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Musical Improv Bootcamp - 5/20-21
Musical Improv Bootcamp
15 hours of music improv. 2 days. 1 unforgettable experience. Join fellow music improv geeks from around the country in an epic celebration of this uniquely addictive artform. Singprov guru Mike Descoteaux (founder of the Second City Music Program, Artistic Director of ImprovBoston and co-creator of the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production Blank! The Musical) leads participants through a creative boot camp guaranteed to challenge even the most advanced music improviser.
Over the course of 2 jam-packed days, we'll explore how to play with full confidence; how to get out of your own way and enjoy the true simplicity of song; how to say YES to musical offers with physical, emotional and vocal commitment; how structure can set you free; how to find the game in the song; and how to put it all together in a brilliantly satisfying, collaborative musical AllForm (IB's signature philosophy).
With ImprovBoston as your host, spend a weekend in the stunningly beautiful city of Boston. You'll see free shows each night at New England's biggest and longest running comedy theater, hang out with a class-full of new friends, sport some free ImprovBoston swag and blow it all out with an end-of-weekend showcase. While this is certainly a destination intensive, Boston improvisers are welcome to join in!
Pre-requisites: At least one year of formal improv training or experience AND completion of at least one formal intro-level musical improv class/workshop
$250 per person. Maximum: 12 students
*Please note: price does not include transportation, food or lodging. We are happy to make hotel recommendations.
Day/Time: Saturday-Sunday 10AM-5PM daily
Class Dates: May 20 through May 21, 2017
Student Showcase: Sunday, May 21 at 630PM
Class Location: ImprovBoston Studio Theater
Instructor: Mike Descoteaux
Mike Descoteaux is the Artistic Director of ImprovBoston. Mike served as head and creator of the Music Program at The Second City Training Center and music director of the Second City Etc stage in Chicago. Named one of the top young songwriters in the country by the Johnny Mercer/AMTP association, he has had the privilege of working with Tony Award-winning artists such as Jason Robert Brown, William Finn, Mark Hollmann and James LaPine. His work has been seen on NBC, A&E, WGN and stages across the country. He has “composed” and “conducted” over 1,000 completely improvised musicals with Baby Wants Candy, Musical! the musical, I Eat Pandas, BLANK! The Musical Off-Broadway and many others. In addition to teaching at institutions like the Second City, ImprovBoston, Northwestern University, and Columbia College, Mike leads workshops in music improv around the world.
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Mike Descoteaux is the full time Artistic Director of ImprovBoston and former director of ImprovBoston's National Touring Company and Family Show. For over a decade, Mike has taught, directed, and facilitated workshops in improvisation, sketch, musical improv and comedic songwriting around the world. He created and led the celebrated Music Program at The Second City in Chicago, which includes a 6-term musical improvisation conservatory, songwriting courses, master classes, and over 60 musical workshops per term. In addition, he regularly taught in their improv and writing programs which serve over 2,000 students 6 terms per year. Mike has taught at Columbia College and as a guest artist at Northwestern University. He has created and led workshops for iO (formerly Improv Olypmic), The Chicago Improv Festival, the Magnet Theater, Sarasota Improv Fest, The Chicago Cultural Center, The Colorado Improv Fest, The Playground, Norwegian Cruise Line, Chicago Sketchfest, Northwestern University’s NHSI, and numerous other schools, theatre companies, and corporations. He has taught the creative process and varied applications of improvisation to thousands of kids, teens, and adults across the country, from anti-bullying workshops to creative problem solving intensives with Fortune 500 companies. For a full bio, please click here