Comedic Improvisation (Intermediate) Aug 2018

8-session evening workshop with public showcase

Upcoming Class Schedule

8 August, 2018 — 26 September, 2018

Wednesday, 7.30pm — 10.30pm

Programme Details

 

Please Note
There will still be class on Wed, 22 August 2018 (Hari Raya Haji).

Who is this workshop for?
We welcome both actors and non-actors who want to go to the next level of improvisation and storytelling techniques.
Minimum age for admission is 16 and above.

 

Pre-requisites?
Having already been initiated to the basics of improv or have attended Comedic Improvisation (Introduction) workshop.

How does Improv help in my life or work?
Improv will help you to understand what people want and how they want it. Basically, it will show you how to satisfy any kind of audience. To do that, we will work step by step on how to overcome your fear of improv so you can be quicker on your feet and have fun on stage.

With a focus on storytelling, the purpose of this course is to make the students proficient in the art of improvising short and long scenes within the format of their choice.

Every lesson will be structured in three parts :

  • A brief introduction of the concepts that will be studied and what will be expected of the students in each exercise.
  • Warm-Up.
  • Exercises – most of which will be systematically debriefed.

Intermediate improv will move students deeper into comfortable improv scenes, raising physical and emotional stakes, practice building characters, and practice building scene foundations. Focus will be on having fun in scenes, and building stories together.  We will practice discovery, listening, authenticity, and enjoyment.

The course is essentially focused on Keith Johnstone style of improv and on understanding the codes of genres. The genres that will be explored include: action, drama, romantic comedy, spy movie, absurd theatre, Tennessee Williams, Shakespeare, etc. It will also give the students some storytelling tools like the hero’s journey or the three-act structure.

Through the study of the Johnstone system, you will be able to understand how to create a story and keep the interest for the audience. Also, you will get to prepare for a full directed show called the Maestro. By the end of the course, the improvisers will be completely able to play a Maestro in front of an audience which will be the final result of the course.

Read this Forbes article on how improvisation training help people in work and communication.
Read this article on how improvisation could just change your perspective.

About this workshop
After the 8 weeks, a Maestro team will be formed, ready to take the stage.
Each semester culminates in a showcase of skills for the public.
Participants will be paid a percentage of the box office to incentivize professional work.


About the public showcase

Date: Friday28 September 2018, 8.00pm – 9.30pm
Purchase tickets at $10.00 here.

Do I get a discount? Please refer to our early bird promotions.

Improvisation Students Alumni
Returning students of the Comedic Improvisation (Intermediate) workshop may sign up at 50% off at $200.00 if you have the
HCAC Student Membership card. Email us for discount code.

Payment Plans
Payment Plans are available. Email us at admin@hcac.sg.

Syllabus

  • Exercises on storytelling, status and creative processes from personal truth
  • Short, informal lectures on Improvisation
  • Character and short scene work
  • Mastery of a competitive improv format

About the Instructor

Prescott Gaylord

Prescott Gaylord is the former Artistic Director of the Baltimore Improv Group, and creator of ‘Unscripted – an improvised play in two acts,’ a show that has enjoyed sold out runs in Baltimore over the past 9 years. He has directed large and small scale improvised projects in several cities in the US including, ‘Skinesthesia – Body Painted Improv’, ‘The Movement’ (with modern dance troupe “The Collective”), and ‘Secrets’ (improvised storytelling and secret sharing).  He has performed in and directed shows in improv festivals in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Bethlehem, Washington DC, Austin, New York, Shanghai, Manila, Singapore, and Chicago.  Before escaping to Singapore, Prescott was a performing member of Lekker, and Evan the Loyal (in which he performed fully wordless sets from time to time).  He now performs with Singapore troupes The Latecomers and NotOK.

Areas of Focus

  • Study of advanced scene work, spontaneous comedy and character development
  • Identifying and defusing the Fear Mechanisms
  • Crafting interesting scenes and stories
  • Creative collaboration and team work through improv team exercises
  • Engaging an audience

Learning Outcomes

  • Mastery of an improv method
  • Comedic timing and comedy writing process
  • Think creatively and confidently under great pressure and limited time
  • Understanding of the power of “group mind” and let go of inhibitions and commit to impulses

Sign up for:

Comedic Improvisation (Intermediate) Aug 2018 / 8-session evening workshop with public showcase
S$400

Registration closes:
7 August 2018