Improv Festival to hold a day of workshops

Note: These workshops will be at Neon Forest Gallery, 1741 S. Orange Ave., Orlando.

Aspiring improv comedians may want to take a lesson or two from the day of workshops to be held as part of the new Orlando Improv Festival Sept. 19.

The lineup for the workshop includes Atlanta’s Ian Covell (a founding member of Orlando’s late, lamented Them), Boston’s Will Luera, Seattle’s Jed Rose and Sak Comedy Lab’s Chris Dinger.

Here’s more about the sessions in detail:

Orlando Improv Festival Kicks its Inaugural Year Off With “Workshop Sunday”

The 2010 Inaugural Orlando Improv Festival Presented by TheDailyCity.com announces its “Workshop Sunday” lineup for September 19, 2010. Comedy improv teachers from Boston, Seattle, Atlanta and Orlando will offer 2.5 hour classes each to local improv enthusiasts and seasoned performers. “Workshop Day” is the Sunday just before shows kick off. At this time, the venue for “Workshop Sunday” is TBA. The shows will be performed at the Winter Park Playhouse September 20-21, 2010.

The September 19, 2010 “Workshop Sunday” Schedule At-A-Glance:

11am-1:30pm
Great Improv Happens On Purpose
Ian Covell | Atlanta, GA | Bitch & Camaro
http://workshop2010iancovell.eventbrite.com/

2:00pm-4:30
Falling in Love on Stage
Will Luera | Boston, MA | Improv Boston
http://workshop2010willluera.eventbrite.com/

5:00pm-7:30pm
Digital Storytelling
Jed Rose | Seattle, WA | Quiet Monkey Fight
http://workshop2010jedrose.eventbrite.com/

8:00pm-10:30pm
All Access Pass Holder Workshop
Chris Dinger | The Early Show | Orlando, FL
http://workshop2010chrisdinger.eventbrite.com/

The workshops in detail:

Great Improv Happens On Purpose
Ian Covell | Atlanta, GA | Bitch & Camaro
Cost: $30
Time: 11:00am-1:30pm
Length: 2.5 hours
Maximum Class Size: 15
REGISTER: http://workshop2010iancovell.eventbrite.com/

About: In this workshop taught by Ian Covell (Bitch & Camaro), you will be given tools to execute successful improv scenes 100% of the time. Learn scene work techniques in order to make solid initial offers, find and heighten games, execute organic edits, connect emotionally with your scene partner, and much more. Ian has combined his training in the Sanford Meisner acting technique with 15 years improv performance experience to bring a fresh perspective on how to improvise truthfully and with bold intention. Required: Students must have completed all four levels of Sak Comedy Lab or similar training program. Not for beginners.

Bio: Ian Covell was a founder of the Orlando based sketch and improv comedy troupe, Them, which lasted from 1994-2003 and performed almost 1,000 shows together. He has been an ensemble member at Sak Comedy Lab and was an original cast member of The Early Show. He’s performed improv in Orlando, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Ottawa. He has performed live with SNL’s Kevin Nealon, studied with William H. Macy, and can been seen in the indie films Vampire Clan, Gifted, God Laughed and A Roll of the Dice. Ian currently resides in Atlanta where he can be found performing and teaching improv at Relapse Theater.

Falling in Love on Stage
Will Luera | Boston, MA | Improv Boston
Cost: $30
Time: 2:00pm-4:30pm
Length: 2.5 hours
Maximum Class Size: 15
REGISTER: http://workshop2010willluera.eventbrite.com/

About: Falling in love with your scene partner and their characters. This workshop will focus on scenes that don’t require you to invent but instead discover the subtle choices that your scene partner makes and then fall in love with those choices; unconditionally, flaws and all. From within these simple choices and blind love will emerge the comedy that comes with real relationships.

Bio: Will Luera joined ImprovBoston in 1997 as a member of the ImprovBoston Mainstage. Within two years he joined the TheatreSports cast and also became the director of Sitcom. In 1999, he left ImprovBoston to start his own improvisational theater company called Blue Screen, where he continued to direct Sitcom but also developed and directed Secret Society and Dropkick Bandito. In 2000, he rejoined ImprovBoston as Artistic Director, directing the Mainstage cast as well as premiere productions of Sitcom, Secret Society, Blue Screen, and Quest. He has appeared at the Chicago Improv Festival, New York Improv Festival, Greater Boston Improv Festival, and Toyota Comedy Festival and has studied improvisation with ImprovOlympic, The Second City, The Annoyance Theater, The Upright Citizens Brigade, and Keith Johnstone. In addition to his work at ImprovBoston, Will has taught improvisation classes for the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the National Fire Prevention Association, Northeastern University, Boston College and numerous regional, college, and high school improv troupes. Will continues to direct the ImprovBoston Mainstage, but has also worked with Improv Asylum, The Tribe Theater, The Alarm Clock Theater, and Another Country Productions.

Digital Storytelling: Using all of our senses to become better improv performers
Jed Rose | Seattle, WA | Quiet Monkey Fight
Cost: $30
Time: 5:00pm-7:30pm
Length: 2.5 hours
Maximum Class Size: 15
REGISTER: http://workshop2010jedrose.eventbrite.com/

About: Have you ever wanted to take advantage of modern technology for an improv performance? Pictures say a thousand words and a soundtrack has the power to stir emotions. By using high-tech devices, digital media has the ability to make scenes more dynamic and to allow performers to focus on improving specific theatrical skills. This workshop will push your senses and creativity by using digital media as an influence for improvised scenes and games. We will have a terrifically fun time exploring such areas as instant character creation, scenes without dialogue, and improvised singing. This workshop will feature the use of digital projectors, music, and mobile apps.

Bio: Jed Rose began studying improv under the direction of Patricia Ryan while at Stanford University. He has since completed improv training under various improv directors and taught several improv classes on both coasts of the US. He has performed at New York, LA, Toronto, and Seattle improv festivals and is a co-founder of Quiet Monkey Fight. Jed has niche improv interests in physical comedy, theatrical styles, and using digital media for improvised storytelling.

Quiet Monkey Fight is an internationally recognized improv troupe that has performed original productions at New York (2008), Los Angeles (2008), Toronto (2007) and Seattle (2008, 2009, 2010) Improv Festivals. The troupe has also won the annual Seattle Theatresports Improv Tournament (2007). They have done over 100 shows and perform regularly in Seattle, WA.

All Access Pass Holder Worshop
Chris Dinger, Orlando, FL | The Early Show
Cost: $30
Time: 8:00pm-10:30pm
Length: 2.5 hours
Maximum Class Size: 15
REGISTER: http://workshop2010chrisdinger.eventbrite.com/

About: Free “Intro to Improv” workshop for the first 15 All Access Pass Holders who sign up. Note: Only open to All Access Pass Holders. You must bring your All Access Pass along with your Eventbrite.com Ticket Print-Out to this workshop.

Bio: Chris Dinger is a founding member of The Early Show and an Ensemble member at Sak Comedy Lab in Orlando.

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