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ImprovBoston regularly hosts nationally acclaimed improv instructors, directors, performers, authors, playwrights, and actors as part of our Master Class Series. Our goal is to provide ongoing opportunities for our students, cast, and wider community to experience a variety of talent and perspectives.



Will Luera Workshops 

Free Form Improvisation 

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 10AM - 1PM : $65


 
Learn how to do great, honest scenes effortlessly, using the Zenprov Unified Theory. This workshop explores the makings of the unique style of Big Bang free-form improvisation. This mindset is built on the concept of "follow the funny" and proposes that every single moment, beat, line and movement in a show can be deconstructed and used to lead you to the next scene. During this exploration and deconstruction of content, a language and pattern are established that help define form where previously there was no form. Students will review the tools that will enable them to create a unique free-form performance every time they hit the stage. We will review the ideas of listening to what the show wants, what can be funny, fluid editing and creating an experience that is a result of the space, the cast and the audience itself.
 
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$65 per person. Maximum: 16 students
Day/Time: Saturday 10AM - 1PM
Class Dates: October 7, 2017
Prerequisites: Improv 201 or equivalent
Student Showcase: None
Class Location: 620 Mass Ave, Room #2
Instructor: Will Luera

 

Scene Diagnostics

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 3M - 6PM : $65

This workshop focuses on a line-by-line deconstruction of your scenes to see what works and what doesn’t. The first third of the class will look at scene openings; We will focus on making strong verbal, non-verbal and physical offers and then on how to properly build off of that idea together. The second third will look at the core of the scene; We will explore aspects of heightening, playing the game and exploring the relationship of the scene. The final third will focus on ending the scene. We will look at strategies on resolving scenes that will be satisfying for both the audience and the performers.
 
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$65 per person. Maximum: 16 students
Day/Time: Saturday 3PM - 6PM
Class Dates: October 7, 2017
Prerequisites: None
Student Showcase: None
Class Location: 620 Mass Ave, Room #7
Instructor: Will Luera

Bio

 
Will Luera is the Director of Improvisation at Florida Studio Theatre, Director of Big Bang Improv and serves as the Artistic Director Emeritus of ImprovBoston, Artistic Director of the Pilsen Improv Festival, Artistic Associate of the Chicago Improv Festival, Artistic Advisor to the Women in Comedy Festival and Part-time Faculty at Boston College. Will is co-creator of Healing Moments for Alzheimer’s, a non-profit organization that provides education, advocacy, and ministry for persons with dementia and their caregivers. Since 2004, Will has also served Healing Moments as consultant for Improvisation Education. Will tours globally as an improv and theater actor, director and instructor that performs and teaches regularly all across North America, South America, Europe and Asia.
 
 
Comedic Storytelling with Guilia Rozzi

 

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 3PM - 6PM : $65

 

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Comedic Storytelling with Giulia Rozzi 
In this one day workshop students will learn the basics of story structure and how to take their personal experiences and turn them into an entertaining, engaging, and funny performances. Through verbal and written exercises students will discover what stories to tell, how to find the truth in the tale, and build confidence on stage. Open to students of all levels that are interested in performing or people that just want to get better at speaking and sharing stories in front of others. Please bring pen, paper, and story ideas (if you have them). Everyone will have a chance to tell at least one short story to the group.
 
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$65 per person. Maximum: 12 students
Day/Time: Saturday 3PM - 6PM
Class Dates: October 14, 2017
Student Showcase: None
Class Location: ImprovBoston Studio Theater
Instructor: Giulia Rozzi
 
Bio
 
 
Giulia Rozzi is a comedian, actress, writer. Paste Magazine describes her as " the smart friend everyone needs in their lives. An intelligent, perceptive mind that’s almost painfully aware of the foibles bound up in modern day living," Her very personal, blunt, and animated humor has earned her the honor of being a TEDx speaker, a Moth GrandSLAM champion,and recently named one of BUST Magazine's 10 Funny Women You Need To Be Watching Right Now. She's been seen on Tru TV, Vh1, Lifetime, Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central's This Is Not Happening, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Playboy TV and co-stars/created in the web series Seeing Other People. Her critically acclaimed solo show Bad Bride ran at the Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC for 8 months and toured the US and UK She also co-created /hosts the groundbreaking and long running (almost 10 years!) sex themed storytelling show Stripped Stories in venues all over the US. As a writer, Giulia has worked on the MTV series Girl Code and Silent Library, Bravo's Odd Mom Out and TV Land's Younger. Currently she co-hosts the podcast Hopefully We Don't Break Up on Cave Comedy Radio and hosts/created the monthly show First Set at Union Hall in Brooklyn. Her comedy album True Loved was released in February 2016 and is available on iTunes. 
 
 
Laura & Rick Hall Workshops

 

Whose Musical Improv Workshop Is It Anyway

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 10AM - 1PM : $65

Have you always wondered, “How do they improvise the songs on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” If so then join with “Whose Line's” musical director Laura Hall, and veteran Second City improvisor Rick Hall for a Intro to Music Improv Workshop.
Laura & Rick have taught Music Improv all over the U.S. and Canada. They create a supportive, fun environment, starting with games and warmups to ease into singing. You'll build vocal confidence and learn to listen to each other and the accompaniment. You'll learn about creating characters and stories through song. Before you know it, you'll be belting out your own great improvised songs!
Here is some of the material we'll cover:
1. Warming up and why it’s important; the care and use of your voice.
2. Building vocal confidence: exploring melody, rhythm, discovering your natural voice, ways to help if you’re not an experienced singer. 
3. Finding your own way of approaching a musical accompaniment, and your own take on the subject matter.
4. Music improv as a natural extension of scenic work: exploring character, location, story, etc. to create rich and interesting songs. 
5. Ensemble singing: Listening, watching, taking turns, coming to a chorus, intro to harmony singing.
6. Short form song games, and improvising songs within long forms.
Here's what people who've taken our workshops have to say:
“I was blown away by how supportive and encouraging you both were. You've made me feel better about myself as an improvisor as a whole, not just musical improv.” - Heather D, Toronto, ON
“I had a great time and learned a bunch at the same time. You and Rick quickly put the class at ease and whamm-o we were singing like champs!” - Andy R. Aurora, IL
 
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$65 per person. Maximum: 16 students
Day/Time: Saturday, 10am-1pm
Class Dates: November 4, 2017
Prerequisites: At least 16 weeks of formal improv training
Student Showcase: None
Class Location: ImprovBoston (40 Prospect St, Cambridge)
Instructor: Laura & Rick Hall
 
 
Advanced Music Improv with Rick & Laura Hall

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 2PM - 5PM : $65

Have you always wondered, “How do they improvise the songs on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” If so then join with “Whose Line's” musical director Laura Hall, and veteran Second City improvisor Rick Hall for a Intro to Music Improv Workshop.
Laura & Rick have taught Music Improv all over the U.S. and Canada. They create a supportive, fun environment, starting with warmups, and moving into song improv as a natural extension of your existing improv skills. We'll focus on creating a strong “who” and “where” for your songs, we'll look at musical form and structure, advanced harmonies and more. All in a positive setting where you can explore, stretch out of your comfort zone, and have fun.
Here's some of the material we'll cover
 
1. Ensemble singing: Coming to a chorus, counter melodies, call & response, duets, trios and big cast numbers, advanced harmony
2. Integrating music into long forms, short form music games
3. Song structure and some musical theory (and why it’s important)
4. Working with different musical styles and genres
5. Movement: improvising group choreography
6. Digging deep into location and character work to bring your songs to life.
Here's what people who've taken our workshops have to say:
 
“Thanks for a terrific, informative and fun day. You two really know what you're doing and are extremely good teachers. It's a rare combination and I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it.” - Karen K, Pebble Beach, CA
“What a great teaching team! Within the first two hours we learned how to advance scenes with song; built confidence and had fun…lots of it.” – Gerry Orton, Monterey, CA
 
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$65 per person. Maximum: 16 students
Day/Time: Saturday, 2pm-5pm
Class Dates: November 4, 2017
Prerequisites: Graduate of 701 or by permission
Student Showcase: None
Class Location: ImprovBoston (40 Prospect St, Cambridge)
Instructor: Laura & Rick Hall
 
 
Physicality Workshop with Rick Hall

Sunday, November 5, 2017, 10AM - 1PM : $65

This workshop will help connect your improv to your physical self, to avoid the dreaded “talking head” scenes. Rick will guide you in using your physical self to enrich your character work. You'll also work on creating physical environments and strong object work, to help your scenes have a stronger sense of location.
Rick got his start on the mainstage at Second City Chicago, and has taught improv all over the U.S. and Canada. He creates a supportive, fun environment where you'll feel safe to explore new ideas and expand your improv skills.
 
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$65 per person. Maximum: 16 students
Day/Time: Sunday, 10am-1pm
Class Dates: November 5, 2017
Prerequisites: At least 16 weeks of formal improv training
Student Showcase: None
Class Location: ImprovBoston (40 Prospect St, Cambridge)
Instructor: Rick Hall
 
 
Rick and Laura Hall Bio
 
 
Rick and Laura met in Chicago, driving in a crowded van with the touring company of “The Second City”. Laura broke all her dating rules by going out with an actor (worse yet, an improviser), but since then they've gotten married, had two kids, and moved to L.A., where they continue to perform, write and teach, both separately and together.
Rick & Laura lead music improv workshops at colleges, festivals and theaters around the country. They especially like helping people discover that song improv is really fun and accessible.
They also play together in the band, “The Sweet Potatoes”, performing their own unique blend of
country, folk and homespun Americana, loaded with acoustic instruments and vocal harmonies. 
Laura is best known as the improvisational pianist on the hit TV show, “Whose Line is it Anyway”, which is back after a 10 year hiatus, in its fifth season on the CW Network, with Aisha Tyler as the new host.
Laura was in the “Drew Carey Show” live episodes, and has toured the country with “Drew Carey and the Improv All Stars”. She has played with tons of improv groups in Chicago and L.A., including The Groundlings, iO and iO West (Improv Olympic), The Annoyance Theater, Theatresports, Improv Institute, and Opening Night: The Improvised Musical!
While at “The Second City” Laura wrote music for the Jeff Award winning E.T.C. revue, “Channel This!” She composed original musicals with the “Annoyance Theater” and “Theater-A-Go-Go”, including “Patty, Patty, Bang! Bang!” which won an L.A. Weekly award for Best New Musical.
Laura has written music for indie films, including “Slice of Pie”, written by and starring her husband. She scored two award winning documentaries about the holocaust, “After Auschwitz” and “Swimming in Auschwitz”, and romantic comedies, “Anatomy of a Breakup” and “Look at Me”.
After touring with “The Second City”, he opened two main stage shows, “John Paul Sartre & Ringo” and “Catch 27”. Rick Hall was a founding member of Chicago’s “Improv Institute”. Rick uses his improv skills as a host/presenter at meetings and corporate events, to help him handle whatever gets thrown at him. 
Rick has been on improv-based TV shows “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and as a series regular on “The Factory”. He’s been a host of films and television shows, including 28 episodes of “KC Undercover”, and guest spots on “NCIS”, “24”, “The Middle”, “According to Jim”, and “Seinfeld”. He has been seen in numerous commercials for AT&T, Centrum, Sabra Hummus, Volkswagen and many more.
Rick loves writing and telling stories. His one man show, “Pigboy”, focused on stories about growing up on a farm in Central Illinois. It was chosen for the “HBO Comedy Arts Festival” in Aspen, and enjoyed successful runs in L.A., Chicago, and across the midwest. Rick has recorded a cd of several of his stories and turned one of them, “Slice of Pie”, into a short film, which has enjoyed a successful run of the film festival circuit, winning numerous awards. 
To find out more about Laura, visit www.laurahall.com To find out more about The Sweet Potatoes, visit www.thesweetpotatoes.com

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