Improv for Actors, w/ Missy Moreno

Although many people think improv is only for comedy, it’s also a great way to quickly tap into your imagination to make clear, confident choices in any performance situation.

For working actors, improv is a priceless skill that can mean the difference between freezing up when another actor goes off script, or landing the part because you stayed in character and remained unfazed by external circumstances.

In this workshop, over the course of three Tuesday nights, Second City-trained improv actor and teaching artist Missy Moreno will show you how to use improv to be ready for any eventuality when the camera starts rolling, whether in the audition room, or set, and maybe even elsewhere in life!


Missy is an amazingly generous improviser and actor, and her classes instilled in me Confidence and to believe in the strength of my vulnerabilities.
-Jane H.

If you are serious about acting at any level you need to take this class with Missy. Her energy alone will lift you up and the sessions will stretch your limits and that will cause you to gain confidence and you will need that to survive in this crazy choice of work.
-Andy P.

“Missy’s improv for the actor class was outstanding. She provided me with so much more confidence through technique training and collaborative exercises, and I feel like I am much more empowered to make choices on stage or behind a camera. I absolutely loved it!!”
—Erika K.

Dates: Tuesdays, Jan. 8, 15, 22 & 29
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Mosser Casting — 3583 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Standard Registration: $250
Early Registration: $200 (before Jan. 7, 2019)


Missy MorenoMissy graduated from Point Park University with a  B.A. in Acting and upon graduation, relocated to Chicago for the pursuit and study of comedy. Missy has worked for the legendary Second City in Chicago’s Training Center’s “Infinite Sundaes” where she graduated from the both the Second City Musical Improvisation Conservatory (Mike Descoteaux, Erica Elam, Steph McCullough) and the Improvisation Conservatory (Norm Holly, Tim OMalley) . She also trained at famed The Annoyance with Mick Napier and Susan Messing, as well as performing upon their MainStage in the final run of Chicago’s longest running musical, “Co-Ed Prison Sluts”. Missy trained with iO for Harold with Craig Ulihir and was part of “Storytown”, an interactive improvised musical for kids. Her training has continued as she has taken workshops with Kevin Mulaney of Upright Citizens Brigade NYC, TJ Mannix of The Magnet Theater NYC and studied and performed with Laura Hall of “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?”.  Missy is the co-founder of “Reset List”, an improv rock band as well as “babyGRAND”. Both groups have been seen at Chicago Improv Festival. “babyGRAND” has been seen at Chicago Music Improv Festival, New York Music Improv Festival, DuoFest in Philly, Pittsburgh Comedy Festival and 2nd Best Festival. She has created a solo act “Lisa Mizzelli: the Legend that Never Was” which has featured at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, the No-Name Players “SWAN DAY” and the Chicago Music Improv Festival 2016.

Missy writes and produces written shows as well as various improvisational acts at the  Arcade Comedy Theater and also created the Arcade’s first ever music improv house team “The High Scores”.

She is also the Improvisation instructor at the CLO Academy of Performing Arts for pre-professional students. She has worked for Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Bricolage, City Theatre, The REP, The Strand Theater and CLO Gallery of Heroes.

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