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IMPROV 501: Intro to LongForm: the Harold

Students build off the game-driven scene work explored in 401 to discover how If-Then patterns can be used to produce a rewarding longform structure. One of the best known and most engaging formats, the Harold was developed by the legendary Del Close many years ago to explore connections between scenes, creating a rich world before the audiences' eyes. Using the Harold as a template, improvisers dive into key components shared by many longforms such as openings, second beats, and group games. This gateway to longform will help students focus on strengthening scenework and building ensemble while taking an important step in the journey towards IB's signature "All-Form" stye of play. Graduates of 501 can improvise a basic Harold and have command over game-driven scenework. Upon completion of 501, students are also eligible to enroll in the Advanced Harold elective.

Each session ends with a Student Showcase.

Prerequisite: IMPROV 401

Maximum Number of Students: 12