Intermediate Improv Skills: Students will develop (or in the case of returning students extend) their foundations in comedic improvisation as they prepare for our middle school courses’ focus on short-form improv. Through a series of fun and imaginative classes, students will learn and improve skills like listening, collaboration, and character exploration. They will also learn the golden rule of “Yes, and…” as it applies to creating an improvised scene through agreement. The course will culminate in an improvised performance for family and friends.
Dates: 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Class Demonstration: May 11, 2019
Lamarr Todd & Alison Ormby
Lamarr was born and raised in Chester, PA and performed at The People’s Light & Theater Company from age 12 to 18. At the age of 17 he was made an assistant improv teacher in the People’s Light’s summer program and continued that the following year. He has performed in several mainstage plays for theaters along the East Coast.
Lamarr is well known as a local standup comic. He started his comedy career at the Laffhouse Comedy Club in Philadelphia, PA, which led to various performances at comedy clubs nationwide. In addition to winning numerous standup comedy competitions in Philadelphia, Lamarr has had the opportunity to open for Kevin Hart, Nick Cannon, Michael Colyar, Monique and other nationally known headlining acts. He has also starred in the Movie “Kony Montana” with comic Michael Blackson.
Lamarr has taught improv to children at The Chester Community Charter School, here in the PHIT Kid and Teens Program, and is a regular performer with StoryUP!, an improv group that uses comedy and storytelling to inspire creativity and build literacy skills in kids ages preschool through teens. Expect to see Lamarr teaching or venting on a stage near you!
Alison Ormsby is a graduate from the University of the Arts with a BFA in Acting. She is also an alum from the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Recent acting credits include: Ready, Steady, Yeti, Go!(Azuka Theater, Katie) This Is On Record (Applied Mechanics). As a teacher, she spent her freshman year of college working with White Pines as a teaching assistant. She also has experience working at the University of the Arts with high schoolers on monologue preparation and scene study. She loves to inspire work through vulnerability and joy! Alison has been teaching with PHIT Kids and Teens since Fall 2018.