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Master Classes

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.

The Two-Person Scene with Peter Kim

Friday, April 7, 2017, 530PM - 730PM : $45

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The 2 person relationship scene is the cornerstone of improvisation. In this workshop, we will hone the skills of hyper-listening and making bold choices in order to establish and explore the world from the first few moments of the scene.
 
Pre-requisite: Completion of Improv 201 or higher

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$45 per person. Maximum: 12 students

Day/Time: Friday 530PM-730PM

Class Dates: April 7

Class Location: Main Theater

Instructor: Peter Kim

*This workshop does not have a Student Showcase.

 

Bio

Peter Kim

Peter Kim is a Chicago based writer, performer, comedian represented by Gray Talent Group. Recent credits include The Second City National Touring Company, and The Second City e.t.c. - where he was nominated for a Jeff Award in the critically acclaimed revue: 'A Red Line Runs Through It'. He can currently be seen improvising with Baby Wine at The Annoyance, hosting The Moth at Lincoln Hall and The Kiki at The Laugh Factory. Follow him @peterkz


 
Scenic Sketch Workshop with Ryan Bernier

Saturday, April 15, 2017, 3PM - 6PM : $65

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This sketch workshop includes a focus on game of the scene, flushing out your personal pov, and creating stageable scenes. Find the road map to re-improvise for sketch or build from the page with workable beats. Find the comedy faster. We will discuss how to focus on assembling strong, clear, concise, stage-able sketches and characters.
 
When improvising to sketch or writing in a vacuum it's important that your idea be clean so you can lead with humor and build on that idea. This workshop will help clarify your point of view so it's not muddy or bogging down the comedy in your sketch. This will include a short question and answer session.
 
Please bring a 2-3 page sketch from the past that hasn't been working for you that you'd like help on. Include the number of copies to read it in the room. When time allows we may talk through some of these sketches.
 
Pre-requisite: None

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$65 per person. Maximum: 16 students

Day/Time: Saturday 3PM-6PM

Class Dates: April 15

Class Location: Training Center Lower

Instructor: Ryan Bernier

*This workshop does not have a Student Showcase.

 

Bio

Ryan Bernier

Ryan Bernier's (Director/Professor) recent directing credits at Second City include Jeff Award nominated revue Panic on Cloud 9, and A Clown Car Named Desire (Best Revue, Best Director), Jeff Award winning We’re All in this Room Together (Best Revue, Best Director), Second City’s America: All Better!! (at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Helen Hayes Award nominated). He was recently awarded Suffolk University’s 10 Under 10 Honor. Ryan directs at the Improv Asylum in Boston, teaches at Columbia College and Emerson College.


 
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.


 

Clowning for Improvisers with Shara Tonn

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 3PM - 6PM : $65

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When she isn't improvising, Shara is a professional clown. And she's found that clowning skills are useful for all levels of improvisers to get more comfortable with physicality and playfulness onstage. Clowns generally aren't big talkers so much of the art of clowning is about using your entire body to convey meaning. If you are an improviser who feels disconnected from your body, this workshop will teach you some ways to bridge that gap in your performance.
 
Pre-requisite: Completion of Improv 101

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$65 per person. Maximum: 14 students

Day/Time: Saturday 3PM-6PM

Class Dates: June 3

Class Location: Studio Theater

Instructor: Shara Tonn

*This workshop does not have a Student Showcase.

 

Bio

Shara Tonn

Shara Tonn is an improviser, actor, clown and teacher in San Francisco. An alumna of the Stanford Improvisors and San Francisco Circus Center’s Clown Conservatory, Shara performs with Un-Scripted Theater Company, Minerva, The Human Knot, Mona and Shara Do Improv, Bay Area Children’s Theater and Bay Area circus shows. She teaches improv at Collective Capital, Un-Scripted Theater Company and Aragon High School.


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