Improv Festival presents a workshop on … improv

The newcomer festival in town, the Orlando Improv Festival, presents a workshop with an intriguing name, “Introduction to the Harold.”

This is not an introduction to your elderly uncle or anything like that — and you have to be an experienced improviser to participate in this intro to a specific kind of long-form improv. It’s taught by Mike Carr, and here are the details:

This is a six-week workshop presented as part of the Inaugural 2010 Orlando Improv Festival Presented by TheDailyCity.com. The workshop runs Friday evenings 6:30 pm-9:30 pm on April 9, April 16, April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14.

REQUIREMENTS: You must apply and be accepted into this workshop. Acceptance is at the sole discretion of the Instructor (Mike Carr). Applicants must have successfully passed Level 4 at Sak Comedy Lab in Orlando, Florida or have similar/significant training/experience.

MAKING PAYMENTS: Once accepted (by phone or email), you will be given the link to the payment page and will pay online with credit card/debit card. Cost is $150 non-refundable regardless of missed classes. No makeup classes.

LOCATION: Fashion Square Mall (3201 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32803) in the Community Room (Enter at Red Star/Panera entrance from Colonial. Walk past Zales towards restrooms. Community room is down that hallway.)

CLASS DESCRIPTION: This is not a “how to improvise” workshop. Students in this six-week workshop know the basics of Improv and now want to learn what this Harold is. This workshop is only to learn the Harold format as Instructor Mike Carr learned it in Chicago at Improv Olympic.

WHAT IS THE HAROLD? The Harold is a long form show structure that enables a group of improvisers to form teams and perform shows with/against other “Harold” teams. Its used and performed at improv theaters across the country like Upright Citizens Brigade, Improv Olympic and the Groundlings to name a few. The instructor, Mike Carr, will teach the Harold the way he learned it in Chicago at Improv Olympic.

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Mike Carr has been improvising for over 10 years. He performed with Mission:Improvable at UMass Amherst and then moved to Chicago to study at the iO Theater, formerly Improv Olympic. At iO, Mike performed with the very successful Harold team Revolver, who were named Best Harold Team in 2009 at the Del Close Awards. In addition to iO, Mike performed at venues all over Chicago including the Playground Theater and Second City. He studied under many of Chicago’s best improvisers and teachers, including Jason Chin, Mike Enriquez, Bill Arnett and Charna Halpern.

To enroll, click here.

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