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Go Comedy Resident Artist James Quesada is moving to NYC in June -- don't miss this last opportunity to take his fantastic workshop:
THE ABSURDITY OF IMPROV | Tuesday, May 23 | 7-10PM | $30 | THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL
Improv is absurd. The challenge is to correctly pretend to be someone else while accurately engaging with the environment that isn't there. It can become a very serious business. Don't let it! In this workshop we'll charge ourselves with impossible tasks and play in scenes full of booby traps. Together we'll destroy our expectations of getting it right and rediscover the fun in The Absurdity of Improv. Check out James's website here for more information.
Guest Workshop: Justin Peters & Kelly Buttermore
Two Is All You Need | Tuesday, May 23 | 7-10PM | $40
Duo improv can be hard. We’re here to help make it easier! In this workshop, Kelly Buttermore and Justin Peters will share their own methods for creating memorable and hilarious two-person shows. You’ll learn tips and techniques for meaningfully connecting with your partner from the start; for identifying and maximizing your scenic choices; for discovering information together rather than inventing it individually; and for using the environment to build and heighten your relationships. All improvisers are welcome: these are skills and techniques that can be used in any improv context. More information and website here.
Kelly Buttermore and Justin Peters are two of America’s top independent improvisers. As the duo From Justin to Kelly, they spend most of their time on tour, performing and teaching at theaters and festivals around the country; since 2014, they have presented over 150 shows and workshops in 23 different states. Their signature form is the Walter, a minimalistic monoscene that emphasizes silence, eye contact, and total commitment to the moment. Off stage, they promote a DIY ethos that encourages improvisers to find their own voices and own their own work. They are based in New York City, where they are the founders of Countdown Theater, a roaming pop-up improv collaborative. They are the co-founders of the Basement Improv Summit and the 321 Improv Festival, and have been written about in the New York Times, Time Out New York, Slate, and Los Angeles magazine, among other outlets. They encourage you to love the pain.
Guest Workshop: Mona Thompson & Shara Tonn
Clowning | Tuesday, June 20 | 7-9PM | $40
The art of clowning is all about using your entire body to convey meaning. If you are an improviser who feels disconnected from your body, this workshop will teach you ways to bridge that gap in your performance.
About Mona & Shara -- Full Website Here
Mona Thompson is an improv performer, teacher, and coach. She began improvising in high school, continued in college as a member of the Stanford Improvisors, and never looked back. Currently, Mona performs with Un-Scripted Theater Company, Minerva, The Human Knot, and Mona and Shara Do Improv. She teaches at BATS Improv, San Mateo High School, and Stanford University. In 2014, she co-founded Collective Capital, a company that helps organizations create a culture of innovation through improv and design. Learn more at monajthompson.com.
Shara Tonn is an improviser, teacher, actor and clown. An alumna of the Stanford Improvisors, Shara performs with Un-Scripted Theater Company, Minerva, The Human Knot, and Mona and Shara Do Improv. Shara also recently enrolled in the San Francisco Circus Center’s Clown Conservatory and started performing with Bay Area Children’s Theater. She teaches improv at Collective Capital, Un-Scripted Theater Company and Aragon High School.