Elective Classes

Winter Electives


Storytelling B 2019No matter who you are or where you come, there’s one thing each and every one of us has in common: We all have a story to tell. The truth is that we’re hard-wired for human connection, and the act of sharing our stories—and listening to others—is exactly how we do that. This six-week workshop will delve into the most important components of rich, authentic storytelling. We’ll explore how to:

  • Identify your stories and uncover which ones to tell.
  • Construct cohesive stories that are also emotionally impactful.
  • Find your voice (literally) and command a stage.
  • Use your stories to connect and resonate with an audience.

This workshop culminates with an end-of-session performance to celebrate what we’ve learned. What’s your story? We want to help you tell it.

6 Week Course Offsite at
The Bryan Glazer Family JCC
522 N Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606

Thursdays, Feb 28, March 7, (No class March 14), March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11

Student Showcase on April 13, 7pm at The Box Improv Studio
Showcase Location-The Box Theater Improv Studio 2240 University Square Mall, (Near Burlington)

Watch this video to see where The Box Improv Studio is located and where you should park.

Michael Soviero is a trained actor who hails from New York City. After years of doing stand-up comedy and theatrical performances, he stumbled upon storytelling and was immediately hooked. He quickly made a name for himself by winning multiple storytelling events at The Moth, a nonprofit storytelling organization and competition platform. He went on to perform on their Los Angeles stages and eventually became a teacher, leading Moth-based storytelling workshops before moving to Tampa in 2014. Since then, he’s taken an active role in The Box Theater as a member of the Dear Aunt Gertrude improv team and as an improv teacher. Michael is also a lover of comic books and has helped Double Take reboot their Night of the Living Dead series. He credits his grandfather for sparking his passion for storytelling. Today, Michael is creating new stories with his beautiful wife and two gorgeous daughters, Angelina and Giada.
Marianne Hayes Svoiero is a longtime freelance writer, storyteller and devoted bookworm. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida, she moved to New York City and eventually pursued a Master’s in Education. She spent years as a public school teacher in Brooklyn, working with children on the autism spectrum while simultaneously publishing her stories as a freelancer. Marianne eventually made the leap to full-time writer in 2014. Since then, her writing has appeared in Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, Forbes, Yoga Journal, Alanis.com and more. Her work is a hybrid mix of news and feature articles, personal essays and poetry.  She also leads storytelling workshops at her local senior center, helping residents find their voice and share their truth. Marianne’s greatest source of love and joy are her husband, two young daughters and not-so-young dachshundne Hayes


Standup Elective! Revised (2)

October 15, 22, 29/Student Showcase 11/2

Class 6:30-8:30pm $150 Register

Have you wanted to try Stand-up, but never had the courage to get up and do it? Do you think you’re funny, but you just don’t know where to start? Introduction to Stand-up will provide you with the tools you need to get your very first 5-minute set up on the stage. From joke structure to stage presence, you will learn the tricks of the trade that comedians use every day. After three class sessions, you’ll be ready to perform on our Student Showcase show with confidence.

We’ll explore how to:

* Write a joke, and understand WHY it’s funny.

* Act with confidence on stage, and command the crowd’s attention.

* Win over a tricky audience, even if they’re drunk and rowdy.

* Show off your personality and find your own comedy style.

and of course…


The Box Improv Studio is located at 2240 University Square Mall Unit 374, Tampa, FL 33612
(Inside The University Mall)

Parking: From Fowler Avenue, Park between Dillards and Sears. Enter the Main Mall Entrance at Famous Footwear and walk straight back. The Box is on the left right before Burlington Coat Factory.
Check out this video for a better view.

Learn More about our The Guest Instructors

CJ and Becca have been performing as professional standup comedians in Florida for the last five years, and can be regularly seen at both Side Splitters Comedy Club and the Tampa Improv. They have taught standup and improv to everyone from middle-schoolers to adults, and are super excited to work with the Box!

CJ Hernandez’s life has been anything but normal, and the only place he ever truly fit in was on stage. Always the odd-one-out of his family, his sharp observational eye and optimistic outlook help him to find the humor in everything with a smile on his face, a spring in his step, and occasionally a foot in his mouth. CJ Hernandez was a Semi-Finalist on Season 8 of Comcast’s Trial By Laughter, a Semi-Finalist in Florida’s Funniest Comedian 2016, and was voted one of the Top 3 Comics in Tampa, FL by Creative Loafing Magazine in 2017. CJ is also the creator of the popular standup comedy news page Open Mic Magazine, and the mind behind robot comedian THE HEADLINERTRON.

Becca Childs has survived the comedy scene in Florida for the last five years, and the Florida heat has made her as sharp as something really sharp. Having tried everything from horse training to auditioning for an Aaron Carter music video, Becca finally found her calling in comedy. She currently teaches comedy classes for adult students with disabilities in Tampa.