Casey, Laura, Julia, and Helena in the Studio. Photo by Chion Wolf.

Workshops


Stage Presence

Instructor: Julia Pistell

Date & Time: Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The great improviser Jason Mantzoukas once said, “80% of Improv is owning the stage.” He’s right– no matter how good your ideas are, you need to conduct yourself onstage with the confidence and presence of a professional actor, from the moment you enter the stage to the moment you exit.

In this workshop you will receive NO feedback on your ideas, characters, games, or jokes. We will explore and drill, with lots of personal feedback: using your voice, body, and movements to command the stage. We’ll work on hosting, being on the back line, and stage presence in scenes.

Everyone will receive personal feedback on their mindless habits, their projected attitudes, and anything else we discover about your personal stage presence. Come kick your performance to the next level.

Cost: $35

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About the Instructor:

Julia Pistell has performed in hundreds of improv shows across the country. A founding member of Sea Tea Improv, she was a member of both undefeated CT Cage Match teams, as well as the undefeated Upright Citizens Brigade Indie Cage Match championships. She is in the Advanced Study program at the Upright Citizens Brigade and has studied under Will Hines, Shannon O’Neill, Chelsea Clarke, Ryan Karels, Erik Tanouye, and more. She has also studied unusual improvisational forms with Hot Cocoa Productions such as Campfire, Disaster Movie, and Spoken; is a co-creator of the parody show “Sex and the Sea Tea”; and assistant directed Knuckle Sandwich Production’s “Disney Reality Show.” Julia’s improvisational technique focuses on finding character philosophies and combining narrative styles with games. She has taught improv through Sea Tea Improv and the Hartford Stage to adults and teens alike since 2010. She and Summar Elguindy brought eight all-star teens to Chicago in 2014 to perform improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy.


Tops of Scenes

Instructor: Joe Leonardo

Date & Time: Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The first 3 to 5 lines can make or break a scene. Starting off not on the same page with your scene partner causes confusion, bad scene work, and the dreadful jokey crazytown scenes. This workshop will focus on making clear choices at the tops of scenes to better establish your “who, what and where”, a.k.a your base reality. A well established, grounded start will make games easier to identify and more playable to the improvisers watching from the back line.

For intermediate and advanced improvisers

Cost: $35

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About the Instructor:

Joe Leonardo is a comedic actor living in New York City with an absurd amount of natural talents including writing ambidextrously, creating children’s southern folk music, and inventing breakfast sandwiches (one’s called the “Cardiac Arrest”). In his spare time when he’s not reciting an unhealthy amount of Beatles trivia or giving truthiness facts about wildlife, he spends it honing his craft of improvisational and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and with his improv troupe, Sea Tea Improv. Joe writes and produces sketches with the his sketch groups, Crafts and Arts and Asylum Attic. Joe has logged many hours of training at the UCB Theatre, The People’s Improv Theater, Hartford Stage, and the “streets”, homie! He’s been featured on a majority of Connecticut TV stations, newspapers, and nationally on ESPN, Travel Channel, Anderson Cooper LIVE, and others. Joe also does commercial work and is a frequent guest on The Colin McEnroe Show on NPR. You can see him performing regularly in New York and Connecticut

Hartford, CT Improv Comedy