Impromptu: Improv Workshops at T@F

Impromptu is Theatre@First's series of free improvisation workshops led by members of the Theatre@First community. Sessions are an opportunity for participants of all levels to learn new skills or hone old ones. At the end of each six-week session, participants show off their skills for family and friends at a one-night-only improv performance.

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Session 1: Improv as the Actor's Toolkit

Do you think improv is just about making up jokes while an audience stares and crickets chirp?

...that warm-up games are just an excuse to hold hands and sing Kumbaya for no good reason?

...that you just aren't funny enough to be as good as those guys on Whose Line is it Anyway?

If so, it's time to pull back the curtain on these improvisation myths. Welcome to "Improv Mythbusters!"

In this class for folks at all levels of theatrical experience, you'll learn how improv can make you a better actor, a better director, a better stage crew member, and a better human being.

We'll give you the tools to "try on" new characters, take risks on stage, strengthen your acting ability, and kick your theatrical career up to the next level. Improv is really about cooperation, trust, creativity, and internalizing the power of "yes." And no, we're not selling self-help remedies. Just a chance to change it up, put on a new perspective, and learn how to play all over again – all while putting together a toolbox of techniques you can apply to scripted theater.

It'll be a learning experience for all of us, as you'll quickly learn how much you can gain from really listening and watching one another.

Our class will be broken down into six sessions where we'll introduce improv techniques and games that focus on the following themes:

  • Developing Trust
  • Focus & Attention
  • Character Development
  • Physicality
  • Building Scenes through Cooperation
  • Relating to the Audience

Once you complete the six-week course, you'll be ready to put on an improv performance of your own, akin to short-form style of Whose Line. Please note class time includes an extra week for rehearsal and performance.

All Impromptu sessions are free of charge. This session is limited to 10 participants.

Session Leaders: Melanie Arzt and Matt Kimmel

Both graduates of ImprovBoston's intensive training program, Melanie Arzt and Matt Kimmel have performed improv and scripted theatre throughout New England over the past fifteen years.

Classes: Wednesdays starting March 24th from 7-9pm.

Final Performance: Thursday May 6, 2010, 8pm, at Unity Somerville, 6 William St, Somerville.

Participants, aka "Cat Soup"

Stephanie Clarkson

Martin Comack

Shaunna Francis

Lev Mahklis

Euridice Oware

David Policar

Gilly Rosenthol

Lisë Stern

Stephen Turner