This class aims to light your improvisation on fire. It will help remind you what you love about improv, slap you out of whatever fear is holding you back, and cut out the naysaying voices in your head that cloud your inspiration. We will look at how we sometimes censor or bail on our choices out of a need to make the “right choice” when improvising. Instead, let’s agree that there is no right or wrong choice, only a weak or strong one, and see what happens when we give ourselves the freedom to simply trust and commit to whatever comes up. We will marry a sense of playful abandonment with actionable techniques to start scenes boldly, heighten them via specific and surprising choices, and employ context (who, what, where, when, why, etc.) without getting in our heads about it. This class will move quickly, keep you on your feet, and challenge you with personal feedback. Let’s bring the whimsy to your make-em-ups!
Prerequisite: Improv 201
Recommended Reading: Assuming Competence, No Right or Wrong, The Effect of Time, Your Character as a Wheel
Date: April 2nd, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Class Location: Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (get map), Main Stage (first floor)
Instructor: Philip Markle
About Philip: Philip Markle moved to NYC in 2013 to launch the theatre and training center of The Annoyance Theater NY, where he acted as its Executive Director until Fall, 2016. Philip graduated in Chicago from Northwestern University and produced, performed and trained at The Annoyance, iO, and Second City. Philip has taught acting and improv internationally for 15+ years, and he launched The Actors Training Center, an acting studio where he also acted as Associate Director in Wilmette, IL. In NYC, he has taught writing and improv at every level for The Annoyance NY, and he regularly performs at both the The Annoyance and the PIT. Philip is a member of Baby Wants Candy and the creator of the musical improv show Happy Karaoke Fun Time, which ran for 6+ years in Chicago and Off-Broadway in NY. He is a proud member of the children’s education theatre companies The Story Pirates and Barrel of Monkeys. He executive produced, wrote, and acted in the digital shorts series The Annoyance Presents on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Philip has written two one-man shows, one of which, “Sparkle Hour,” was featured in the 2013 International NY Fringe Festival. He is represented commercially by Stewart Talent NY. For more info, check out philipmarkle.com