Online Narrative Collage Master Class

Online Narrative Collage Master Class

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
  • Cost$125
  • LocationOnline
  • 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.

    —Brad Fortier, Author, A Culture of Play, Portland, OR

Online Advanced Personal Storytelling

Online Advanced Personal Storytelling

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)
  • Cost$185
  • LocationOnline
  • 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.

    —Suzanne Elbon

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.

 

  • DatesSaturdays, 1-3:30pm Eastern Daylight Time, July 11-August 29
  • Cost($250) $210*
    Early Bird Special: Save $40 if you sign up before June 14
  • LocationOnline
  • 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.

    —Erin McGehee

Scene Doctor

Scene Doctor

These classes are tailor-made for improvisers to get personal, specific feedback from the instructor on their improvised scenework. Students can inform the instructor of any goals they might have for themselves and/or request that she make her own recommendations based on their performance. Class size is limited. Students can sign up for just one class, the whole session of five, or anywhere in between.

 

  • 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.

    —Brad Fortier, Author, A Culture of Play, Portland, OR

Character

Character

In this 8-week classs, 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, actors will develop long-lasting skills that will assist in playing a variety of genuine, believable characters who have heart.

  • Every week of class, Amanda introduced a new way of creating characters, or gave a fresh perspective on a familiar approach. Her approach really empowered me since I came into improv without an acting background, she gave me the confidence to be more bold with my characters.

    —Alex

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. 

  • PrerequisitesAdvanced Scene Study completion or preivious long form improvisation class/training at any reputable training center
  • Request this class
  • I felt like I relearned exercises that I’d known for years in a way that finally connected me to them and gave them new life.

    —Galen E.

Playback Theatre

Playback Theatre

Playback Theatre is a form of improvisational theatre wherein performers take personal experiences from audience members and turn those experiences into theatrical pieces. Students will learn how to use their improv skills in fresh ways, while learning new tools they can apply to all of their improv work. Heightened listening and emotional connection converge in this artistically satisfying story-driven format.

  • It reminded me that improv comes from a place of truth, memory and emotion.

    —Barb S.

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.

 

  • 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.

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 class does NOT culminate in a graduation show as it is focused on process, not  performance; it’s simply eight weeks of meeting and playing in an enjoyable, supportive environment without the pressure of a final show.

  • 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

Narrative Improv

Narrative Improv

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.

  • PrerequisitesAdvanced Scene Study completion or preivious long form improvisation class/training at any reputable training center
  • Request this class
  • 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

Continuing Improv

Continuing Improv

In this class, students will build upon the skills they absorbed in Beginning Improv, and learn how to confidently sustain scenes. They will continue to explore short form performance play, while also adding more to their skillset, fully completing a sturdy foundation for strong improvised theatre.

  • You need to know how to teach to make a difference, and she surely does.

    —Irv Levinson

Intermediate Improv

Intermediate Improv

After mastering all of the basics, students now progress into creating full-fledged characters, playing strong relationships, and forming satisfying resolutions to their scenes and stories. This eight-week class will culminate in a graduation showcase, so that the players can show off their improv skills and talents!

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.  

  • PrerequisitesNarrative Improv completion or preivious improvisation training at any reputable training center
  • Request this class
  • For those that might see this and think, ‘hmm, sounds interesting, but…’ I have this advice: take the class. It will challenge your improv brain at a whole new level, and while it’s a lot of work to get good, it is also a freakishly fun format to perform.

    —Jeff B.