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Reinventing ShortForm - 05/13/17

Reinventing ShortForm

Every decent improviser knows shortform, right? Not so fast. If you think shortform is easy, hack, or gimmicky, you're not doing it right. Discover the art of shortform with Deana Criess, the director of ImprovBoston's National Touring Company. Learn how to connect with an audience, attack the stage, and find the game within the game. Geek out on structures, comedic angles and ever-elusive hosting techniques. Gain valuable scenic, collaborative, character, audience interaction and fast-play skills that you can apply to most any other style of improv. One thing's for sure: after this workshop, you will never look at shortform the same way.
Pre-requisite: Graduate of ImprovBoston Comedy School or permission from instructor


$50 per person. Maximum: 10 students

Day/Time: Saturday 3PM-6PM

Class Dates: May 13

Class Location: Training Center Lower

Instructor: Deana Criess

*This workshop does not have a Student Showcase.



Deana Criess

Deana Criess is the Director of ImprovBoston’s National Touring Company and a cast member in ImprovBoston's Mainstage, Family Show and MIC (Musical Improv Cast). Deana performs and teaches at festivals, theaters, Fortune 500 companies and colleges around the country. Her industry leading workshops have been featured on PBS, NPR, KBS (the Korean Broadcasting System) and in The Boston Globe. Deana's comedy has been featured on CNN and She has over 15 years of professional experience with audiences of all ages performing, directing and teaching longform and shortform improvisation as well as sketch writing, stand up comedy and musical theater. She has also written several plays including Lube! The Musical. During her years in comedy she has worked with some amazing artists including Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons), Laura Hall (Whose Line Is It Anyway), Eric Drysdale (Full Frontal), Josh Gondelman (Last Week Tonight), Jen Kirkman (Drunk History), Faith Soloway (Transparent), Anthony Atamanuik (The President Show), Janeane Garofalo, Dave Razowsky (The Second City) and many more.


  1. Saturday, May 13, 2017, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
TBA - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Training Center Lower



Tuition: $50.00
Registration: Eventbrite - Reinventing ShortForm