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Sound of Silence with Tim Stoltenberg

Saturday, January 20: This 2 Hour class costs $35.00 and meets at Theatre 99 (280 Meeting Street)

Silence is a powerful tool in improv, but often when silence appears in a scene actors get anxiety that the scene has stopped and it looks like the actors don’t know what to say or do next. This workshop will focus on what is really going on in those moments of silence and how to become confident in using the silence. Using techniques from mime, clowning, and buffoonery the actor will explore how to use physical action to state and explore the character’s emotion and the emotion of the scene. When actors create a character with a strong point of view the character can dwell alone in a scene and not feel the pressure of having to do “something funny.” We learn to be confident in our character and in the silence. Actors will learn to identify moments in a scene where we don’t need to speak but let the silence speak for the emotion. In silence we can use physical action to heighten and explore the tension and emotions in the scene.


Instructor: Tim Stoltenberg

 Tim is an alumni of The Second City’s Touring Company. Other SC productions; “Twist Your Dickens” at The Goodman (Chicago), “Incomplete Guide to Everything,” “What the Tour Guide Didn’t Tell You,” “4 Girls and A Guy,” “The Second City 2; Less Pride, More Pork,” at The Cincinnati Playhouse. “Too Busy to Hate, Too Hard to Commute,” at The Alliance Theatre (Atlanta.)

Tim also performed improv at iO (Chicago/LA) and is a member of The Improvised Shakespeare Company. Tim was the Improv Director at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company (Atlanta) where he continues to work with on creating original plays/musicals. Tim has been seen in Chicago Fire (NBC) Sirens (USA) Army Wives (Lifetime) as well as commercials for AT&T, T-Mobile, Walgreen’s and numerous State Lotteries.


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