Never taken an improv class before? Well now is your chance to try it out with experienced BIG instructors! This introductory workshop is designed to give potential students an opportunity to experience what a class is like before committing to a full course. Through simple, fun and supportive games, participants will explore basic concepts like playfulness, listening and agreement – all in a safe and comfortable group setting geared specifically toward those who are new to improv. As an added bonus, workshop participants will receive a free ticket to the Sunday evening improv show, directly following the workshop! Space is limited, so please sign up ahead of time to secure your spot.
For adults 18+Sunday 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
In this workshop we'll focus on discovering and playing game organically. We'll bring the laughs while performing from a believable, compelling emotionally intelligent place.
NICOLE DRESPEL is an actor-writer-teacher at UCB. She has written for The Chris Gethard Show (Fusion) and Wet Hot American Summer (Netflix). You can check her out every Friday night with Bucky at UCBeast. Nicole has appeared in the sketch shows Yearbook of Revelation (written by Peter Sherer and directed by Dru Johnston and Leslie Meisel) and This is About Smith (written by Leila Cohan-Miccio, directed by Caitlin Bitzegaio). If you like watching things on the internet, check out The Adventures of Young Hillary, a series she wrote for Above Average. Recent Credits: (TV) - 30 Rock ("Judy Person"), Broad City ("Nicole").Saturday 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Words - they can get in the way of delivering excellent scenes. So throw them away! This unique workshop uses physical theater improvisation and speechless scenes along with mask work and music to discover communication through body language and silent interactions. Develop new characters & initiations and sustain deeper interactions with players of all skill levels using these techniques.Saturday 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
After multiple classes, students are often inundated with improv "best practices" or "rules." While these rules have value for very new improvisers who need more guidance, they become less helpful as improvisers gain more experience and need to work to be more present and follow their own instincts in scenes. Those rules or guidelines that were once in place to help can actually start to hold people back, and limit creativity and discovery. In this class, we'll examine a number of these "rules" and what happens when we break them. Spoiler alert: it's super fun, and makes for great improv.
Improv Experience Level: Intermediate/AdvancedSaturday 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Are you approaching every improv scene looking for the laughs? Finding yourself disconnected and "jokey"? Improv is still theater, and people come to theater to see real human beings feeling real human emotion. Then the laughs are even bigger! This workshop will focus on finding the fun of a scene while playing it real and grounded. Be brave enough to be in a scene that might seem less-than-silly so that you can find deeper, funnier moments!
ALEX DICKSONstudied improv at UCBNY, iO Chicago and The Second City Chicago and studied acting at Circle in the Square Theatre School. She improvises with The Stepfathers (Upright Citizens Brigade) and Improvised Seinfeld. She is also an actor on the sketch team Nipsey, performing two Mondays each month. Acting is her favorite thing, but she also loves her dog, reading and baking pie. [www.alexandra-dickson.com](http://www.alexandra-dickson.com/).Thursday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Do you always feel like all you do is talk in scenes? Stuck in your head? Learning to use the environment you create around you will make your scenes better, easier to get into, and your characters stronger. This workshop will focus on just that, along with physicality and object work, to show you how using your environment helps all aspects of your scene work.
GARY LEHMAN has been teaching professionally for 20 years, an improviser for 15 years, and teaching and designing improv classes and workshops for the past 7 years. Currently he's the director of Go U: The Improv Academy at Go Comedy Improv Theater in Ferndale MI, the Education Director at Pointless Brewery & Improv Theater in Ann Arbor MI, as well as the co-director of the resident cast there, The League of Pointless Improvisers. He's also the Workshop Director for the Detroit Improv Festival.Sunday 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Dive deep inside yourself in this workshop to find the heart of the character, the brain of the scene, the bones of your dialogue. In order words…..let’s get into your guts! Sometimes we have great ideas and then we can’t find our way in a scene. In this workshop participants will have a chance to tune into their own great gifts and find the deep insides of your scenes quicker. Recognize your own power quicker, connect with your partner on stage, and have a really great time doing it at the same time.
BRIDGET CAVAIOLA Bridget Cavaiola is a San Diego based educator, improviser, and facilitator and has been performing and teaching improv theater and communication strategies to adults and children since 2005. She is a performer and teacher with Finest City Improv Theater in San Diego, and the former Education Director and performer with the Baltimore Improv Group where she played with Gus for over 8 years and her festival musical duo, Improvaret. She is a Master Teaching Artist with Arts for Learning, San Diego, La Jolla Playhouse, and San Diego Junior Theatre. She has performed and taught at festivals in London, Chicago, New York, Philly, DC, Baltimore and San Diego.Saturday 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Mr. Nelson (The Onion, UCB Theatre) leads an intro to professional sketch writing workshop. Classic sketches will be discussed and deconstructed from a writer's pov with an eye to the author's particular voice. Participants should bring any existing sketches of theirs with them for potential reading/review.Wednesday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
One person improv, isn't that an oxymoron?!? In this workshop we'll explore the techniques involved in developing a solo improv show and get you started building your own unique theatrical experience! Solo improv strengthens you as an individual performer, so these tools are applicable across your improv career!Sunday 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
In the first moments of a scene, improvisers are issuing a promise to the audience and themselves about the scene that's about to unfold. If you're an improviser who flames out in the middle of scenes, unsure of what to do next or where to take the scene -- if you find yourself throwing out new offers mid-scene, this workshop is for you. Everything you need to know about a scene is at the beginning; everything that follows is predicated by what's come before. Learn how to recognize everything the beginning of a scene has to offer so that you can mine the potential without having to restart a scene every twenty seconds in the hopes of finding something better, funnier, or newer.Sunday 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM