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Learning improv is just another way to enhance communication skills, says Jeff Griggs, director of The Second City touring company.

"It's kind of the idea of getting comfortable being uncomfortable," he said.

The Second City, which is renowned for its improvisation training classes, will host two improv workshops Monday night at the Majestic Theatre, 115 SW Second St. in Corvallis. Touring company performers will lead an Improv 101 class, followed by the workshop Improv for Actors. The first class is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The second class will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. on Monday. 

Improv 101 is designed for beginners (ages 12 and up) with little to no experience, who will learn the basic concepts and have fun with improv.

Improv for Actors is for people who want to use improvisational techniques to support their acting and improv performances. The class will teach students scenic improvisation with an emphasis on connection and relationship.

Griggs said improvisation is beneficial to actors who get stuck feeling they have to memorize a script.

"It's getting people comfortable without scripts," he said. "This gets people comfortable with the idea of being able to explore and go off the cuff."

Griggs said the skills learned in the improv workshops can be helpful to everyone.

"It takes people from all walks of life and gets them initiated into it," he said. "Eventually, people really enjoy it and move to Chicago to perform at Second City."

The cost for each workshop is $45 for participants who live in the city of Corvallis and $56.25 for others. To enroll in the workshop, visit majestic.org/education or call the Majestic Business Office at 541-758-7827.

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