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The Groundlings Workshop

“I was so afraid and awestruck at what the actors were doing that I didn’t utter a word. And even in this moment of abject fear and total failure, I found it to be thrilling to be on the Groundlings stage. I then knew I wanted to be a comedic actor.”

Will Ferrell, Groundlings Alumni


Step up your game and roll with the greats.

The Groundlings is one of the leading Improv Theatres and Schools in the US. It is the foremost comedy training ground in LA and has been the springboard for countless careers.

For over 40 years The Groundlings have produced many much-loved comedy actors and performers including; Will Ferrell, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Lisa Kudrow, Jon Lovitz, Ben Falcone, Kathy Griffin, Will Forte, Mindy Sterling, Phil Hartman, Rachael Harris, Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien and Paul Reubens.

We are thrilled to offer Australian actors the opportunity to work with Co-Creator of The Groundlings School, Phyllis Katz who will be teaching 2 Workshops in Melbourne this August.

In this Workshop, actors will learn the powerful skills of character-based improv and sketch comedy with one of the world’s most renowned companies.


“Groundlings was really valuable. It was so good. It was honest. Their style of teaching is really good because it’s nurturing, it’s accepting. You’ve got to make people feel safe enough to take risks. I think I learnt so much from The Groundlings.”

Lisa Kudrow, Groundlings Alumni

Introduction to The Groundlings

The Workshops

Introduction to Improvisation Workshop 10 – 1 pm
  • Day 1 – 3 Introduction and exploration of the fundamentals of improv.
  • Day 4 – 5 Character-based improv games and exploration of how they can be used to enrich script work.

Actors are introduced to the core ideas of improvisation through the use of games and exercises in a fast-paced, challenging environment.  This course lays the foundation for The Groundlings unique style of improv and sketch comedy.

Prior experience is not necessary for this Workshop. 

Advanced Improvisation Workshop 3 – 6 pm
  • Day 1 – 3 Introduction and exploration of the fundamentals of improv and an understanding of how this work translates to script work.
  • Day 4 – 5 Character-based improv games and scene work designed to help you be spontaneous with scripted material.

This workshop builds on the basics of improv and focuses on character development, scene building, and enriching scripted work.

This Workshop is designed for experienced actors with some improv training.


“The Groundlings Theatre in LA had a massive impact on me. It’s hard. They don’t pull any punches. They tell you what you’re doing isn’t working and why it’s not. But I think you take all your punches and you learn not to be so precious about it. So when you finally get the opportunity to get a job and work, you just keep trying things. If somebody doesn’t like it, it’s great, throw it away and try something else. It makes you open up and be more pliable. I think that’s a big part of why so many from there have had success, they’re game.”

Melissa McCarthy, Groundlings Alumni