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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.

Behavior First Improv with Kevin Mullaney

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10AM - 1PM : $65

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You've never got nothing. Harness viewpoints at the top of the scene to establish the behavior and emotional state of your characters. Find out how they feel about each other first, before you know the who, what and where. Trust how the scene feels and let justifications bubble up from your subconscious.
 
Pre-requisite: Completion of Improv 301 or higher

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$65 per person. Maximum: 14 students

Day/Time: Saturday 10AM-1PM

Class Dates: May 20

Class Location: Main Theater

Instructor: Kevin Mullaney

*This workshop does not have a Student Showcase.

 

Bio

Kevin Mullaney

Kevin Mullaney has taught improvisation for over 20 years, first for iO Theater, then for the UCB Theatre in New York and and now for the Improv Resource Center in Chicago. He is the host of the Improv Resource Center Podcast and the webmaster of the Improv Resource Center. Since returning to Chicago, he has directed many shows both improvised and written including: One Act Roulette, #trending, Based on a True Story, Dear James Franco, Vampyre Hunter High, Space Warps, and A Swarm of Spoilers.

He is the former Artistic Director of the Chicago Improv Festival and of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York, where he also served as the chief administrator of their training program. He directed numerous improv shows for the UCB Theater including “Tracers”, “Retraced”, “Individually Wrapped”, and “The Swarm in Slow Waltz Around Rage Mountain”. He is the creator of Cage-Match and the Annual 3 on 3 Tournament at UCB. He recently won the 2015 INNY award from Improvisation News for the best "Best Improv Comedy Instructor/Coach". He is also a frequent guest teacher at the Second City Training Center.

 


 
Unleash Your Improv with Kevin Mullaney

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 3PM - 6PM : $65

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When you improvise, do you surprise yourself? In this workshop, we will explore adding a little chaos into your scenes on purpose. Change the subject, state your opinion emphatically before you know what it is, make up a long story in the middle of a scene, over react to mundane things, exit or enter a scene without a reason. If these things sound like a bad idea, this workshop is for you. Real life situations are messy and unpredictable, so maybe, just maybe, your scenes should be as well.
 
Pre-requisite: Completion of Improv 301 or higher

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$65 per person. Maximum: 14 students

Day/Time: Saturday 3PM-6PM

Class Dates: May 20

Class Location: Training Center Upper

Instructor: Kevin Mullaney

*This workshop does not have a Student Showcase.

 

Bio

Kevin Mullaney

Kevin Mullaney has taught improvisation for over 20 years, first for iO Theater, then for the UCB Theatre in New York and and now for the Improv Resource Center in Chicago. He is the host of the Improv Resource Center Podcast and the webmaster of the Improv Resource Center. Since returning to Chicago, he has directed many shows both improvised and written including: One Act Roulette, #trending, Based on a True Story, Dear James Franco, Vampyre Hunter High, Space Warps, and A Swarm of Spoilers.

He is the former Artistic Director of the Chicago Improv Festival and of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York, where he also served as the chief administrator of their training program. He directed numerous improv shows for the UCB Theater including “Tracers”, “Retraced”, “Individually Wrapped”, and “The Swarm in Slow Waltz Around Rage Mountain”. He is the creator of Cage-Match and the Annual 3 on 3 Tournament at UCB. He recently won the 2015 INNY award from Improvisation News for the best "Best Improv Comedy Instructor/Coach". He is also a frequent guest teacher at the Second City Training Center.


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.


 

Punch Up with Kelly MacFarland

Saturday, June 17, 2017, 3PM - 6PM : $65

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You’ve been doing standup comedy for over a year… now what? Work that set! During this workshop, Kelly will take you through exercises to help generate new premises, punch up current material and fine tune your comedic voice. All participants are required to bring three minutes of new material to take to the stage for a productive feedback session. You will be up and on your feet throughout this workshop, however there will be time for an incredibly valuable Q&A session with this 18 year standup comedy veteran.

Class Instructions: Bring three minutes of new material and your preferred method for taking notes and housing jokes. (notebook, laptop, tablet)

 
Pre-requisite: At least one year of standup experience with consistent stage time.

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$65 per person. Maximum: 14 students

Day/Time: Saturday 3PM-6PM

Class Dates: June 17

Class Location: Studio Theater

Instructor: Kelly MacFarland

*This workshop does not have a Student Showcase.

 

Bio

Kelly MacFarland

As an experienced stand-up comedian, Kelly has an extensive and well-rounded resume including comedy clubs, theaters, colleges, festivals, television appearances and entertaining US troops overseas.  Kelly was first runner up in the 2009 Boston Comedy Festival, voted Best of the Fest 2010 Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, released her first album, Bombshell in 2011, performed with the Oddball Festival 2015, performed on the Verizon Comedy Stage at Boston Calling (2016 & 2017) and has been a featured headliner for the Boston Women in Comedy Festival for multiple years. Kelly has appeared on Stand Up in Stilettos on the TV Guide Channel and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. Kelly is the host of the web series, Fit or Fad for Scripps Network. Most recently, Kelly was part of the Top 100 Comedians of Last Comic Standing Season 9, appeared on AXS Gotham Comedy LIVE and came in 1st place in the professional category of 2016 Ladies of Laughter competition.

Kelly is also an accomplished improviser. She has performed with Fred Willard, Laura Hall and has been a resident cast member of the ImprovBoston National Touring Company since 2014. Kelly is currently writing a clever collection of short stories based on her stand up and her life and she just released her second album, You Woke Up Today, available on iTunes and Amazon. For all things Kelly, visit www.kellymacfarland.com!


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