Workshops

Friday 8th February 2019

Dummy Masterclass Jason Shotts / Colleen Doyle

The DUMMY Masterclass is an intensive workshop focused on the building blocks and execution of a two-person show. In this class we will be putting relationship and point of view front and center to build a rich and satisfying longform show. We will start with the basic tenets of a great two-person scene: making specific choices, listening hard for opportunities to react hard, speaking and behaving like human beings, bringing more of our own beliefs and experiences to the stage, knowing your character's “want”, discovering how the characters relate to each other, and playing with emotion. Then we will tackle how to play multiple characters to heighten the stakes and drive reactions, playing your scene partner's characters by making and recognizing clear physical and emotional choices, making and recognizing internal edits, and heightening and exploring all the true things we have to drive towards a clear and satisfying end to your show. Attendees will receive loads of personal feedback as well as the experience of working long scenes and doing mini shows with notes.

Please note that while this workshop is designed for 2 person groups it can be taken by single individuals as well.

  • Fri 08 Feb 2019 [11:00am-5:00pm] at The Scottish Storytelling Centre (£80) | *SOLD-OUT*

Scenework Skunkworks Chad Carter

All levels

Stuck in a rut with your improv? This workshop is a chance to break out and try some weird stuff. Keep your scenework fresh by opening up the types of scenes that are in your repertoire: Bending the Space (scenes where the topography of the stage isn't just a flat area), Presentational scenes (where performers are talking to the same imaginary audience -whether it be an assembled army or a nervous teen getting "the talk"), etc. We'll also play around how different early choices affect the types of scenes you end up doing (Tired of being in argument scenes? Learn to lose the argument early and often.)

  • Fri 08 Feb 2019 [2:00pm-5:00pm] at Assembly Roxy (£40) | Book Place >

Keeping The Game Active John Murray

Must have atleast taken a 101 improv program

In this workshop we'll start with scenes and getting everyone on the same page about "game". From there we'll look at different ways to keep the game present and active with our scene partner.You'll be on your feet the entire class. We'll see where commitment to physicalizing whatever we're playing takes us. Be it the smallest object work to group scenes where two giant Voltrons* fight each other.

*Voltron is a giant robot made of lions fromthe 80's.

  • Fri 08 Feb 2019 [2:00pm-5:00pm] at The Canons' Gait (£40) | Book Place >

Saturday 9th February 2019

The Big Question Chad Carter

More Advanced

Learn and perform a new show structure. The big question gives an audience member a glimpse into the future to "help" them make a difficult decision. As performers, we will explore each possible outcome, following each to a narrative conclusion. Suppose Sarah is wondering if she should go to law school or stay in her band. Should Sarah go to law school? If she chooses the law school, turns out she'll end up working for an AI megacorp and be a traitor to humanity, if not maybe her musical aspirations will eventually lead her to international fame as the girl that murdered Simon Cowell with a ukulele. (actual results may vary.)

  • Sat 09 Feb 2019 [10:00am-4:00pm] at Assembly Roxy (£80) | Book Place >

Owning Your Scene Jason Shotts

For Intermediate Level and above

We’ll do exercises that prioritize vulnerability over defensiveness; a concept of improv that seems easy on paper, but can be difficult to put into practice. A stumbling block for improvisers is our own natural inclination to try to “fix” or “change” our partners; consequently, our scenes struggle because we’re not focusing on “owning” our own choices/wants/POV. We’ll work on balancing out the “weird” and “normal” in our scenework. Too much (or not enough) of one of these elements and the audience will struggle to connect with what we’re creating.We’ll also focus on decision-making (“What is this scene about?” and “What kind of scene is this?”) and how to communicate that information to our scene partners.

  • Sat 09 Feb 2019 [10:00am-4:00pm] at The Scottish Storytelling Centre (£80) | *SOLD-OUT*

Building The Monoscene John Murray

Must have Harold experience

Over the course of this 6-hourworkshop we'll work towards to playing a Monoscene like a play. We'll start with scenes, into a Monoscene Harold, into a regular Monoscene. So, if you've ever wondered where does my love of Pinter and improv meet? The answer is in this class.

  • Sat 09 Feb 2019 [10:00am-4:00pm] at The Tron (£80) | Book Place >

Real Fun Colleen Doyle

Female Identifying/Non-Binary Workshop

This workshop is all about keeping your scenes honest and playing moment-to-moment to make improv easy and fun again. Connect with your scene partner, get out of your head, and bring more of yourself to the stage by relying on who you are and what you feel. You’ll get lots of reps doing two person scenes. Loads of personal feedback and tough love!

  • Sat 09 Feb 2019 [1:00pm-4:00pm] at The Canons' Gait (£40) | Book Place >

Sunday 10th February 2019

Wtf Colleen Doyle

A common trait of improvisers who create scenes and shows they (and the audience) enjoy is playing from a relaxed and confident place. A way for all of us to feel more relaxed on stage is to understand what's happening. Improv pushes players toward the weird, but when things get too crazy improvising becomes more effort with less reward. We'll work on scenes grounded in reality--bringing more of who you are to your scenes and trusting that the audience's recognition of shared human experiences and points of view is entertaining and funny. We'll also address weird initiations, characters and scenarios to work on embracing them while making other elements of the scene understood.

  • Sun 10 Feb 2019 [10:00am-4:00pm] at The Scottish Storytelling Centre (£80) | Book Place >

Scenes From Monologues/interviews Chad Carter

All levels

Learn extract, analyze, and initiate comedic ideas from stories and interviews. This workshop will teach you techniques and tips for generating scenes from monologists or interview subjects. Learn to identify and name granular ideas that you personally think are funny or interesting, and initiate them clearly. Chad is a veteran of UCB's ASSSCAT and Facebook improv shows.

  • Sun 10 Feb 2019 [10:00am-4:00pm] at Assembly Roxy (£80) | Book Place >

The Simplest Option Jason Shotts

For All Levels

One of the most common notes we hear after a tough improv show is: “It was just way too complicated” or “There were too many things happening onstage”. Instead of holding onto a simple choice, we unnecessarily add more and more stuff to our scenes. We make the mistake of listening to the voice in our head screaming: “This isn’t enough! Start talking about something else!” One minute you’re obsessing about Indian food. Next you’re talking about Spiderman. Ice cream. Quantum mechanics. You’re lost (and so is your audience). In this workshop, we’ll work on identifying a simple “thing” for you. Then we’ll figure out your character’s “Up” and their “Down”. A simple scene is a scene you can navigate. Stop getting lost!

  • Sun 10 Feb 2019 [1:00pm-4:00pm] at The Canons' Gait (£40) | *SOLD-OUT*

Teachers

Chad Carter

Chad Carter

Chad Carter is a writer and improvisor based in LA. He can be seen performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater with such shows as ASSSSCAT!, Facebook, and Goat. Chad can also be heard as a frequent guest on Improv4Humans. He has written/produced for The Daily Show, Funny or Die, and most recently the Detour on TBS. Chad Carter is a trained physicist.

Colleen Doyle

Colleen Doyle

Colleen Doyle grew up in Cleveland where she wrote greeting cards and was a part of the cast that opened The Second City Cleveland. She has made appearances in the indie features Close Quarters and Open Tables as well as Fresh Off the Boat and the NYTVF Best Comedy Pilot, Shrink. Colleen taught at iO Chicago (Teacher of the Year 2014) and iO West, where she also served as Artistic Director and Training Center Director. In Chicago, Colleen performed with the lovely ladies of Virgin Daiquiri, Babymakers, and in the first sketch revue at the Mission Theater, Trap.

In LA, Colleen teaches at Westside Comedy and performs with the ensembles Dummy and The Village Bicycle. For more info, please visit thecolleendoyle.com.

John Murray

John Murray

John Murray was named “Comedy’s Next Almost Star” by Esquire magazine in 2013. He is the co-created of IFC Comedy Crib series John & Geoff Are Married. He regularly performs at The Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. He is also the host of The Bosscast a podcast recommended by The AV Club and Rolling Stone Magazine where he talks everything Bruce Springsteen. As a writer John’s work has appeared in Cosmo and Refinery 29. John and his writing partner were named semifinalists in The Storytellers Initiative’s 2018 SeriesFest and “Notable Writers” by the 2018 New York Television Festival for their pilot dealing with infertility. TV: Difficult People, Broad City, 30 Rock, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Twitter @TheJohnMurray

Jason Shotts

Jason Shotts

Jason Shotts has been performing improv for audiences since 2003. Currently in Los Angeles, he performs in the two-person improv show Dummy (winner of the iO Chicago’s Del Award for “Best Improv Show” in 2013 and 2014).

He’s been teaching improv for the past 10 years and received the iO Chicago’s Del Award for “Best Teacher” in 2011 and 2013.

He’s performed and taught improv in Beijing, London, Rome, Copenhagen, Warsaw, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, San Diego, Miami, Austin, Houston, Washington DC, Phoenix, Tucson, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Atlanta, Traverse City and Gainesville.

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