IMPROVOLUTION > LOS ANGELES
COMING SOON, CHARACTER-BASED IMPROV CLASSES IN L.A. WITH HOLLY MANDEL
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• IMPROV DROP-INS
• EMERGENT IMPROV
• CLAP-IN LONGFORM
• GOOD GIRLS AREN’T FUNNY: BEYOND THE GOOD GIRL
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Classes are 3 hours. Cost: $35
Workshops vary in length and cost.
Pretty self-explanatory. Open to anyone* with a Level 1 improv training from any school. A way to work out, dust off, do reps, build new improv muscles and keep the fundamentals sharp.
Some classes will be more focused on character, some more on scene work foundations, some a mix of all of it and more.
CHARACTER IMPROV CLASSES
Both a method as well as a performance style. It teaches students to pay attention to what is happening, not what's in their heads - not where you write plot, invent story and come up with a lot of exposition quickly - but to pay attention to what is happening BETWEEN all of the players. And within yourself. To find the deepest thread or current and learn to stay connected to that.
There are no suggestions, games, or set structure. Students must learn to trust what they feel to be "true" in order to know how to move. It's a muscle that you can learn to listen to to guide you, one you can trust and follow. It keeps you grounded, connected, and 'honest'. The goal is to relax, stop pushing, stop writing and let whatever needs to happen next EMERGE. And it does.
EMERGENT IMPROV is for improv students as well as acting students, because its benefits are invaluable and unique to both. The work enables you to be comfortable and confident in the present, connected to your instincts and emotions, and plugged into the collective -- where powerful, nuanced, and authentic co-creativity can occur. It makes your scenework - improvised or scripted - alive, engaging, and truthful. You learn to listen on many levels, simultaneously. And in the end, that's all you ever need to be doing: listening. To your instincts, your ideas, your character's wants & needs, what others are saying, what they're intending, what's happening in the space...all of it. It tells you everything you need to know,
I have found, personally, there is nothing else like it. I've been teaching it in NYC and LA for many, many years now and the results, to me, are staggering and dynamic. I've seen timid, insecure, and wooden performers blossom. Actors who are stuck in a loop of "pushing" and indicating suddenly drop INTO themselves and find their character's there -- they are able in inhabit and move around AS them. Improvisers get out of their heads, stop writing, planning, and controlling. Underneath all of it, what I believe performers are tapping into is "truth". And when THAT becomes your reference point, your work AND your play cannot help but transform.
GOOD GIRLS AREN’T FUNNY: BEYOND THE GOOD GIRL
*Our classes are open to everyone who is a supportive, woke, team-player. If you demonstrate at any point that you are not any of these, you will be un-invited - permanently - from playing with us.
You have 72 hours to cancel. After that, you are welcome to find someone to take your spot.
You must have LEVEL 1 experience from any improv school, anywhere.
You are allowed to come late but please don’t make it a habit.
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All classes are taught by Holly Mandel unless stated. Schedule will be posted here as well as emailed out weekly. To stay on top of getting the classes you want, sign up for an email blast here!