1000 Hats Youth Improv

 Summer 2017 Improv Camps!  July 17 - 28, 2017

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1000 hats is a metaphor for the many characters, roles and personalities a student of improvisation plays.

One moment you are a chef creating a culinary masterpiece without a stove and next you’re a firefighter dancing as a ballerina on top of his own fire truck. For several years, 1000 hats improv summer camps, through games, role playing and performances, has encouraged youth improvisers to explore many roles and have the opportunity to wear many hats. The popularity of improv has been fueled by TV shows such as Who’s Line is it Anyway?, The Office, Park and Recreation, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

What is improvisation?
Improvisation, or improv, is a form of acting in which no script is used. Instead actors create the dialogue and action themselves in the moment. Improvisation can be thought of as an "on the spot" or "off the cuff" spontaneous moment of sudden inventiveness that comes to the mind, body or spirit as an inspiration. Simply put, improvisation is making it up as you go along.

Why improv?
When students learn improv, they learn life skills such as public speaking, narrative, confidence in front of an audience, teamwork, communication, and creative problem solving. Besides being a lot of fun, improvisation teaches the actor the important life skills of…

  • Communication 
  • Creating 
  • Listening 
  • Trusting 
  • Relaxing
  • Performing instinctively
  • Everyone can act - everyone can improvise
  • Improv in any life or art form can occur in theatre, dance, comedy, music, film or poetry

    ... and most importantly, having FUN!

Mike Lomas, Instructor


Michael Lomas, 1000 hats Instructor: With more than 20 years of improv experience, Michael has performed across the US, as well as locally at Joey’s Comedy Castle, Comedy Sportz, and formerly at Second City Detroit. He has been teaching the 1000 hats summer camp improv at Stagecrafters for more than ten years.


SUMMER 2017 CLASS SCHEDULE:  July 17 - 28, 2017

Improv Class I
The beginning class will focus on the rules of improvisation, trust, listening and public speaking skills and the key ingredients to a scene. Many short form games will be learned, as well as theatre etiquette.

   BEGINNER for ages 8 to 12 years old 
   Two Week Session   |   9 am to 11 am

  TUITION: $225 per youth  |  Early bird price: $200 when you enroll by June 2, 2017

Improv Class II
The Intermediate class will focus on long form improv, enhance public speaking, confidence and team building skills. Students will also host games and performances.

   INTERMEDIATE for ages 13 to 17 years old
   Two Week Session   |   12 pm (noon) to 2 pm

   TUITION: $225 per youth  |  Early bird price: $200 when you enroll by June 2, 2017

More than one child?
Enroll two siblings into classes BY JUNE 2, 2017 for a 25% discount.

For more information, call Stagecrafters Business Office at (248) 541-8027, (M – F, 10 am - 2 pm)

Download the application below, complete the information and submit via postal mail or walk-in to
Stagecrafters, 415 S. Lafayette Ave., Royal Oak, MI 48067

or fax to: 248-541-1769

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Partially funded by

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