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Vocal Techniques for Improvisers with Rhiannon Jenkins

SAT, July 24 – 13:00-16:00

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Using a variety of vocal techniques, this workshop will help you discover the full power and potential of your voice. Through voice work and posture, we will also focus on improving your vocal work for recorded mediums. You will leave this workshop with a variety of exercises to ensure you are using the maximum capacity of your voice, without strain or damage.

Level: Open
Participants: 12

 

Hot under the Collar with Rhiannon Jenkins

SUN, July 25 – 13:00-16:00 Upstairs Theater

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With a focus on consent, confidence building, and fun, this class will teach you a variety of techniques to discover your hot and sexy self. Learn how to flirt, create intimate scenes, and find your own brand of hotness.

Level: Intermediate (at least 1 year of improv experience)
Participants: 12 

 

Dramatic Improv with Shantira Jackson

WED, July 28 – 13:00-16:00 Main Hall

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In this workshop, you will learn how to initiate and maintain scenes through honest and grounded scene work without always going for the laugh. Getting serious can get you too funny. 

Level: Intermediate (at least 1 year of improv experience)
Participants: 12

 

Intro to Science Fiction with Katy Schutte

THURS, JULY 29 – 13:00-16:00 Main Hall

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Science Fiction is about building worlds and seeing the human perspective alongside visions of the future, different universes or new technology. Science Fiction can be a huge and sprawling genre, so we learn to find out which strand we are playing in and hone in on the style at play.

Level: Intermediate (at least 1 year of improv experience)
Participants: 12

 

Improvising Coen Bros Workshop with Erin McGathy

THURS, JULY 29 – 13:00-16:00 Student Hotel

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Multi-paced scenes, bizarre yet believable and grounded characters, ensemble storytelling that will chill and delight your bones: this Improvised Coen Brothers’ workshop will oscillate from the frothy scene-work to intense character study and back again. Whether or not you’re familiar with the directors’ impressive filmography, this workshop will engage you in slow-play while helping to spackle your dialogue with the scene detail you didn’t know you had in you.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced (at least 1 year of improv experience)
Participants: 12 

 

Silence: Loud and Clear with Ella Galt

THURS, July 29 – 13:00-16:00 Student Hotel

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In life, some of the most profound, moving or hilarious experiences play out in total silence. In this workshop, we will learn to lean on that familiar human state- silence- on the stage, discovering it’s unique theatrical power.

Level: Intermediate (at least 1 year of improv experience)
Participants: 12

 

Mixer Team
Ella Galt: The Big Picture

FRI, July 30 – 11:00-16:30 Main Hall

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Symmetry, depth, perspective- all words one might associate with a painting more than an improv performance, yet these elements are what make up our world, and are what the audience see when they watch your show. The images we present to the audience affect how they interpret our work, while the physical choreography informs everything from a character’s emotional perspective, to the action of the scene itself.

 

Acting for Improvisers with Sue Harrison

FRI, July 30 – 13:00-16:00 Upstairs Theater

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Good acting comes from being in the moment, and in this workshop we’ll hold a space where participants can do just that; where they can connect with each other, put aside the rules of form and structure, and simply play.  We’ll look at playing relationships, listening, connecting, sitting in the pauses and giving and receiving emotional offers. 

 Level: Intermediate (at least 1 year of improv experience)
Participants: 12

 

De Speld Writing Workshop (in Dutch)

FRI, July 30 – 14:30-17:00 Upstairs Theater

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Always wanted to know what it’s like to laugh? Then we have good news. For people just like you, De Speld developed the Humor Writing Workshop. The workshop is given by writers and performers from De Speld and is packed with examples of the best humor from the website. You will learn their style of comedy writing in a few hours, but hey: No starting your own website!

 

Mixer Team
Katy Schutte: Parent/Teacher Night

SAT, July 31 – 11:00-16:30 MAIN ZAAL

a person standing in front of a buildingKaty Schutte is one of the UK’s original long form improvisers. She performs and teaches all over the world, is Head Teacher and Course Designer for Hoopla (the UK’s largest improv school), Co-Founder/Director at The Improv Place and has been one of The Maydays since their founding year in 2004 with stints as Director and Artistic Director. She is half of legendary sci-fi improv duo Project2 and author of The Improviser’s Way: A Longform Workbook, which is published by Nick Hern Books. Katy trained at Second City and iO Chicago and with teachers from the Annoyance, UCB, Groundlings, The Magnet and lots of other places.

Katy’s original format that does just what it says on the tin. A simple structure with lots of character work and cause and effect. A fairly non-narrative show that can be played fast and funny or slow and realistic. 

Sold out! But we have a lot of other great options!

 

Mixer Team:
Premise Scene Masterclass with Alex Holland

13:00-16:00 Student Hotel

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So, you’ve found a funny idea from a monologue, but now how do you make that premise as playable as possible, as simple as possible, and as fun as possible? How do you make sure to honour playfulness and change when you’ve already got an idea for a game? Can you pull a funny idea for a scene just from looking at a wall? All these questions and more may be answered in this workshop.

Level: Advanced
Participants: 12

 

Mixer Team
Susan Harrison: Once Upon a Time: An Improvised Narrative

SAT, July 31 – 11:00-16:30 Upstairs Theater

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Susan Harrison is an Improviser, Actress and Character Comedian. She is a member of Olivier Award-Winning Showstopper! The Improvised Musical and has performed with them both on the West End and internationally. She has her own improvised folk music show These Folk and has a character-driven two-prov group, BEINGS. Susan has appeared in three of the Annual London 50 hour Improvathons and has guested with Austentatious, GTI, Playground and The Actors Nightmare. She has been a teacher with the UK’s biggest improv school Hoopla for many years and has taught improvisation at various UK drama schools including; ALRA, The Bridge and GSA.

Sold out! But we have a lot of other great options!

 

Group Work Master Class with Derek Miller

SUN, August 1 – 13:00-16:00 Student Hotel

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Want your team to excel at group scenes? To find organic arcs as a group? To find joy in each other’s discoveries and create standing ovation quality synchronicity? This workshop will take your group work to the next level by meshing the talents of the group.  No more will you have to say “Get in here guys” – because your team will be there – already supporting and creating. Taking inspiration from external group work in cinema, dance and performance art. You will learn to act as one – leaving your audiences in a state of awe with your cohesion.

Level: Intermediate
Participants: 12

 

Constructive Mischief with Graham dickinson

SUN, August 1 – 12:00-15:00 

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We all do improv because we like having fun and we like making people laugh (right?!) And we’ve all been in scenes where we seem to be doing all the right things, but somehow no one is really having fun. This workshop will help you rediscover a sense of naughtiness and mischief in your play. In short, we’re gonna mess with each other! We will go past the ‘rules’ for good scene work and tap into our inner naughty school child, in order to find playable patterns and games that make for great scenes that feel instinctive, connected and above all fun.  

Level: Intermediate (at least 1 year of improv experience)
Participants: 12

 

Writing for TV and the Internet
with Heather Anne Campbell

SUN, August 1 – 12:00-15:00 

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Heather Anne Campbell (Saturday Night Live, Rick and Morty, Whose Line is it Anyway?, The Twilight Zone) introduces you to the foundations of writing for television! From sketch comedy for both broadcast and streaming, to the three-act story circle and the hero’s journey, Heather will be trying to give you everything she’s learned in the last ten years of writing for TV — as well as how to generate infinite story ideas from your everyday world. You’ll leave this class with a toolbox full of new ways to craft your stories and create your concepts, and only in three hours!

Level: All experience levels are welcome
Participants: 50