IMPROV FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS
THE BASEMENT THEATRE
ATLANTA, GA
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IMPROV FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS
we have 4 workshop time slots...
SAT at 12 and 3:30
and
SUN at 12 and 3:30

you may choose 1 of the 3 workshops running in each time slot.  

If you'd like to purchase 4 workshops for $100 choose the second "March 10, 12:00PM" offering in the ticket selection area... then in the notes please tell us which 4 workshops you want in your 4 pack!

If you are still confused (and we know it's confusing!) just give us a call at 404.277.3071  and we'll walk you through it!

:::WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS:::

FRANK CAETI (MADtv) - Acting Choices in Improv
SATURDAY MAR 10, 12:00-3:00PM
As human beings we are all capable of a diverse range of emotions, yet often our improv scenes are underacted and driven by ironic detachment.  We may be compelled to fill the scene with words and become uncomfortable with vulnerability and silence, but sometimes what we don't say is more important than what we say. Making strong acting choices that are informed by subtext and intention can create richer scenes. In this workshop we will focus on making honest, real choices that ground the improviser to the emotional reality of the scene.


FRANK CAETI (MADtv) - Long Form Inspiration: Using Scenes to Inspire New Scenes
SUNDAY MAR 11, 12:00-3:00PM
You have just performed the first couple scenes of your long form, now what? This class will focus on using scenes you have performed early in any long form structure to inspire new scenes and make strong connections. Students will learn techniques that go beyond just following plot and heighten the ideas you originally explored. Time-dash, analogous situation, theme, character, location, game of scene, and following the fun - are all worthwhile threads to pursue for the second beat and beyond.


FRANK CAETI (MADtv) - What's this scene about?
SUNDAY MAR 11, 3:30-6:30PM
You're 30 seconds into the scene and you're having difficulty finding what the scene is about and you're not sure what to explore and heighten. This workshop will focus on making simple strong choices early in the scene, then recognizing possible things to heighten, and finally making choices that will inform all subsequent action. It's rare that there isn't information to explore in a scene, but it's all too common that we don't hold onto our initial choices and therefore the scene starts to get inventive or inorganic.



MATTHEW CRAIG (SNL writer) - CREATING the IDEAL SCENE
SATURDAY MAR 10, 12:00-3:00PM
Are you struggling to know what to next in your scene work? Looking to feel more in control when you improvise? Then this workshop is for you! In this intense three hour workshop, I will focus on helping participants learn how to create a complete scene, from beginning, middle, to end. In this comprehensive workshop, we will get you to capitalize on your choices early in a method that I have been developing for over twelve years that I call one idea, one comment. You will leave this workshop with a greater understanding of the control that is available to tap into in your scenework, and how to use it to your advantage. Take this workshop and start doing great scenes right from the start, straight on through until the end. See you there.



MATTHEW CRAIG (SNL writer) - SKETCH WRITING 101

SUNDAY MAR 11, 12:00-3:00PM
In this three-hour workshop, Matt Craig (Saturday Night Live Writer, Second City, iO West) teaches a simplified structure for writing comedic sketches. In this comprehensive workshop, Matt will cover all the basics of sketch writing covering form and structure to content and application. A perfect workshop for beginning students looking to take an all-encompassing introduction to scene writing or for experienced writers looking to bolster their already existing arsenal, participants will walk away with a strong understanding of how to apply these techniques to stage projects, online videos, webisodes, pilots, and screenplays.



MATTHEW CRAIG (SNL writer) - IMPROV DIAGNOSIS
SUNDAY MAR 11, 3:30-6:30PM
Discover what type of improviser you are using a simplified structure that will enable you to approach scene work in a whole new way. In this comprehensive workshop, we will categorize your strengths and weaknesses in a method that I have been developing for over ten years. You will leave this workshop able to identify yourself as either a proactive or reactive improviser, and why, and then be able to take away the positive and negative implications of both. After this workshop, participants will be able to pinpoint their strengths as an improviser, but also determine their weaknesses so that all who take it will become fully-rounded, unstoppable, improvising juggernauts.



FRANKENMATT (FRANK CAETI & MATTHEW CRAIG) - SCENIC IMPROVISATION
SATURDAY MAR 10, 3:30-6:30PM
The foundation of great improvisation is good scenes. In this workshop we will focus on improvising solid two-person scenes utilizing emotion, character, and point of view. The ultimate goal of scenic improvisation is the discovery and manifestation of relationship. This workshop is a great opportunity to learn the ropes of building a rich and layered scene from the ground up. Great as a transitional workshop between forms, as a introduction to the fantastic world of scenic improvisation, or as a touch-up for you experienced improvisers out there.



KAYCE ALLTOP MIZE (pH PRODUCTIONS, Chicago) - CHARACTERS: BUILDING AND SUSTAINING
SATURDAY MAR 10, 3:30-6:30PM
Feel like you are in a rut of playing the same characters?  Help yourself break the mold and discover your true character building potential.  Anyone that has been on stage, whether it be in improv or scripted, can benefit from this workshop.  This gives performers the ability to be in touch with their characters from go, knowing who they are from name to the tiniest idiosyncrasies.  


WILL LUERA (Artistic Director IMPROV BOSTON) - FALLING IN LOVE ON STAGE
SATURDAY MAR 10, 12:00-3:00PM
Falling in love with your scene partner and their characters. This workshop will focus on scenes that don't require you to invent but instead discover the subtle choices that your scene partner makes and then fall in love with those choices; unconditionally, flaws and all. From within these simple choices and blind love will emerge the comedy that comes with real relationships.


MANDY BUTLER (PINCH and OUCH theatre) - MEISNER IN IMPROV
SUNDAY MAR 11, 12:00-3:00PM
Grounded relationships keep scenes interesting and focused. By engaging your partner, you will also engage your audience. In this workshop, you will employ the teachings of Sanford Meisner to help you connect with your scene partner by listening, responding, and making eye contact. We will also explore the power of touch, while playing with distance between actors onstage. Get ready to get close!


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Location

THE BASEMENT THEATRE (View)
175 WEST WIEUCA RD NE
ATLANTA, GA 30342
United States


Categories

Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Comedy > Improv
Comedy > Other
Comedy > Sketch
Comedy > Stand Up
Education > Classes
Other > Festivals

Minimum Age: 16
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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