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.
Classes will use a variety of tools to help develop students - some more focused on character, some more on scene work foundations, some writing, some emergent work. Often a mix.
It’s always helpful to meet new people, learn by trail-and-error, and let go in a supportive, positive environment. DROP-INS are an integral part of any improvisers training - what you do outside of classes, putting in reps, and experimenting and taking risks.
CHARACTER IMPROV CLASSES
The use of character in improv is a game-changer. The more an improviser lets go into the world of their character, the easier it becomes to play. The less work the improviser needs to do to be clever, “write” the scene, push plot, and freak-out in general about ‘where is this scene going???!!!’
Character-improv focuses on the WHO of the scene. It doubles-down on the personality, opinions, behaviors, and delightfully-bizarre-and-quirky worlds of our characters. These classes are designed to help you understand more clearly WHAT a character is, HOW to create and inhabit them, and then the practice and experience of improv from WITHIN them.
It’s both a method as well as a performance style. Holly began developing it to teach 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.” - HOLLY
CLAP-INS are a specific style of longform, made extremely popular by the Groundling’s CRAZY UNCLE JOE SHOW. Holly created that show specifically for her character improviser pals there because the format was so open and so perfect for character-improv work.
Unlike other longform formats, it’s very flexible in how it can be utilized - there isn’t “one right way” to do CLAP-INS. So troupes can discover and mold their shows to what they prefer and experiment with new ways to use it.
Holly will offer 4-hour INTRO TO CLAP-IN WORKSHOPS for anyone new to the format, as well as these CLAP-IN classes for people with any amount of experience.
GOOD GIRLS AREN’T FUNNY: BEYOND THE GOOD GIRL
*our classes are open to everyone who is a supportive, woke, team player. If you ain’t these things, look elsewhere please. Or become these things.
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!