Teaching: Improv

Freshen up Group Games
Improv Workshop: Harold

Navigating group games are a balance of listening and commitment. Many of us are familiar with many games, but what happens when they get stale? We will use common games (e.g. Dear Diary, Town Hall, Conference Room, Sound & Movement etc.) as a baseline to then grow into unfamiliar territory with confidence. I believe group games exist as a palate cleanser for the team and audience, while providing a space for exploration and discovery. 

 

This workshop provides you with tools to create a variety of different games, identify themes, and in general shake up your preconceived notions of what games are.

We will look at group games largely through the lens of Harold, but then will expand to other forms as well. Note: This is not a workshop about group scenes, but the principles can be taken and applied to other scene work.

Improv is essentially writing on your feet. But sometimes we get too focused on the wrong thing.
 
Have you ever received the note: "It's not about the things" or "That's too much plot"? Used to be the bane of my existence and probably many of you too! Ever wish that you could play characters with emotional heart and STILL feel like you are telling a story? This workshop will help you differentiate between Story, Narrative, and Plot. (yes, they are different things.)
 
And then work to keep your cliffnote, trope checking, dénouement, obsessed brains satisfied while bringing relationship to bear. Sound like a tall order? It is, but I will strive to at the very least, to equip you with a bag of tricks I've picked up over the years to help me identify and fight my own best intentioned, improv scene destroying, impulses.

Let's Tell a Story: Narrative Not Plot

Improv Workshop

Move! Move! Move!

Improv Workshop

We've all seen it. We've all done it. Talking without object work or physical motion. But people come to watch you, not listen to a podcast.

What are you doing on stage that is interesting? Can it be added as a sub-game for comedy? Are you paying off expectations of your physical choices? If you are a body guard, will you jump in front of the person and take a bullet? If you are baking a pie, will you open the door of the oven. Will your scene partner burn themselves? Physical movement can ground a scene, add realism, or even buy you time to settle into character!

This workshop will give you a few tools to help identify opportunities for motion, both small and large. We will drill how to set each other up for success and how to utilize stage picture and object work.

We've all seen it. We've all done it. Talking without object work or physical motion. But people come to watch you, not listen to a podcast.

What are you doing on stage that is interesting? Can it be added as a sub-game for comedy? Are you paying off expectations of your physical choices? If you are a body guard, will you jump in front of the person and take a bullet? If you are baking a pie, will you open the door of the oven. Will your scene partner burn themselves? Physical movement can ground a scene, add realism, or even buy you time to settle into character!

This workshop will give you a few tools to help identify opportunities for motion, both small and large. We will drill how to set each other up for success and how to utilize stage picture and object work.

These are my most popular wokshops. I can provide workshops tailored to your needs. I also can do private coaching for teams. Reach out with any questions about what I can provide.

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