Professional Improviser & Producer
$275 for 8 Week Session
16 Student Limit
Beginning March 1, 2020
(No class March 15)
We realize the vital importance of improvisation in the on-camera performance industry, and we have designed a course specifically with the on-camera actor in mind.
Throw away the notion that this class is about “being funny.” It’s not. But it is about thinking on your feet, trusting your instincts, and using the rules of improvisation as a safety net to catch you when improv is called for on set and in auditions.
What happens when the director doesn’t say “cut”, or when they say “Let’s just throw away the lines and go with your gut?” Actors without improv training typically freeze up.
Have you been to a commercial or film audition when there was only improv and no script available? It happens all the time.
Unlike any other improv course in the metro, this 8-week class teaches you rules and exercises of improv and the practical applications on set and the audition room.
The class is upbeat, high energy, very participatory and very, very fun, but always with the goal in mind of not “being funny”, but “being real.”
Rebecca McCauley is an on-camera actor that has appeared in feature films and on stage, she is a film and video producer by trade, and a world-class improviser that has worked in venues all over the country for years.
Her feature film roles include the films HEAVEN’S RAIN, PEARL, RAINBOW ROUND THE SUN, MAKING ARRANGEMENTS and the Lifetime holiday film A CHRISTMAS CHILD. She has also voiced hundreds of radio and TV commercials and has appeared in and/or produced dozens and dozens of stage productions.
This class will provide actors the power to think on their feet without the benefit of a script and will inject the performer with confidence, power and swagger in any situation.
Whether it is an improv audition for commercial, film or television, an improv stage performance, or if it is when the director doesn't say "cut" and wants to see what you can invent on your own, this class provides the skills necessary to survive those situations in a comfortable, relaxed and fun way. You probably won't laugh as hard in an class as you will in this one.
Why take an improv class?
Improv is a performance art form, but it also creates a skill set and comfort level that will improve all of your work as an actor.
What does improvisational acting help actors do?
Make quick, precise choices when preparing for an audition. Walk into an audition ready to play the character and situation not just read the part. Directors often ask for improvisation--the actor that gets the role will be prepared for that moment.
Connect to other actors in a scene in an authentic way, building a reality together. Ignite your intuition and instincts to bring your characters to life. Inject vibrancy and joy into the work of acting with little to no preparation. Dial down the anxiety and nervousness that detract from your performances.
Does the idea of improvisation scare you?
If the answer is yes, that’s not uncommon. Veteran stage actors are trained to embrace rehearsal and careful preparation. Jumping into situations where you have no idea what will happen can sound terrifying. Here’s the easy solution: there are no expectations placed on you in improv class.
In the same way that you have unplanned, unrehearsed conversations every day, improv is just as natural. You will learn the foundation of the give and take required to build a scene in a friendly, positive group of actors with the same goals.
All you have to lose is your fear.