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Since 1996,
• Improvising hundreds of full-length comic plays
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• Teaching hundreds of improv classes, combining rigor and fun

Mon - Fri, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Sat, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Creating Great Art Improvisationally

Where the Fun Never Stops

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Improv Shows in Bethesda, MD

Improv Classes in Bethesda, MD


Choose Precipice Improv Theater for improv shows in Bethesda, MD. Can improv be wildly funny and deadly serious? It can if it’s performed by Precipice Improv. Precipice improvises full-length comic plays from audience suggestions. Like a lot of good scripted work, Precipice’s plays embrace the absurd and the logical, the wacky and the wise, the head and the heart.

To start our shows, we often ask for two contrasting settings. And then we create an entire play instantly. With no gimmicks and no safety net. It’s high-risk theater without apologies.

"It's not theater like you've ever seen before. It's not comfortable and controlled. It's edgy and spontaneous, original and downright dangerous." — The American University Eagle Review

"Inspired, multi-chakra, nutty! What lunatic asylum did they escape from and is there room for the rest of us? " — Kelly C.

"The cast was so talented I was floored. They made improv look so easy. It flowed as well as a scripted play, but had more energy because it was not. " — John B.

Can you give me an example of a Precipice show?

At one performance, the audience suggested that our play take place at now-defunct Lehman Brothers and the Magic School Bus.

From these suggestions, Precipice improvised a comic tale of a married couple and their best friend, who lose their jobs when Lehman Brothers goes bankrupt, triggering a journey of self-discovery that culminates in a trip on the Magic School Bus, where the couple's pampered, wimpy, and now anxiety-ridden 13-year old son sheds his high-pitched voice and shy demeanor to win the heart of the girl at school who rejected him.

What will happen at our next show?

Buy a ticket and join the fun. And who knows, maybe we will use one of your suggestions to create our play. Check out our performance schedule and buy a ticket here

Improv Classes Like No Other

Improv classes are fun. And ours are no exception. It’s rare when our students aren’t laughing for the entire class, delighting themselves and each other with the collective creativity that gets unlocked in a structured and supportive environment.

In contrast, many of the best scripted acting classes have a reputation for rigor. These teachers have high standards, and possess a deep and wide knowledge of acting training. This can lead to outstanding work, and a sense of accomplishment that is exciting and deeply satisfying.

Precipice’s improv classes combine the fun of a good improv class with a commitment to excellence, and a deep knowledge of improv. Our artistic goal is to unlock and channel students’ collective creativity to produce great scenes and plays, scenes and plays that are as good as the best scripted scenes and plays performed today. All classes are taught by Precipice artistic director Gary Jacobs who has over 35 years of experience teaching, directing, and producing improvisational theater.

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What do students say about your improv classes?

Here’s what one student said about our classes. (Other reviews can be found on the Workshop page)

“I was always jealous of my friends who had an 'artistic outlet' — a way to express themselves outside of work and family. I can barely draw a stick figure and I leave musical instruments to people who can play them. Stepping into Gary’s beginning improv acting class opened that creative door for me. Anyone can do it. Blissfully, “talent” or being funny isn’t required. All I needed was the desire to have fun. Gary takes care of the rest. Going to improv class is a highlight of my week, and no, I’m not a recluse! As a bonus, the class has given me the confidence to speak in front of others when the need arises. Think wedding toasts and presentations. I’m so glad I found this class!” - Julie S


Yes. We offer a free, weekly, sample improv class. Come check it out. Just fill out the contact form below to request that we reserve a space for you. Space is limited. So, reserve a space well in advance of the class you’d like to attend.


If you’re an experienced improviser with a hankering to try our advanced scene-work or play-improvising class, use the contact form below to say hi. Let us know a little about your background and interests, and which class you’d like to attend. We will reserve a space for you to check the class out for free with no obligation.


Unique in our experience, the classes are run every week, all year, and you can start whenever you like. You pay only for the classes you attend. Gary has taught this way for the past twenty-five years and in that time he has perfected this student-friendly model. Students tell us they appreciate the flexibility.


Different students have different reasons they take Precipice Improv classes. Some like to have fun engaging in adult, non-competitive play. Others wish to improve their communication skills at work. Still others want to enhance their personal development. For others, the classes provide the opportunity to explore the artist within. And some wish to develop their acting and improv skills for fun or to perform. The classes are designed with each of these goals in mind.

Read a Q&A with Our Artistic Director Read About Us in the Gazette Free Sample Improv Class


Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

(202) 258-6888

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Service Area
Serving Throughout Washington DC, Bethesda and Suburban MD