1000 Hats Improv

 Summer Improv! 

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Update on 1000 Hats 2020

We regret that we have to cancel plans for summer improv classes this year, due to the disruption caused by COVID-19.

We hope to be back in 2021, with the same great program.

To all of our 1000 Hats staff and students—we’ll miss you a lot this summer, but we’ll see you again in better days.

Now more than ever, we need to put the improv catchphrase “YES … AND” into action. We can listen to each other, cooperate, and use our imaginations to create something really cool when the unexpected happens—as it has for all of us.

Stay well, and take care of yourselves, your loved ones, and your communities.

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


One moment you’re a superhero tossing a fireball around a circle of other superheroes, and the next you’re an explorer, trying to figure out how to fit your souvenir yeti into a suitcase.

Through games, role playing and performances, 1000 Hats improv students have fun exploring different roles and challenging their imaginations as they try on the many hats an improv performer wears.

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. Simply put, improv is making it up as you go along.

Why improv?
It’s fun. And while improv students are having fun, they’re learning creativity and cooperation as they build stories and scenes together using only their imaginations. It’s not necessarily about being funny—though it can be!—it’s about learning to think on your feet when the unexpected happens.

How are classes structured?
We have classes for two different age groups. Classes for 8 to 12 year olds will focus on improv skills through daily improv games and activities that build the students’ skills and develop their confidence and ease in a positive and supportive environment.

For ages 13 to 17, we have a combo improv and scene writing class. Students will learn improv skills as well as scene writing, developing short and long forms of comedy sketches. Last year's class had so much fun, we extended the class length.

On the last day of classes, all students will participate in an Improv Showcase to show family and friends what they’ve been up to.

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 improv camp at Stagecrafters for more than fifteen years. 

July 15 - 26, 2019

IMPROV - Ages 8 to 12
2-week | 2 hours | 2 different time choices | Class size limited to 15 students

  • Class A:  9am to 11am
  • Class B:  11:30am to 1:30pm

This 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.

Tuition: $200 per student before June 1 | $225 after June 1 | $350 for two siblings | $200 Youth Theatre Members | $400 to enroll one student in both sessions

IMPROV & SCENE WRITING - Ages 13 to 17 years old - FULL

2-week session | 3 hours | 2pm to 5pm | Class size limited to 15 students

The class will focus on long form improv, enhance public speaking, confidence and team building skills. Students will also learn comedy scene writing, long and short forms.

Tuition: $275 per student before June 1 | $300 after June 1 | $500 for two siblings

Contact: info@stagecrafters.org

Call Stagecrafters at (248) 541-8027, or email info@stagecrafters.org with the subject line “1000 Hats.”

Download the application below, complete the information and get it to us in one of the following ways:

  • Mail to Stagecrafters, 415 S. Lafayette Ave., Royal Oak, MI 48067
  • Drop off during business hours, Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm. Use North entrance.
  • Drop off after business hours using the mail slot to the bottom left of the north entrance doors.
  • Email scanned copy to info@stagecrafters.org with the subject line: "1000 Hats". 

Please call if you do not get a reply within 3 business days to insure your registration has been accepted.

Registration ends JULY 12 at 12PM (or earlier, if classes fill early). NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. After June 1, it's advisable to call ahead to check on class availability.

2019 Application (closed)


Partially funded by

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Stagecrafters Youth Theatre

Youth in the theatre is something special to see in action!  Visit our Youth Theatre page for more information about our program membership, upcoming shows and a testimonial from a former youth theatre alumnus.

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