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 classes, or any number 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, Co-Founder and Curriculum Developer at Happy Improv Fun Time, Portland, OR

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.

  • Amanda has so much skill, talent and super duper cool awesome energy, and I am really grateful I took this workshop.

    —Cathrin

Personal Storytelling

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.

  • Amanda’s story-telling class is fabulous! She teaches you how to take those funny personal stories you’ve been telling for years and polish them to performance quality. Then she builds your courage to tell them to a live audience.

    —Cindy Olney

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.  

Prerequisite: Amanda’s Narrative Improv class or instructor permission.

  • PrerequisitesNarrative Improv completion or preivious long form improvisation class/training at any reputable training center
  • Request this class
  • Amanda has a knack for making learning fun more than any other improv teacher I’ve worked with.

    —Sean Harding

Narrative

Narrative

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

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

Just for Fun

This feel-good improv class is play-time for adults, a delightful and necessary break from the stress and work 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 games and lesser known exercises.  Good vibes only, y’all!

  • Amanda’s honesty and enthusiasm for her craft are infectious!

    —Tony B.

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.

Recommended for improvisers with a minimum of two years training/experience, or instructor’s permission.

  • 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.

Character

Character

In this eight-week class, 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.

  • Amanda’s workshop was just what I needed. It pushed me to go to new places, gave me new perspective, and was above all really, really fun. Her teaching style focuses on the improviser going somewhere, not just making the audience laugh. Which allowed us all to go amazing places that the audience would have never expected. She’s playful, respects the art-form and wants all her students to succeed.

    —Adam H.

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.

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.

    —Greg G.

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 through 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!

  • 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

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.

Improv for Actors

Improv for Actors

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 8-week class, 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.

 

  • 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