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.

 

  • DatesSundays, 12-3pm, August 18 - October 20 (no class 9/1 or 10/6)
  • Cost$250
  • LocationCircus School of Atlanta — 575 Boulevard SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
  • PrerequisitesNo experience necessary.
  • What an awesome class. I took it three times. It helped me with improv. It helped me focus my thoughts. It helped me find my voice. Amanda creates a supportive, respectful space. You’ll meet wonderful people and learn all kinds of fun things about them. Stories bring people together and have the power to make the world a better place. Share yours.

    —Suzanne Elbon

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.  

  • DatesSundays, 3:30-6:30pm, August 18 - October 20 (no class 9/1 or 10/6
  • Cost$250
  • LocationCircus School of Atlanta — 575 Boulevard SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
  • PrerequisitesNarrative Improv completion or preivious improvisation training at any reputable training center
  • 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.

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.

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

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

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.

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 “improvisational 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

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, 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, Co-Founder and Curriculum Developer at Happy Improv Fun Time, Portland, OR

Personal Storytelling Workshop

Personal Storytelling Workshop

Everyone can tell a personal story, but in this one-day 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.

Amanda is delighted to offer this one-day workshop in her hometown in conjunction with the Bunbury Theatre Company.

  • Amanda’s honest, lovable personality oozes right into her workshops.  I walked into a room with about 15 strangers, and I walked out of that room feeling like I’d just hung out with my buddies on a Saturday afternoon.  She knows the importance of taking the time to establish an environment of acceptance, openness and trust, and that makes all the difference in the learning experience!

    —Jeremy Chapman

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.

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.

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

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

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