Beginning Improv

Beginning Improv

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 with 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 really fun! This fun class is eight weeks of meeting and playing in an enjoyable, supportive environment without the pressure of a final performance.

  • DatesSaturdays, 12-2:30pm, August 17 - October 12 (no class August 31)
  • Cost($285) $239*
    Early Bird Special: Save $46 if you sign up before June 30
  • LocationSt. Columba's Episcopal Church — 939 James Burgess Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024
  • PrerequisitesNo previous training or experience necessary.
  • I took my first improv class with Amanda, and I’m so glad I started with her. I walked into that class terrified – I had no acting experience and was rarely funny. She created an environment
    where I felt encouraged and safe to be vulnerable (a rarity for me at that time)….I can also honestly say that her classes have changed my life outside of improv – I’m more open, more comfortable with failure and less stressed in social situations.

    —Sylvester Russell

Personal Storytelling Workshop

Personal Storytelling Workshop

Everyone can tell a personal story, but in this workshop for adults, you’ll learn some of the technical ins and outs of taking true events from your own life and weaving them into an engaging performance. We will touch on personal style, story structure, and different approaches in this introductory workshop. Storytelling skills build confidence, connection, and community.

This workshop is pay-what-you-can! Simply enter the amount you can pay (even if it’s just a dollar) when you register.

The June 29th workshop is a special, invite-only event and is tailor-made to fit the group’s needs.

Contact Amanda if you’d like to schedule your own private worskhop.

  • DatesSaturday, June 29, 1-4pm
  • Cost$46
  • LocationThis is a private event for invited students only.
  • PrerequisitesNo experience necessary.
  • 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.

Yoga & Improv

Yoga & Improv

We all need more fun and less stress in our lives, and this workshop delivers! Each monthly class brings together fun improv play with accessible yoga for all levels. Stretch both your body and your mind, while strengthening your confidence, mindfulness, and creativity in a fun, relaxing atmosphere.

I’m delighted to co-teach this workshop with the amazing yoga instructor, and co-creator of the concept, Elizabeth Chavez Phillips.

Bring a yoga mat if you have one, a water bottle, and comfy clothes you can move in.

 

  • I really enjoyed the safe environment that Amanda created.  I am really a beginner and I never felt like an outsider during the workshop.  Amanda made sure that we all walked away with a new skill and ways to think outside of the box!

    —CJ Leavens

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.

  • Improv is something that has always intimidated me. I’ve always felt that it’s far out of my league. This class opened up my understanding of what improv can be and showed me that I do have something to bring to the table.

    —Brenda Kelly

Just for Fun Improv Workshop

Just for Fun Improv Workshop

It’s easy for adults to forget to set aside time in our lives to play and laugh, but it’s one of the most important things we can do for our happiness.  This feel-good improv class is play-time for grownups, a delightful and necessary break from the work and stress that can build up in our lives.  You’ll spend the entire class-time simply playing and having fun, as Amanda leads the group through both beloved classics and lesser known games.  Since this workshop is just about playing fun games, it’s open to adults with all levels of experience with improv, whether that’s no experience at all, just a little bit, or a whole lot.  Making time for play is an act of self-care.

 

  • I have not laughed so much in a long time. What a fun class.

    —Elizabeth

Personal Storytelling Online Class

Personal Storytelling Online Class

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.  Each week, students will be given a new assignment for how to structure a story.  Students choose their own subject matter for their personal stories.  This class culminates in a private online performance (invite only), where each student will get to tell a 3-7 minute personal story.

 

  • I really love the space Amanda Rountree created for our storytelling class, how it was structured, the honest helpful feedback, the camaraderie of the class supporting each other.  I appreciated it as a space I felt safe to take risks, which I believe has made me a better storyteller. I look forward to more classes with Amanda!

    —Donna Joyce

Intro to Improv

Intro to Improv

This workshop is your chance to get a small taste of how the art and fun of improv can impact your life in a positive way. In the span of just a couple of hours, students will get a small sampling of the gifts that can come from improvising. Improvisation is more than just a useful tool for actors, it’s a different way of approaching life. Through enjoyable games and exercises, students who benefit from regular improv practice gain more confidence, more creativity, and more playfulness with the basic improv skills of listening, reacting, working with others, and trusting oneself. Find out if improv classes are right for you with this introductory workshop!

This workshop is pay-what-you-can! Simply enter the amount you can pay (even if it’s just a dollar) when you register.

 

  • Apart from her remarkable teaching, Amanda’s commitment to fostering a collaborative and supportive learning environment really enhanced the experience and made me feel more comfortable.

    —Uma Anand

Talk Like Shakespeare Workshop

Talk Like Shakespeare Workshop

If you felt like you could just never “get” Shakespeare in high school, this class will rectify that. In this fun workshop for adults, students will play enjoyable games and exercises to learn the difference between their “thees” and “thous.”  Students will be throwing around both compliments and insults, Shakespeare-style, in no time!

 

  • 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.