MAD Academy

MAD Improv is in its 4th 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 courses in 2020:

JULY Intensive for Teens:

We’re excited to be leading this summer camp for teens – in English – at our theatre venue in Lavapies, La Escalera de Jacob.* Fun improv-based theatre sessions that will make time fly by will be the name of the game in this summer intensive! Places are limited, so if you know anyone with teenage children, let them know about this opportunity ASAP.

Get more details & make a booking at:

*Government regulations on social distancing will be observed

More information and registration at

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ORANGE course:

Our popular Orange Course gives you all the skills to jump into short-form improv, wherever you go in the world. We give you the skills to play the improv games you’ve seen on TV in this 100% practical course.

This course can be delivered at unique times a) in-person outdoors*, b) in-person indoors* & c) on-line. Just tell us your preferences when registering your interest at:

We will formulate the groups and consult you on when and where you’d like to take the sessions.

*Government regulations on social distancing will be observed

Registration: Email


GREEN course:

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. TBD. Classes to come in the Fall.

REGISTER by emailing us at


BLUE course:

Our next-level BLUE course focuses on acting for improv. Bring multi-faceted, compelling characters to life on stage and use them to drive your stories. Prerequisite: some IMPROV experience. ENGLISH skills at a B2 level or higher. TBD. Classes to come in the Fall.

REGISTER by emailing us at

Your teachers:



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 and BLUE courses meet weekly for 10 sessions. Class locations in Madrid centre.

Full fee for the course is 180 EUR, which may be paid in two installments. Discounted fee (160€) 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.