I’m wishy washy about improv class showcases.
On the one hand, if the point of going through classes is to learn to do performance-ready-level improv, then it seems sadistic to make 101 students “put it up on its feet.”
But on the other, nothing informs an improviser like improvising and all it entails – collaborating to build something out of nothing in-the-moment before a live audience. And so practice in front of a live audience should be part of each course.
So the in-between place becomes preparing each class for a performance that showcases – in grand improv style – all that they learned in class, on top of everything they’ve learned before, within bounds that keep them from stumbling into unknown territory.
Here are examples of how to do it…from 101 to 401… Continue reading
Do you want to see some Harold‘s performed?
Here are two performed by The Coalition Theater’s Fall 2015 Long Form Performance class conducted back to back nights.
Player are: Shahenn Ali, Teddy Armstrong, Amber Hendrix, Jesse Hill, Meredith Hughes, Laura Kelly and Christopher May
Performers are August Butler, Becky Coppa, Shannon Rodriguez, Jason Stamm, and Jenny Stout
In a long-form improvisational performance that is not a “mono-scene” there is a need to be able to communicate that one scene is ending and another is beginning. An “Edit” is that move communicating a change in scenes. At its core, a “successful” edit need only clearly communicate that transition, but beyond that there are myriad ways to execute an edit. Continue reading
The link below will connect to a PDF of an 8 Week course designed to prepare improvisers for a long-form performance as an ensemble.
Long Form Performance IAIDB Curriculum Patrick Gantz 2013