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Comedic Improvisation (Introduction)

  • About this Workshop

    With a focus on short form storytelling, the purpose of this course is to make the students proficient in the art of improvising short scenes as played in an improv match.

    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.
    After the 8 weeks, an improv 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.

  • Who is the workshop for?

    Everyone. We welcome both actors and non-actors with an interest in performing arts / improvisation / storytelling.
    This workshop is open to anyone from all backgrounds.
    Minimum age for admission is 16 and above.

Workshop Fees:

$400.00

    • Pay in Full Pay a Deposit Amount

      Date

Every Monday,  7.00pm – 10.00pm

Dates:
November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
December 7th, 14th, 21st 

Public Showcase: To be advised.

Read our updated safety measures in the studio here: https://methodactingasia.com/updated-safety-measures/articles
Please be mindful that a face shield is necessary to participate in this workshop. Face shields ($3) are also provided for sale at the studio.

SYLLABUS

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

AREAS OF FOCUS
  • Introduction to the basics of creative scene work, spontaneous comedy and character development
  • Reduce fear mechanisms
  • Crafting interesting scenes and stories
  • Creative collaboration and team work through improv team exercises
  • Engaging an audience

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Greater awareness of the evolution and history of improv
  • Form an ensemble to incubate for the international stage
  • 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
20% Early-Bird Discount 
For workshops starting in November 2020, use “earlys5″ from now till 25th Oct .

30% Bundle Discount

Purchase any two workshops with the code “bundledeal

25% for all workshops with HCAC Student Card (No Expiry) Apply here.


Payment Plans Available
We allow installments in 2 payments. The option to pay in installments will be available on the workshop page.
Installments are only available for 8-week workshops and short intensives.


“Out of Stock” means the workshop is full. Email us at hello@hcac.sg with your Name, Email & Contact Number to request to be on the waiting list.


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I have no experience in acting and I’m really shy, is this workshop for me?

Yes! This workshop is designed to be a whole lot of fun for beginners. We’ll be encouraging, but we’ll never push you further than what you’re comfortable with.


What are the classes going to be like?

The class moves fast – we’ll start with a quick introduction, some warm up activities and we’ll dive straight into our interactive games and exercises.


I’m not sure if HCAC is right for me, can I audit a workshop session?

Yes, you can. Simply email hello@hcac.sg with the heading “Workshop Audit”.

With the following information:
(i) Workshop name you want to sign up for
(ii) Your name
(iii) Your email
(iv) Your contact number


Will it be awkward if I come alone?

Absolutely not! In fact, HCAC is a great place to meet like-minded friends.


Do I have to bring anything to the classes?

As our activities and games involve movement, we’d advise wearing something comfortable.
If you’re attending the workshop after work, office wear is fine! (Note: Skirts/dresses might impede some movements)


I’m an actor, why should I sign up for workshops at HCAC?

HCAC offers comprehensive, carefully structured and rigorous actor training workshops and programmes. We believe in providing the actor with a stable and reliable framework for his work through various methods of acting.

The actor’s instrument is his mind and body. This means that both the physical and mental muscles require consistent conditioning and research to keep the instrument sharp and prepared, ready to go at a moment’s notice.

This is why we review our curriculum meticulously and constantly check in with our students’ progress here. Our immersive training programme contain both depth (i.e. 8 weeks programmes) and breadth (i.e. short intensives) modules.

With training, actors become more acquainted with the strengths and weaknesses of their instrument, and are better able to be in control of it. They become more grounded in truth and are able to ensure greater sensitivity when approaching their work. Their work becomes more visceral, more in tune with the human condition and certainly, in most instances, more relatable.

HCAC also offers one-on-one coaching sessions to help actors prepare for various industry-related scenarios e.g. audition coaching, role coaching etc. Actors will receive personalised feedback on their material. We believe in producing actors and performers whose work is serviceable to the industry.


I’m not an actor, why should I sign up for workshops at HCAC?

Everyone can benefit from creativity and self-expression.

In fast-moving societies (and particularly in Asia) people often suffer from high levels of stress. Many condition themselves to suppress their emotions and impulses, avoid taking risks, and fall into patterns of habit in their daily lives. Our programmes can help to release these unwanted tensions, encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone and experience life at its fullest.

HCAC offers a safe, judgment-free environment where everyone is free to discover themselves. Through acting, you will explore your consciousness, heighten your self-awareness and develop your sensitivity to the people and world around you. This in turn will benefit your life and career.

Even if you have no intentions of being an actor, our training can help you explore and express various facets of your personality. We aim to equip you will the skills to free your unique talent and creativity so that you become a confident, competing and effective communicator in your workplace and even at home.


What is the difference between the “Comedic Improvisation (Intro)” and the “Comedic Improvisation (Intermediate)” workshop?

In the Intro workshop, we introduce the fundamentals of any improv scene and focus largely on “short form” comedy. Meaning, that we are doing scenes that rarely last more than 5 minutes.

In the Intermediate workshop, we explore the american style of improv that essentially revolves around the “long form” type of show. We will learn an improv format that last 30 minutes based on a single audience suggestion.


Can I repeat a workshop?

At HCAC we believe in the benefits of continuous training and development, both as actors and as people.

We design our programmes so that you may repeat them to deepen your understanding and enrich your skillset without feeling as if you are just learning the same thing over again. If you take the same programme again your coach will ensure there are new exercises and assignments to further your training and push your creative capabilities. Our priority is your personal and professional growth.

If you are a Student Card holder you can receive 50% off when you repeat any programme that you have taken before.

Comedic Improvisation Intro

About the Instructor

Darren Foong

Darren Foong is an improviser, comedian and instructor.

As an improviser and part of The Latecomers and the Modern Schemers, he has performed at the Night Festival, the Singapore Comedy Fringe and LOLFest Malaysia, as well as in delighted audiences in Israel, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Manila, Bangalore, Singapore and Malaysia. Darren has also performed at the Art Science Museum, the Esplanade and the National Library Board.

As a comedian, Darren is a regular performer on the Singapore live comedy circuit, as well as writing and contributing to TV, radio and podcasts. He also hosts the sold-out monthly presentation comedy show PowerPoint Karaoke.

An enthusiastic instructor, Darren has conducted Improv workshops for high-performing corporate teams, lively youths,  varied crowds, the general public and the People’s Association, in such varied places as art studios, corporate boardrooms, the ballroom of a giant cruise ship, half a painting studio, the streets of Tel Aviv at midnight and coworking spaces.