Only four more shows left of the Bitter End, an improvised sitcom starring Dan Beirne, Brent Skagford, Etan Muscat, Vanessa Matsui, Kirsten Rasmussen and Marc Rowland. Its at 8pm everyday until sunday at Le Gymnase (4177 St-Denis, corner Rachel) as part of Zoofest.
I've convinced Emerson to let me run an "Improv For Writers" workshop, on the assumption that short story writers in particular can benefit from doing the sort of character- and plot-work that improv scenes require. I'm doing a pilot version over the next two Sundays, with the hope that I can expand it next semester if it goes well.
My goal is two spend the first week (two hours) getting people broken into improv basics, and the second week (three hours) focusing more on stuff like the aforementioned character and plot.
So, since this ostensibly started as a blog about improv, does anyone have any suggestions on good exercises for complete beginners?
Last month, Brent Skagford and I taught an intermediate class at the OFF space on St-Laurent and put on a showcase where our workshoppers dazzled the audience with their incredible improv skills. For late summer/early fall, Iím organizing a BEGINNERS class, so if youíre interested in getting on board the improv train, now would be a good time. You can check my website for more information.