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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

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$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.

 

Bio

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 Slate.com. 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.

 

Date(s):
  1. Saturday, May 13, 2017, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
TBA - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Training Center Lower
Instructor:

Deana Criess

Deana Criess Tolliver has taught Improvisation, Sketch Writing and Stand Up to budding comedians of all ages. She is a veteran instructor at ImprovBoston and has taught comedy and drama classes at numerous schools, colleges, festivals and camp programs including the nationally acclaimed Charles River Creative Arts Program. Deana is an instructor with the ImprovBoston Comedy Camps and a facilitator for ImprovBoston Communications, IB's corporate/executive training arm. Deana is the creator and lead facilitator for ImprovBoston's Anti-Bullying Program. She is also the former Director of Education at ImprovBoston and continues to enjoy sharing the art of comedy with anyone who will listen.

More About Deana

Tuition: $50.00
Registration: Eventbrite - Reinventing ShortForm
Contact: comedyschool@improvboston.com