2019 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
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"My vision is a world of accessible intuition." -Viola Spolin 

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