ELECTIVES & WORKSHOPS
iO OFFERS A VARIETY OF UNIQUE WORKSHOPS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
Trash Draft - Write Your Script in a WEEK!
Buckle down and get brainstorming: you're about to go from premise to outline to 1st draft all over the course of a week. Students will gather on Saturday to pitch out and workshop ideas, then spend every day leading up to the following weekend chipping away at the 1st draft. Words of encouragement and worksheets help guide students to navigating their completed script, because on Sunday -- it's go time.
JULIA PRESCOTT has written for Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Disney, and more. She’s sold original series to Adaptive Studios, Black Pills, and Warner Bros. She’s been a frequent contributor and performer for Screen Junkies, as well as Snarled and Hissy Fit. Her book, “Basic Algebra for Basic Bitches” is now available from Devastator Press. She’s currently writing on an original series produced by Dreamworks.
Saturday December 9th 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday December 17th 12:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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The TWO PERSON SHOW
Ever wanted to do a two-person improvised show but didn’t know where to start, or are you currently doing a two-person show and have discovered obstacles to getting to where you want to be? Would you like to slow down, play with more patience, and show off your acting chops? Are you interested in doing shows that allow you the time and space to create rich characters and relationships?
This intensive workshop will be focused on the building blocks and execution of a two-person show. In this class we will be putting relationship and point of view front and center to build a rich and satisfying longform show. We will start with the basic tenets of a great two-person scene: making specific choices, listening hard for opportunities to react hard, speaking and behaving like human beings, bringing more of our own beliefs and experiences to the stage, knowing your character's point of view, discovering how the characters relate to each other, and playing with emotion.
Then we will tackle how to play multiple characters to heighten the stakes and drive reactions, playing your scene partner's characters by making and recognizing clear physical and emotional choices, making and recognizing internal edits, and heightening and exploring all the true things we have to drive towards a clear and satisfying end to your show. Attendees will receive loads of personal feedback as well as the experience of working long scenes and doing mini shows with notes.
Registration open to graduates of iO or by permission of instructor.
4 weeks starting:
Sunday January 7th at 12:00 PM in Studio 2
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 10th at 3:00 PM in The Loft
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