ELECTIVES & WORKSHOPS
iO OFFERS A VARIETY OF UNIQUE WORKSHOPS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
Advanced Scene Work
Expand your scene work tool kit and strengthen your improv craft in this six-week workshop. The class will focus on deeper and more intuitive listening, increased specificity of character and relationship, and ways to find more interesting and grounded scenes. Practice patience and trust with your scene partners, slow down, dig in, and learn to love the ride of the scene rather than working so hard to be funny. In addition to building scene work skills, the workshop will explore tools useful in transitioning between and within scenes as applied to two person and small cast long form improv.
Registration open to students who have completed Level 4 Improv at iO (or equivalent) or by permission of instructor.
6 weeks starting:
Wednesday January 17th at 3:00 PM in The Loft
A scene intensive designed to isolate what makes the best possible scenes and a practical "how-to" build a consistent practice to initiate and develop those scenes more often. This advanced elective is for graduates of the training center.
4 weeks starting:
Saturday February 3rd at 3:30 PM in the Mainstage
SCENE & GAME
What should the focus of an improv scene be? Relationship? Game? Why not learn how to play both at the same time? In this small workshop we will learn how to deepen the types of relationship scenes we are playing, making them more active and interesting, and then combine it with learning how to play game from an emotional point of view. The result -- a hybrid scene that combines the best of both worlds!
2 weeks (4 classes) starting:
Saturday February 17th at 3:00 PM in the Writer's Room
Greg HessRegister Here
Characters and Impressions 101
In this class you will learn the fundamentals of creating, writing and performing character monologues and impressions.
“I start with the voice. I find out how the character sounds. It's through the way he speaks that I find out the rest about him”-Peter Sellers, one of the greatest character comedians of all time.
We will put a great emphasis on the voice and how to change the pitch, phrasing, accent, nasality, texture etc. in order to nail an impression as well as embody an awesome characters. Then we will focus on the POV of the character/impression. This will enable you to improvise, write and get inside the mind of the character or impression.
By the end of this class you will have 4 fully fleshed out characters and impressions!
4 weeks starting:
Saturday March 3rd at 2:00 PM in the Mainstage
Jason KayeRegister Here
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