How Music Can Help Your Improv (Even When There’s No Music): Music naturally elevates action and fills space. In this elective, you will play around with how music can inspire you to make specific physical/emotional/character choices for your scenes that will elevate your improv and endow the world of your scene. You will also practice improvising scenes in sync with music (think Looney Tunes), which will inspire bold characters and lend pattern and rhythm/crescendo to your scenes. Other exercises will help you practice establishing connection to your scene-partner, playing with genre and tone, and making effective use of weighty silence.
Prerequisites: Improv 201 or permission from the PHIT Training Center
Dates: 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, & 4/29
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Theater Location: 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Class Location: Room D (Basement)
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Fred Brown holds an MFA in Devised Performance from the Pig Iron School at University of the Arts and has worked with Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, Theater Horizon, Pig Iron Theater Company, and Saints of an Unnamed Country as a creator/performer. He has composed music for various videos, podcasts, and live performances, in addition to providing improvised scores for improvised live performance. He debuted his one man show, “a PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATION of the EFFECTS of KINESTHETIC OCULAR NEURO-PSYCHOLOGY and its POTENTIAL as an AID in the DISCOVERY of SELF” at the Philly Fringe festival in 2018. At PHIT, he directs Dunk Tank, and he performed with house team The Future for the 5+ years of its weekly run. Prior to delving into improv and theater, he was a Latin and Ancient Greek teacher, holding a degree in Classical Philology from Harvard University.