11:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Improv is THE most requested skill set directors and agency when looking for actors for commercials.  Knowing how to showcase you ability to improvise in the commercial world in the audition room is very often the difference between who books and who doesn't.  Knowing what, how and when to improvise is the key to being good at it.  This 1 Day intensive is co-taught by Second City instructors and busy commercial actors Rob Belushi and Tim Stoltenberg..  The intensive will be capped with a 45 min Q&A with busy commercial director Brendan Gibbons*. 



  • THE WHAT: Most improvisors are trained to do 30 minutes unscripted in a theater - commercials are 30 seconds on camera - scripted.  This intensive will give you a clear understanding of what we mean when we say "make it your own", "play with it" and "improvise". 
  • THE HOW:  Improvising well at an audition is almost always the difference maker between booking and not.  You'll walk away with a comprehensive break down of not only HOW to improvise for commercials, but HOW it's done well.  
  • THE WHEN:  You'll leave knowing exactly when to use it and for how long.  Understanding the importance of timing and when NOT to use it can be just as important as knowing the right time TO use it.
  • THE DIRECTOR'S PERSPECTIVE:  Brendan Gibbons is a busy working commercial director in Los Angeles who knows the importance of improvising in auditions and on set.  Brendan will be there to speak and answer questions at the end of class to give you a clear idea of what directors are looking for and how improv fits in to your audition.
  • PROGRESS:  Working with our guidance in an actual casting studio with real commercial copy you'll receive a link identical to those we send to the director and agency creatives to watch your progress.
  • PERSONAL ATTENTION:  We have three teachers so that everyone gets a lot of attention.  Each teacher brings something different and we'll be breaking into alternate groups so everyone gets a piece.

Toby Lawless   - Commercial Session Director

Toby Lawless - Commercial Session Director

Rob Belushi   - Second City Instructor / Actor

Rob Belushi - Second City Instructor / Actor

Tim Stoltenberg   - Second City Instructor / Actor

Tim Stoltenberg - Second City Instructor / Actor

Brendan Gibbons   - Award Winning Commercial Director

Brendan Gibbons  - Award Winning Commercial Director

*Brendan Gibbons is very excited to be part of this workshop, but as a working director his schedule is liable to change last minute.  We do not anticipate a scheduling conflict though we cannot guarantee his attendance due to the realities of being a working director.