WORKSHOPS

FiiF2017 SECRET WORKSHOP REGISTRATION

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WEDNESDAY

10:30 - 13:30

THE OTHER CONFLICTS

JILL BERNARD

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Dynamics, Development, Structure


In this workshop we will explore conflicts beyond Man vs Man, including: Man vs. Nature, Man vs.Society, Man vs. Himself, etc.

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OWN THE STAGE

LIZ PETERS

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Pro

CATEGORY: Dynamics, Development


It is scientifically proven that the way we move changes the way we think. Like all humans, you have subtle physical patterns that drive your behaviour, affecting how you feel and are perceived. These patterns are so familiar you’re probably not aware of them. By noticing our habits we can see when they work for us, when they get in our way and what else we can do. 

To increase our range of characters and authentic responses we’ll be getting back into our bodies (and a few others!) in a playful, non judgmental way.

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THE INNER CLOWN

KENG-SAM CHANE CHICK TE

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Advanced, Pro

CATEGORY: Dynamics, Scenic, Character, Development


In this workshop, we will use some techniques from the Laban Movement and from Claudia Notalle, a french clown from France who has explored clowning in a particular way.

With her motto “Our body is our best ressource to create a story “, we will work on our inner clown to move and be moved together.

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14:30 - 17:30

SING IT!

MIKE DESCOTEAUX

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Beginner, Intermediate

CATEGORY: Character, Dynamics, Music


Sing it! introduces students to the fundamentals of how to improvise songs that sound as if they had been written.

Take this workshop and unlock a new, deeply rewarding approach to improvisation. No previous singing experience required.

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THE FIRST 30 SECONDS

JOE BILL

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: All Levels

CATEGORY: Scenic, Development


We can equip ourselves with vitality, in the first 30 seconds, to best serve our scene partners and the format in which we play.

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STAGE SPACE IN PICTORIAL TERMS

DANIEL ORRANTIA

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Advanced

CATEGORY: Dynamics


Live performance takes place in a three-dimensional space. The way we approach this has a direct and strong effect on what we communicate as performers. By exploring ways in which space is manipulated and expressed in pictures, images, and other two-dimensional representations, we will develop new tools to play and transform the way we address the stage.

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ALL DAY

TEACHING THE TEACHER

PATTI STILES

LENGTH: 6 Hours

LEVEL: Advanced, Pro

CATEGORY: Dynamics, Development, Teaching


*PLEASE NOTE*
THIS COURSE IS FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE LOOKING TO BEGIN TEACHING IMPROVISATION

In my experience, many people teach improvisation by running a series of games and teaching “Say yes and then yes and”. It is often like they are a comedy drill sergeant. Students may have a good time and there is lots of laughter and play, but they have not really learned how to improvise – the class has been a jam with guidance.

To teach improvisation, one looks at what exercise is needed for the individual student/class, and does not follow a curriculum blindly, because every class, every student, is different. Teachers must understand the how and why of games and techniques in order to trigger students’ thoughts and imaginations so they can feel, question, and think.

Our aims should not be to train improv robots, but to light the fire of improvisation in their belly, and give them the tools, conidence and insight to challenge, create, and grow.

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THURSDAY

10:30 - 13:30

REINVENTING SHORT FORM

MIKE DESCOTEAUX

LENGTH: 3 Hours  

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced

CATEGORY: Scenic, Character, Structure


If you think shortform is easy, a hack, or gimmicky, you’re not doing it right.

Discover how to connect with an audience, attack the stage, and find the game within the game. Geek out on structures, comedic angles and ever-elusive hosting techniques.

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FEAR AS A FRIEND

DANIEL ORRANTIA

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Advanced

CATEGORY: Dynamics


Surveys about fears commonly show stage fright at the top of the list, in some cases even more than the fear of death.

This emotion, usually seen as negative and unpleasant is there for a reason.

How can we get to know it? Can we embrace it? Can we be friends with it? And most importantly, can we learn how to use it?

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GENDER / GENRE

PATTI STILES

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: AIntermediate, Advanced, Pro

CATEGORY: Scenic, Development


Many of the genres we perform have characters that were created to reflect the society of the time. Even if the author set the story in a different period, the actions or behaviors of the characters represented the social sensibility of the reader.

By questioning, challenging, and exploring the purpose of the character in the story and remving the gender assumptions, we can break open new levels of play and possibilities.

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14:30 - 17:30

MUSICALITÉ

KENG-SAM CHANE CHICK TE

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: All Levels

CATEGORY: Scenic, Character, Dynamics, Development, Structure, Music


How can music create a story or elaborate an outline?

With music as an inspiration for improvisation, we will work on the connections possible between a musician (if possible) and a group of improvisers.

This workshop aims to give the improviser resources to take to the stage, and another way to improvise through the help of a musician or selected music.

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IF IT MAKES YOU HAPPY

JILL BERNARD

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

CATEGORY: Dynamics, Development


In this session participants will learn the joy and success that follows doing exactly what tickles their fancy.

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YES YOURSELF

TRENT PANCY

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

CATEGORY: Scenic, Development


This workshop designed to help improvisers take care of themselves as a way taking care of others. Strong scenes are built on strong characters.

We will learn to create strong characters at the top of a scene, and then filter the entire scene through your character’s unique point of view.

Yes yourself, support your team.

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ALL DAY

EMOTIONAL & PSYCHOLOGICAL CONTENT OF SCENES AND CHARACTERS

JOE BILL

LENGTH: 6 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Development


When we study acting for the theater, one of the first things that we learn is that “the REAL play lies between the lines” of the actors. We get into the hearts and minds of our characters in order to give them emotional and psychological content.

I will show you a way to engage with your scene partners with depth “between the lines” through a soft-focused awareness of the Emotional and Psychological content as our stories unfold.

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FRIDAY

10:30 - 13:30

GET INTO TROUBLE. FALL IN LOVE.

CHRIS MEAD

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

CATEGORY: Scenic, Character, Dynamics


The only thing that’s real on an improv stage is you and your scene partner. Logically, as the only other real, living, breathing thing in the scene, your relationship to your scene partner is of the UTMOST importance.

This workshop will teach you a half-dozen performance grade techniques that you can use immediately to get out of your head and improvise from your heart.

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WHERE SCENES COME FROM

DANIEL ORRANTIA

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: All Levels

CATEGORY: Structure


After we get a suggestion or an impulse we jump on the stage to create scenes in the moment.

How did that scene come to be? What were the ingredients that led to this?

This workshop explores ways in which scenes come together, and the stories that inspired them.

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SCREENWRITING FOR IMPROV

TRENT PANCY

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Dynamics, Development


This workshop takes elements from the world of Screenwriting and applies them to Improv. We’ll learn about false goals, character flaws, and crossing a threshold. We’ll practice planting and foreshadowing, getting the most out of our dialogue, and how to make the audience love, or hate, our characters.

Most importantly, we’ll make the audience care about what is happening to our improvised characters and their relationships to each other, places, and things, on stage.

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14:30 - 17:30

ALL BY MYSELF

KATY SCHUTTE

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Advanced, Pro

CATEGORY: Dynamics, Structure, Solo


Learn a cache of solo warm-ups and exercises including ways to improve your language dexterity, object work and character creation as well as bespoke games and rehearsal ideas for the shows you’re working on.

These are useful techniques for developing a solo show or to elevate your personal skills for ensemble work.

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PLAYFULLNESS

DANIEL ORRANTIA

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate

CATEGORY: Dynamics


Anything is possible if it is within a game. In a friendly and secure atmosphere the participants will look for ways to unleash themselves into a world of endless opportunities within the act of play.

They will find the pleasure in taking risks, finding ways of raising the stakes in a playful way.

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CREATING REALISTIC CHARACTERS

JILL BERNARD

LENGTH: 3 Hours LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional CATEGORY: Character, Development


In this workshop 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.

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ALL DAY

THE GAME OF THE SONG: ADVANCED MUSICAL IMPROV

MIKE DESCOTEAUX

LENGTH: 6 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Dynamics, Music


Discover the simple joy and comedic power of ImprovBoston-style game-driven songs.

Using two fundamental structures, participants will explore the ridiculous fun that comes through effortlessly heightening the lyrical, emotional, physical, situational and musical patterns that present themselves in the scene leading up to a song.

PLEASE NOTE: Students should have a minimum of 1 year formal improv training OR minimum 1 year of music improv experience + 6 months of formal music improv training.

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SATURDAY

10:30 - 13:30

BEING A DREAM PARTNER

JILL BERNARD

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Beginner, Intermediate

CATEGORY: Scenic, Development


This workshop will focus on how you can become the best possible partner your teammates could imagine.

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SUGAR RUSH SHERBET SHACK OF HIGH OCTANE IMPROV FUN

CHRIS MEAD

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Beginner, Intermediate

CATEGORY: Development


In this workshop we are going to  improvise from our gut and use JOY as the primary motor for everything we do. We will leave perfection at the door and just have fun.

Along the way, you’ll learn some techniques about how to bring this attitude into all your scene work and add joy back into the mix permanently. You’ll have a blast, you’ll laugh a lot and you won’t have time to judge yourself.

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HUMAN CIRCUITS

LIZ PETERS

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Pro

CATEGORY: Scenic, Development


Great improv has the power to make us both laugh and cry. This is always a result of the CONNECTION between players.

When we slow down and pay attention to this circuit, our improv becomes exciting, raw and believable. It causes the audience to be affected by our work and allows us, as improvisers, to create authentic, electric and uniquely touching art.

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NEVER WALK THROUGH A MIME TABLE AGAIN

KATY SCHUTTE

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: All Levels

CATEGORY: Dynamics, Development


Learn how to create environments and objects that the audience will really see and remember as if your blank stage was a film! Use imagined surroundings to find out about your character.

Discover the secrets to recalling where you and the rest of your team ‘put’ everything and never walk through a mime table again.

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14:30 - 17:30

GROMELOT (GIBBERISH)

KENG-SAM CHANE CHICK TE

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: All Levels

CATEGORY: Scenic, Character, Dynamics, Development, Structure


In this workshop, I take participants through some of the core principles of commedia del arte.

We will explore how through your body language, and gibberish you can actually tell a story. We’ll look at areas like: How can I perform without talking my native language? How a movement or a facial expression can transform your story?

How do we elaborate a scene without talking, but only with your body expression?

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GIFTS TO INSPIRE YOUR PARTNER

PATTI STILES

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

CATEGORY:  Scenic, Development


Improvisers who inspire, surprise, and delight their partners are the most fun to play with.

How do they do this magic?

This workshop explores exercises and techniques to help you delight, surprise, and inspire your partner. How to change them, affect them, and watch them light up!

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CLIFF NOTES OF AMERICAN LONGFORM

JOE BILL

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: All Levels

CATEGORY: Structure


In the spirit of Cliffs notes, this workshop will be a combination of Presentation, Q & A and Demonstration about American Longform.

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