It’s All About The Scene / Improv from an Acting Perspective
with Sarah Ashley (BFA Theater Performance, Univ. of Michigan; Scene Work Teacher at The Annoyance Theater)
Improv is nothing without solid scene work. Scene work is nothing without emotionally-driven characters. Sarah Ashley helps students boldly initiate scenes, stick with character choices and heighten moments organically to build funny and poignant scenes.
Improv from an Acting Perspective
In this workshop participants learn to approach improv scenes as actors would scenes in a play. Sarah leads the group through exercises that focus on emotional impact, raising the stakes and acting truthfully, all while heightening their sense of play and comedic timing.
“Sarah Ashley was great. She is friendly, interesting, accepting, caring, fun, energetic, creative etc etc etc. Her group Super Human is fantastic and her lessons really came alive after I watched her perform. What a wonderful, talented and supportive person! Thank you Sarah Ashley!!!“
- Annoyance Student
Set Bitch Free
with Devin Bockrath (Annoyance, iO)
with Christina Boucher (iO, Annoyance)
Follow the Fun!
with Katie Klein (Washington improv theater, iO, Second City e.t.c resident stage)
"Katie is a sharp, thoughtful and warm improv teacher. Katie presents her notes as fun suggestions and really guides you toward developing your own style, rather than imparting a rigid concept of what is 'correct.' Cannot recommend her more highly!"
- iO student
Improvising from a Place of Power
with Irene Marquette (iO, Annoyance, Girlboss on Netflix)
Gut & Instinct - Move First, Think Second
with Jo Scott (Annoyance Theatre, iO, SC TourCo)
“Jo is a very active and engaged teacher who encourages safe and brave play while maintaining a system of blunt and specific feedback.”
- Annoyance student
Responding Directly and Truthfully
with Amber Walker (Second City, iO, Annoyance Theatre)
Shut up and DO something! / Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Physical Presence and Playfulness
with Mary Cait Walthall (iO, Annoyance, London International School of Performing Arts)
Interested in learning about using physicality in improv? Want to know what to do when you're stuck in your head? This workshop is all about body awareness and nonverbal communication. We will explore: - physical presence - character creation through action - nonverbal scenes - realistic and heightened physical play.
Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Physical Presence and Playfulness
Mary Cait helps you get out of your head and find out what your body has been saying while your mouth thinks it's doing all the talking. Find insight on what your own personal stage presence is, and practice responding physically to what is happening in a scene. For all levels of improv and physical ability. Wear comfortable, movable clothes! (Maximum 10 students)
“Clearly an expert in the field of not only improvisation but also physicality, Mary Cait navigated the class effortlessly through a range of engaging, interesting and informative activities that, personally, has expanded my knowledge base about the form of improvisation exponentially. She was also very personable and made the class feel at ease throughout the lessons.”
- iO student