1000 Hats Improv

 Summer 2018 Summer Improv!  July 16 - 27, 2018

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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 on vacation with your friends, trying to figure out how to fit your souvenir live elephant 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, in the moment. 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.

NEW this year for 13 to 17 year olds is 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.

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 camp improv at Stagecrafters for more than ten years. 

SUMMER 2018 CLASS SCHEDULE:  July 16 - 27, 2018

Improv - Ages 8 to 12 years old
2-week session | 9 am to 11 am
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: $225 per student | Early bird price: $200 when you enroll by June 15, 2018

Improv & Scene Writing - ages 13 to 17 years old
2-week session | 12 pm (noon) to 2 pm
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: $225 per student | Early bird price: $200 when you enroll by June 15, 2018


  • Two family members receive a 25% discount if enrolled by June 15, 2018
  • Stagecrafters Youth Theatre members are eligible for a $25 off the full price
  • Scholarships are available. Contact Suzanne Wiggins (info below)

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 submit via postal mail,
walk-in, or fax.

Address: Stagecrafters, 415 S. Lafayette Ave., Royal Oak, MI 48067
Fax: 248-541-1769

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Partially funded by

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Stagecrafters Youth Theatre

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