This workshop will focus on two person scenes – the most fundamental building block of all longform improv. In this workshop you’ll lean to play solid, committed characters by taking care of yourself first and therefore giving your scene partner and yourself a foundation for amazing discoveries. We’ll focus on making emotion-based choices rather than relying on jokey lines & forced premises. By listening to what your scene partner is giving you through their strong choices, the scene and therefore the comedy will flow organically. This leads to simpler, more satisfying scene work.
About the Instructor: Sayjal Joshi is from Greensboro, North Carolina where she helped open a really awesome improv comedy club called The Idiot Box. In the last 16 years she’s done comedy for the Kennedy Center, the Goodman, Woolly Mammoth, Cincinnati Playhouse, Zanies, The Second City National Touring Company, Norwegian Cruise Lines, the Annoyance Theatre, iO Chicago, Laugh Out Loud Theater, and critically acclaimed Asian-American sketch ensemble, Stir-Friday Night! Sayjal wrote and currently performs in The Second City e.t.c.’s 41st review, Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno in Chicago, IL.
Class Description: Learn tips, tricks, and techniques for discovering and developing new characters. Through movement exercises, scene work, and emotional exploration, students will find funny characters to store in their improv tool belts for their next rehearsal, show, or audition.
About the Instructor: Julie Marchiano is an actor, writer, and improviser who has spent the last seven years in Chicago, studying and performing at The Second City, iO Chicago, and The Annoyance Theater, among others. Most recently, she spent two years on the e.t.c. Resident Stage at The Second City, where she wrote two Jeff Recommended revues, A Red Line Runs Through It, and Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno. Julie has performed with The Second City Touring Company, Second City Theatricals aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines, and has written for The Huffington Post, RedEye Chicago, Dose, and OMGFacts, to name a few. juliemarchiano.com