Improv Boot Camp is 25 hours of intensive improv training over 5 days. It is intensive training focused on developing specific skills, through deliberate practice. It's targeted toward students who have at least a year of improv experience, and are looking for a challenge that will improve the way they play right away. It will make you a more observant and reactive actor, and a more unpredictable and specific improvisor. By the end of the week, you will a stronger performer, with specific new tools to use in your improv.
Things to know:
Daily Schedule: Class meets at from 11am to 5pm. Each day we will take a 2 breaks, a 15 minute break and a 45 minute break for lunch.
This year we will also be having nightly excursions to different improv theaters to check out what is happening in NYC's diverse and vibrant improv comedy scene. These will be optional and will likely require students to purchase tickets for those shows independently.
Here is what people are saying about last year’s Improv Boot Camps:
“Improv Boot Camp was the single most rewarding week I’ve spent studying improv. I came away feeling empowered with so many tools to start and refuel a scene. After the workshop, I felt my eyes were opened to how I could perform duo prov, monoscene, and regular scenes with a new awareness and possibilities to use “yes, expanding,” Meisner reactions, stage pictures, purposeful silences, and many more techniques that help build listening muscles and generate organic information that directly feeds into character deal and game. Kevin is the epitome of an intentional instructor and scientist of improv. I grew immensely as a performer AND instructor from this experience. I wish every performer and teacher had the language and techniques that Kevin imparts.” Alan Prunier
“I did this last year, and I highly recommend it. Kevin’s teaching is methodical and procedural. You don’t have to think hard or do anything particularly hard; instead, you just do what he puts in front of you, and your commitment will make you so much stronger. Do this thing and get closer to being the improviser you want to be.” – Chris Griswold
“I like that Kevin has put a lot of thought into the exercises and is knowledgable about other disciplines that are related to the teaching of improv and acting. I also liked concentrating on a specific exercise, doing it multiple times.” – NYC Boot Camp participant
Can't take a week off work for this workshop? Check out the 3 hour workshop on Sunday, August 27th.
Magnet Training Center
22 W 32nd St, 10th fl
New York City, NY 10001
Kevin has taught improvisation for 20 years, first for iO Theater, for the UCB Theatre in New York and and now for the Improv Resource Center in Chicago. He is the host of the Improv Resource Center Podcast and the webmaster of the Improv Resource Center. Since returning to Chicago, he has directed many shows both improvised and written including: One Act Roulette, #trending, Based on a True Story, Dear James Franco, Vampyre Hunter High, Space Warps, and A Swarm of Spoilers.
He is the former Artistic Director of the Chicago Improv Festival and of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York, where he also served as the chief administrator of their training program. He directed numerous improv shows for the UCB Theater including “Tracers”, “Retraced”, “Individually Wrapped”, and “The Swarm in Slow Waltz Around Rage Mountain”. He is the creator of Cage-Match and the Annual 3 on 3 Tournament at UCB. He recently won the 2015 INNY award from Improvisation News for the best "Best Improv Comedy Instructor/Coach".
You can contact Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org.