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Improv 102: Scene Work - Exploring The Most Important Thing
The Playground Theater
Chicago, IL
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Improv 102: Scene Work - Exploring The Most Important Thing
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 102: Scene Work - Exploring The Most Important Thing

Week 1: Truth From Life
In this first week we will focus on the idea that everything your partner does is a gift for you to use on stage. Remove the barriers of worrying about "being funny" or "doing a good scene" and just focus on being honest and listening to your partner and you will succeed.

Week 2: Relationship, not plot
The second week will focus on relationships and dealing with plot. The goal of this week is to show how something crazy can happen, but you can still have a solid relationship and the scene can continue.

Week 3: Grounded Listening
This week we will focus on communication with our scene partner and the difference between hearing and listening. Students will explore how to listen to what their scene partner is saying, and how they're saying it. The goal is to highlight the focus of the scene through the relationship on stage.

Week 4: Sharing the Stage
This week will focus on becoming one unit on stage. Exploring the specific roles that are played by individuals to ensure that scenes are executed smoothly with little to no resistance.

The class will be held on the 4 Saturday in February from 1-3pm. The cost for this class is $50.*

The class will be collectively taught by Collin Dahlgren and Robert Bacon.

The director of education at the Playground is Kevin Reader.


Robert Bacon is an iO Training Center graduate, Second City Conservatory graduate, Second City Training Center HouseCo alumni, Playground incubator team performer, and iO theater performer. Bacon also coaches two independent teams, has hosted workshops in Chicago and traveling workshops, and is a regular coach at the Mixer at The Playground.

Collin Dahlgren is a graduate of iO and Second City Conservatory. He performs on the iO Harold Team "Denver", the Playground Incubator Team "Ghost Car", the CIC House Team "Macy Ledbetter" and is currently a part of the Second City House Ensemble "Next". He also performs with Independent Teams "Switch Committee", "Poster Boys", and "Lethal Action Force".

David Schwartzbaum is a graduate of iO and Second City Conservatory. He performs on the independent teams, Switch Committee",  and "Lethal Action Force" that perform regularly at the Playground theater. David has taught improv all over the country with "Switch Committee" as well as an independent teacher at Apachi Day Camp in Chicago and at Miami Country Day School in Miami Florida.

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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