During the festival we have some amazing professional improvisers in town. If you’re an improviser, comedian or actor, here’s your chance to learn from the best!
Matching, mirroring and Yes And-ing through character
This workshop taught by character mastermind Kirsten Rasmussen is all about heightening scenes through “yes and” and matching characters. These scenes are called matching scenes, “peas in a pod” scene, and can be recognized in so many comedic films and duos like Night at The Roxbury, Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion, and the sketch Garth and Kat from SNL (Kristin Wiig and Fred Armison). Matching character attitudes is a successful comedic trope and this workshop will give you the skills to do it yourself, and all improvised.
Kirsten Rasmussen is a Canadian-Comedy-Award-winning improviser and alumnus of The Second City Toronto Mainstage company. Kirsten has performed improv, sketch and her solo shows all over the world. She is a current teacher and director at The Second City Toronto and The Bad Dog Theatre and teaches independent character classes out of The Comedy Bar. Kirsten is one half of the improv duo K$M with Matt Folliott, and one half of the improv duo The Bloody Marys with Leigh Cameron. Her television work can be seen on The Beaverton, Schitt’s Creek, Dino Dana and Odd Squad. Check out her webseries Healing From Heartbreak on the Youtube channel Belair Directs.
Dropping Truth Bombs
Playing from a truthful place when we improvise can be freeing in its simplicity. The truth resonates with us, and allows us to worry less about inventing the funny and lets us focus more on discovering it. Truth bombs will help you explore the power and fun of playing from your real life and show you how to turn those experiences into wonderful offers on stage.
Matt Folliott is a comedian/actor/writer from Toronto. You can catch him on stage with The Second City National Touring Company, Canadian Comedy Award winners the Sketchersons and Canadian Comedy Award Nominees K$M. Matt has travelled across North America performing and teaching in comedy festivals like IMPROVAGANZA (Edmonton), The Vancouver International Improv Festival, The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival (Austin, Tex.), MPROV (Montreal) and The Seattle International Festival of Improv. Look for him on your TV and laptop screens in shows like Wandering Wenda, Baroness Von Sketch Show, Make it Pop, The Next Step and stayoutofthedesert.com.
Follow The Fun!
We all have moments on stage when we freeze because we’re thinking too much. We ‘get in our heads.’ We’re trying to figure out what’s going on. This workshop is designed to help you let of those thoughts and instead, ‘follow the fun.” Through exercises and scene work, we will explore the notion of staying present in a scene and building on what you already have. You’ll learn to not reach beyond what’s in the scene, realize everything you need is already there, and you simply need to “follow the fun.”
Coko & Daphney is Black-Female improv comedy duo. Together, they have performed all over North America including Montreal, New York, Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia, and most recently, Just For Laugh’s alternative festival OFF-JFL/ZOOFEST. They also performed at the Harbourfront’s Annual Kuumba Festival’s first Women in Comedy Showcase: Black Like She and this year’s Inaugural Black and Funny Comedy Night (produced by Coko Galore in association with The Bad Dog Theatre).
This workshop explores the makings of the unique style of Big Bang (Boston) free-form improvisation. This mindset proposes that every single moment, beat, line and movement in a show can be deconstructed and used to lead you to the next scene. During this exploration and deconstruction of content, a language and pattern are established that help define form where previously there was no form. Students will review the tools that will enable them to create a unique free-form performance every time they hit the stage. We will review the ideas of listening to what the show wants, what can be funny, fluid editing and creating an experience that is a result of the space, the cast and the audience itself.
Will Luera joined Florida Studio Theater in 2014. Before that he was with ImprovBoston since 1997. In 2000, he was named ImprovBoston’s Artistic Director, directing the Mainstage cast and developing the nationally renowned productions of Sitcom, Secret Society, Blue Screen, and Quest. He has appeared in numerous improv festivals around the world and has studied improvisation with ImprovOlympic, The Second City, The Annoyance Theater, The Upright Citizens Brigade, and Keith Johnstone. Will is a globally renowned improv and theater actor, director and instructor that performs and teaches regularly all across North America, South America, Europe and Asia.