The Lab
Dublin 1 Ireland
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Dec 14, 2019 10:30 AM

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The Heart of the Character €40.00
Both Workshops (Sat/Sun) €60.01
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"I know I have a heart because it's breaking" ~ The Tin Man, Wizard of OZ.

"Where do the really best laughs come from? Terrific connections made intellectually, or terrific revelations made emotionally" - Del Close

The moment we walk out on stage, we are stepping into the shoes of a character and desire to see the world through the emotional lens that they do.  As improvisers, we are challenged with creating authentic, grounded characters that are almost immediately recognisable when they are revisited again.  However, many characters we see on stage often lack the depth to be sustainable over a longer period.

In this workshop Maura Mannle and Neil Curran will take you on a deep dive into discovering the core of character.  We will learn how to create deeper connections to the character and in turn a deeper character.  We will explore the heat and the weight of character, forming stronger emotional connections to both the character and scene partners.

Fully fleshed characters allow us to gain connections to partners in a scene more easily. With a deep character - more discoveries can happen in the world around them rather than inventing a situation or issue on stage. Let the depth of the character lead you through the scene.

Once you fully understood this character, we can play with putting them in different situations; from callbacks to having other actors play that character.

Learning Outcomes
* Understanding the core of character, the source of our personas on stage
* Utilise deep rooted characters to drive a scene forward
* Find connections in the relationships with your scene partners
* Knowing who you are and knowing what you want
* Engage more authentic and deeper emotional connections
* Gain confidence with taking greater risk in character development

Workshop Cost:  €40

About Maura Mannle
Maura is a Los Angeles based SAG/AFTRA actor, improvisor, host, writer and producer. Classically trained from the American Conservatory Theater for acting and is a graduate of the world famous Second City Improv Theater for improv and sketch comedy, long form and sketch/TV writing. Maura was trained under Second City Alumni like Frank Caeti (Mad TV), Ithamar Enriquez (Key n Peele), Jamie Moyer (Nickelodeon). She is also an active Improv Utopia Camper! An active and passionate performer, Maura has had the pleasure to perform for over three years on the main stage at Second City, Hollywood, with house sketch ensembles, RUCKUS and house improv ensembles, DESPERADOES. She had the honor of performing with groups as  Ithamar Has Nothing To Say, Speed Ant, Hot Tin Roof, at various theaters; iO West Main stage, Comedy Central Stages, The Pit-NYC, UCB, Westside Comedy Theater, and many more.

Maura has been working in the industry for over ten years, starring in national commercials;  Adidas, Petco, Chevy, Geico, and more. Hosting for The Basketball Channel,  featured writer and actor on comedy shorts for the BBC, Funny or Die, and Buzzfeed,  guest starring in popular TV shows;  Trauma (NBC), Magic FunHouse (Amazon). Featured in movies like The Knife Fight (Rob Lowe.) Starring in the upcoming Sundance award winning TV show, The Unknown (AMC/SundanceTV), the award winning short film Bum Promises (Winner Golden Remi- Houston World Film Festival). Maura is most proud of writing her own content. She has written, produced and starred in the award winning horror short film, The Sanctuary (Amazon). She is currently writing, producing, and starring in the upcoming comedy series PSAers with writing partner Chelsey Ireland (Silicon Valley).

Maura has been teaching youth and adult creative writing, improv, and acting for over five years. Her in-depth experience and knowledge of directing, writing, performing, and producing sketches, content, and shorts, proves to be an invaluable resource her students. She is passionate about teaching others to find their unique voices and run with them!

Maura Mannle reels and credits
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About Neil Curran
Neil has been teaching and performing improv both in Ireland and internationally for many years and his signature show, Neil+1, has been performed in festivals and theatres around the world.  Neil is the founder and a director of Improv Fest Ireland and Assistant Director of Improv Utopia Ireland.  He is also one of the team behind Dublin's Tightrope Improv nights.  He also founded the "Love! Improv Irish Community" group and is a co-founder of No Drama Theatre.  

Neil has guested in numerous shows including Orange Tuxedo, improvised musical When X Meets Y, Upstairs Downton, Comedysportz San Jose and Second City Toronto's improv set for "Click, Bait & Switch".

Neil also provides corporate training solutions through improv to many well-known organisations and educational institutes around the world.

When not boring his friends talking about improv, you will find him drinking tea while playing Fortnite and over-analysing movies.


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Foley Street,
Dublin 1 D01 WA07


Comedy > Improv

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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