INTRO TO IMPROV
An informative introduction to improvisation for anyone looking to learn the fundamentals…the basic tools, rules, and philosophy…through games, drills, and simple scenes with a unique, character-based approach. It's VERY fun, VERY supportive and noncompetitive. For actors and non-actors alike. Improv, truly, is for everyone.
This three hour workshop will give you an understanding of WHAT makes improv work and WHY it works…and a new confidence that you…yes, even YOU!…can do it. Plus, you’ll have new skills to help you in work, and life. More effective communication, less self-consciousness about in speaking in public, an easier access to thinking on your feet, and the ability to listen without an agenda.
Whether you’re a performer, banker, comedian, graphic designer, public speaker, sales rep or lawyer, improv is honestly for anyone who wants to do it. The benefits are limitless. And best of all, it’s fun! Yes, that’s right, FUN! We clearly can’t say that enough. Take our word for it, you’ll be delighted you took the plunge and tried it.
DURATION: 3 hours
Pretty self-explanatory. Open to anyone with 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 your improv - some more focused on character, some more on scene work foundations, some writing, some emergent work.
It’s always helpful to meet new people, experiment, go back to the basics, focus on specific areas, and/or let go in a supportive, positive, joyful environment. After all, this IS just improv comedy. DROP-INS are an integral part of any improvisers training and can support what you do in your classes, your writing, your performing and, let’s be honest, your general level of sanity and delight in life.
DURATION: 3 hours
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 in the scene, not what's in their heads - where you write plot, invent story and come up with a lot of exposition quickly, ticking off the ‘who, what, where’ boxes - 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.
DURATION: 3 hours
LEVEL 1: FUNDAMENTALS OF IMPROV
In this 6 week class, you will be introduced to the tenets of improvisation through the use of drills, exercises and games. We do not teach a particular format. Instead, we prefer to teach students the basics and philosophy behind improv itself before teaching any particular structure. You will also be introduced to our school’s unique character-based approach.
We also understand everyone develops differently and at their own pace, so we offer a very supportive and individualized process.
WHAT YOU’LL GET:
all of the foundational improv tools in order to understand the principles of how improv works & why it works
the opportunity to grow & develop your creative muscle with our specific approach to teaching
see & experience first hand why improvisation is not just about comedy and performing, but a way to be with more freedom, confidence, inclusivity, and positivity
use the tools and orientation of improv to locate or strengthen your instincts, ideas, and authenticity
DURATION: 6 classes / 3-hours
BEYOND THE GOOD GIRL
These workshops are designed solely to help women improvisers, comediennes, and creators of all kinds identify how “doing things right”, being “good”, “liked” and “nice”, and wanting to please more than express their own authentic ideas/voices ultimately is a completely different PART OF THEMSELVES than the strong, confident, self-directed, liberated one.
It will also give women the opportunity to see how universal and non-personal the “Good Girl” is, as it is a layer in Woman’s Collective Consciousness, with historical roots and cultural necessity. You will start to hear how your Good Girl talks to you, strategizes, and undermines. You will catch yourself worrying about pleasing others first and foremost, playing it safe, hesitating, doubting yourself, feeling inferior (to other women especially), and weirdly waiting for permission to do whatever you want and be as amazing as you are. This enables you to begin to catch her at work and make a different choice.
The workshops create a powerful and supportive environment where women have one another’s backs at all times as a new default position, and where you can stop worrying about being liked/nice/right/the best and exercise the muscle that is free from self-consciousness, competition (the kind that isn’t helpful), and intense judgement.
Through discussion, inquiry, and exercises we will delve into what the Good Girl is, how she works in us all, and how she effects what we do and how we think. We will also, simultaneously identify and strengthen the part of us that is NOT our Good Girl…the FUCK-IT: the free part that lives in us all as well. Already. Which is bold, inclusive, fearless, full of ease and inspiration and limitlessness. That wants ALL women to succeed, and values women (including ourselves) for something deeper than what culture currently values us for.
When we start changing VALUES...change will happen. And while it’s hard to change values externally, it is VERY possible to change them internally. And THAT is itself a radical revolution and game-changer.
Each workshop is uniquely different as it is shaped and effected by the women present: what they bring, where they are struggling, and what is needed to bust their GOOD GIRL wide open to let the bold, brazen FUCK IT out!
These workshops were developed from Holly’s talk, GOOD GIRLS AREN’T FUNNY, which you can read about here:
DURATION: 3 hours
OTHER WORKSHOPS COMING UP:
CLOWNING & LECOQ PHYSICAL THEATER
IMPROV FOR AUDITIONING