Although not as well known in many improv communities, Narrative Collage is a unique and entertaining improvisation format originally developed by Del Close. Because it relies on individual monologues to create a connected story through separate narratives that are expertly woven together, it is a perfect fit for online play. This format highlights the players’ abilities to create and sustain strong characters and stories. In this 4-week class, students will exercise both their skills of building a strong, cohesive narrative and creating and sustaining clear characters, all while learning the tools needed to execute an engaging Narrative Collage performance.
- DatesSaturdays, June 6-27, 1-3:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time
- Prerequisitesprevious improv training/experience required.
Amanda Rountree’s skill as an instructor is top notch. Her insight is amazing, and it is matched by her succinctness in giving constructive and critical feedback. She offers the learner clear directions on their path of development in the art of improvised theater and a deeper understanding of the nuances of performance.
This six week class builds on all of the basic and intermediate skills students executed in their first storytelling class, as they continue to refine their own unique style. Based on each student’s individual needs, the instructor will give further story structure assignments or specific homework based on the student’s individual goals with a particular story. This class is not just for students who have completed the 8-week Personal Storytelling class, but for experienced storytellers who would benefit from the weekly homework deadlines of a master class.
- DatesSundays, 3-5:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time, June 7-July 19 (no class on July 5th)
- Prerequisites8-week Personal Storytelling or instructor permission
Each week she finds the pearls in each of our stories. Everybody gets help to create their own style of storytelling…Zoom didn’t change her ability to give helpful feedback and guidance to the class.
We have a whole day dedicated to talking like a pirate, why not talking like Shakespeare? It might sound inspiring, impossible, intriguing, or even intimidating. But this class will simply make it fun! Performers and non performers alike can take this class; every student will be put at ease with some enjoyable games and exercises to learn the difference between our “thees” and “thous.” If you felt like you could just never “get” Shakespeare in high school, this class will rectify that. You’ll be throwing around both compliments and insults, Shakespeare-style, in no time!
This workshop is pay-what-you-can ($20 suggested).
- DatesSaturday, June 20, 4-6:30pm Eastern Daylight Time
- PrerequisitesNo experience necessary.
Amanda’s classes feel the least zoom-like of all the zoom/online
meetings. She creates the most fun and interactive environment…
In this one day workshop, students will explore what makes a character tick and how to go deeper than playing just a cartoonish caricature. Actors will exercise the techniques that assist in portraying genuine, believable characters who have heart.
This online workshop is pay-what-you-can ($20 suggested).
- DatesTuesday, July 21, 6-8:30pm Eastern Daylight Time
- Prerequisitesprevious improv or acting training/experience required.
Amanda’s Online Creating a Character Workshop is sensational. I left it with several new ways to find heartfelt and realistic characters, and a handful of specific new characters to summon as needed. I highly recommend this workshop and all of Amanda’s other classes. You need to know how to teach to make a difference, and she surely does.
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.
- DatesSaturdays, 1-3:30pm Eastern Daylight Time, July 11-August 29
$250) $210*Early Bird Special: Save $40 if you sign up before June 14
- PrerequisitesNo experience necessary.
I was worried before this class began about having to go and sit in a small room with others, considering how scientists were explaining that was exactly how the novel coronavirus was being spread, but before I could even bring my concerns to Amanda, she already had a solution and had moved our class online. I have now taken this class from her in person and online, and there is no difference from one forum to the other in the thoughtful, careful notes Amanda gives to the storytellers and the way she pushes each person to dig deep to find the truths and purposes in their tales.