Not At All Human

Not At All Human

From gods to gremlins; parakeets to pencils, when improvisers try to play characters so wholly unrelated to themselves, they can get stuck.  It can sometimes be difficult to fully commit to an unfamiliar reality, which can cause  abandoned ideas and flailing scenes.  In this workshop, players will exercise both the physical and not-so-physical skills it takes to sustainably play non-human characters, opening up new worlds for scenes and longer narratives.

  • DatesSunday, August 29th, 1-3:30pm EDT
  • Cost$20
  • LocationOnline
  • Prerequisitessome improv training/experience required
Online Personal Storytelling Workshop

Online Personal Storytelling Workshop

Everyone can tell a personal story, but in this online workshop, you’ll learn some of the technical ins and outs of taking true events from your own life and weaving them into a truly engaging performance. We will explore presentation, story structure, and different approaches that you can then use to help create your own style.

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

  • DatesSaturday, September 18th, 12-2:30 pm EDT
  • Cost$20
  • LocationOnline
  • PrerequisitesNo experience necessary.
  • Amanda’s online personal storytelling class is the perfect activity
    for being stuck at home right now. She creates a supportive and
    inspiring environment to reflect on and share your personal stories.
    And, she helps you discover the most valuable parts of your story
    while guiding you in the best way to share them with others!

    —Amelia

Relieve Stress Through Improv

Relieve Stress Through Improv

It’s easy for us 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 (especially when it feels like our lives are filled with stress and anxiety).  This feel-good improv class is play-time for adults, a delightful and necessary break from the work and stress that can build up in our lives.   You’ll spend the entire online 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.

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

  • DatesSunday, September 26th, 1-3:30 pm EDT
  • Cost$20
  • LocationOnline
  • PrerequisitesAll experience levels welcome.
  • I took Amanda’s online improv class in spring soon after the COVID stay-in-place directive was issued.   Having participated in her in-person improv sessions before, I was curious about how the same level or engagement and participation could be created in the online format.  I was floored by Amanda’s creativity in using the online platform to its full advantage and even, in some cases, trying out techniques that were not possible in the face-to-face format.   I am now enrolled in her online storytelling class and am loving it!

    —Kavita Pandit

Online La Ronde Workshop

Online La Ronde Workshop

‘The Round’ is a lovely improv format both on its own or as a jumping off point for a broader narrative, in which players explore characters, relationships, and dynamics.  Students in this class will hone their character and relationship playing skills through exploring this format and learning all that it can teach us.

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

 

  • LocationOnline
  • Prerequisitesprevious improv training/experience required
  • Request this class
  • Amanda is an amazing improv teacher. Her enthusiasm and performance experience shine through in her teaching, enabling her to help students make huge improvements in their skills while having loads of fun.

    —Sean

Dramatic Improv Fundamentals

Dramatic Improv Fundamentals

Scripted theatre expresses all subjects, moods, and styles; improvisational theatre should have the same limitless possibilities. In this workshop, improvisers will learn the techniques needed to create a space in which dramatic improvised scenes can occur, without feeling forced or pretentious. Students will revisit and review acting techniques in a fresh way that is applicable to all improvised play. In this workshop, students can expect individual feedback on their scenework in a safe, supportive environment. Even improvisers who don’t have the goal of improvising dramatic scenes will gain skills to help improve all of their improv.

  • LocationOnline
  • Prerequisitesprevious improv training/experience required
  • Request this class
  • It reminded me that improv comes from a place of truth, memory and emotion.

    —Barb S.

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.

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

 

  • LocationOnline
  • Prerequisitesprevious improv training/experience required
  • Request this class
  • 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

Online How to Talk Like Shakespeare Workshop

Online How to Talk Like Shakespeare Workshop

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).

  • Amanda’s classes feel the least zoom-like of all the zoom/online
    meetings. She creates the most fun and interactive environment…

    —Amelia

Love the Suggestions You Hate

Love the Suggestions You Hate

Sometimes, improvisers receive suggestions from the audience that they dislike. And even though the first rule of improv is to “yes, and,” they might say “no” and ask for a different idea, or perhpas they take the unwanted suggestion and use it for a joyless and completely uninspired scene. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to embrace and honor any audience suggestion to create engaging scenework.

  • 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.

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

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).

  • LocationOnline
  • Prerequisitesprevious improv training/experience required.
  • Request this class
  • 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).

  • LocationOnline
  • Prerequisitesprevious improv or acting training/experience required.
  • Request this class
  • 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

Relationship Before Words

Relationship Before Words

In this workshop, improvisers will learn how to easily establish relationships on stage before dialogue even begins.  Integrating the use of space, physicality, object work and emotional reactions, this class helps put the “theatre” back into “improvised theatre,” creating the foundation for more engaging, sustainable scenework.

  • It’s no exaggeration to say that Amanda’s teaching was instrumental in bringing my improv to the next level.

    —Sean

Build a Form

Build a Form

We will create a new improvised format every single class! Based on the students’ improv experience and preferences, as well as an idea we will draw out of a hat, the director/instructor will lead the ensemble of students in exercises that move into a brand new mid-form or long-form improvisation each week. Students can sign up for just one class, the whole session of classes, or any number in between.

  • I have a bit of a hard time getting out of my own head at times, so starting scenes and supporting my scene partners in long form sets can be challenging. Amanda’s ‘Build a Form’ class had us doing long form acts where not only was it easy to transition and start new scenes, but also carry on the stories because we were all so focused on supporting each other. Anyone looking to improve on their long form skills would love the challenge of that class.

    —Jim Vassello

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.

Online Improv for Actors Workshop

Online Improv for Actors Workshop

Improv is a useful tool for actors, which helps bring forth ease and sincerity in your acting.  Plus, it makes auditioning easier and less stressful. In this online workshop, not only will you gain the skills and confidence to stray from the script when needed, you will learn how to apply different improv techniques to engage with your scripted material in fresh ways.  This medium is a perfect fit honing your skills for taped and live online auditions!

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

  • 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