The Torch Theatre’s non-profit collective of acting troupers instruct students in long-form dramatic improvisation, helping them create emotionally true, half-hour scenes and stories out of thin air. Much like the improv comedy classes that impart the art of quippy punchlines and rubber-chicken mechanics, The Torch's introductory class helps stage-wary newbies with zero experience master the basic screwdrivers and crescent wrenches of on-the-spot character development, all while playing off of other actors. Dedicated, trained instructors—many of whom perform around the country and for discerning local wildlife—guide their apprentice thespians through the essentials, such as listening and support, trusting one's instincts, and investing in the moment rather than magic beans. As each actor taps into honest reactions and accents them with a touch of playfulness, they'll fuel the dramatic rocket ship that launches them to maximum theatric verisimilitude and other planets infested with giant insects. The course also covers stage direction, voice work, and post-performance rose showers.