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.

  • Amanda’s story-telling class is fabulous! She teaches you how to take those funny personal stories you’ve been telling for years and polish them to performance quality. Then she builds your courage to tell them to a live audience.

    —Cindy Olney

Improv for Teachers

Improv for Teachers

No matter the age of your students, utilizing improvisation skills and games to supplement your personal teaching approach helps nurture new, dynamic ways of learning in the classroom. In this workshop, you will learn the basic principles of improv and how to apply those concepts to lessons across your curriculum, fitting your classroom’s specific needs.

  • Amanda is not only a great improviser with years of experience, but she knows HOW to teach it.

    —Marianne

Just for Fun Improv Workshop

Just for Fun Improv Workshop

This feel-good improv workshop is play-time for adults, a delightful and necessary break from the stress and work that can build up in our lives.  You’ll spend three whole hours just playing and having fun, as Amanda leads the group through both beloved games and lesser known exercises.  Good vibes only, y’all!

  • Amanda Rountree has a gift of teaching improv in a way that allows one to see the deep meaning behind the fundamentals. She has an insight into the process that inspired me to get out of my head in creative ways which helped unleash my imagination and alleviate fears.

    —Amor Owens

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.  

Prerequisite: Amanda’s Narrative Improv class or instructor permission.

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

    —Sean Harding

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.

  • I am astounded at this unique process based upon trust in our ‘natural storyteller’ and playful impulse  to create an improvised story. Amanda takes us on a journey through storytelling. She pulls each one of us out of our heads to reach a natural state of play and ease through group exercise and personal homework. In Long Form Narrative, I have been challenged to find my own story, and to fully trust in myself as an actor and ensemble member. Everyone should take this class who is interested in honing his or her improvisational skills, or to go deeper into the craft—Do it!

    —Stephanie Davis

Improv for Actors

Improv for Actors

Make auditioning easier and less stressful!  Improv is a useful tool for actors, which helps bring forth ease and sincerity in your acting.  More and more, the industry demands that actors have at least some comfort occasionally straying from the script.  This class will give you the skills and confidence you need to do just that.

  • After taking both her Improv for Actors and Character Intensive classes, I felt empowered as an improviser and found a renewed confidence and love for improv.

    —Amor Owens

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

Character Intensive

Character Intensive

In this two-day intensive, improvisers will learn how to create and sustain characters effortlessly. Students will practice building characters from both within and without. Going far deeper than playing a cartoonish caricature, improvisers will develop long-lasting skills that will assist in playing genuine, believable characters who have heart.

  • After taking both her Improv for Actors and Character Intensive classes, I felt empowered as an improviser and found a renewed confidence and love for improv.

    —Amor Owens

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 class, 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, or instructor’s permission.

  • 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.

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.