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For the Love of Improv Workshop

  • About this Workshop

    You will leave this workshop a different and better improviser. There is no agenda and no theory to be taught in this workshop. This is heavy stage time and good side-coaching. You will do lots of scenes, and lots of scene-starts. The purpose of this workshop is to move from theory and thinking to muscle memory and doing. We sometimes call this 'bootcamp' or 'batting practice.' There will be some throughlines throughout the entire workshop: support and love of each other. This will be necessary as the workshop is as demanding as it is rewarding.

    Many of the techniques that will be used for coaching and scene framing were developed during the training and creation of the show "Unscripted" for the production of grounded, emotional, authentic scenes. The coaching technique proved to be useful in application to all improv scenes, and we found that all players who went through this training performed at a much higher level afterward. This workshop is intended to do the same for you.

  • Who is the workshop for?

    Intended for intermediate to advanced students, but all levels will benefit.
    You must have an understanding of how to improvise and have done scene work before.

Workshop Fees:

$90.00

    • 4 in stock

      Date

Date: 27th December 2020, Sunday
Time: 10.00am – 2.00pm

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
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.

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 for many 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, Manila, Singapore, Shanghai, 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). In Singapore, he has performed mostly  with The Latecomers and NotOK and sometimes a show called “One of Us Is Drunk.” He has taught in Baltimore and in Singapore at The Improv Company, The Singapore American School and Haque Centre for Acting and Creativity.

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