“Acting & Improvising: A Tour of Theatrical Styles”: There are many skills stage actors can learn from improv. Likewise, there are many skills improvisers can learn from scripted theatre. This eight week elective class explores three theatrical genres: classical, mid 20th century American classical, and absurdist, represented by Moliere, Williams, and Beckett. Students will rehearse scenes from these three playwrights, and then will explore these genres’ tropes as an inspiration for improvisation. Kristen and Steve collectively have decades of experience in both scripted and improvisational theatre. The class will culminate in a show that incorporates both scripted work and improvisation. Some memorization is required for this class. The goal is to introduce acting skills or improve existing acting skills for the student so that they can incorporate acting techniques in their improv; additionally, students will learn how certain improvisation skills can enhance their acting abilities.
Dates: Saturdays, August 16th, 2014 through October 11th, 2014 (no class 8/30/14)
Times: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Class Location: Philly Improv Theater, Second Stage, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (get map)
Show Date/Time: Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 5: 00 p.m.
Show Location: Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (get map)
Instructors: Steve Kleinedler (bio) & Kristen Schier (bio)
What Students Say About Steve:“He really cared about us and making us comfortable to do our best.” – “His constructive criticism was so pointed that we always knew exactly what he meant when he delivered feedback in class.” – “Steve was awesome.”
What Students Say About Kristen: “Great enthusiasm, very funny, and never rude, condescending or inattentive to those in class” – “makes a strong effort to address the individual needs of each student, and gives very specific feedback” – “I was able to shake my crush on her at the end of each class, but then of course it began again at the start of the next” – “She really made the class fun and helped us open up to working with each other.” – “Really gave me a lot of confidence in my abilities.”
Cost: $219 through July 25th at 12:00 (noon). $269 afterwards. Partial payment plan available! (Place a non-refundable $130 deposit by July 7th, 2014, pay the balance of $139 by July 25th, 2014).
Pre-requisites: Improv 201 or advanced permission of the Education Director
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