Summer Intensive: Improvise: Scenes from the Inside Out; August 21-25 (SOLD OUT)


Get immersed in the Annoyance with a week-long intensive!

The Annoyance Summer Intensive is a five day experience with some of our most veteran instructors – including Susan Messing and Mick Napier and an optional puppetry workshop with Sam Locke on Wednesday evening! Over the course of the five days, you’ll become familiar with the Annoyance philosophy, guided by our Artistic Director, Mick Napier and based on the approach found in his book Improvise. Scene from the Inside Out.

This year’s Summer Intensive will be Monday, August 21th through Friday, August 25th.
Each day is divided into a morning class (9am-12pm) and an afternoon class (1:30-4:30pm).  With a special evening class with Mick Napier (5:30-8pm) one night of the week.

We are known for giving specific, individualized feedback to our students and helping them to develop and maintain a strong individual voice in their improvisation. Our classes focus on scenic improvisation, that is, we don’t focus on performance games, rules of improvisation, or performance styles such as “The Harold”. Through scene work, classes address the initiation of a scene; developing and maintaining strong characters; learning to hold onto your initial choices and expanding on (heightening) the choices you have made; and learning to become deft at creating and weaving unexpected, character-based choices into your work.

There is no pre-requisite needed for this intensive.

We maintain small class sizes, and all of our teachers are ensemble members who have learned and performed with Annoyance, and thus have first hand experience with the way we approach improvisation at Annoyance. There is a sixteen student maximum for this intensive.



9AM-4:30PM 5-7PM 5:30- 7:30 PM 6-7PM
Monday (8/21) Mark Sutton
Tuesday (8/22) Charley Carroll Mick Napier
Wednesday (8/23) Lilly Allison Sam Locke (Puppetry)
Thursday (8/24) Susan Messing
Friday (8/35) Bob Fisher Intensive Show
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If you want to register but would like to arrange a payment plan, please first contact Charley ‘at’ or call 773.697.9693.

Please make sure that you have read our Class Policy before you register.

If you are signing up for AP3-AP5 please list last Annoyance class you took and the teacher. If you are entering AP2 without having completed the AP1 Prerequisite, please list previous outside experience. If signing up for AP1, please list your favorite fish noise.

Ticket Price Quantity
Intensive Only $400.00 Sold out
Intensive & Puppetry Workshop $420.00 Sold out
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Taught By

Mick Napier

Mick is the founder and Artistic Director of The Annoyance. He came to Chicago in 1987 after studying at Indiana University and with a group of friends, created The Annoyance’s first show Splatter Theater. Following the success of Splatter, Mick … Continue reading Mick Napier

Susan Messing

Susan Messing, a NJ native and graduate of Northwestern University’s Theatre School, has been an improviser and comedian for over thirty years.  She is an alumna of the iO Theatre, Second City’s Mainstage, and a founding member of Chicago’s infamous … Continue reading Susan Messing