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! New Workshop for Women and Girls

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.” Evidence shows that women are less self-assured than men—and that to succeed, confidence matters as much as competence.*The Atlantic, 2015 Speak Up! is a new program designed to help 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? Using exercises and tools from improvisational theater and leadership training, this one-day program guarantees to help you: “I … 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

“Play Like a Kid Again” with Mandy Griffith – our Community Spotlight!

Mandy Griffith is a Level 6 graduate and a proud member of the FCI community. That’s why she’s our Community Spotlight! Mandy’s Level 1 class stuck together from beginning to end, and now they’re all great friends who might have never found each other without taking that first step… signing up for improv! Learn more about Mandy’s journey through the FCI program by checking out the video below. Ready to have fun and feel like a kid again? Give improv a try! We’ve got a FREE Discover Improv class coming up on June 27th. Sign up soon, spaces fill up … Read More

Take Improv to the Next Level in FCI’s Conservatory Program

Have you finished Level 6 but still looking for more? Conservatory is an in-depth program that focuses primarily on personal growth in long form improv but includes instruction and practice in short form, teaching, and coaching, all essential components of a career in improvisation. Think you’re ready to step up your improv game? Apply now! Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until August 10th. Questions? Send an email to info@finestcityimprov.com. Testimonials from students who have completed the program: “Conservatory was a very valuable experience as it really allowed me to dig in as both a performer and improviser, in … Read More

Level 1 Intensive: All the fun of a class in one weekend!

After incredible success last year, Finest City Improv is proud to host another Level 1 weekend intensive! It’s a jam-packed two days of training August 25th and 26th from 11am-4:30pm for you to get a chance to discover and play with us in a shortened amount of time. Click here to sign up now! What will this weekend be like?We will be exploring the EXACT same curriculum that we offer in the seven week course with lots of opportunity for personal development and playtime. Some of the skills that we will explore include: the theory of  “YES! AND…” thinking, heightened listening, body language, presentational skills, character work, and … Read More

Sketch-Prov Is Back and Better Than Ever!

Buckle up, because this July, we’re bringing back the wild ride that is Sketch-Prov. Sketch-prov is what happens when you combine the two comedic forms of sketch (written-out, rehearsed scenes) and improvisation (flying by the seat of your pants with nothing but an audience suggestion). This particular class, taught by the insanely talented Tim Short, will focus on taking the skills learned through improv, such as heightening, scene building, and timing, and gearing them toward writing and building comedic sketch scenes. Looking for a good reason to branch out into something new like sketch? Tim says, “Pivoting your skills into … Read More