If you're reading this, you're thinking of taking the plunge and trying out this workshop. But I bet you're worried that you're going to have to be hilarious right off the bat, and that you'll be judged cruelly by your peers. Yikes! That's the nightmare scenario, and it might even be true at some workshops in L.A., but it's not the case at the with us!
Our main rule for the class is "Don't try to be funny- it comes later on its own." We focus on listening, accepting offers, and creating a story with a beginning, middle, and end, in a low-pressure environment. The work on recognizing negativity and the blocking of other's offers will change your life. You will be better, stronger, faster than before! No, seriously, it will. I'm not saying you'll hit enlightenment right off the bat, mind you... But it will help you be a more positive person, and one who listens to others before speaking. And that's gotta be a good thing, right?
*Note* Please use at least your REAL first name when you sign up to help me with organizing the workshop and learning your name. And a real photo helps, too. Thanks!
The Level 1 program has both weekday 2-hour classes (Fridays and one Thursday a month the day before the Improvazilla Show), and a monthly weekend intensive class. Huw Lloyd takes the lead with the Friday classes, and TCS Director Chris Wells handles the weekend classes, with other members of our professional improv team Spontaneous Confabulation substituting when necessary. Level 1 improvisors will do a Maestro Student Showcase after every two months of classes.
The Level 2 Scenic Improv Workshop is each Wednesday night from 7-9pm, and focuses on long-form improv with open scene work and narrative storytelling, though we also do some games each week because they're fun and instructive. We focus on narrative structure, character work, acting skills, space work, and finding the funny in the truth of a scene. Level 2 participants will continue to perform in a Maestro Student Showcase at Our Space every six weeks. If you have improv experience and would like to apply for an experience exemption, head over to the L2 Workshop Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/TCSlevel2improv/
All native-level English speakers are welcome! And don't worry about your improv experience level- this is a class for all levels- from beginners to experienced players. If you aren't fluent in English this is NOT the class for you. Seriously. Go get fluent in English and come back then. This is about comedy, and communication is key.
I don't mean you have to be a native speaker though! We have several non-native speakers in the class who have no problem communicating in English and we love them. I just mean that if you want to take this class to "practice" your English, you should try something else. We want people genuinely interested in improv here.
Another option if you speak fluent Japanese would be to check out www.itm.cc for excellent classes in Japanese taught by TCSj founder Jun Imai, author of several books on improv, and Japan's pre-eminent teacher of improv and acting.
Who takes this workshop? Anyone interested in unleashing their creativity, or getting over a fear of public speaking, or just people looking for a good way to de-stress after work and have fun. We get people from all walks of life: teachers, stock brokers, computer engineers, students, musicians, you name it!
What are you waiting for? Workshops are 1,500 yen, and we meet every Wednesday night, from 7-9pm at Our Space studio in Hatagaya. But check the schedule before coming! After the class, we order in pizza and have a drink at Our Space, which has a full bar.
-Student Maestro™ Showcase Show-
Every two months we have a show in which students who have taken at least six classes can get up and show what they've learned in front of a friendly audience of invited friends and family. A different mix of randomly chosen players join together for each scene in Maestro™, invented by Keith Johnstone, author of Impro for Storytellers, and one of our mentors. It's a fun, relaxed atmosphere and everyone learns a lot while having a good time. And then there's pizza. For more details, check out the description on the show night!
On occasion we have a 4-hour jam in which students can really burn through a bunch of scenes. This isn't a regular workshop, and it's 90% performance, so it's required that new improvisors to have at least 16 hours of instruction under their belts before they participate. That's two months of lessons- not too much to ask! It's a lot of fun and a great way to gain improv experience!