How to Create an Improvised Play with Heather Marie Vitale

Explore the acting side of improv through dramatic themes and play structures.

During this 4-week elective, you’ll lean into the acting side of improv by learning how to perform short, narrative plays through the use of the monoscene format.

This elective offers students a new way to play by embracing more tenets of the theater, including story structure and plot, character relationships, and grounded realities.

Students will become comfortable playing with dramatic themes and structures and not focused on game or laughs.

Classes will focus on building skills, including:

  • Character development
  • Relationships and emotionality
  • Narrative structure and realism.

The class requires outside reading of 1-2 short plays, which will be provided by the instructor.


For Heather Marie, improv is cardio, a workout for your mind and body.

Heather Marie believes that everyone should do improv: it’s all about bringing a slice of life to stage with a heightened reality. Heather Marie’s teaching and coaching focuses on the fundamentals of clear game, strong relationships, and specific characters to build levels of fun that should be illegal. Heather Marie works to foster classrooms full of joy, supportive teamwork, and community.

Level 4: Ensemble or permission from the Education Manager
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IN-Person spring elective
Improvised Plays

7PM - 9:30PM (6 Classes at 2.5 hours)
Dates: 5/16, 5/30, 6/13, 6/20
NO class 5/23; Zoom Class: 6/6
Showcase: June 24 @ Studio Theatre

Sitar Arts Center
1700 Kalorama Road, NW #101


Heather Marie Vitale