Training Center FAQs

What is the Dallas Comedy Club Training Center?

The Dallas Comedy Club Training Center is where classes and meetings take place. We have four breakout and writing rooms, and we offer a variety of courses in improv, sketch, stand-up, and storytelling, as well as an eclectic variety of elective classes throughout the year.

Where are DCC classes held?

Classes are held in one of Dallas Comedy Club Training Center’s four classrooms, located under the same roof as our two theaters and podcast room, at: Dallas Comedy Club, 3036 Elm St., Dallas, TX 75226

Where do I park when I come to DCC?

To help you navigate parking in Deep Ellum, we have included a Parking Guide as provided by the Deep Ellum Foundation. Click here to access.
Metered Parking
There are metered spots available throughout Deep Ellum, the closest being on Hall, Elm, and Main. Parking meters can be paid for with coins or via the ParkMobile app.
Surface Lots
Main & Hall: There is a surface lot at the corner of Main and Hall, one block away from the Dallas Comedy Club.
Hall Street: The Continental Gin Building (3309 Elm) has a paid parking lot available after 5:00 p.m. This is a large lot and is only one block away from Dallas Comedy Club.

The small lot at the rear of our building is reserved for bank employees, DCC staff and performers, and Terry Black’s BBQ patrons only. We want to be great neighbors, so we ask you to please respect retail and employee parking spaces. The additional spaces located behind our building, adjacent to Terry Black’s BBQ, are for their patrons, and towing will be enforced.

How do I sign up for a course?

You can sign up for a course by visiting our Training Center website now!

I've taken classes at other theaters. Will my classes transfer, or do I have to start over?

While we are excited that you’re coming to Dallas Comedy Club with experience, our school has a unique curriculum that benefits veteran and novice improvisers alike. At this time, we are allowing improvisers who have extensive performing experience to audition out of lower levels. To sign up for our assessment auditions, fill out the audition form here. The next audition will be held in January of 2022.

If you feel you would like to discuss advanced class placement further, please contact Kimberly Alu, Director of Education: kim@dallas-comedyclub.com

When are new classes announced?

We are constantly adding new courses to the schedule; for new class announcements, sign up for alerts on our website, follow us on Instagram, or like us on Facebook.

When is tuition due?

Tuition is due in full upon class registration.

Do you offer payment plans?

We do not currently offer payment plans for class tuition. Students must pay their tuition in full to complete registration for any course.

If you are seeking tuition assistance, click here to learn about the DCC Internship Program! Dallas Comedy Club offers opportunities for students to earn free tuition credit in exchange for internships at the theater, training center, or during special events.

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes we do! At Dallas Comedy Club we want nothing more than to reaffirm and expand our commitment to making our theater a place where all people, regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, national origin, disability, or military status, can express themselves and gather to experience the joy of comedy. We at Dallas Comedy Club must take active responsibility for the affordability and access to our education programs.

The DCC Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship is designed for students from traditional underrepresented backgrounds to have access to classes at low or no cost. Scholarships are based on class availability. You are not guaranteed a seat in your most desired class, so please make sure to list out your top 5 options! Applicants may reapply should they be denied the scholarship upon their first application. Applications are available on a rolling basis and are accepted all year long. Those interested can apply here!

How often do courses meet?

Courses typically meet for 3 hours once a week for 6-8 weeks, though specialty classes may vary.

What should I bring to class?

First and foremost, a good attitude! For improv and acting classes, plan to wear comfortable clothing and footwear that is easy to move around in. For all writing classes, plan on bringing a pen and paper or a laptop for writing. 

Who are the teachers?

Courses are taught by experienced and qualified comics, actors, writers, and directors. Dallas Comedy Club reserves the right to replace any instructor with an equally qualified instructor at any time and without notice.

May I bring a guest to class, or audit classes?

We want to create a safe and comfortable environment for our students to learn without judgment. As such, only students who are actually enrolled in the class will be allowed in the classroom. Guests are never allowed. If you know someone interested in Dallas Comedy Club, invite them to a jam or Open Mic, or direct them to our website for course enrollment (and be sure they drop your name as a referral!)

Will there be homework?

Most classes require students to see shows that relate to the topic they are studying. Students will receive an ID card for free access to most DCC shows (based on availability). Writing courses will have written homework assignments each week. Failure to complete homework assignments will result in the student having to retake the course.

How does my student ID work?

Students receive their ID card on the first day of their class. The ID card can be shown at the box office for complimentary admission to DCC shows, when available (students will be sat after paying customers). Student ID cards are dated and are valid only during the duration of the student’s course.

Will I get to perform?

Yes! All core improv classes culminate in a graduation show held at the theater. Performance opportunities for specialty courses and electives will vary. Jams and Open Mics will be held weekly. They are FREE and tons of fun! Sign up and get onstage!

Do you offer refunds?

All sales are final, non-refundable, and non-transferable.

Do you offer work-study internships?

Dallas Comedy Club offers opportunities for students to earn free tuition credit in exchange for internships at the theater, training center, or during special events. We are currently looking to fill a variety of internship positions, ranging from club interns to social media interns. To see what internships we have available, click here.

When will I receive a class confirmation email?

You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours after your payment has been processed. More information will follow as you get closer to the start date of your class.

Can I take sketch, improv, or other classes concurrently?

Yes! You may enroll in simultaneous courses as long as prerequisites are met.

Which courses require prerequisites?

There are no prerequisites for Level 1 courses, drop-ins, or electives unless specifically noted. Our improv, sketch, and standup students begin in Level 1 and complete each level as a prerequisite for the next level. Students must apply to be in advanced-level courses.

What happens if I miss a class?

If available, students can makeup a missed class within the timeframe of their scheduled course term. Makeups are not offered for every class and must be approved by instructors and/or the registrar. Students are allowed only one makeup and one absence per course term. Two absences without a makeup will result in the student being dropped from the class.

Can DCC teach a workshop or perform a show at my school or business?

Yes! Dallas Comedy Club can bring the workshops and shows to you. Contact info@dallas-comedyclub.com for more information.

Can my troupe rent a room for rehearsals?

Absolutely! Room rentals are $20/hour. To book a rehearsal time, email rosie@dallas-comedyclub.com.

I would like to be a DCC Instructor. How do I sign up?

Teaching positions are limited and filling up fast! To be considered for a teaching position, apply here.

Still have questions?

If you can’t find an answer to your question here, contact info@dallas-comedyclub.com