Improv

Improv For Actors

Train Your Instincts

Summary Summary

Why do some actors feel so confident improvising in their work and others seem to fall apart if the script isn’t followed to the letter? Improvising is a learnable skill, not just something you’re born with. It takes practice in the playing and risking, to get comfortable in the area of discovery and performance without safety nets. What better place to do that work than with other actors and instructors BEFORE you might need it on set, stage or in the booth. Improv is a tremendous skill to hone so that your work is always engaging, reactive and “real-feeling” to you and the audience. Over 6 weekly online live classes, we will play in many ways to familiarize you with techniques you can do solo or in a group to unlock your potential as an actor creatively capable of improvisation in script or unscripted work.

Improv helps actors with their auditioning and acting skills as well as giving them the tools to use on set, stage or in the booth. Many directors will ask actors to improvise on set with their fellow actors, and often before casting you, in the audition(s).

Improv for Actors is taught by Brendan Hunter, an actor and voice coach for over 15 years in the studio. More on Brendan:

6-weeks.

This class is 6 weeks and will attempt to have multiple timeslots to accomodate all timezones.

Video Recordings

This class is recorded so you'll be able to keep up to date even if you miss a session.

10 Credits

This class takes 10 credits to enroll.

Instructor, TA, and Peer education

This class has an instructor, a TA, and peer run assistance to help answer your questions. This class' format is feedback-based.

Small Class Size

This class' format is feedback-based. There are a limited number of students that can enroll in this class.

Dedicated Weekly Events

This class had a dedicated event specifically designed for it. This is in addition to the normal Closing Credit events.

4 Rules of Improv and How They Relate to Customer Support

  • Rule 1: Say Yes. The first rule of improvisation is AGREE. Don’t “deny”! Denial is the #1 reason scenes go bad.
  • Rule 2: Say Yes AND. The second rule of improvisation is not only to say yes, but YES, AND. Adding something, anything, to grow and evolve the work.
  • Rule 3: Make Statements, and if you “ask," don’t ask an open ended question. “Are you sad?” vs “how are you?”
  • Rule 4: There Are No Mistakes and you don’t have to “be funny.”

Outline

Structure in Chaos

Using some script based as well as non scripted work, we will explore beats and instincts and develop skills for listening and being active and reactive.
  • -Stanislavski options for any moment with the “magic what if?”
  • -Meisner repetition and change/evolving games
  • -“One word” and one-sentence at a time stories and scenes
  • -Scripted works that encourage playfulness around a structured piece. By making most of the map for you, it allows for great improv to customize them and keep discovering new ways to perform it every time, helping hone instincts and choices.
  • -Games, games, games; allowing for solo, pairs and group work and discovery.
  • -Playfulness in emotional and energetic states to continue to solidify mind/senses/body/energy connection in your work and play.

The key is “playing," so showing up with a brave attitude (that doesn’t mean you aren’t scared) and a willingness to be silly and experiment is all you need. The falling down is natural, we will carry each other and fail forward! The actor who can improvise can not only SAVE a struggling scene, but also make it better than what was on the page initially.

Improv

All sessions will be held in Zoom and you will be able to review the class recording if you miss a class. However, by enrolling in this course, you agree to not share any videos or images of any kind with anyone, both during and after the sessions. You may review the videos for your own viewing only. Nothing else. This is an issue that I take very seriously. Please respect the privacy of your classmates.

Due to the nature of the content, there will be no homework. In exchange, I will expect you to come to each class physically and mentally prepared, be willing to explore and fail spectacularly, and to do your best.

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