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Kids improv classes coming March 5th!

NEW ORLEANS – Funny Bones Improv is happy to announce a seven week improv session for children ages 9-14.  Classes start Saturday, March 5th at 2PM and will be taught by Funny Bones Improv New Orleans Program Director, Emily Slazer. We are excited to hold these sessions at Playhouse NOLA located in the heart of Bywater at 3214 Burgundy St., New Orleans, LA 70117. There is a limit to 12 students for this session and a fee of $225.00 per student.

Can’t wait? Sign up right here!

Study the fundamentals of improvisation with us. Your child will learn the four ‘c’s of improv: creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. All of which has the added bonus of teaching patience, instilling self-confidence and respect for other performers. This non-judgmental process spills over into everyday life and we bet your entire family will soon be saying, “Yes…and?”

Is your child already involved with theater? Join us and the games we teach will help your child work well with an ensemble, gain experience with character work and has the potential to put them ahead of the game when it comes to casting.

Deana Criess, director of ImprovBoston’s National Touring Company said it best on KQED last year, “Improv enthusiasts rave about its educational value. Not only does it hone communication and public speaking skills, it also stimulates fast thinking and engagement with ideas. On a deeper level, improv chips away at mental barriers that block creative thinking — that internal editor who crosses out every word before it appears on a page — and rewards spontaneous, intuitive responses. Because improv depends on the group providing categorical support for every answer, participants also grow in confidence and feel more connected to others.” (Click here to hear the entire interview – it’s a good one!)

I bet you are wondering what X-Area means, right? Well, the first book that gave specific techniques for learning to do and teach improvisational theater was written by Viola Spolin and there she recalls how she often used the word intuition to explain improvisation. But with time, she decided that word was overused and that is no longer explained the free area your brain goes when improvising…so she coined the term X-area.


  • 1st Session – March 5th – April 16th
  • See your kids perform on stage – April 16th*
  • 2 – 4 PM
  • Playhouse Nola: 3214 Burgundy St., New Orleans LA 70117
  • Fee: $225
  • Class limit to 12 Children

Bring your kids to play with us! Click here to sign them up.

*The fee for the class includes 2 free tickets to the show that will be open to the public.  Additional tickets will be sold online and at the door prior to the show for $10 each.



Gilda’s Club Chicago’s 7th Annual Teen Essay Contest

CHICAGO – Gilda’s Club Chicago’s Seventh Annual Teen Essay Contest open to any high school student, who is a resident of Illinois, to share their story about being impacted by cancer (i.e. student is living with cancer themselves, they have a friend or family member living with cancer or have lost a loved one to cancer).

Essays can be submitted in English or Spanish and will be judged by a panel of celebrities to win cash prizes: 1st place – $3000, 2nd place- $1500 and 3rd place – $500!!

The deadline for essay submissions is Tuesday, March 1st. Find all of the rules and guidelines here.


20 on 20 with Dirty Coast.

WORLD WIDE – We know you are getting ready for Mardi Gras and buying a brand new tee from Dirty Coast is on your check list. Do it tomorrow (January 20th) and you’ll be styling in your brand new awesome shirt AND supporting Funny Bones Improv.

Dirty Coast has a charitable program called 20 on 20 where they  share 20% of their profits on the 20th of each month. Funny Bones Improv is  the newest lucky beneficiary of this program so stock up tomorrow with their new Mardi Gras gear.

Don’t need a new Mardi Gras shirt? No worries, the 20% will come to us from ANY purchase – so check out their entire stock.

They have 2 shops here in New Orleans. One is located across from Whole Foods way Uptown at 5631 Magazine St. The other is located in the Marigny at 2121 Chartres right off of Frenchman St. Open now.

Or you can buy something online here.

Thank you and we’d love to see a picture of you in your new t-shirt!

(The image above is the newest design from Dirty Coast – their Carnival  Flag Edition)