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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.



Don't Just Stand There! with Sean Sullivan

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 1PM - 330PM : $45

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This workshop will tackle the dilemma facing every player waiting in the wings during an improv scene: what can I do to enhance the scene without detracting from it? Group work requires risk-taking, and supporting your scene partners from the sideline can clarify, focus, and heighten scenework and reinforce group mind. Students will take advantage of the full ensemble in grounded scenework, taking cues from environment, emotion, and character through walk-ons and sideline gift-giving. Students practice on “throwing gas on the fire” by reacting from the wings and sharpen their editing skills with tap-outs and walk-ons that benefit the entire ensemble in both game-based and longform formats. Split-scenes add to on-the-fly editing to smooth out clunky transitions and reinforce thematic structures.



(Required improv experience: Completion of Improv 201 or equivalent.)

$45 per person. Maximum: 14 students

Day/Time: Sunday 1PM - 330PM

Class Dates: December 28, 2014

Student Showcase: None

Class Location: ImprovBoston Main Theater



Sean Sullivan

A native Rhode Islander sans accent, Sean Sullivan has been performing and teaching and watching and being improv about as long as you'd imagine from someone who wrote a bio. He played on the Face Off cast from 2008-09 before moving to Chicago, where he currently is a member of the ensemble at ComedySportz Chicago and house team coach at the theater. He has performed on the Harold team Bear Bones at iO; other credits include shows with the Annoyance and Playground theaters. He is currently a Contributor and member of the Writers Group with The Onion News Network.

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