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Looking to learn about improv? You've come to the right place! Now, 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. Happily, nothing could further from the truth. Actually, our main rule for the class is "Don't try to be funny- it comes later on its own."

What do we do? We focus on listening, accepting offers, and creating a story with a beginning, middle, and end, in a low-pressure environment. You’ll work in small groups and pairs to gain the skills you need. The work on recognizing negativity and the blocking of other's offers will change your life.

Why improvisation? 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 us with organizing the workshop and learning your name. And a real photo helps, too. Thanks!

When and where? The TCS Improv Foundation Workshop Program has both weekday 2-hour classes on Mondays from 7-9:30pm, and monthly weekend intensive classes, taught by TCS Director Chris Wells, Huw Lloyd, and other members of the Improvazilla Show cast substituting when necessary. Classes are held near Yoyogi-Koen and Hatsudai at our blackbox studio/theatre, called Studio Gokko, which means “make believe” in Japanese. Importantly, improvisors have the opportunity to perform in our Student Showcases after every two months of classes.

What if you’re an experienced actor or improvisor? The invitation-only Advanced Scenic Improv Workshop is for higher-level improvisors and actors, and is each Thursday night from 7-9:30pm. It 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 genre work and narrative structure, characters, acting skills, space work, and finding the funny in the truth of a scene. Participants can perform in the 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/

More info on TCS and the Improvazilla Show can be found here: http://www.improvazilla.com

Participation Requirements

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. But if you aren't fluent in English this is NOT the class for you. Seriously. Go get fluent in English someplace else and come back then. This is not an eikaiwa class. It is about comedy, and communication is key.

I don't mean you have to be a native speaker, though! We always 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.

日本語を話す人々のために!Another option if you speak fluent Japanese would be to check out http://junimai-impro.com 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. There you can find workshops in improv, acting, mask work, and more.

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!

Workshop Cost

What are you waiting for? Workshops are ¥2,000 paid on the night and are every Monday night. Be sure to check the schedule here before coming, and RSVP if you can. After the class, we usually head over to a nearby restaurant for a drink and some conversation.

Student Theatresports™ and Maestro™ Showcase Shows

We have a spacious black box theatre in which to perform intimate and relaxed student shows, about every two months. These are for students who have taken at least six classes to 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. Or teams are decided on the night for Theatresports™, a faux competition show. 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!

Improv Jam-alama!

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!

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TCS Impro Foundation Weekend Improv at Studio Gokko!

Studio Gokko

¥4,000

TCS Weekend Improv! If you've been wanting to learn about improv but are busy on weeknights, come to the TCS weekend afternoon workshops! We'll learn the basics of improvisational comedy and improv games, how they came about, and how to play them well. There will be an emphasis on intelligent game play that involves story-telling, rather than simply letting the games play you, as too often happens. You'll also find out what to focus on in each game, and common pitfalls to avoid because they disappoint your audience and make the games harder to play successfully, by which I mean enjoyably for you and the audience. You gotta have fun for these to work! Note: Improv is about communication, so you must speak fluent English to participate. We have many non-native speakers who enjoy the class, but for them communicating in English is not a problem. If you speak less than fluently, please come back when your English is better, as this is not a place to improve your English, but a place to study improvisation. What will we cover? Agreement, Listening, Plot, Characters, and the fundamentals of improv. Over the year, we'll cover several games in each category: Physical and Physical Restrictions Verbal and Verbal Restrictions Justification and Guessing Genre Music Emotional Gibberish Storytelling Filler Games Once you understand the core issues dealt with in all classic improv games, you'll be ready for any new games that come your way. We'll also touch on finding the Game within the Game. Ooooh. Deep. :) This class is appropriate for anyone who knows the basics of agreement and listening. Thanks, Chris PS: Our location is below. Reference points are the Yoyogi Post Office (Yoyogi Yubinkyouku), and the Hoff Restaurant. Studio Gokko is in an orange building with a cleaners and glass shop, and has a small glass door on the left-hand side of the building.

Improv Foundation Workshop at Studio Gokko - Chris teaching

Studio Gokko

¥2,000

Hi Everyone, Just a reminder that workshops are now at Studio Gokko! You can get there in about a ten-minute walk from the following stations: Hatsudai, Hatagaya, Yoyogi-koen, and Yoyogi-hachiman. The GPS should take you right there, but just in case, we are very close to a restaurant called Hoff: http://hoff-restaurant.com We’re in an orange-tiled building with a cleaners and glass shop on the first floor, and our door is on the very left-hand side, next to the glass shop, which will probably be closed by 7pm and has グラス written on the shutter. Starting in April I will be teaching the 1st and 3rd Foundation class and Huw the 2nd and 4th. Weekend improv will continue on a more varied schedule than before, due to our expanded impro programming in Japanese. Cheers! Chris ______________________________________________________________________________________ Here's where you begin your improv journey! Come and join other beginners and intermediate improvisors on Thursday or Sunday in exploring this most fascinating of art forms. Improv will make you faster on your feet, a better listener, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Our Impro Foundation Program has weekly classes on Mondays and usually at least one monthly 4-hour weekend intensive. Workshops are taught by Huw Lloyd and TCS Director Chris Wells, with other members of the professional Improvazilla Show cast substituting when necessary. Workshops are held at Studio Gokko near Yoyogi-Koen and Hatagaya from 7-9pm, though we can go over a bit when the spirit of improv and size of the class require it, and cost ¥2,000. We work on improv techniques, from the fundamentals of character creation to the complexities of scene work. You’ll learn some of the games you’ve seen on TV or stage and how to play them well and tell great stories at the same time. Whether you're a beginner or intermediate improvisor, you'll find the classes challenging and fun! Students usually go to a nearby restaurant after the class to chat and get to know one another, so it's educational and social! :) The Improv Foundation Workshops are open workshops, so any native-level English speaker is free to come and give it a try. Diversity Policy We strive to create a welcoming atmosphere for everyone, regardless of minority status. Continued participation is at the discretion of the instructors. So be positive and nice to your fellow improvisors! Improvisor Resources Check the Improv Resources page on our website, www.improvazilla.com, for lots of information on terminology, games, and more! And join us on FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tokyo-Comedy-Store-In-The-Moment-Improv-Program/176438395757922 Hope to see you at Our Space, Chris and Huw

TCS Improvazilla Show Workshop Table Reservation!

Crocodile Live House

More information here: http://www.tokyocomedy.com/the_crocodile You can make a reservation up until Thursday at 9pm. After that, you can still come to the show, but you won't have a seat at the student table.

Improv Foundation Workshop at Studio Gokko

Studio Gokko

¥2,000

Just a reminder that workshops are now at Studio Gokko! You can get there in about a ten-minute walk from the following stations: Hatsudai, Hatagaya, Yoyogi-koen, and Yoyogi-hachiman. The GPS should take you right there, but just in case, we are very close to a restaurant called Hoff: http://hoff-restaurant.com We’re in an orange-tiled building with a cleaners and glass shop on the first floor, and our door is on the very left-hand side, next to the glass shop, which will probably be closed by 7pm and has グラスwritten on the shutter. Starting in April I will be teaching the 1st and 3rd Foundation class and Huw the 2nd and 4th. Weekend improv will continue on a more varied schedule than before, due to our expanded impro programming in Japanese. ______________________________________________________________________________________ Here's where you begin your improv journey! Come and join other beginners and intermediate improvisors on Monday in exploring this most fascinating of art forms. Improv will make you faster on your feet, a better listener, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Our Impro Foundation Program has weekly classes on Mondays and usually at least one monthly 4-hour weekend intensive on a Saturday or Sunday. Workshops are taught by Huw Lloyd and TCS Director Chris Wells, with other members of the professional Improvazilla Show cast substituting when necessary. Workshops are held at Studio Gokko near Yoyogi-Koen and Hatagaya from 7-9pm, though we can go over a bit when the spirit of improv and size of the class require it, and cost ¥2,000. We work on improv techniques, from the fundamentals of character creation to the complexities of scene work. You’ll learn some of the games you’ve seen on TV or stage and how to play them well and tell great stories at the same time. Whether you're a beginner or intermediate improvisor, you'll find the classes challenging and fun! Students usually go to a nearby restaurant after the class to chat and get to know one another, so it's educational and social! :) The Improv Foundation Workshops are open workshops, so any native-level English speaker is free to come and give it a try. Diversity Policy We strive to create a welcoming atmosphere for everyone, regardless of minority status. Continued participation is at the discretion of the instructors. So be positive and nice to your fellow improvisors! Improvisor Resources Check the Improv Resources page on our website, www.improvazilla.com, for lots of information on terminology, games, and more! And join us on FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tokyo-Comedy-Store-In-The-Moment-Improv-Program/176438395757922 Hope to see you at Our Space, Chris and Huw

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