MAD Academy

MAD Improv is in its 5th year of offering classes & courses. Our educational arm not only runs 10-week trainings and shorter intensives, but we also provide bespoke classes, from ice-breaker sessions to team building – you name it!

Here are our current regular courses in 2021:

BLUE course: post-beginner

For anyone with some practical understanding of the key skills of improv, this course enhances students’ abilities two-fold so that by the end of the course they can improvise scenes with a clear beginning, middle & end as well as be challenged by a variety of dynamic improv structures.

Sundays 11:00-13:30, 12th Sep – 31st Oct

LOCATION: Retiro Park, in an enclosed grass area close to an entrance & public restrooms on the west side of the park

PRICE: 140€ (7€ ph) – Ask us about our BURSARIES!

Registration: Email

*Government regulations on social distancing will be observed

GREEN course: beginner

For complete beginners of improv (or to performing in general) to learn the key skills, such as spontaneity, Yes! And…, building a platform and using emotions. By the end of the course students will be confident in improvising 2-person improv scenes in front of the class. The basics of improv theatre with a curriculum oriented toward building skills. Exercises and games are designed to unleash your creativity and increase your ability to respond to anything on stage, and in life, with confidence. We’ll introduce tricks for spontaneity, improving focus and listening and basic improv terms. Improv games like those seen on stages around the world will help you sharpen your techniques and share your imagination with an audience. This also equips you with the fundamental knowledge for a further study of improv. OPEN TO ALL IMPROV LEVELS! ENGLISH skills at B2 level requested.

Saturdays 16:30-19:00, 11th Sep – 30th Oct

LOCATION: Retiro Park, in an enclosed grass area close to an entrance & public restrooms on the west side of the park

PRICE: 140€ (7€ ph) – Ask us about our BURSARIES!

REGISTER by emailing us at

*Government regulations on social distancing will be observed

PURPLE course: intermediate

For those with a solid grasp of building improv scenes who want to go the next step into multi-person scenes and long-form improv structures. By the end of the course students will have gained a wider range of narrative skills and feel confident performing in an ensemble.

Saturdays 11:00-13:30, 11th Sep – 30th Oct

LOCATION: Retiro Park, in an enclosed grass area close to an entrance & public restrooms on the west side of the park

PRICE: 140€ (7€ ph) – Ask us about our BURSARIES!
REGISTER by emailing us at

Your teachers:

All of our courses are 100% practical, led by professional & highly-experienced instructors and are – above all – great fun!


Kansas native actor and comedian, Jackie earned a degree in Theatre Performance from the University of Kansas, member_203154332studying under Paul Meier, founder and director of the International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA). While at University, she managed the first student theatre as Artistic Director of the Multicultural Theatre Initiative as well as participating in several improvisational troupes. After graduating, she worked in casting for film, television, and commercials at Wright-Laird Casting and then moved to Chicago, where she worked in casting at the Goodman Theatre. In Chicago, she studied improvisational comedy at Second City and studied/performed at iO (Improv Olympic) under Dave Asher, Susan Messing, Craig Uhlir, and Noah Gregoropoulos as well as collaborating with theatre company Collaboraction. Focusing on long form improv and drawn to the playfulness of improv, Jackie specializes in the truth of the moment in improv and creating interesting, realistic characters onstage. Her website is

Comments from MAD students:

“Jackie was great at explaining & motivating.”

Hay que destacar la labor de Jackie como coordinadora, cuanto mejor es la persona que dirige, más te diviertes” 

“Sin duda la capacidad de Jackie de fomentar el buen rollo y de que las personas dejen de lado sus inseguridades y puedan pasar un buen rato juntos. Es una actividad perfecta tanto para grupos estudiantes como para empresas que buscan fomentar el buen rollo entre sus trabajadores.” 


A performer for over 20 years, Steve developed his improv at the London International School of Performing Arts as well as with teachers such as JohIMG_0984n Wright, author of, “Why Is That So Funny?” As a specialist in physical comedy, clowning and devised theatre he’s created touring theatre shows with the likes of UK’s Lone Twin and Blah, Blah, Blah as well as with his own company, Abort Comedy.  He takes pleasure in the unexpected and the silly.

Comments from students:

“Steve made me feel totally at ease. What a lot of fun!”

“Really enjoyed Steve’s sessions! His feedback during the games and scenes we did was very useful and always opened up different possibilities to run with…”

“Stimulating and challenging without feeling I was out of my depth.”

General Details:

All our classes include an end-of-course showing. Each student also receives a free ticket to one of the MAD shows at Escalera de Jacob per term, plus additional 2×1 passes. Date may depend on availability and tickets must be reserved in advance. The GREEN, PURPLE and BLUE courses meet weekly for 10 sessions. Class locations in Madrid centre.

Full fee for the course is 140 EUR, which may be paid in two installments. Discounted fee offered, if paid in advance, for full payment before the first session.

Work student program: Want to take a course but financial issues are holding you back? Ask about opportunities to work off some of the tuition.


You can register by writing to us at with your name, email address, WhatsApp contact (if applicable), improv experience (if applicable) and preference to pay either in full or in installments.


Participation in MAD Academy events is at the participant’s own risk. MAD Improv and the respective instructors assume no liability. By registering for an activity, participants also agree to respect the other participants’ physical limitations and avoid taking actions that might lead to physical injury.