Welcome to our Improv Theatre Class,
We meet on Saturdays from 10am-1pm in the Parish Hall behind the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church on 9th Street at Hearst in Berkeley, CA.
Doors and kitchen open at 9:45am. Please consider stopping by early to help set up, enjoy a cup of tea and the company of your classmates.
Please contact Mike Dempsey with any questions or concerns.
Classes are offered on a dana (generosity) basis.
This week we will focus on listening and taking things slowly. With luck, we’ll hit that sweet spot between high energy and easy confidence. There’ll be a lot to get through. So please come on time. We’ll warm up right at 10am and then dive into scene work.
“Have a reaction and let it move the character. If you are happy, be happy. If you are sad, be sad, and continue to heighten that state of being. We should be specific and honest about how we emote. People don’t just say they are happy – it radiates out of them. They are exuberant and have a glow. One might speak in quick giddy fits, while another is so happy and at ease that she floats about the room in her bathrobe holding her coffee with two hands, warm and euphoric. The more realism and texture we bring to our emotions, the more our scenes will resonate with the audience. So, have an emotion, a state of being: cry while eating linguini, tweeze your eyebrows angrily, be overjoyed about Febrezing your apartment.” — Christian Capozolli
“Finding honesty is a deceptively simple endeavor that involves as much not doing (not panicking, not bluffing, not doubting) as doing (being present, listening, paying attention).” — TJ & Dave“Improvisation isn’t getting on stage and talking. It’s choosing your words, your movements, how you conduct yourself carefully in response to your scene partner.” — TJ & Dave
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