2021/2022 Workshops

Welcome Back Workshops

The Welcome Back Workshops are a continuing series of group classes led by top IRTE company members to explore and develop performance ideas and techniques representative of IRTE's unique style. We also hope that by bringing performers together in an open, supportive environment, we help expand and nurture a diverse community of actors.

Workshops may be taken together or separately.



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Improvising with Props 
DATE TBA, 2022
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Studios 353
353 W 48th Street, Studio B
New York, NY 10036

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

In this workshop, we will brainstorm new and innovative ways to use simple dime-store props and found objects to heighten improvisational scenework. (e.g. red streamers to represent blood, blonde wigs as puppet rats, a blue plastic sheet to simulate a swimming pool.) We will be getting on our feet to discover new and imaginative ways to think about the physical objects we have on hand and create new and interesting stage pictures as we improvise. 

Cost: $10 




The IRTE-go
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Studios 353
353 W 48th Street, Studio B
New York, NY 10036

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

A continuation of IRTE's approach to Improvi-play performance, this workshop will focus on one of IRTE's unique show structures, the "IRTE-go." Past IRTE-go's have included Happy Birthday, Stupid Kid!, Tammy's Bachelorette, Go to Sleep, Stupid Kids!, vIRTE-Go-Go, and vIRTEgo Circus.

Cost: $10 




Character and Emotion
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Studios 353
353 W 48th Street, Studio B
New York, NY 10036

MASTER CLASSES

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

In improvised scene work, having an emotional take on the environment, the relationships, and events helps bring life to your work, as well as give more definition to a character. This workshop will present methods and tools to better provide your characters with an emotional viewpoint.

Cost: $10 




Fully-Embodied Characters:
Using Laban Movement Analysis to Power
Improvisational Acting Technique
with Sean Mulvihill

RESCHEDULED
NEW DATE: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Theatre Row Studios

411 West 41st Street, Studio 5
New York, NY 10036

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WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Ever watch back a video of your performance and it seems flat or unconvincing?  Were all of your characters too similar?  In this 3-hour workshop combining improv with Laban Movement Analysis, you will be inspired to create characters that are visceral and real. 

 

You will learn to:

  • Expand your range as an actor

  • Make all of your characters highly distinct from one another in temperament, voice, and body

  • Analyze and discuss acting using Laban movement vocabulary

 

The jumping-off point for this class is Laban Movement Analysis.  Rudolf Laban (1879-1958) was an Austro-Hungarian dancer, choreographer and dance/movement theoretician. Read more about Rudolf Laban here: https://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/about-us/history/rudolf-laban/ 

 

When applying Laban work to acting, performers can play with 3 dimensions: 

 

  1. Time: Sudden or Sustained

  2. Weight: Light or Strong

  3. Space: Direct or Flexible (Indirect)

 

The different combinations of those three dimensions create diverse qualities of movement/voice/persona that we can play with when creating characters.  For example, a character that is Sudden, Light, and Indirect is "Flicking" or a character that is Sustained, Strong, and Direct is "Pressing".

 

The evening will begin with exercises in creating characters and will culminate in improvised scene work.

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

A theatre/film actor and director, Sean A. Mulvihill has performed professionally on stage and screen in the United States, Europe, and Asia. His work has been seen on Amazon Prime, Sony Playstation, and RAI Italia. He directed and produced the film Act Social starring Colin Mochrie of Whose Line is it, Anyway? Sean is the Artistic Director of the Exuberant Theatre Company. The group's improv comedy show ran for 2 years at the Broadway Comedy Club in New York City. In 2005, Sean's breakout project was creating and acting in Living Luminaries: On the Serious Business of Happiness, a docu-drama starring Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now. Sean has also performed onstage for the Venetian Casino Macau, the Italian National Tour of Action Theatre (Torino, Italy), and various regional theatres in the United States. He holds a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Physical Theatre from Acccademia dell’Arte in Italy and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Theatre (Acting) from the University of Southern California.

Cost: $50 
Refund if reservation cancelled 48 hours in advance.
 
If you purchased through Coursehorse, then our Refund & Cancellation policy applies to your purchase. If you are entitled to a refund, or have any questions, please contact Coursehorse here.




Story and Structure
Date TBA, 2022
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Studios 353
353 W 48th Street, Studio B
New York, NY 10036

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Want to perform long form improvisation that tells a story, building from scene to scene, rather than a montage of separate vignettes with little to no connection? Learn how IRTE develops and structures their shows. This workshop focuses on  good story structure through improvised narrative scene work.

Cost: $10 




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Improvi-play Performance
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Studios 353
353 W 48th Street, Studio B
New York, NY 10036

Welcome Back IRTE!
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Prince Theatre

The Producers Club

358 West 44th Street

New York, NY 10036

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

This workshop will explore IRTE's unique approach to "Improvi-play" performance. We will explore and experiment with the ideas and tools used by IRTE to create their own individual style and structure. Focus will be on character-based improvisation as it relates to a typical IRTE show.

Cost: $10




Hazard Scenes with Pat Shay
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Studios 353
353 W 48th Street, Studio B
New York, NY 10036



WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

How’s about we do all the scenes that our improv teachers tell us not to do? Transaction scenes; Teaching scenes; Scenes where we ask a lot of questions; Scenes where we just talk about our object work - you name it! Thing is, we’re going to look at why these scenes so frequently suck and why they don’t have to. So by the end, we know how to take a transaction scene and make it sing: make it matter. We know that if we find ourselves stuck in a teaching scene, we can make it resonate. We’ll refocus on the How and the Why in our improv scenes, and discover that the What can truly be anything.

PAT SHAY has performed for touring companies or house teams at iO Chicago, the Second City, UCB, and the PIT. He performed for a long time in Chicago, working with Del Close and Mick Napier, before moving to New York. He’s taught at iO Chicago, the PIT, and has coached groups from all over the country. On TV, he’s been a hard-nosed reporter on The Blacklist, a concerned (and, two scenes later, grieving) dad on FBI, and once looked on in joy and relief as Jon Bon Jovi deleted his son from the timeline in a cable TV ad. He and his wife Mary Theresa Archbold cohost the funnyparents podcast, which is a storytelling show of parents who work in the comedy business.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

This workshop will be a fairly easy-going re-introduction to some of our improvisational methods and practices. We will be "shaking off the dust" and stretching our acting limbs, as we reacquaint ourselves to the stage and to each other. We are so happy to be back and to see many of our IRTE family that we have decided to offer this workshop at no charge.

Cost: Free




Cost: $45 
Refund if reservation cancelled 48 hours in advance.
 
If you purchased through Coursehorse, then our Refund & Cancellation policy applies to your purchase. If you are entitled to a refund, or have any questions, please contact Coursehorse here.




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REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL WORKSHOPS: 
Open to all with previous improvisational acting experience.


Proof of Vaccination is required for attendance.

Space is limited, so please email IRTEinfo@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

Please note: As some of our workshops may become quite physical, IRTE cannot be held responsible for any injuries you may incur, and that by participating in any IRTE sponsored events, you are indemnifying IRTE against any harm or damages.