Classes are $10 each. (9am improv class is free!!!)
All classes will be at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre,
461 Parkway (traffic light 3), Gatlinburg, TN
James Newport, sak theatre & comedy lab
“Free Improv Class!” come and play! custom-built class for all who attend! and it’s free!
james has nearly 20 years of improv performing, directing, and teaching experience. come play!
Dr. Paul Simmons, einstein simplified
“Improv Theory, Practice, and Performance”, beginner/intermediate improv. $10
Paul Simmons has been with Einstein Simplified since day one. His enthusiasm and drive has resulted in his being labeled the "Heart and Soul" of the troupe. Computer guru by day and comedian by night he has enjoyed being able to grow his comedy skills by teaching several courses in comedy and improv over the years. Quiet and reserved until he takes the stage or you get to know him, he is always ready to entertain and make others laugh.
Dan Buck, lee university’s shenanigans
“Selfish Improv” is a class based on the scene/story building methods of the Annoyance Theatre’s Mick Napier. – Scene building starts with you. $10
Dan Buck is currently an Assistant Professor at Lee University where he sponsors the university improv team Shenanigans and teaches Improv Acting. He founded the improv teams at Taylor University (Rice Pilaf Players) and Gordon College (Sweaty-Toothed Madmen) which are still active today. He has also performed with Sak Comedy Lab in Orlando, FL.
12 pm -1pm LUNCH BREAK
Ian Covell, isa’s elliot street
“Meisner Improv”, Ian has combined his training in the Sanford Meisner acting technique with 15 years improv performance experience to bring a fresh perspective on how to improvise truthfully and with bold intention. Learn scene work techniques in order to make solid initial offers, find and heighten games, execute organic edits, connect emotionally with your scene partner, and much more! $10
Ian Covell is a student of the Sanford Meisner acting technique and has been performing improv comedy for 18 years, co-founder of the Orlando, FL based sketch and improv comedy troupe, THEM, former artistic director for Automatic Improv, worked at Relapse, Dad's Garage, SAK Comedy Lab, The Village Theatre, and is currently the voice of and evil baby in the animated series "Goodwin Vs. Badwin".
Matt Stanton, isa’s elliot street
Participants in the "Status Battle" workshop will explore the power of body language and one-upmanship. What's a strong choice for playing a low status? They will then go on to hone this skill in a series of battles for highest (and lowest) status. $10
Coached by Matt Stanton, founder Dad's Garage Theater, and 3rd place winner of 1991 Winter Park High School play festival.
Mondy Carter, reasonably priced babies and old man toddler
“Gain Control By Letting Go.” The cold hand of fear grips your heart as you face the audience. You've just been labeled Lord Oppenheimer, the iambic pentameter speaking expert on quantum mechanics and it's time to speak. Relax you just took this workshop. It won't teach you how to rhyme or about physics but to trust the vast resources everyone has to dispel that fear and convert it to energy. $10
Mondy Carter spent many years performing improv with improv powerhouse ComedySportz, and also in Milwaukee, he performed with the amazing improv and sketch comedy group, THE DEAD ALE WIVES. Currently, he’s often acting and performing improv in Asheville at the Magnetic Theatre.
Tom Chalmers, reasonably priced babies and old man toddler
"Finding the Game." - what to do after you have set up the who, what and where
Improv comedy is about establishing patterns, latching on to the "hook" of the scene then repeating and exaggerating it to humorous results. Learn how to recognize the game that is at play in your scene, often established in just the first few lines, and then maximize its comedic potential. Review some of the classic scene dynamics such as one upmanship, status switch, mistaken identity, and many more. $10
Tom Chalmers has studied with Second City, The Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade, and improv guru Del Close. He was a founding member of Columbia University's Six Milks, the Artistic Director of NYC's Groundlings East / Gotham City Improv, and currently teaches the improv program at The New York Studio of Stage & Screen in Asheville. His former students have gone on to write for Saturday Night Live, voice characters for Family Guy and SpongeBob SquarePants, and appear in Academy Award winning films such as The Artist and The Descendants.