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CCF Special class: From Improvised Ideas to Solo Performance

Special Charleston Comedy Festival guest artist class

A workshop version of the 8 week class Paul teaches at Second City, Chicago. This workshop teaches improvisers to create compelling solo pieces by improvising with specific goals, then re-improvising to craft a structurally sound, multi-layered scene. It will also focus on joke structure, timing, and establishing a greater stage presence.

CCF Special Class: In the Beginning: Initiation and Using the First Minute for a Better Whole

Special Charleston Comedy Festival guest artist class

Even when we have been improvising for awhile we are sometimes caught onstage trying to make something happen. We are stuck with the worry that the scene needs to be pushed or created quickly for it to have value, and sometimes that leads us away from discovery and moment to moment and into our heads. We come from a place of control instead of creation, and then we can lose the currency of authenticity. In this workshop we will focus on initiation and then using what happens first as a means to develop everything that is already there before pushing. We believe that there is a story being told the minute we walk onstage and we can easily allow that story to be told without having to prod it into something we think it needs to be. In this way the scenes stay truer to what is happening, and we can ride them into discovery. We will focus on the first lines and the first minute how to heighten and explore what is already there we will work on being more aware of what is present in ourselves and our partners. By focusing on these skills we create more confident performers who will become more aware of the tools around us to give us a stronger relationship to our partner. We will also explore the power of silence and non-verbal physicality to communicate and influence the action onstage.

CCF Special Class: Technique for Unique Characters

Special Charleston Comedy Festival guest artist class

A workshop version of the 8 week class Seth teaches at Second City, Chicago. This workshop teaches improvisers how to create characters by making nonverbal communication choices. Thru games and exercises attendees learn how to create and practice characters ready for Improv sets.

Level 1: Intro to Improv (start date Jan 24)

7 Class Meetings and one class recital. Cost is $175 (MUST PAY IN ADVANCE TO HOLD A SPOT)

This 7-week class introduces the Theatre 99 method to create improvised scenes based on audience suggestion. Students in level 1 will participate in group games and exercises that help everyone remember how to play. The focus will be on having fun and learning how to start an improv scene. You will learn some of the improv games that we perform here at Theatre 99 and get to do them for your friends and family during the recital. As a bonus, every student receives free tickets to any Wednesday and Friday show while they are a student. MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER TO TAKE THIS CLASS.

Level 1: Intro to Improv (starts Sunday Jan 29)

6 Class Meetings, 1 recital, Cost $175 (MUST PAY IN FULL IN ADVANCE TO HOLD SPOT)

This 6-week class introduces the Theatre 99 method to create improvised scenes based on audience suggestion. Students in level 1 will participate in group games and exercises that help everyone remember how to play. The focus will be on having fun and learning how to start an improv scene. You will learn some of the improv games that we perform here at Theatre 99 and get to do them for your friends and family during the recital. As a bonus, every student receives free tickets to any Wednesday and Friday show while they are a student. MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER TO TAKE THIS CLASS

Level 2: Introduction to Character Building in Improv (Starts Jan 24)

7 Class Meetings and one class recital. Cost is $175 (MUST PAY IN ADVANCE TO HOLD A SPOT)

This 7-week class introduces the Theatre 99 method to create dynamic, honest and comic characters in improv scenes. Students will build on what they learned in Level 1 and learn a character creation method called "The How." Who you are in a scene is defined by HOW you do what you do. Level 2 focuses on the HOW. You will also fine-tune your skills with the improv games you learned in Level 1. The class ends with a recital for family and friends. Every student receives free tickets to any Wednesday and Friday show for the duration of the class. MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER TO TAKE THIS CLASS.

Level 2: Introduction to Character Building in Improv (Starts Jan 30)

7 Class Meetings and one class recital. Cost is $175 (MUST PAY IN ADVANCE TO HOLD A SPOT)

This 7-week class introduces the Theatre 99 method to create dynamic, honest and comic characters in improv scenes. Students will build on what they learned in Level 1 and learn a character creation method called "The How." Who you are in a scene is defined by HOW you do what you do. Level 2 focuses on the HOW. You will also fine-tune your skills with the improv games you learned in Level 1. The class ends with a recital for family and friends. Every student receives free tickets to any Wednesday and Friday show for the duration of the class. MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER TO TAKE THIS CLASS.

Additional Information

Currently Offered

CCF Special class: From Improvised Ideas to Solo Performance

Sat. Jan. 21 @ 1pm

Just $30.00 (2 hours)

Instructor: Paul Thomas

CCF Special Class: In the Beginning: Initiation and Using the First Minute for a Better Whole

Sat, Jan 21 @ 10AM

Just $30.00 (2 hours)

Instructor: Tim Stolenberg

CCF Special Class: Technique for Unique Characters

Sat, Jan 21 @ 4pm

Just $30.00 (2 hours)

Instructor: Seth Thomas

Level 1: Intro to Improv (start date Jan 24) - SOLD OUT

Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Starts January 24, 2017

Instructor: Brandy Sullivan

Level 1: Intro to Improv (starts Sunday Jan 29) - SOLD OUT

Sundays @ 4PM

Starts Sunday Jan. 29th

Instructor: Andy Livengood

Level 2: Introduction to Character Building in Improv (Starts Jan 24) - SOLD OUT

Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.

Starts January 24, 2017

Instructor: Greg Tavares

Level 2: Introduction to Character Building in Improv (Starts Jan 30)

Mondays at 6:30 p.m.

Starts January 30, 2017

Instructor: Andy Livengood