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Class 31137-4-18: Improv 101
Sunday 7/14 only, 11 am-3:30pm
Tuition: $125 + $10 registration fee
University of Washington campus - Seattle
Maximum: 12. Enrolled so far: 2
"A fun, fast-paced introduction to improvisational acting..."
Class 31137-4-18: Improv 101
In this Seattle improv class:
- You’ll learn how to get out of your day (whatever kind of day it was) and be available to your fellow performers.
- The heart of this four-week introductory class is fluidity, finding the freedom to contribute anything you want to the scene.
- “Spontaneous,” “Free-fall,” “Instant reaction,” “Confidence” and “Ease” are just a few of the words that describe what students often experience in our Seattle improv classes.
- Total beginners are welcome!
Week by week:
- In WEEK 1 we will learn the basics of Improv. Exercises include The present moment, listening vs hearing, the concept of “Yes And,” word association, and daring to fail.
- In WEEK 2, we will discover Organic Theater. Being spontaneous, finding out what we are doing while on the stage in front of an audience. Letting things happen and occur vs preplanning or constructing the scenario.
- In WEEK 3 we will cover Narrative storytelling. What constitutes a strong scene? What are the crucial elements we need to incorporate into our narrative to tell a cohesive, coherent story that an audience can easily follow along with?
- In WEEK 4 we’ll work on building characters. Be ready to sweat, roll around and do some really weird stuff with your fellow classmates. Also be prepared to laugh a lot! You’ll learn how something as simple as varying your posture changes what materializes in the scene.
Chad O’Bara has been studying improvisational theater since 2006. He has been a cast member of Unexpected Productions at The Market Theater since 2009. In 2011 he studied at Chicago’s Second City.
Chad trained in the dramatic arts both at Washington State University and Cornish College of the Arts. Also an avid filmmaker, he has made several short films both during and after his tenure at The Seattle Film Institute.
Chad has been teaching improv since 2012. He has acted on stage, TV and in independent short films. He can currently be seen on stage at The Market Theater for various shows.
Comments about Chad O’Bara’s classes:
- Just wanted to take a minute to recognize Chad O’Bara for his outstanding work … There are a lot of different teaching and learning styles, but Chad did a great job of always catering to the classes needs, shifting gears when necessary, and most importantly keeping it fun. Had I been the instructor, there were many times where I would have gotten frustrated when the class didn’t follow along or started to get off focus. Chad skillfully re-focused us and never appeared frustrated. He obviously is very passionate about Improv and really enjoys teaching. Like the rest of my class, I really feel lucky to have had him as a teacher and will definitely recommend classes to others. In addition, because of my positive experience with Chad, I look forward to continuing the progression of Improv classes myself. Thanks for such a great experience! – Josh
- Chad was a GREAT teacher, very clear communicator, great encourager, helped everyone have a fun time, while introducing new things for us to learn and practice. I really enjoyed the class and his teaching. Give him a raise please!! (unsigned)
- Chad was great, patient with all levels of skill. (unsigned)
- Chad is an awesome teacher! (unsigned)
More about improv!
What is improv anyway?
Improv is an amazing and enjoyable form of live theatre. The characters, plot, setting and dialogue are made up on the spot. The scene seems to appear out of nowhere. Each performance is one of a kind and will never be repeated.
Is all improv the same?
No. Some improv is comedic. Some is dramatic. Some of the best improvisational theater is a mixture of drama and comedy, exploring the human condition in surprising and spontaneous ways.
Who shouldn’t take improv classes?
- Dead folks are bad improvisers. They just sit there and lie there and don’t say anything. Please don’t sign up if you have been pronounced dead and cremated or buried. (Though it may depend on how long you’ve been deceased.)
- Robots don’t do well either. No sensahumor.
What sorts of exercises do the students experience in the classes?
Students go through fun, spontaneous exercises to help them learn to listen, loosen up, lighten and learn the basic. As the class moves along, you’ll learn how to actively listen and respond. (Learning about improvisation can mean discovering both your own creativity and the startling creativity of people around you, whatever their backgrounds or personalities.)