GIF 2020 Workshop Schedule
Saturday March 7, 2020
9 am - 10 am - Free Intro to Improv, Steve Shultz, Blue Plate Special
Free Intro to Improv Workshop! -FREE!
All levels welcome. No class size limit! All the basics, what is improv?, yes and-ing, making offers, accepting offers, and some basic short form games. And it’s free!
10 am - 11:30 am - Armando, E. Roy Lee, M-Prov
all levels, limit: 20 people
You may have met Harold; but have you met Armando? Come out and get
comfortable with this Chicago-born style of long-form. founded by Armando Diaz, that the iO Theatre is famous for. We'll find your confidence as a monologist and practice cherry-picking the best ideas from the stories you hear. Everyone has a story
to tell, and we'll prove it!
E. Roy Lee has been performing improv for over 7 years and is a founding member and current director of M-Prov (Murfreesboro Improv). Roy has taught improv for much longer than that to students of all ages, and is a recent graduate of the iO Theater (Chicago) improv program.
12 pm - 1:30 pm - Body Improv, Dan Buck, Shenanigans, Lee University
all levels, no limit
Do you find yourself stuck in your head? And then stuck trying to stop being stuck in your head? STOP THE MADNESS! We are all chronic overthinkers; the trick is to bring the body along for the ride. This workshop will teach you warm ups and exercises that will get your body involved in the process of world-creating, character development, and general presence. This will be a fun and probably life-changing opportunity to use the physical to provoke and contain emotion and imagery. All content is based on the methods of Steve Wangh, Professor Emeritus NYU Experimental Theatre Wing. Clothing conducive to movement is encouraged.
Dan Buck is a theatre artist/educator in his tenth year as a theatre professor at Lee University in Cleveland, TN. He appeared most recently in I <3 U; a half-scripted, half improvised audience-interactive musical about online dating that he co-wrote and directed. He has also appeared in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee(Ocoee Theatre) and Circle Mirror Transformation (Theater for the New South). Most of his theatre experience is in the role of director, including recent productions of This Random World, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Cyrano and Oliver! (Lee University Theatre). Dan is also an experienced improviser who has performed in nearly 200 shows over 25 years. He also the creator of a successful Chattanooga-based mystery podcast entitled Project SSA. Dan’s family includes his wife Rachel Anne, a belly-dancing office manager and two teenage sons that are significantly cooler than he is.
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm - What Went Right? (And how do I do it again),
Paul Simmons, Einstein Simplified
What Went Right? (And how do I do it again)
all levels, no limit
Create stronger scenes by using the tools of character building, stage craft, and story telling. This workshop will incorporate these 3 areas to make your scenes stronger, and thus bring your audience in deeper.
Paul Simmons is a founding member of Einstein Simplified, Knoxville’s premiere comedy improv troupe. He has performed a weekly show for 25 years, as well as teaching improv for 19. He has been in multiple independent films, local and national commercials, and festivals. He won best supporting actor for his role in the Fifty-Four film fest short “Armageddon or Whatever”. From beginning improv, through corporate training Paul has taught at all levels. He has also taken over 75 hours of courses from other improv instructors over the years. From the start, it has been about fun and comedy through improv for him, and teaching others how to find the fun and comedy while enhancing their skill set.
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Sydney Clinton, Molly Todd Madison, Anarchy: improvised musical
Loud & Proud (Welcome to Music Improv)
beginning/all-levels, limit: 20 people
Ready to say it with a song? ANARCHY welcomes improvisers of all levels to come play in this beginning
music improv workshop! With group games, exercises, and focused scene-work, ANARCHY will provide
players with tools and tricks to get the ensemble singing strong. Workshops include: Song building and structure
work, moving your scene to song, finding the musical mindset, and more.
Sydney Clinton & Molly Todd Madison of ANARCHY: The Improvised Rock Opera. ANARCHY is a completely sung, completely improvised rock opera featuring Chicago’s finest musical improvisers and live accompaniment. Specializing in long-form narratives showing grounded characters with something to fight for, ANARCHY gets you rocking and ready to fight the power. Established in 2013, ANARCHY calls Chicago home and performs regularly at iO Chicago, The Annoyance, and the Second City Training Center. Learn more: @anarchymusicimprov
Sydney Clinton - Sydney Clinton is an active producer and coach in Chicago who can be found performing at The Annoyance Theater, the Second City Training Center, and iO Chicago. Notably, she is a producer and ensemble member of After Party and ANARCHY: The Improvised Rock Opera. In addition to teaching MI at festivals everywhere from Seattle to Nashville to Iceland, Sydney produces and coaches with MINT (Music Improv Night) at The Annoyance in Chicago and MINTCO on the road. MINT is a standing musical improv show that rotates casts and coaches throughout the year as an MI learning and performance experience.
Molly Todd Madison - Molly holds a BFA in Musical Theater from Western Kentucky University. Molly is a graduate the Second City Directing Program as well as both the Second City Conservatory and Music Conservatory. Molly is also a House Co Severn Darden Graduate Program Alumni and an Infinite Sundaes Alumni. Molly’s recent directing credits can be seen at various theaters such as Stage 773; SAME and at The Revival Theater, The Revolution Will Not Be Improvised. Molly is a founding member of many Chicago based sketch and improv groups including ANARCHY: The Improvised Rock Opera. She has coached and directed several groups around the city including the award winning Tapped: a New Musical.