Improv 101

In this Seattle improv class, we’ll learn the fundamentals of improvisational acting, i.e, acting without scripts.

Exercises include “present time”, listening and responding,  “Yes!”, “Yes, and!”, “Emotional fruit salad”, free association, and creating short scenes and characters. We’ll begin with foundational exercises, then move on to starting with a short script and using improv to find the characters’ backstories and motivations.

This class can be applied toward Rekindle School’s Acting Intensive Certificate. Nils Osmar, instructor

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Student Reviews

I am now a full time actor in L.A.

Rated 5 out of 5

Hello Nils, I played Weasel and The Executioner in your movie Liberation… I also took the Let’s Make a Movie class with you few years ago. I hope you are doing great and finding time to make movies.I just wanted to thank you for having me in your movies and teaching me! I am now a full time actor in LA. Thank you and have a great 2017 full of creative films! Thank you and have a great 2017 full of creative films! My website is

Deja Soufka

I just met a very awesome goal

Rated 5 out of 5

I wanted to say thank you for your help and guidance in the early stages of my acting career. It has been a great journey that started in your beginning acting class. I am happy to report that I just met a very awesome goal. I will be a day actor in the TV series Grimm this week. It was your coaching that set and codified the foundation that helped get me where I am today. Thank you so much for your help.

Joey Coverson

I now have had two acting gigs

Rated 5 out of 5

I’d like to thank you.   After taking your classes last year, I now have had two acting gigs.   One in a movie called Sideways Japan… it was a Fox production…  and I was in a commercial in Hollywood, that was a Time Warner production.  

The reel we made (in the Let’s Make a Movie class) was very useful helping me perform in front of camera and the fact (that I was) comfortable in front of camera got me the gigs.Tell  everyone to not give up and give it your all if you want to make it.   It was a slow start, but now I’m living in L.A. and loving it. Thanks again, your classes are good.

K. S.  (Hollywood)

Thank you for inspiring me to follow my dreams

Rated 5 out of 5

Hi Nils,  I want to thank you for inspiring me to follow me dreams. I left Washington. I am down in California.   I have started a television production company and I auditioned for a Harley Davidson Commercial yesterday as an actor. (Update: I got the role.) Everything is moving at light speed…and in a positive direction. It all started with you in that classroom at the U of W.

Robert C.,   Hollywood

Looking forward to more!

Rated 5 out of 5

Hi Nils,   I just wanted to thank you for a great class last night! Clearly, people were a little nervous about getting up to perform their monologues, but you have fostered a very supportive environment which makes it much easier to get up there.   I think you did an excellent job at figuring out how to help each individual to take the next step with their piece,  despite a wide range of skill levels.   I’m looking forward to next week!  

Marnie M.

An AMAZING experience!

Rated 5 out of 5

I took Acting 101, 102, and 103 with Nils. It was an AMAZING experience. It was such a supportive environment, and as a result I made lasting friendships with others in the class. It was incredible to see how much we all had learned starting from the first week of 101 to the last of 103. We all grew and improved together, and for that I am forever grateful to Rekindle School for providing such a spectacular set of classes and opportunities for growth!

Alix Goldstein

I’ve taken three classes…

Rated 5 out of 5

I have taken three acting classes with Nils (Acting 101, 102, and 103) and have had a great experience with them. Nils is a very effective communicator and provides his students with a supportive environment, but challenges them when necessary. There were many concepts about acting I had only read about (ex. objective, intention, etc.), but truly came to understand when Nils put these concepts to use in our acting exercises, helping us flesh out and create three-dimensional characters.

Thanks for giving me a big leg-up as an actor, Nils. I definitely want to keep going with as many courses at Rekindle School as I can.

Jennifer Sorensen


Rated 5 out of 5

I have taken three acting classes now taught by Nils and I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. I don’t have much experience with other acting classes but I went into these with an open mind and left feeling a little more ’emotional’. I ended up being able to express myself more in my acting and in my daily life. Nils’ classes have opened me up, mentally and emotionally, and I would recommend them to anyone who might be interested in acting or just wanting a change of pace in their daily life.

David Beckham

I look forward to this class and other classes in the near future

Rated 5 out of 5

I’ve had positive experiences in the acting classes taught by Nils. He is very knowledgeable about the “Acting” industry and local community as a whole. I am taking another class with Nils called “Let’s make a movie”. I look forward to this class and other classes in the near future. Keep up the great work Nils!

Drake Johnson

Lots of practice and ‘hands-on’ experience

Rated 5 out of 5

I was first attracted to these courses because of the content, location, price, and the many positive comments I had read about Nils Omar’s teaching.

Being a music instructor both privately and at the college level for over 30 years I can confidently say that Nils teaching is first rate! He is patient, well-organized, and thorough in his coverage of the course material. I had read a lot of books on acting prior to enrolling in this course (Larry Moss, Sandy Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski, Stella Adler, etc.) and was amazed by how Nils managed to cover most of the important concepts and techniques found in these books.

More importantly, he gave the students lots of practice and ‘hands-on’ experience. The students in the classes were made up of beginners like myself but also had a few students that had some more advanced training. There were a wide variety of ages ranging from around 21 – 59 years of age.

All of the students were serious about the class and were very encouraging to each other during the exercises and scene excerpts. This made the whole experience very enjoyable with little or no stress! In short, this class was the most fun I’ve had in years! So far, I have taken Acting 101, 102, 103, and plan on taken more classes with Nils. I highly recommend these classes to anyone interested in getting into acting, meeting others who have a true passion for acting, and want to have a lot of fun in the process!

Steve Saulls

I’ve improved and benefitted from these classes

Rated 5 out of 5

I wanted to try out some acting and get out of my comfort zone. I have done acting classes 101,102 and 103. I feel that i have improved and benefited from these classes and Nils coaching. Lots to learn and fun!

Henry G.

Nils teaches confidence

Rated 5 out of 5

After just 2 classes with Nils, I auditioned for an independent film against actors with many years experience and I got the part. Nils teaches confidence and he freely shares his knowledge of the acting.

Robert C.

Great class!

Rated 5 out of 5

A week after your class (I) went to my very first audition! Talk about absolute terror. I did the same monologue I did in class, and guess what? I got offered not only one role, but two roles from two different directors, from that one petrified , shaking monologue, on my very first audition! I was shocked…I couldn’t have done it without your great class. Thanks!

Randy T. (Seattle)

The class definitely helped.

Rated 5 out of 5

Hey Nils, thanks for the class – had a really good time this quarter. I really came at the class from the direction of directing. I had successfully directed two plays back in Britain, but I always felt that I was on shaky ground when I tried to give advice to actors that went beyond “okay, say it louder this time.” There’s nothing that makes you feel a fraud quicker than standing up in front of lots of people who look to you for advice and not having any to give.

The class definitely helped… I really enjoyed the improv element of the class. It always felt like just one step away from playing a childish game, which I always enjoy. It was also great to have a chance to work on a monologue with you, especially in front of a small, friendly audience. Your advice on the ‘business’ side of acting was also very useful. Cheers.

Mark S.

A great instructor

Rated 5 out of 5

I really think you are a great instructor, and you seem to have a genuine interest in and enjoy helping people develop their skills. And it was fun!

Pritam (Seattle)

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