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Advanced Scene Study

Advanced Scene Study

Learn how you can nurture the skills needed to create grounded scenes that can sustain themselves for longer than just a few minutes.  In this workshop, we will focus on breaking out of any habits you may have formed that can hinder grounded work, while we explore the small steps we can make to do truly sustainable, dynamic scenes.

Recommended for improvisers with a minimum of two years training/experience.

  • DatesSundays 12-3pm, September 10-October 29
  • Cost$180
  • Amanda’s Advanced Scene Study Class is not just the best improv class I’ve taken, it’s the best performance class I’ve taken in general. She is incredibly specific with her instruction, pushing and pulling at each performer where they need it. At the end of each class, I walked away feeling challenged. At the end of the session, I walked away a stronger improviser and actor.

    —Cody S.

Personal Storytelling

Personal Storytelling

First person storytelling shows are all the rage on stages and podcasts across the country.  In this class, you will learn how to take true events from your own life and weave them into engaging performances. We will work on presentation, story structure, different approaches, and creating your own unique style.

No performance experience necessary.

  • DatesSundays 3:30-6:30, September 10-October 29
  • Cost$180
  • Being in a class with Amanda is never intimidating and always fun.  Because the class is based in non-judgment and inclusion on all levels, you feel safe and open to discovery.  Her honesty and openness are inspiring and it’s always a joy to be in a room with her.

    —A.B.

Beginning Improv

Beginning Improv

This class is for adults with little-to-no improv or acting experience. Improvisation is more than just a useful tool for actors, it’s a different way of approaching life. Through fun games and exercises, students will gain more confidence, more creativity, and more playfulness through the basic improv skills of listening, reacting, working with others, and trusting oneself. Not only will it make you more comfortable while thinking on your feet, it’s a delightful way to spend a few hours each week.

  • Amanda has achieved the impossible by turning someone who’d never been on stage before, someone with severe social anxiety, into an improviser who performs in public on a weekly basis. All in less than 2 years. And it’s even enjoyable (sometimes!) WHO ELSE COULD DO THAT!? I’ll tell you who — no one.

    —Amy Hood

Improvising Shakespeare

Improvising Shakespeare

Learn how to improvise a play in the style of William Shakespeare! The thought of improvising in this style might sound inspiring, impossible, intriguing, or intimidating. But this class will put you at ease with some enjoyable ways to learn the skills of bringing this classic genre to life. You will gain familiarity and confidence with the language and style. The class will culminate in an entire play improvised in the style of the Bard.  

  • Amanda has a knack for making learning fun more than any other improv teacher I’ve worked with.

    —Sean Harding

Forms

Forms

Students will learn long-forms developed by directors and improv companies throughout the world. This class goes far beyond the Harold to explore character-based, narrative-based, and style-based formats. This is a great choice for improvisers who want to learn and do more Long Form improvisations. 

  • She’s playful, respects the art-form and wants all her students to succeed.

    —Adam H.

Narrative

Narrative

Find out how to apply narrative to any scene or improvised show—without being in your head about it! Learn story structure beyond the basics so that you can recognize and utilize it in your work. You will learn the ins-and-outs of storytelling and apply your new skills to narrative-based improvised plays.

  • Amanda is an amazing improv teacher. Her enthusiasm and performance experience shine through in her teaching, enabling her to help students make huge improvements in their skills while having loads of fun.

    —Sean Harding