JILL BERNARD

HUGE Theater

MINNEAPOLIS

Jill is the author of “Jill Bernard’s Small Cute Book of Improv”, and has shared her knowledge throughout numerous countries and the United States. 

    


 

JILL’S WORKSHOPS

BEING A DREAM PARTNER

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Beginner, Intermediate

CATEGORY: Scenic, Development


Improv is rarely a solo endeavor. This workshop will focus on how you can become the best possible partner your teammates could imagine. Games and exercises showing how to listen to what your partner really wants, and turn them into a rockstar.

If we’re all doing this for each other, we’re a team of rockstars and we all win!

IF IT MAKES YOU HAPPY

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

CATEGORY: Dynamics, Development


Too often improv feels like a chore, filled with right decisions and good and bad choices. In this session with Jill Bernard, participants will learn the joy and success that follows doing exactly what tickles their fancy.

Please wear closed toe shoes to this workshop.

THE OTHER CONFLICTS

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Dynamics, Development, Structure


We spend too much time on Man vs. Man conflicts. The other conflicts that should be considered are: Man vs. Nature, Man vs.Society, Man vs. Himself, etc. In this workshop we will do some scenes to explore what can be done besides bicker with each other.

Please wear closed toe shoes to this workshop.

CREATING REALISTIC CHARACTERS

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Character, Development


In recent years in the United States, improv teachers such as Joe Bill and TJ Jagadowski from Chicago, David Razowsky from Los Angeles, Greg Tavaras from South Carolina, and Jill Bernard from Minneapolis have begun working with the idea that improv can contain realistic characters who are vulnerable.

Having the ability to create improv that is honest and vulnerable adds another layer to your work, a little bit of cake underneath your frosting to take your work from light entertainment to something with resonance.

In this workshop, we will begin with your true self as a completely valid and powerful launchpad to creating original improvisation. We will explore emotion as a driver and practice letting your relationship and how your partner sees you define your character. We will learn to trust assumptions in place of inventions.


 

INSTRUCTOR BIO

Jill Bernard has been performing with ComedySportz-Twin Cities since 1993, and is a founding member of HUGE Theater in Uptown Minneapolis. Her one-woman improv piece, Drum Machine, has been featured in over forty improv festivals. She has taught and performed improv in Norway, Australia, Canada, England, the Netherlands, Argentina, Bulgaria, Romania, Colombia, Peru, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany and over thirty-five of the United States; not forgetting an episode of MTV “Made.”

Jill is one-half of the duo SCRAM with Joe Bill of the Annoyance Theater. An Artistic Associate of the Chicago Improv Festival, she has studied at the Annoyance Theater, Improv Olympic, the Brave New Workshop and other theaters.