Strong scenes are built on strong choices. This workshop is designed to force improvisers to take care of themselves as a way taking care of others, giving you tools that will help you develop the skills necessary to create strong characters at the top of a scene, and then filter the entire scene through your character’s unique point of view.
We will learn what makes Chicago Improv so unique, and how to emulate the slow, patient, relationship-based scenes that make Chicago Style Improv so enjoyable to perform and to watch.
PLAY THE GAME
Every scene has a game (actually, lots of them). If we understand how to play that game, we open new avenues that are only possible in improv.
This workshop explores how to identify the game of the scene, and how to extract the comedy within. We will focus on finding the patterns in the scene and exploring them through heightening. This is a great way to make our scenes funnier and bolder.
You can’t fake your emotions. Everything you feel is encoded in your face, your body, and in your voice. If we can hold ourselves (and our scene partners) accountable for their emotional language, we open ourselves up to an easier way to connect to one another and bring our audience into our world.
Rather than wasting time thinking about what we should say, we should be listening and paying attention to our emotional language. This workshop uses exercises to help us tune in to our scene partner’s tone, body language, and emotional state, taking us out of our heads and into our hearts, and bringing our audience along with us.
This workshop is a deep-dive into creating patient, grounded scenes.
FREEDOM FROM FORM
Anything and everything is possible in Free Form. But there’s more to it than taking the stage without a plan. Free Form utilizes all the tools in your improviser toolbelt, combining scenes and elements of gameplay together seamlessly with strong characters and relationships.
This workshop teaches you how to establish and recognize patterns that can be turned into a game, a scene, and any other opportunity to play together. Recommended for intermediate and advanced improvisers, this workshop introduces you to a new way to play, and a chance to step away from story and structure.
IMPROVISE LIKE A SCREENWRITER
It is said that there are only 7 basic plots that can ever be told. If that is the case, then why do we keep making, and telling, stories? It is because we care about the characters in the story more than the story itself. Screenwriters have a handful of tricks they can use to quickly engage their quickly audience, manipulate their emotions, and tell a great story while doing so.
This workshop explores the tools writers use to captivate their audiences and tell great stories, and packages them up for the improv stage. By understanding how these tools work, we can make our scenes, characters, and stories more interesting, more watchable, and way more fun.
A BETTER HAROLD
There are many interpretations of what the Harold is, how it should be approached, and why it is important to improv (The Harold is often referred to as “the Grandfather of Improv”). This extended workshop is an in-depth exploration into the structure, patterns, themes, and stories that make up The Harold.
By combining ideologies from iO Chicago, UCB, and Narrative Improvisation, we can find more inside of this structure than we ever realized were there, find ways to energize and improve our improv brains and impulses that we can apply to all formats and structures.
This Intensive Course gives you and your Duo Partner all the tools needed to create your own unique 2-Person Format.
A duo is more than just a two-person show; it is a show featuring two unique players who share a united chemistry on stage. For a duo to stand out, the format should highlight the two players as individuals, but also together as a team, making it impossible to replace either of the players and still create the same show.
Whether you’re building something new together, or joining as a pre-existing team, we’ll find what makes your duo unique, analyze your skills, and find your perfect way to play together, building a show that is not only fun to watch, but fun to perform!
MUSIC IMPROV WORKSHOPS
MUSIC IMPROV MADE EASY
Musical Improv. The very mention of it makes some people shiver. But improvising in song is more than simply singing what you would be saying! Every song has a structure. Every structure can be learned! In this introduction to musical improv workshop we learn how to setup and payoff rhymes, how to construct a song, how to perform a song, and how to make your audience drop their collective jaw!
By the end of the workshop, participants will have the tools to create an opening number for an improvised musical, complete with song, choreography, characters, storyline, and jazz hands! Because in musical improv, it’s not about how well you sing it, but about how well you sell it.
DO IT TO IT
Do It To It is a quick and dirty introduction to everything you need to know when it comes to rap and improvisation. This workshop focuses on the basics of rhyming, rhythm, beatboxing, and everything else you need to step up and own the stage. We’ll also jump into scenes to discover how much fun it can be to incorporate rap (or any rhyme skills) into your short form AND long form improvisation.
THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL
Musical Improv is more than just singing. And Musicals are more than just stories with songs. This intensive workshop gives a template for improvising an entire musical from start to finish.
In this workshop, we learn various song structures found in Musicals, overall structures of musicals, ensemble singing, improvised choreography, and more.
5 WAYS TO CHARACTER
Strong characters come from strong choices. This workshop takes character development exercises from the world of Theatre and applies them to the improv stage, giving you at least 5 new approaches to developing characters that are not only interesting, but that are believable, associatable and, most importantly, watchable.
This workshop will further develop your skills in character building, help you understand how your character sees the world, and equip you with the knowledge of how to create unique, interesting and adept characters that an audience can’t help but connect with. Because it isn’t about the story, it’s about who the story is happening to.
IT’S MORE FUN TOGETHER
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In this workshop we put a focus on relationships between humans and the objects, locations, and ideologies that make up their world. We’ll learn to be affected by these non-human scene partners, and discover how to use these emotional reactions to infer something about our characters and our scenes.
This workshop takes a page from the Chicago approach to scene work, allowing us to take our time to organically develop our world, and create scenes that our audience can connect with.
A COMPLETELY ORIGINAL LONGFORM
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