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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.

 

Comedic Songwriting with Mike Descoteaux

Sundays, May 7 & 14, 2017, 11AM - 1PM : $99

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A 2-week workshop.

Choruses, taglines and bridges, oh my. In just 2 jam-packed weeks, we'll explore the ins and outs of writing funny songs. ImprovBoston Artistic Director and former Second City music director Mike Descoteaux breaks comedic songwriting down into easy-to-use concepts guaranteeing success for students of every experience level.  From the craft of rhyming to developing comedic angles to exploring the relationship between characters and music, this intensive study will get participants' pens going and rhythm flowing. Previous musical experience is welcome but by no means necessary for this course.

 
Pre-requisite: None

 

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$99 per person. Maximum: 12 students

Day/Time: Sunday 11AM-1PM

Class Dates: May 7 and 14

Class Location: Room #6 at 620 Mass Ave.

Instructor: Mike Descoteaux

*This workshop does not have a Student Showcase.

 

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.


 

Musical Improv Bootcamp with Mike Descoteaux

Saturday, May 20 through Sunday, May 21, 2017, 10AM - 5PM : $250

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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.


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