WORKSHOPS FOR IMPROVISERS

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FB event: Workshops / ImproFest 2019 / Kraków / PL

Workshops for Improvisers – 9th International Improv Festival “ImproFest” 6-11.11.2018, Krakow, Poland!

We would love to invite you to improv workshops during Krakow ImproFest.

Our workshops will be led by six different trainers from Baby Wants Candy: Timothy Sniffen, John Hartman, Will Jacobs, Kiki Mikkelsen, Katy Berry, Brian Heveron-Smith.

Workshops last for 4 hours per day and will take place November 2019 in Krakow.

Cost:
61 Euros for four hours workshops
73 Euros for Musical workshops (4 hours)
140 Euros for Musical workshops (8 hours)

The number of participants is limited. For those who choose more than one workshop block we have a festival pass at a promotional price of 15 Euros. We would like to register for this discount voucher when submitting a workshops.

We can offer some help with finding a hotel near workshop place for people from outside of Krakow (Cost: 10-20 Euros/night).

Application for a workshop is equivalent to familiarizing and accepting the workshops regulations.
Remember that joining the Facebook event doesn’t guarantee a place in workshops!

Happy to see you in Krakow!

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WORKSHOPS
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6.11 – WEDNESDAY

Name: Timothy Sniffen
Title: Gripping Storytelling in Improvisation
Date: Wed 06th of November 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Become a better improvisational storyteller! We will work on setting up strong scenic initiations, wants, relationships, plot moves, edits, protagonists and antagonists in order to build a strong spine of a story in our shows and a much more fulfilling experience for performers and audience members.
Level: Advanced – over 4 years of experience

Name: John Hartman
Title: The art of the two-person scene
Date: Wed 06th of November 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The basis for all great improv comes back to excelling at the two-person scene. Learn how to master this with simple and long-lasting techniques, finding out how to start, continue and maintain fully realized and memorable two-person scenes.
Level: Semi Advanced – over 2 years of experience

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7.11 – THURSDAY

Name: Timothy Sniffen
Title: Longform: The big picture
Date: Thu 07th of November 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
A longform improv show with a narrative arc is more than a collection of scenes, but where to begin? We’ll look at big picture, beginnings and endings, finding “the right amount of story” between too-simple and too-complicated, random tangents & making them not-so-random… oh, and keeping things fun while doing all the above.
Level: Advanced – over 4 years of experience

Name: John Hartman
Title: Active Listening-Acting & Reacting Better
Date: Thu 07th of November 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Do you truly listen to your scene partners’ offers? And to your *own* offers? And do you react in a way that helps move the scene and show in a positive direction? We will work on developing your listening superpowers, finding gold in offers that others might have missed, and learning ways to quickly react better so we help our shows succeed!
Level: Semi Advanced – over 2 years of experience

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8.11 – FRIDAY

Name: Timothy Sniffen
Title: Modern problems in Harold
Date: Fri 08.11 12.00-4PM
The Harold is an incredible form, but to perform it well demands a lot of our improv skills. This workshop will focus on the elements of the Harold that can create roadblocks as we perform- from strong group mind in the openings and group games, to excellent initiations, to intelligent and exciting second and third beats.
Level: Advanced – over 4 years of experience

Name: John Hartman
Title: Starting Strong: Getting Your Scene Off to a Good Start
Date: Fri 08.11 12.00-4PM
A strong initiation can help a scene and an entire show succeed, while a weak initiation can derail that same show. In this workshop, you will improve your skills at making intelligent initiations early in scenes so that the rest of your show is so much easier.
Level: Semi Advanced – over 2 years of experience

Name: Will Jacobs
Title: Emotional investment
Date: Fri 08.11 12.00-4PM
Because we want our improvisations to be funny, we often forget to bring emotions into your characters, scenes and shows. This workshop will help us become not just better improvisors, but better *actors*.
Level: Semi Advanced – over 2 years of experience

Name: Kiki Mikkelsen, Brian Heveron-Smith (MD)
Title: Musical Improvisation Day 1
Date: Fri 08.11 12.00-4PM
Musical improv is one of the most audience fulfilling kinds of improvisation. But students are often worried that they aren’t strong singers, don’t have a musical background, etc. Well no worries! We will work the basics of music improvisation, learning simple song structure, how to sing with emotion and how to work with a musical director to create a moving, hilarious songs on the spot.. No prior musical improv experience needed.
Level: Semi Advanced – over 2 years of experience

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9.11 – SATURDAY

Name: John Hartman
Title: The art of the two-person scene
Date: Sat 9.11 10AM-2PM
The basis for all great improv comes back to excelling at the two-person scene. Learn how to master this with simple and long-lasting techniques, finding out how to start, continue and maintain fully realized and memorable two-person scenes.
Level: Advanced – over 4 years of experience

Name: Will Jacobs
Title: Finding the game for scenes
Date: Sat 9.11 10AM-2PM
Hone your skills in finding, playing and heightening the game in our scenes. By the end of the workshop, students should have a much better sense of what a game is, how to identify it and how to play it successfully, making for better scenes. Will has trained and performed at UCB, Baby Wants Candy and elsewhere and workshop students will get a ton of reps finding and playing games in scenes.
Level: Advanced – over 4 years of experience

Name: Kiki Mikkelsen, Brian Heveron-Smith (MD)
Title: Musical Improvisation Day 2
Date: Sat 9.11 10AM-2PM
Musical improv is one of the most audience fulfilling kinds of improvisation. But students are often worried that they aren’t strong singers, don’t have a musical background, etc. Well no worries! We will work the basics of music improvisation, learning simple song structure, how to sing with emotion and how to work with a musical director to create a moving, hilarious songs on the spot.. No prior musical improv experience needed.
Level: Semi Advanced – over 2 years of experience

Name: Katy Berry
Title: Come Out of the Abyss and Use Your Environment!
Date: Sat 9.11 10AM-2PM
How many scenes have we seen that just focus on two people talking to each other on a blank stage, with no idea where or when the scene takes place. Too often our improvs occur floating in some amorphous space and we rarely take advantage of using our environment. In this workshop, you will learn to quickly set up great environments and use elements of that space to make our scenes much richer.
Level: Semi Advanced – over 2 years of experience

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10.11 – SUNDAY

Name: Timothy Sniffen, Brian Heveron-Smith (MD)
Title: Advanced Musical Improvisation
Date: Sun 10.11 10AM-2PM
You’ve got the improvised duet down. You can always create a great chorus. What now? Add to your musical-improv library with trios, fugues, split-stage numbers, call-and-response songs, solos, reprises, and I-just-got-stabbed death ballads that will have the audience begging you to come back as a ghost in Act II.
Level: Advanced – over 4 years of experience

Name: Will Jacobs
Title: Scene Doctor
Date: Sun 10.11 10AM-2PM
Often in improvisation, we don’t get the personalised notes we need to improve, instead receiving more general notes that are not as helpful to us as individual players. And the best way to improve our scene work is to do A LOT of scenes, and to get focused, individual notes on our patterns of strengths and weaknesses. In this workshop, we will get a chance to see what areas of improvement you personally need.
Level: Semi Advanced – over 2 years of experience

Name: Kiki Mikkelsen
Title: Killer characters
Date: Sun 10.11 10AM-2PM
Do you find yourself always playing just yourself in scenes? Or the same 2-3 characters? In this workshop, we will help you find your own voice to create better characters in the moment based on your own strengths and point of view.
Level: Semi Advanced – over 2 years of experience

Name: Katy Berry
Title: Genre Cauldron!
Date: Sun 10.11 10AM-2PM
Learn the incredible power in using genre elements in our improvisations. We will deconstruct elements of various genres- for example- horror film, teen romance, science fiction, disaster film, fantasy, and other specific genres (e.g., Harry Potter) and how to use these tropes to create characters, scenes and even shows based on them.
Level: Semi Advanced – over 2 years of experience

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11.11 – MONDAY

Name: Kiki Mikkelsen
Title: Truth in comedy
Date: Mon 11.11 11AM-3PM
One of Del Close’s greatest gifts to the world of improvisation was his focus on finding the truth comedy, instead of just going for the funny. We will build on Del’s concepts to help students find the truth in their scenes, making deeper connections to our scene partners, our audiences and ourselves.
Level: Advanced – over 4 years of experience

Name: Katy Berry
Title: Audience-interview based improv
Date: Mon 11.11 11AM-3PM
Audience-interview based improvisations are huge crowd pleasers! And they allow us to really stretch our improv muscles while basing our improvisations on a real person who the audience has learned about at the same time we have. It give our improvisations an immediacy and relevancy, while still allowing us to dive deep into the emotional truths behind one of our audience members. In this workshop, we will work on improvisational forms developed from audience interviews- e.g, The Dream.
Level: Semi Advanced – over 2 years of experience

 

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TEACHERS
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JOHN HARTMAN is a writer and actor, based in Los Angeles. Most recently he appeared in recurring roles on *The Good Place* (NBC), Young Sheldon (CBS), Trial & Error (NBC), and Scorpion (CBS). Other TV credits include 2 Broke Girls (CBS), Disjointed (Netflix), Superior Donuts (CBS), and *Curb Your Enthusiasm* (HBO). Before that, he was a member of The Second City Mainstage in Chicago. There he wrote and performed in two revues, *Panic on Cloud 9*, for which he was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actor, and *Depraved New World*, for which he won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actor. He has written and performed two solo shows at The Annoyance Theatre, *Your Friends and Enemies* and I’m Sorry I Missed You, both of which received Time Out Chicago Critic’s Picks. He has also performed solo shows at the TBS Just for Laughs Festival, UCB Theater in New York and the Comedy Central Stage in Los Angeles. John is an alumnus of the CBS Diversity Showcase 2016 and he performs in Los Angeles every Friday night at the UCB Sunset with Baby Wants Candy, of which he has been a member for 10 years.

KATY BERRY is New York based comedian, writer, singer, voice over actor, and freestyler. She studied writing at The New School in New York City, improvisation at The Magnet Theater, and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCB). Over the past six years Katy has traveled the world performing with musical improv legends Baby Wants Candy as well as North Coast. Her comedy videos and writing have been featured on Vulture, VH1, Reductress, Studio360, Bustle and more. For more of Katy’s work, shows, and more, visit katyberrycomedy.com.

TIM SNIFFEN is a writer and actor based in New York. He recently completed his second season as a contributing sketch writer on Live From Here, a longstanding variety show on National Public Radio. Tim has written essays for The New Yorker and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and recently worked as script consultant on the upcoming Showtime series, Work In Progress. Tim has been a company member of Baby Wants Candy since 2003, and worked as a touring company member and stage understudy with The Second City for three years.

WILL JACOBS is an actor and improviser based in New York City where he coaches and performs with teams at the Upright Citizens Brigade and the Magnet Theaters. He’s appeared on the Comedy Central show “The Other Two” and toured with the international musical improv sensation Baby Wants Candy, with whom he performed at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe and in their weekly show at UCB NY. He more or less always has something in his teeth.

KIKI MIKKELSEN is an improviser, actress and musician living in Queens. Kiki has performed with Baby Wants Candy for over 4 years, including at the Adelaide Fringe in Australia and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she also starred in Baby Wants Candy’s smash hit scripted show “Thrones! The Musical Parody”. She currently performs in BWC’s weekly show at UCB in NY, along with their spinoff show “Shamilton!”, an improvised homage to “Hamilton”. Kiki has been studying and performing improv in New York City since 2012 and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University. Kiki also can be seen performing all over NYC, including at Green Room 42, the PIT and the Magnet Theatre. Find out more at kikimikkelsen.com.

BRIAN HEVERON-SMITH is a music director, pianist, drummer/percussionist, composer, and comedian who has performed all over Europe, Australia, Africa, North America, and in international waters with Carnival and Norwegian cruise lines. He music directs for Baby Wants Candy, comedian Chris Fleming, arts-education group Inside Broadway, Queens College, and the Congregational Church of Huntington, among others. Brian has toured extensively with Second City, Story Pirates, and a slew of jazz and rock bands. As a composer, Brian’s soundtrack music and songs are featured throughout the hit web series Gayle, and on podcasts like Thrilling Adventure Hour and Literati. His musical comedy albums include The Great Heveron and Christmas Is Another Word For Christmas.