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


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