CANCELED - Intro To Improv
Event Type: Workshops
Students will learn the basic skills of Improvisational Theater, including listening, agreement, and immediacy. The focus of this class is to develop the confidence to step on stage without planning in advance, and to learn how to trust your scene partner and yourself. The essence of improvisation is to embrace the ideas of your scene partner(s) without silencing your own ideas, and have an absurd amount of fun. We will apply basic improvisation techniques to a style called Short Form. Short Form is most widely known in games played on “Whose Line is it Anyway?” The class will run for seven weeks and finish with a showcase performance where you will dazzle your friends and family with your newly developed skills.
7-9pm each night | $200, $180 mbrs.
Instructor Bio Michael Harris is one of the best improvisers and most experienced improv teachers in the Mid-Atlantic. He has been acting professionally for over two decades, and teaching theater and improv for almost ten years. In that time, he has taught improv to thousands of people from age 6 to 76.
Michael is a member of Actors’ Equity, and has performed in over 50 plays from DC and Baltimore to Minnesota, Florida and Texas. Locally, Michael has performed at the Kennedy Center in Shear Madness (Tony Whitcomb), in the regional premieres of In the Red & Brown Water (O Li Roon/Man from State) at Studio Theater and Collaborators (Vladimir) at Spooky Action Theater, and most recently he played Falstaff in Merry Wives of Windsor.
Since 2010, Michael has been a member of the Faculty at his alma mater, the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts (NCDA) located in Georgetown. He has taught the entire curriculum offered at the school with a particular focus on Improvisation.
Michael became a member of the Baltmore Improv Group (BIG) is 2004. In the past 12 years, he has performed with a large number of troupes, most notably as half of the duo, Evan the Loyal. He has been an invited performer at Improv and Comedy Festivals from NYC to Austin, and Chicago to Philly to DC. Michael served as the Executive & Artistic Director of BIG from 2010-2016, and continues to serve as the Artistic Director for this company.
In addition to teaching improv for BIG since 2007, Michael developed the original curriculum for BIG’s education program. He has also developed classes and workshops and taught improv for students from elementary through high school, for colleges and theater companies across the state of Maryland, and for businesses and non-profits including: The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Johns Hopkins Hospital, T. Rowe Price, Healthcare for the Homeless, and the World Bank, amongst numerous others.
Tuesdays, September 12 – October 24 | 7 – 9pm each night | $200, $180 members
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