Past Workshops

Clown Combat for the Improviser Too!

With Judi Lewis-Ockler

Friday, March 29, 2019, 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Studios 353

353 W 48th Street, Studio B

New York, NY 10036

"I'm not funny. What I am is brave."- Lucille Ball

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

This workshop is designed to continue exploring stage combat and clown techinques as tools for the clown/improviser who wants a fight performance of the moment, executed with safe, reliable, structured technique the performer can depend on, so as not to maim or die or scare the audience for real! Clown Combat Too! continues basic timing and rhythmic elements inherent to physical comedy and clown using high energy games, improvisation, and simple unarmed stage combat techniques.

 

Clown is an invaluable art form that gives special credence to live performance, to human nature, to laughter. Clown Combat Too endeavors to bring these ideas to performers in a safe, fun, and respectful environment which, with a little bravery on their part, allows for the performer's clown to come out and play with reckless abandon.

 

Open to performers with previous basic stage combat/clown/improv training.

 

Class requirements: comfortable workout clothing/shoes

 

Max: 16 people

 

JUDI LEWIS-OCKLER falls down for a living. She works as a stunt performer in NYC (visit judi's imdb page). She is a founding member of Kendall Cornell’s Clowns Ex Machina, and has performed commissioned pieces with them for Cirque du Soliel and La Mama, Etc. She is a resident variety performer in NYC, producing live events and clown spectacle with such clients as Brookfield Place, US Open, South Street Seaport Museum, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Her one woman show, Rock n' Roll Mother Goose! premiered at the New York Clown Festival 2016, directed by Barry Lubin, and continues to tour the US. She teaches clown and stage combat on a regular basis at AMDA, The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and Broadway Teaching Group. www.judilewisockler.com
Reserve your spot by emailing IRTEinfo@gmail.com
 
Cost: 
Early Bird Special: $60 per person until 3/22/2019
After 3/22/2018, $70
(Refund if reservation cancelled 48 hours in advance)
 
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.

 


 

Share The Scene! The Art of Give and Take

with Scotty Watson

Saturday, April 27, 2019  2:00pm - 5:00pm

Theatre Row Studios

411 West 41st Street, Studio 6

New York, NY 10036

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Fight the urge to play verbal tennis. Break your improvised scenes down into individual, small, emotional and physical acting choices.

 

Inspired by the work of Michael J. Gellman

 

Every offer is owed an emotional reaction.

Listen, breathe, react, respond.

Response isn’t always verbal.

 

We will break those moments into the smallest possible beats and tie them to actors breathing technique.

 

We’ll watch for our partners physical offers and seek their meaning as well as explore the importance of body language in reading and conveying our emotional intentions.

SCOTTY WATSON 

Teacher, Director & Coach of Improvised Theatre.
 

Scotty Watson is an alumnus of The Second City Canadian National Touring Company & taught Improv & Advanced Sketch Writing for The Second City NYC.

 

Scotty has created successful improvisational theater programs for theater companies and schools around the world. His students perform in theater, on television and in feature films and include an Academy Award winner.

 

Scotty now directs comedies for the theater. He recently worked with the Emmy award-winning show runner of M*A*S*H*, Cheers & Frasier. He has performed as an actor Off-Broadway, on television and in feature films and recently he had a popular series of TV commercials for the New York market.

 

You can read Scotty’s blog at https://www.scottywatsonimprov.com/blog

 

Scotty Watson Improv Classes in New York United States

Scotty Watson Improv is run by a master teacher who will train you in improv, acting, comedy, theatre, (theater), how to act for the stage, how to improvise professionally and how to use improv as a development tool.

His book, Scotty Watson’s Improv Tips, is available on Amazon.

Cost: 

Early Bird Special: $35 per person until 4/20/2019

After 4/20/2019 , $40

(Refund if reservation cancelled 48 hours in advance)

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.

Give & Take: Building Ensemble and Awareness

with Spolin Theater Games 

Taught by Aretha Sills

Monday, May 20, 2019, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Studios 353 353 W 48th street, Studio B

New York, NY 10036

"Individual freedom (expressing self) while respecting community responsibility is our goal." - Viola Spolin
 
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Viola Spolin’s theater games have helped countless theater companies to build ensemble and develop awareness between players, tools essential to performing or devising material with a group. In this three-hour master class with sidecoach Aretha Sills, we’ll focus on games and exercises that help players learn the art of give and take. Through a series of warm-ups and scene games, we’ll explore ways to bring players of different energy and experience levels into harmony, heighten full-body awareness of self and others, and develop sensory tools to seamlessly improvise with a group, respecting both the needs of the ensemble and the individual. 


No experience necessary to play. We'll do some exercises that require physical activity and we will be up on our feet quite a bit. Players are always welcome to participate in a way that works for their physical ability, however.

Sidecoach ARETHA SILLS is the granddaughter of Viola Spolin. She studied theater games for many years with her father, director Paul Sills (creator/director of The Second City and Story Theater), and has conducted workshops for Paul Sills’ Wisconsin Theater Game Center, Bard College, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Stockholm International School, Sarah Lawrence College, and Northwestern University. She has worked with Tony- and Emmy-Award winning actors and has trained faculty from Northwestern, DePaul, Columbia College, The Second City, The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, LAUSD, CETA, and many other institutions and schools. She is the Associate Director of Sills/Spolin Theater Works and she directs The Predicament Players. 

Cost: 
Early Bird Special: $60 per person until 5/13/2019
After 5/13/2019 , $75
 
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.

 


 

Aretha Sills 
Sills/Spolin Theater Works, Associate Director
www.ViolaSpolin.org
www.PaulSills.com
www.facebook.com/sillsspolin
www.instagram.com/sillsspolintheater/

Spolin Improvisation Sidecoach * Acting & Writing Coach

"My vision is a world of accessible intuition." -Viola Spolin 

Improvising with Props

Wednesday, February 13, 2019,

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Theatre Row Studios

411 West 41st Street, Studio 5

New York, NY 10036

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

On Wednesday, Feb 13th from 7-9pm, IRTE will be hosting our annual "Improvising with Props" workshop. Our intent is to brainstorm new and innovative ways to use the props in our current collection. For example, at past IRTE shows you may have seen us use red streamers for blood, blonde wigs as puppet rats, a blue plastic sheet to simulate a swimming pool. We're looking to get on our feet and discover new ways to think about the physical objects we have on hand and create new and interesting stage pictures as we improvise. Since this will be a collaborative effort to workshop ideas and not a traditional class, there is no fee to join us. Workshop is limited to 16 people. 




Reserve your spot by emailing IRTEinfo@gmail.com
 
Cost: 
Participation is FREE

 


 

Great Scenes Big and Small with Scotty Watson

Sunday, March 18, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Theatre Row Studios

411 West 41st Street, Studio 3

New York, NY 10036

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Great scene work is the backbone of Improvisational Theatre. Some say that great scenes are like porn. You may not be able to describe it... but you know it when you see it. 

Scotty Watson says POPPYCOCK!!

The secret to great scene work is simple, but not easy. 

Slow Down & Tell Small Stories 
and remember... 
Words are Envelopes that Deliver Emotion

Leave the explosions to Jerry Bruckheimer. Improvisors will never have that kind of budget. Instead, let's create scenes that explore the small but significant moments of our lives.

SCOTTY WATSON 

Teacher, Director & Coach of Improvised Theatre.

Currently on television Scotty is appearing in a series of commercials for The Provident Loan Society of New York. Off-Broadway Scotty was seen as the dis-embodied head of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton in the Off-Broadway musical Walmartopia! He is an alumni of The Second City Canadian National Touring Company and served as an alternate for, “Bebe,” in Cirque du Soleil's Mystere. On TV Scotty has dressed up as David Crosby, a human heart and Carmen Miranda… but with dignity. He has done feature films with Ed Asner, Eric Stoltz and Gerard Depardieu. 

Scotty has been working in Improvisational Theatre for over 30 years. He taught advanced sketch writing for The Second City NYC and was Head of NYC Faculty for Artistic New Direction's Workshops in Improvised Theatre. He was also the Senior Faculty Member and In-House Director for The Improvisation News Team.

His favorite food is pie. His favorite person is his wife Carol Lempert.

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.
Reserve your spot by emailing IRTEinfo@gmail.com
 
Cost: 
Early Bird Special: $35 per person until 3/11/18
After 3/11/2018, $40
(Refund if reservation cancelled 48 hours in advance

Exploring "the Where" in Improvisation With

Aretha Sills

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Theatre Row Studios

411 West 41st Street, Studio 2

New York, NY 10036

Exploring "the Where" in Improvisation to Create Connections Between Players

“Space objects are projections of the unknown, the invisible self, into the visible world.” - Viola Spolin 

"The object becomes the metaphor for the relationship and the scene.” - Paul Sills

“The longer you look at an object, the more of the world you see in it.” - Flannery O’Connor
 
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Taking time to build a “Where" and enter into it as a group helps players into the present moment and into true relation. We’ll discover the riches the environment has to offer as we slow down and explore it. Through a combination of warm-ups and scene games, players will work with space objects to create onstage environments and allow intuitive connections to emerge.

Viola Spolin’s Theater Games launched the American improvisational theater movement and changed the way acting is taught. Her work has influenced generations of actors and educators. In the workshop, we'll explore the groundbreaking exercises and theatrical concepts found in her seminal book, Improvisation for the Theater, with an emphasis on the philosophies of legendary improvisation innovators Viola Spolin and Paul Sills.

This workshop is for players with some Spolin experience or some theatrical experience who are open to exploring new methods. 

ARETHA SILLS is the granddaughter of Viola Spolin. She studied theater games for many years with her father, director Paul Sills (creator/director of The Second City and Story Theater), and has conducted workshops for Paul Sills' Wisconsin Theater Game Center, Bard College, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Art of Acting Studio, Stockholm International School, Sarah Lawrence College, and Northwestern University. Aretha was the keynote speaker at the California Educational Theatre Association conference. She is the Associate Director of Sills/Spolin Theater Works and she directs The Predicament Players. ViolaSpolin.org.

Quotes about the workshop:

"Aretha is dedicated to preserving the pureness of this technique, which from my point of view assists the actor to find the courage to find themself and then to fly. I believe she has, innately and amazingly, all the elements of the technique of both Viola Spolin and Viola's son, the extraordinary director, Paul Sills. I have studied with Aretha, and believe me, the thrill lives on." -Paul Sand, Tony-award winner for Paul Sills' Story Theater; original Second City cast member

"Aretha Sills, carrying on the work of Spolin and Sills, is an amazing, insightful side-coach and teacher. We were fortunate enough to take a workshop in L.A. with her and it helped us reconnect with theater game work on a deeper level. She knows her stuff. Can't wait to work with her again!" -Deb Lacusta & Dan Castellaneta, The Simpsons, writers/ actor 

 

“As an educator and instructor of acting and directing, I was eager to learn about the American theater improvisation developed by Viola Spolin and expounded by Paul Sills. Aretha Sills provides an insight into the authentic roots of the system that has been utilized for years by theatre training programs. The workshop will provide you with an excellent opportunity to explore various games and exercises to enrich your view of performance and acting.” -Norma Saldivar, professor and chair, UNLV Department of Theatre, and executive director of the Nevada Conservatory Theatre
 

Reserve your spot by emailing IRTEinfo@gmail.com
 
Cost: 
Early Bird Special: $55 per person until 4/15/2018
After 4/15/2018, $65
(Refund if reservation cancelled 48 hours in advance)
WORKSHOP SOLD OUT. Please email IRTEinfo@gmail.com if you wish to be placed on a waiting list.
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.

 


 

 

"Aretha is one of the century's best improvisation teachers. Like her grandmother before her, she understands people, theater, and improvisation in an intuitive and deep way. As someone who has studied with some of the top teachers in the country and has performed for over 15 years, I can honestly say Aretha's work opened my eyes. I understood improv on a deeper level. I was refreshed and returned to beginner’s mind." -David Alger, founder Pan Theater

Clown Combat for the Improviser With

Judi Lewis-Ockler

Monday, May 7, 2018, 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Studios 353

353 W 48th Street, Studio B

New York, NY 10036

"I'm not funny. What I am is brave."- Lucille Ball

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
This workshop is designed to introduce stage combat as a tool for the clown/improviser who wants a fight performance of the moment, executed with safe, reliable, structured technique the performer can depend on, so as not to maim or die or scare the audience for real! Clown Combat introduces basic timing and rhythmic elements inherent to physical comedy and clown using high energy games, improvisation, and simple unarmed stage combat techniques. 

Clown is an invaluable art form that gives special credence to live performance, to human nature, to laughter. Clown Combat endeavors to bring these ideas to the performers in a safe, fun, and respectful environment which, with a little bravery on their part, allows for the performer's clown to come out and play with reckless abandon. 


Open to all students; some previous basic unarmed stage combat preferred but not required. Class limited to 16 students

Class Requirements: Students in comfortable workout clothing/shoes


JUDI LEWIS-OCKLER falls down for a living. She works as a stunt performer in NYC (visit judi's imdb page). She is a founding member of Kendall Cornell’s Clowns Ex Machina, and has performed commissioned pieces with them for Cirque du Soliel and La Mama, Etc. She is a resident variety performer in NYC, producing live events and clown spectacle with such clients as Brookfield Place, US Open, South Street Seaport Museum, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Her one woman show, Rock n' Roll Mother Goose! premiered at the New York Clown Festival 2016, directed by Barry Lubin, and continues to tour the US. She teaches clown and stage combat on a regular basis at AMDA, The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and Broadway Teaching Group.www.judilewisockler.com
Reserve your spot by emailing IRTEinfo@gmail.com
 
Cost: 
Early Bird Special: $60 per person until 4/30/2018
After 4/30/2018, $70
(Refund if reservation cancelled 48 hours in advance)
 
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.

 


 

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
In an environment of support and nurturing; we will work together as a group to begin the journey of learning how to be a musical improviser. We will focus on listening to the music that the pianist plays and learning how to create memorable melodies by accepting the musical offers and our own musical offers. 

We will do this by learning how to;

 
  • Communicate with your improv musician and develop an awareness of how to accept musical offers.
  • Make what is off-the-cuff seem like it is scripted. 
  • Sing dynamically through the use of physicality, emotion and the storytelling in a song.
  • Sing as a group, support and conduct.
  • Do all the above while having FUN!

Open to all students. Class limited to 16 students

DEB RABBAI is the Co-Artistic Director, Co-Producer and a Performer with “Broadway’s Next Hit Musical!”, the improvised musical awards show. A native New Yorker, Deb has worked as an actor, improviser, singer and voiceover artist for the last twenty five years. Deb became the Co-Artistic Director of BNHM in 2009 and has proudly witnessed its progress into the hilarious hit it is today. A graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC, Deb spent ten years performing and teaching improvisation with Freestyle Repertory Theatre (TheatreSports New York), five years performing with ComedySportz NY and seven years with the Chicago City Limits national touring company. She is also a host, facilitator and entertainer for corporate meetings and general sessions and traveled the world leading sessions on Leadership, Speaker training skills, selling excellence and creative problem solving. Deb is a highly experienced teacher of improvisation and acting, having worked at NYU, Marymount Manhattan College, The American Comedy Institute, Improvolution, NY Film Academy and American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. Deb successfully created programs that teach curriculum through improvisation – these programs have been integrated into public schools in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Deb has appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and in national commercials for MasterCard, Wendy’s and Zyrtec. Deb has done countless voiceovers, ranging from radio and TV advertisements, to video games and anime films. www.debrabbai.com
www.broadwaysnexthitmusical.com

Musical Improv with Deb Rabbai

Sunday, June 3, 2018, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

411 West 41st Street, Studio 6

New York, NY 10036

Reserve your spot by emailing IRTEinfo@gmail.com
 
Cost: 
Early Bird Special: $60 per person until 5/27/2018
After 5/27/2018, $70
(Refund if reservation cancelled 48 hours in advance)
 
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.

 


 

Improvising with Props

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Theatre Row Studios

411 West 41st Street, Studio 6

New York, NY 10036

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

On Sunday, Feb 18th from 2-4pm, IRTE will be hosting our annual "Improvising with Props" workshop. Our intent is to brainstorm new and innovative ways to use the props in our current collection. For example, at past IRTE shows you may have seen us use red streamers for blood, blonde wigs as puppet rats, a blue plastic sheet to simulate a swimming pool. We're looking to get on our feet and discover new ways to think about the physical objects we have on hand and create new and interesting stage pictures. Since this will be a collaborative effort to workshop ideas and not a traditional class, there is no fee to join us. Workshop is limited to 16 people. 




Reserve your spot by emailing IRTEinfo@gmail.com
 
Cost: 
Participation is FREE

 


 

Great Scenes Big and Small with Scotty Watson

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Theatre Row Studios

411 West 41st Street, Studio 3

New York, NY 10036

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Great scene work is the backbone of Improvisational Theatre. Some say that great scenes are like porn. You may not be able to describe it... but you know it when you see it. 

Scotty Watson says POPPYCOCK!!

The secret to great scene work is simple, but not easy. 

Slow Down & Tell Small Stories 
and remember... 
Words are Envelopes that Deliver Emotion

Leave the explosions to Jerry Bruckheimer. Improvisors will never have that kind of budget. Instead, let's create scenes that explore the small but significant moments of our lives.

SCOTTY WATSON 

Teacher, Director & Coach of Improvised Theatre.

Currently on television Scotty is appearing in a series of commercials for The Provident Loan Society of New York. Off-Broadway Scotty was seen as the dis-embodied head of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton in the Off-Broadway musical Walmartopia! He is an alumni of The Second City Canadian National Touring Company and served as an alternate for, “Bebe,” in Cirque du Soleil's Mystere. On TV Scotty has dressed up as David Crosby, a human heart and Carmen Miranda… but with dignity. He has done feature films with Ed Asner, Eric Stoltz and Gerard Depardieu. 

Scotty has been working in Improvisational Theatre for over 30 years. He taught advanced sketch writing for The Second City NYC and was Head of NYC Faculty for Artistic New Direction's Workshops in Improvised Theatre. He was also the Senior Faculty Member and In-House Director for The Improvisation News Team.

His favorite food is pie. His favorite person is his wife Carol Lempert.

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.
Reserve your spot by emailing IRTEinfo@gmail.com
 
Cost: 
Early Bird Special: $35 per person until 5/27/2017
After 5/27/2017, $40
(Refund if reservation cancelled 48 hours in advance
Reserve your spot by emailing IRTEinfo@gmail.com
 
Cost: 
Early Bird Special: $30 per person until 5/9/2017
After 5/9/2017, $35
(Refund if reservation cancelled 48 hours in advance)
 
 
 
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.

 


 

The Animated Body with Amy Larimer

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Theatre Row Studios

411 West 41st Street, Studio 6

New York, NY 10036

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

The use of the body is an essential part of improv. Strong physical choices can clarify characters, focus the mind and bring energy and direction to scenes. Although improvisers know that physicality is important, there is often little time to work individually on expanding physical range. This class will offer exercises to open and coordinate the mind and body as well as techniques that will help performers commit to heightened ways of moving. Performers will receive individual feedback and specific techniques for harnessing their physical potential. All levels are welcome! Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to go barefoot.  

AMY LARIMER is a dance/theater artist whose work blends movement, sound and text and draws heavily on improvisation. Her work has been performed throughout New York City as well as at festivals outside of New York including: Big City Improv Festival; District Improv; Duofest; Out-of-Bounds Comedy Festival; Providence Improv Fest; The Twin Cities Improv Festival; the Abundance Festival in Karlstad, Sweden, The Crisis Art Festival in Arezzo, Italy and IMPRO Amsterdam. She was a founding member of Nicholas Leichter Dance and toured internationally with Leichter for 10 years. She choreographed and performed in Beth Portnoy's dance film "Gyre-ation" which has been presented at numerous festivals from Helsinki to Bogota. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and recently published an article on improvisation in the Journal of Dance Education. She is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Dance Program at Lehman College as well as the creator of The Raving Jaynes: Improvised Dance Theater.

Using Your Body to Get Out of the Head:

A Physicality Clinic for Actors and Improvisers

With Aretha Sills

Tuesday, April 25, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Theatre Row Studios

411 West 41st Street, Studio 2

New York, NY 10036

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Viola Spolin, mother of the modern American improvisational theater movement and author of Improvisation for the Theater, pioneered the use of play to train actors and improvisors. In this three-hour workshop, we’ll play some of her most important exercises and warm-ups designed to help the actor/improviser communicate using their whole body, opening up new avenues of on-stage expression. This workshop is open to experienced players and beginners.  

ARETHA SILLS is the granddaughter of Viola Spolin. She studied theater games for many years with her father, director Paul Sills (creator/director of The Second City and Story Theater), and has conducted workshops at Paul Sills' Wisconsin Theater Game Center, Bard College, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Sarah Lawrence College, and Northwestern University. She is the Associate Director of Sills/Spolin Theater Works. Aretha was nominated for an INNY Award for Best Improvisation Instructor and was the keynote speaker at the California Educational Theatre Association conference. Learn more about Viola Spolin at ViolaSpolin.org.
 

Reserve your spot by emailing IRTEinfo@gmail.com
 
Cost: 
Early Bird Special: $55 per person until 4/15/2017
After 4/15/2017, $65
(Refund if reservation cancelled 48 hours in advance)
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.

 


 

BYE BYE Talking Heads: Physical Comedy & Presence with Mik Kuhlman

Sunday, March 26, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Cap 21, Room 605

18 W 18th St, Fl 6, New York, NY 10011

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

How do we engage our bodies in improvisation? Mik Kuhlman will help us explore the world of physicality: working with space, the miming of objects, and injecting awareness into our own bodies to make us present and engaging inside the world of improvisation. Come play with your whole self and say goodbye to talking heads!

Drawing from her work in the intersections of theatre, circus, dance and improvisation MIK KUHLMAN believes in the power of the body to express. She has years of experience both performing and teaching in New York, Paris, and Seattle with additional artistic residencies in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. This physical foundation has allowed her to cross over to multiple genres in multiple countries. Her work spans from Shakespeare to Mime, Dance Theatre to Outdoor Vaudeville. As a teaching artist, Mik Kuhlman ignites the imagination, self-awareness, and curiosity to develop strong physical presence on stage and off. She holds an MFA in Acting from CalARTS, with continued education at Ecole Jacques Lecoq (LEM) and Ecole Philippe Gaulier (clown). Visit  MikKuhlman.com 

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.

Improvising with Props

Sunday, February 19, 2017, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Theatre Row Studios

411 West 41st Street, Studio 6

New York, NY 10036

Reserve your spot by emailing IRTEinfo@gmail.com
 
Cost: 
Early Bird Special: $40 per person until 3/19/2017
After 3/19/2017, $50
(Refund if reservation cancelled 48 hours in advance

 
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

On Sunday, Feb 19th from 2-4pm, IRTE will be hosting an "Improvising with Props" workshop. Our intent is to brainstorm new and innovative ways to use the props in our current collection. For example, at past IRTE shows you may have seen us use red streamers for blood, blonde wigs as puppet rats, a blue plastic sheet to simulate a swimming pool. We're looking to get on our feet and discover new ways to think about the physical objects we have on hand and create new and interesting stage pictures. Since this will be a collaborative effort to workshop ideas and not a traditional class, there is no fee to join us. Workshop is limited to 16 people. 





Reserve your spot by emailing IRTEinfo@gmail.com
 
Cost: 
Participation is FREE

 


 

THE WYLIE: Adding the Body Into Improv

with Mik Kuhlman

Sunday, May 15, 2016, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Cap 21, Room 608

18 W 18th St, Fl 6, New York, NY 10011

CLASS DESCRIPTION:

Get out of your head and into your body, create impact and learn The Wylie, an improv form featuring a series of instant snapshots, scenic improvisation, a little bit of Twister, and kinetic memory. It’s a great form to add to your repertory and make your teams jump to another level. This three-hour class will give you powerful tools to engage your body, up your stage presence and ignite your imagination in the practice of improvisation. Like The Harold, The Wylie requires tracking and expansion and connects you to your audience. Put your sweat pants on and come join the fun!





MIK KUHLMAN
Drawing from her work in the intersections of theatre, circus, dance and improvisation Mik Kuhlman believes in the power of the body to express. She has years of experience both performing and teaching in New York, Paris, and Seattle with additional artistic residencies in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. This physical foundation has allowed her to cross over to multiple genres in multiple countries. Her work spans from Shakespeare to Mime, Television to Outdoor Vaudeville. As a teaching artist, Mik Kuhlman ignites the imagination, self-awareness, and curiosity to develop strong physical presence on stage and off. She holds an MFA in Acting from CalARTS, with continued education at Ecole Jacques Lecoq (LEM) and Ecole Philippe Gaulier (clown). Visit MikKuhlman.com

*** reserve your space by emailing IRTEinfo@gmail.com
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Cost: 
Early Bird Special: $30 per person until 5/8/16
After 5/8/16 , $35

 
 
 
 
 
 
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.


 



 

From the Page to the Stage with Marc Adam Smith

Sunday, March 20, 2016, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Theatre Row Studios

411 West 41st Street, Studio 3

New York, NY 10036

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Improv is where you are tasked to create big characters on the spot. Sometimes they can be forgettable, but other times, you come up with something wonderful that deserves a chance to not only be seen again, but to be worked on and written for.
 
In our workshop, we will improvise and create characters and then work on them in monologue and scene form. If we are lucky, you will walk out with some new people you can use in future scripted shows, and if they come back to you organically in an improv show, that’s a wonderful plus.





See a past workshop that interests you? Most of these classes are available by request. Drop us a line and we'd be happy to set something up.

The Animated Body with Amy Larimer

Sunday, January 17, 2016, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Theatre Row Studios

411 West 41st Street, Studio 5

New York, NY 10036

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
The use of the body is an essential part of improv. Strong physical choices can clarify characters, focus the mind and bring energy and direction to scenes. Although improvisers know that physicality is important, there is often little time to work individually on expanding physical range. This class will offer exercises to open and coordinate the mind and body as well as techniques that will help performers commit to heightened ways of moving. Performers will receive individual feedback and specific techniques for harnessing their physical potential.
 
All levels are welcome! Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to go barefoot!





Big Characters with Real Depth with Scotty Watson

Saturday, February 27, 2016, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Theatre Row Studios

411 West 41st Street, Studio 3

New York, NY 10036

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Have you ever been called-out for overacting when you were playing a "big" character, only to see an even bigger real-life character on the subway? So if THAT person exists in reality, why do they call bullshit when I do it on-stage? 

Depth. 

Characters that come organically from your body, supported by the breath, can be big and real at the same time. Similar to what we know about improv, we get in trouble when we bring our ideas to the character, rather than trusting our own bodies and being surprised by what comes out.

Dress comfortably like you would for a work-out. Make sure you can move and are covered. I suggest layers. You want be able to bend over comfortably or roll around on the floor. 

Please, no jewelry, hats, clothing with logos or items that dictate status or style. Please wear sensible footwear.





SCOTTY WATSON
Teacher, Director & Coach of Improvised Theatre.

Currently on television Scotty is appearing in a series of commercials for The Provident Loan Society of New York. Off-Broadway Scotty was seen as the dis-embodied head of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton in the Off-Broadway musical Walmartopia! He is an alumni of The Second City Canadian National Touring Company and served as an alternate for, “Bebe,” in Cirque du Soleil's Mystere. On TV Scotty has dressed up as David Crosby, a human heart and Carmen Miranda… but with dignity. He has done feature films with Ed Asner, Eric Stoltz and Gerard Depardieu.

*** reserve your space by emailing IRTEinfo@gmail.com
and paying via Pay Pal
 
Cost: 
Early Bird Special: $30 per person until 2/20/16
After 2/20/16 , $35
(Refund if reservation cancelled 48 hours in advance)


 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds go to funding IRTE's fifth season.
Please help us fund the funny :)



 

MARC ADAM SMITH
(SAG-AFTRA) is a veteran performer who has been improvising since 1992 (in caves back then). He is the former Artistic Director of Gotham City Improv and has been lucky to work as a Director for IRTE in three of their shows, The Magic Zoo, Adrift and Camp Fitness.

*** reserve your space by emailing IRTEinfo@gmail.com
and paying via Pay Pal
 
Cost: 
Early Bird Special: $30 per person until 3/13/16
After 3/13/16 , $35

 
 
 
 
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.


 

 

Proceeds go to funding IRTE's fifth season.
Please help us fund the funny :)



 

AMY LARIMER is a dance/theater artist whose work blends movement, sound and text and draws heavily on improvisation. Her work has been performed throughout New York City as well as at festivals outside of New York including: Big City Improv Festival; District Improv; Duofest; Out-of-Bounds Comedy Festival; Providence Improv Fest; The Twin Cities Improv Festival; the Abundance Festival in Karlstad, Sweden, The Crisis Art Festival in Arezzo, Italy and IMPRO Amsterdam. She was a founding member of Nicholas Leichter Dance and toured internationally with Leichter for 10 years. She choreographed and performed in Beth Portnoy's dance film "Gyre-ation" which has been presented at numerous festivals from Helsinki to Bogota. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and recently published an article on improvisation in the Journal of Dance Education. She is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Theatre and Dance Program at Lehman College as well as the creator of The Raving Jaynes: Improvised Dance Theater.

*** reserve your space by emailing IRTEinfo@gmail.com
and paying via Pay Pal
 
Cost: Early Bird Special: $30 per person until 1/10/15
After 1/10/15 ,$35
(Refund if reservation cancelled 48 hours in advance)


 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds go to funding IRTE's fifth season.
Please help us fund the funny :)



 

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Part writing workshop, part improvisational acting workshop, this class will teach you how to create, flesh out and explore a unique character that you can then bring into an improvisational performance piece.
 
Many of IRTE's shows utilize pre-established and recurring characters. We'll work on writing and performance exercises that can help fill out and define a strong character while remaining flexible enough for discovery in the moment. 
 
Great for Improvisors, Actors and Writers alike! ALL LEVELS WELCOME!





Improvisational Acting: Working with "Set" Characters - Nannette Deasy

Sunday, April 12, 2015, 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Theatre Row Studios, Studio 6

411 West 41st St, NYC (between 9th and Dyer Aves)

Nannette Deasy, Curt Dixon and Jeff O'Leary in The Magic Zoo. Photo courtesy of Roberto Tobar

NANNETTE DEASY (AEA) is the Artistic Director and Founder of IRTE. Originally from Chatham Township, New Jersey, she graduated from Columbia University with a degree in English. A member of Actors Equity Association, she has performed at theatres including the Public Theatre, LaMama Etc., Ensemble Studio Theatre, and New York Theatre Workshop and in various films and commercials. Nannette is also a comedy improviser and sketch writer. She has been a cast member of numerous comedy groups and theatres, including Gotham City Improv and is one half of the comedy duo Double D.​ Nannette has also taught improvisational acting at Gotham City Improv, the IN Studios Conservatory, and privately.

 


*** reserve your space by emailing IRTEinfo@gmail.com
and paying via Pay Pal
Cost: Early Bird Special: $30 per person until April 5th
After April 5th, $35


 

 

 

Proceeds go to funding IRTE's fourth season.
Please help us fund the funny :)



 

Marc Adam Smith, Improvisational Acting: Instant Characters

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Theatre Row Studios, Studio 5

411 West 41st St, NYC (between 9th and Dyer Aves)

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
The nightmare: You're on stage, and they're all looking at you. You have to be funny, now. Or, you have all the time in the world to be organic and come up with something, but you still draw a blank. 

Being put on the spot, whether you're playing short form, long form, in auditions or in performance, can give you heartburn! Why not have as many characters in your pocket as possible, using voices, accents, regional dialects, and movement? We'll cover it all - including how you and your scene partner can mind meld into each other's heads like Mr. Spock! 
 
Great for Improvisors and Actors alike! ALL LEVELS WELCOME!





MARC ADAM SMITH (SAG-AFTRA) is a native New Yorker and an Actor, Director, Writer, Producer, Stand-up, Improvisor, why if you name a performing type of gig, odds are he has done it, except for Bird Wrangling and there is always tomorrow for that. Marc Adam started out his career as an on-air radio personalty in CT in the late 80's, and it's been all about show business since then. A proud member of SAG/AFTRA, Marc is the former Artistic Director of Gotham City Improv, the sister company of the Los Angeles based improv company, The Groundlings.

*** reserve your space by emailing IRTEinfo@gmail.com
and paying via Pay Pal
Cost: Early Bird Special: $30 per person until Feb 21st
After February 21, $35


 

 

 

Proceeds go to funding IRTE's fourth season.
Please help us fund the funny :)



 

AMY LARIMER is a dancer, choreographer and improviser and is currently one half of The Raving Jaynes: Improvised Dance/Theater with her bud Jamie Graham! Together they have performed at: the PIT; Duofest; Twin Cities Improv Festival; The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival; The Unscripted New York Improvised Theatre Festival; ADaPT in Santa Barbara; Abundance in Karlstad, Sweden and IMPRO Amsterdam. She toured internationally with Nicholas Leichter Dance and her choreography has been presented at Joe’s Pub; HERE; DTW; Dixon Place; P.S. 122; Caroline’s; The Crisis Art Festival in Arezzo, Italy and in Beth Portnoy’s dance film Gyre-ation. She did time as a yoga teacher and is currently the Director of the Dance Program at Lehman College.

*** reserve your space by emailing IRTEinfo@gmail.com
and paying via Pay Pal
 
Cost: Early Bird Special: $30 per person until Feb 1st
After February 1, $35


 

 

 

 

Proceeds go to funding IRTE's fourth season.
Please help us fund the funny :)



 

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Ever been told you need to be “in your body” and had no idea what that meant? This workshop addresses that question. Through exercises designed to engage the body and imagination, we will focus on simple ways to prepare the body for improvisation as well as ways to expand physical and expressive range.
 
ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME. We will sweat, breathe, twist and shout so wear comfortable clothing that you can move in.





Photo by Steven Schrieber

Movement for Improvisers with Amy Larimer

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Cap21, Studio 504

18 West 18th Street St, 5th Floor

New York, NY 10011 (between 5th and 6th Aves)

Marc Adam Smith, Improvisational Acting: Instant Characters

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Theatre Row Studios, Studio 5

411 West 41st St, NYC (between 9th and Dyer Aves)

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
The nightmare: You're on stage, and they're all looking at you. You have to be funny, now. Or, you have all the time in the world to be organic and come up with something, but you still draw a blank. Being put on the spot, whether you're playing short form, long form, in auditions or in performance, can give you heartburn! Why not have as many characters in your pocket as possible, using voices, accents, regional dialects, and movement? We'll cover it all!​
 
Great for Improvisors and Actors alike! ALL LEVELS WELCOME!





MARC ADAM SMITH (SAG-AFTRA) is a native New Yorker and an Actor, Director, Writer, Producer, Stand-up, Improvisor, why if you name a performing type of gig, odds are he has done it, except for Bird Wrangling and there is always tomorrow for that. Marc Adam started out his career as an on-air radio personalty in CT in the late 80's, and it's been all about show business since then. A proud member of SAG/AFTRA, Marc has spent the past 5 years as the Artistic Director at Gotham City Improv, the sister company of the Los Angeles based improv company, The Groundlings.

*** reserve your space by emailing IRTEinfo@gmail.com
and paying via Pay Pal
Cost: $30 per person


 

 

Proceeds go to funding IRTE's third season.
Please help us fund the funny :)



 

Hal Peller Improv Workshop: Spolin Technique

Saturday, May 4, 2013, 11:30am - 2:30pm @ Cap 21, 18 West 18th Street, NYC

CLASS DESCRIPTION:

Learn the Spolin Technique and become a better Improvisor and Performer! Focusing on the teachings of Viola Spolin, this workshop will help you learn concepts that will make you REMARKABLE and different from other actors or at your profession:


You will see the power of being positive
You will heighten your listening skills
(actually "hear" yours and others' lines spoken for the
first time, every time - that's FRESH)
You will learn to "be in the moment"
You will see situations differently - which can impact your body language and other non-verbal skills





You will gain more confidence and comfort on stage and auditions (you won't look nervous because you won't be nervous)
You will be able to handle any situation especially if someone goes up on their lines
You will enhance the use of real props and costumes
Great for Improvisors and Actors alike! ALL LEVELS WELCOME!

Since 1981, HAL PELLER has been one of the few master improv teachers in the country to facilitate Spolin Improvisation. His workshop was recently nominated by INNY for "Best Improvisation Workshop" 2012. He also coaches the new Harold Team, Eskimo Dance, for which he was nominated for an "INNY Award" as "Best Coach." Hal has directed the Little Britches (an all women comedy group) and Brooklyn Improv Group (BIG). He directed The Fine Young Comedians, a teen sketch comedy group that performed at Stand Up New York and featured on ABC FAMILY TV. He facilitated workshops at the Broadway Theater Institute including “Improvisation for the Theater”, “Theater Games for Non-Actors”, “Theater Games for Teachers (Staff Development)”, and “Corporate Management Training”. Hal coaches stand-up comedians and theater companies in the New York City area.

Hal studied with Paul Sills, David Shepherd, Del Close and Martin Harvey Friedberg of Chicago’s Second City Theater. He did stand-up comedy in the 1970s, then in the 1980s became the founding Artistic Director and a cast member of the “Port Authority Theater Ensemble”, a New York improv group. Hal has served on the Boards of The Broadway Theater Institute and The Women’s Resource Center of New York.



*** reserve your space by emailing IRTEinfo@gmail.com
and paying via Pay Pal

Cost: $30 per person


This class is a Fundraiser, all the proceeds go to funding the IRTE's second season.
Please help us fund the funny :)



 

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