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Improv 101- Core Techniques: The Joy Of Failure
The Playground Theater
Chicago, IL
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Improv 101- Core Techniques: The Joy Of Failure
Our Mission is to create an environment where learning is encouraged through exploration and discovery. We aim to effectively teach the core techniques of improv in a supportive guided environment.

Improv 101 - Core Techniques: The Joy of Failure

SATURDAYS 3:30-5:30 starting February 7th

In this class we will establish the building blocks for what it takes to create engaging work in the art of collective storytelling. Here's what we'll be covering.

Week 1: Failure as a Tool
The first week will focus on embracing failure as a tool for development. A popular saying among gymnasts, skateboarders, etc. is "if you're not falling, you're not learning." The most important trait on stage is confidence, and the only way to have confidence is to be unafraid to fail. In the first week's exercises, the failure is the fun.

Week 2: Trust in Yourself, Trust in Each Other
The second week will focus on building trust. One of the best things you can do as a scene partner is be trustworthy and foster a safe environment, so everyone feels comfortable to take risks and make big choices.

Week 3: Honesty and Bravery
One of the most powerful, and terrifying, things to do on stage is simply to be yourself. This week's exercises will focus on being yourself on stage.

Week 4: The Joy of Failure
The final week puts everything together into scene work. The class will warm up with familiar exercises from the first three weeks, then work on two-person scenes that emphasize honesty, trust, and willingness to take risks and fail.

This class will be held on the 4 Saturdays in February from 3:30 - 5:30pm, starting February 7th. The cost for this class is $75.

The class will be collectively taught by Harrison George, Zack Mast.

Harrison George is an improviser, writer and coach in Chicago. He performs regularly at various theaters, including iO, CIC, and The Playground. His team, Yes Diggity, has been around for over 2 years and loves continuing to play and see shows at The Playground. He is the current coach of The Playground team Ghost Car, and is coaching the independent team Law Dog. He is excited to be a part of this new education program at The Playground and can't wait to get started!

Zack Mast started doing improv in 2011, and since then he has failed a ton. There's been some success, too, thoughhe plays at The Playground with Duckling, at CIC with High Horse, and with an independent team called Law Dog. He sees this class as an opportunity to share his joy of improv theory and explore all the messy, fun, idiotic ways you can take this stuff too seriously.

The director of education at the Playground is Kevin Reader. Kevin is the Artistic Director at Cards Against Humanity. He has trained and performed at iO, Second City and the Annoyance. He currently hosts/produces/performs at the New New Show and the Mixer at the Playground.

Please note that this is an introductory rate for a beta version of this class. We will continue to challenge our curriculum and develop this class. If you have any questions/concerns/inquiries please contact Kevin Reader at playground.classes@gmail.com


The Playground Theater (View)
3209 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60657
United States




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