Online Spoon River Workshop

Online Spoon River Workshop

Spoon River is a delightfully dark improv format based off the book, Spoon River Anthologies by E. L. Masters.  Students in this one-day workshop will learn and play with the form, while working their character, storytelling, and monologue skills.  With monologues as its core structure, Spoon River is an ideal format for online improvised play.  We will explore the different approaches individuals and ensembles can make to this mostly forgotten format.

This online workshop is pay-what-you-can ($20 suggested).

  • DatesSaturday, April 24th, 1-3:30pm EDT
  • Cost$20
  • LocationOnline
  • Prerequisitesprevious improv training/experience required.
  • Amanda’s teaching style was at once relaxed enough that I didn’t feel a need to impress, professional enough so that I felt compelled to do my best, and friendly enough that I didn’t feel it would matter how I did. Thankfully, with her coaching, I did better than my previous best and came away from her workshop feeling more confident in my abilities and able to approach Improvisation in a new manner.

    —G.G.

Online Creating a Character (from the Inside Out) Workshop

Online Creating a Character (from the Inside Out) Workshop

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).

  • DatesSaturday, May22nd, 1-3:30pm EDT
  • Cost$20
  • LocationOnline
  • 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.

    —Irv Levinson

Online Personal Storytelling

Online 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.  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.

 

  • DatesSaturdays, 1-3:30pm EDT, June 5 - July 24th
  • Cost($260) $220*
    Early Bird Special: Save $40 if you sign up before April 30
  • LocationOnline
  • PrerequisitesNo experience necessary.
  • Amanda’s Online Personal Storytelling class was amazing! I learned about myself and built new skills. It was a cathartic experience. Highly recommend it to anyone!

    —Elizabeth

Narrative Improv Online

Narrative Improv Online

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. Students will learn the ins-and-outs of storytelling, exploring common story structures from ancient fairy tales and legends to contemporary movies, applying their new skills to expertly weave together a narrative-based, format-free, online improvised performance.

This class culminates in a final online graduation performance.

 

  • DatesSundays, 1-3:30pm EDT, June 6 - August 1 (no class July 4)
  • Cost($260) $220*
    Early Bird Special: Save $40 if you sign up before April 30
  • LocationOnline
  • PrerequisitesAdvanced Scene Study completion or preivious long form improvisation class/training at any reputable training center
  • 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