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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

 

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$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 Decoteaux

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.

 

Date(s):
  1. Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  2. Sunday, May 21, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Studio Theater
Instructor:

Mike Descoteaux

Mike Descoteaux is the full time Artistic Director of ImprovBoston. He is the former executive director of the nationally renowned Charles River Creative Arts Program as well as founder of the celebrated Music Program at The Second City Training Center in Chicago. Among other notable arts leadership positions, Mike is the co-creator of the ground-breaking Off-Broadway production BLANK! The Musical, and was the creator/director of the critically acclaimed sketch satire, Best Church of God, named “Best Sketch Comedy in Chicago” several years running. In various capacities, Mike has collaborated with Tony, Emmy and Oscar-award winning artists and, with equal passion, students and emerging artists of all ages. Mike designed the curriculum for ImprovBoston’s now 7-level core improv program, the theater’s Grad School, 3-level Music Improv Program and co-authored IB’s 3-level Sketch program. He created ImprovBoston’s Music Director Training Program (one of only 2 in the country, the other at the Second City whose program he also founded). Mike loves teaching improv, sketch, music improv, comedic songwriting and music direction. He’s taught at iO, The Annoyance, ComedySportz, UCB, the PIT, Just the Funny, Four Day Weekend, Florida Studio Theater, the Magnet and other comedy institutions nationwide. Over the past 2 decades, Mike’s led comedy workshops at festivals around the world including at the Boston Comedy Arts Festival, Finland Improv Festival, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, Chicago Musical Improv Festival, Sarasota Improv Festival, Colorado Improv Festival, Improv Utopia (East & Yosemite), the Alaska State Improv Festival, ITVFest and more. At ImprovBoston, Mike has directed its prestigious Mainstage cast, National Touring Company, The Family Show, All Access and numerous indie sketch and improv ensembles. “Mike D” is thrilled to combine his passion for improv, teaching, directing, music and arts management to serve this remarkable community.

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Tuition: $250.00
Registration:

SOLD OUT - This class has reached maximum capacity

Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com