learn more about Josh’s journey to a new town and discover his community by checking out the video below. Ready to have fun and feel like a kid again? Give improv a … Read More