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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

GIF 2017 WORKSHOPS

Gatlinburg Improv Fest 2017
Workshop Schedule
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre, 461 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Box Office 865-436-4038
GIF Hotline 865-325-9712
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Hey, Everybody! Come "Yes, And..." with us!

Here it is! All the Gatlinburg Improv Fest 2017 Workshop information!!!

All workshops will be held on Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at:

Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre
461 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Paid Parking is available in the parking garage across the street.

Most workshops are 90 minutes long and cost $15 each. (The 9am Free Improv Class is about 60 minutes and it is free!)

Check out our Square Shop online to purchase advance show tickets or scheduled workshops.
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Please be on time to get the most out of each workshop! Thanks and have fun!
Here Are The Classes!!

9am - 10am

Free Improv Class - All Levels Welcome! - James Newport, New Fangles

Free improv class! All the basics, what is improv?, yes and-ing, making offers, accepting offers, and some basic short form games. And it’s free!

James has nearly 30 years of improv performing, directing, and teaching experience. Before moving to the Knoxville area he performed in Orlando, FL with SAK Theatre and Comedy Lab. He started at SAK as a performer and teacher and after several years became SAK’s Artistic and Managing Director.  Nowadays he gets to perform with The New Fangles and produce GIF every year with a lot of help from his friends and family. :)


10am - 11:30am

Don’t Break Up, Get Engaged - Paul Simmons, Einstein Simplified

Everybody knows when you start to lose an audience, so, how do you get them back and keep them engaged? This workshop will focus on how not to lose an audience, and how to get them back when you do. Entertainment is a social contract between you and the audience, you are entertaining them and allowing them to escape from everyday concerns, while also bringing yourself joy. Learn how to build, and share the joy in this workshop.

Paul Simmons is a founding member of Einstein Simplified, Knoxville’s premiere comedy improv troupe. He has performed a weekly show for 23 years, as well as teaching improv for 17. He has been in several independent films, local commercials, and multiple festivals. From beginning improv, through corporate training Paul has taught at all levels. From the start, it has been about fun and comedy through improv for him: feeding his soul, while entertaining the masses.



12pm-1:30pm                   

Everyone can sing! There is no failure with music!
- Lacie Madison, The Nashville Improv Co.

Music - the final frontier. Audiences adore shows featuring songs, performers want to sing, so why do we shy away from this exciting style of improv? Rhyming made simple, finding the key to your inner singer and games and styles you can bring to your team. No musical director? No problem! Using tracks that you too can acquire (Thanks Laura Hall!), Lacie will help you overcome your fears and discover that improv is alive with the sound of music.
*This class is for performers with previous improv experience.*                            
Lacie Madison is the Director, Head Instructor and performer for Nashville Improv. She has spent her life on the stage as a musician, improviser & actor. Directing full-length musicals by the age of 17, she teaches skill building improv to Fortune 500 companies, local theater teams, and you! Her teaching style melds no nonsense coaching and no fear stagework into a positive and empowering experience.



1:45pm - 3:15pm


Less Talking, More Doing - Karen Stobbe, Reasonably Priced Babies

Whether you are a newbie to improv or have been doing it* for years, being physical on stage can make your scenes come alive and make it more interesting for an audience. Let's tone up those skills a bit and Let's get physical+.

* improv
+ less like Olivia Newton-John and more like I Love Lucy

Karen Stobbe has been performing improv for the last 34 years at one place or another. Over the last 18 years she has focused her energy to using improv to improve the lives of those with dementia and their caregivers. She has been fortunate to been featured on NPR, TED Talks and Real Simple magazine. And to take a line from David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day but until then, Me Must Move Onstage.



3:30pm-5pm

Break Rules - Have Fun - Yoshee Sodiq, Red Pill Players
                           
Learn to break some of the rules to find the fun and play at a heightened level. This course will help you rethink how you connect back to the thing that matters the most, the audience. You are there to perform, so let's give the audience a show they will not forget. You will leave this course with practical things you can do to play at a performance based level and have audience wanting more.

Yoshee Sodiq is a cool dad, comedian and consultant who has been performing on stage for the past couple of years. Yoshee is a trained improviser, stand-up comedian and sketch writer. He is founding member and instructor of the traveling troupe Red Pill Players, who've performed across the country and internationally for the past 2 years. His teaching mantra is simple: It takes a village to raise an improv troupe...it takes rules to make one fall apart. Trust your team and your performance will soar.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

GIF 2016 Improv Classes Are Here!

All Improv Classes will be Saturday March 5, 2016 at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre, 461 Parkway (Traffic Light #3), Gatlinburg, TN 37738   (865) 436-4039

Improv Classes

9:00am-10:00am
Free Intro to Improv - Free!
James Newport, The New Fangles, GIF Producer
Free improv class! All the basics, what is improv?, yes and-ing, making offers, accepting offers, and some basic short form games. And it’s free!


10:00am-11:30am
Improv 101 - $15
James Newport, The New Fangles, GIF Producer
Whirlwind improv class! Everything I can cram into a 90 minute improv class that i have learned in 30 years of improvising! You’ll learn about scenework, active listening, setting up your where, character work, consistent space work, scene painting, yes, and-ing, no blocking, over accepting, commitment, stage presence and energy, cooking eggs, endowing, storytelling and story structure, getting suggestions, status, pimping, conflict creation and resolution, exploring and heightening, making offers, avoiding questions, advancing, canadian crossing, raising stakes, and flossing.

James has nearly 30 years of improv performing, directing, and teaching experience. Before moving to the Knoxville area he performed in Orlando, FL with SAK Theatre and Comedy Lab. He started at SAK as a performer and teacher and after several years became SAK’s Artistic and Managing Director. He loves improv like he loves cake.



12:00pm-1:30pm
The Details Matter - $15
Paul Simmons, Einstein Simplified
Creating and committing to fully establish stage reality.

Paul Simmons is thrilled to have been part of the Gatlinburg Improv Festival since the first year. As the last original member of the long running comedy improv troupe Einstein Simplified, he has done his time. He has captivated audiences on stages from repertory theaters to a Miss Hawaiian Tropic contest, and has even performed in Las Vegas at a private resort. Paul has been in movies, done voice overs, commercials, and benefits. He has also taught multiple classes and workshops varying from beginner to intermediate/advanced. With over 21 years of experience he's your man. Vote for Paul.



1:45pm-3:15pm
Long-form, Short Scenes & What Smart Means - $15
Kristen Ballard, Full Disclosure
Malorie Cunningham, Full Disclosure
Explore the true meaning of "playing to the top of your intelligence." While its impressive to name drop pro-wrestlers and sing every note to Shania Twain (only one of which is in my wheelhouse...) it's important for an improviser to know how to utilize the difference between connecting outside facts to the scene and connecting facts created by the scene. Both demand the right timing. This workshop explores the latter. The possibilities for a scene are endless when you fully utilize your own experiences to heighten, explore and react truthfully. This fast-paced workshop will practice these skills in long-form exercises and scene work. A big thank you to NYC-based improv group "From Justin to Kelly" for teaching us the last few games in their workshop "Love The One Your With."

Kristen has been in comedy since 2008.  Most of those years involved sketch comedy with the Silly T. Scholars in Lexington, KY. Originally, she began studying improvisation as a means to write. Later, she joined Full Disclosure Comedy and began to perform long-form improvisation outside of the sketch world.

Malorie has been an improviser and sketch writer for Full Disclosure Comedy since its beginnings in 2014. She started doing improv as a member of Rasin the Random in Greenville, South Carolina in 2010. She has performed with teams throughout the south over the course of six years. If you would like to send her money, she lives in a van down by the river.


3:30pm-5:00pm
Lead With Your Heart (and the Head Will Follow) - $15
Ian Covell, Highwire Improv Co.
Do you get in your head and get lost in improv scenes?  Not sure how to feel about what's happening in the scene or what pieces of information are important and which ones aren't?  Tired of ending your scenes feeling unfulfilled and leaving scenes feeling like they were about nothing? Comedy without heart is empty isn't it? Lead With Your Heart (and the Head Will Follow) will help you make brave emotional choices and show you how to develop the ability to zero in on what is most important in your scenes so that you can get to the fun, emotional roller coaster that is possible in each scene. 

Ian has over 20 years of experience performing improv and sketch comedy across the U.S. and Canada. He has extensively trained in the Meisner Acting Technique and regularly works in film, commercial, and voice-over acting. His unique blend of improv and acting skills is a rare commodity. Since moving to Atlanta in 2010, Ian has performed at some of Atlanta’s most respected improv theatres including Dad’s Garage, Relapse Theatre, The Basement and The Village Theatre, and he is also the former Artistic Director of Automatic Improv.


All Improv Classes will be Saturday March 5, 2016 at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre, 461 Parkway (Traffic Light #3), Gatlinburg, TN 37738   (865) 436-4039