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. That's the nightmare scenario, and it might even be true at some workshops. But it's not the case at the TCS In The Moment Impro Workshop.
My 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?
The Level 1 program has both twice-a-month classes on the 1st and 3rd Friday, and a monthly Saturday intensive evening class, for a total of 8 hours of instruction a month. Huw Lloyd takes the lead with the Friday classes, and TCS Director Chris Wells handle the Saturday classes, with other members of our professional improv team Spontaneous Confabulation substituting when necessary.
The Level 2 Scenic Improv Workshop is each Wednesday night from 7-9pm, and focuses on open scene work and narrative storytelling, though also do some games each week because they're fun and instructive. After this summer’s transition period, everyone in Level 2 will know the basics already, and we'll be able to 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. The plan is for Level 1 improvisors will do a Maestro Student Showcase after every two months of classes. The monthly Jamalama will go on as well, and in it we will do games and scene work suggested by the improvisors themselves, so if you've always wanted to narrate a Writer scene, do an open scene about Love, or be the interviewer in an expert scene, you'll get the chance!
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. 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.
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.
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 1,000 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 Theatresports™/Maestro™ Showcase Show-
Every six weeks 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. We divide into teams on the night and engage in a fake competition called Theatresports™ or we new players join together for each scene in Maestro™, both invented by Chris' mentor Keith Johnstone. 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!
Every month 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 better for new improvisors to get a few workshops under their belts before they participate. It's a lot of fun and a great way to gain improv experience!