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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.

The Italian Job: Love the Silence with Mico Pugliares

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 10AM - 1PM : $65

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It does not matter so much what you say as how you say it. This is a workshop based on non-verbal communication, pauses and silences, which are paramount and indispensable to convey truth and credibility to a scene or a character. We will focuses on the importance of the character's intention and awareness, and on the concept that words come as a consequence, not the driving force. We will work on intentions before encountering words, on expressive silences and pauses as a fundamental part of improvised acting. Additionally, we'll explore:

  • intention as the heart of dialogue
  • priority of relationship over words
  • the importance of silence in the progress of a scene

Prerequisite: Completion of Improv 201 or equivalent at another improv theater


$65 per person. Maximum: 14 students

Day/Time: Saturday 10AM - 1PM

Class Dates: August 15, 2015

Student Showcase: None

Class Location: Main Theater




Domenico Mico Pugliares was born in Sicily and then moved to Lombardy. As strange as it might seem. He took a master's degree in Political Science and after dedicating many years music (he is on stage since 1985), he devoted himself to theatre, studying acting at the Cooperativa Theatre in Milan with important names of the theatrical Italian scenario. Mico started his experience of theatrical improvisation studying at the Improvisation School of Milan "Teatribù", where he become a teacher after a three year training and Artistic Director. He then continued studying improvisation with international names like Randy Dixon, Charles Castillo, Omar Galvan, Kevin John Gillese, Amber Nash, Stephen Sim, Jill Bernard, Orla Mc Govern, Rama Nicholas. In the past 10 years he's been teaching theatrical improvisation techniques and acting all around Italy and Europe where he’s been teaching in Sweden, Ireland, Portugal and England festivals and also in Finland school. He has played a role in many shows of theatrical improvisation in Italy as well as in Germany, Turkey, Switzerland, United States, Finland, Sweden and Irland. As an actor, author and director he takes part in many production of "official" theatre working in many different theatres. Among them the Piccolo Teatro of Milan, one of the most important theatre in Europe. His professional path and inspiration arises from the need of merging the tools of Improvisation with those of text based theatre.



Musical Improv Bootcamp

Friday, July 31 through Sunday, August 2, 2015, 10AM - 5PM : $250

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20 hours of music improv.  3 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 3 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 longform.
With ImprovBoston as your host, spend a long-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


$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: Friday-Sunday 10AM-5PM daily

Class Dates: July 31 through August 2, 2015

Student Showcase: Sunday, August 2 at 7PM

Class Location: ImprovBoston Main 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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