Advanced Scene Study Class at The Brink

19 10 2014

the-brink-improvWell, I must have done something right, because the lovely folks at The Brink have asked me to teach an 8-week AdvancedScene Study class on Sundays starting a week from today!  We’ve already got quite a few folks signed up for this class, but there are some spots still open!  If you’ve been studying/performing improv for a while now, and want to take your scene work to the next level, then this class is for you!

This new 8-week session next Sunday (10/26)
  • Class is from 1:00pm-4:00pm and will begin on 10/26
  • This session of classes will last 8 weeks (10/26-12/14)
  • Amanda Rountree has been performing improvisational theatre professionally since 1992, teaching since 1998, and directing since 2002.  She recently moved to the Atlanta area from Chicago, where she was a faculty member with the Second City Training Center.
  • DESCRIPTION: 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 workshop, 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.  Come ready to dig in and play!
  • How to Pay for Class
    • ONLY 18 SPOTS AVAILABLE! If there is overwhelming interest we MIGHT add another time slot…but don’t hesitate to claim your seat now!
    • All students are required to pay a $25 reservation fee (it will be applied towards your tuition)
    • Here is the link to do that: Preview Image
    • Your reservation fee is non-refundable as it HOLDS A SPACE in a class that we are no longer able to offer someone else.
    • The remaining balance of $144 is due on the first day of class. Please make checks payable to: The Brink Improv
    • Your enrollment in the class will not be guaranteed until payment is received.
     
    See you in class!




Fun Improv Class for Non-Actors in North GA

9 10 2014

I am delighted to be offering this fun, one-night only improv class for adults with little to no improv experience.  If an improv class sounds a wee bit scary to you, and you live in northern Georgia, then this is the class for you!  And it will be fun, not scary–I promise!

Improv for Non-Actors
7:00-9:30 pm
Forsyth Academy of the Performing Arts

520 Industrial Way, Suite B
Cumming, GA

$25 per person
To register for this class, contact Forsyth Academy at info@forsythapa.com or 678.468.1731.

Looking for a new way to have a little fun with your friends, or to make new friends?  This workshop is geared towards those with little-to-no improv experience. 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 a delightful way to spend an evening.

This is a great opportunity for you to have a fun night out with your buddies and walk out the door with a renewed sense of creativity, self-confidence, and maybe even some new friends!

In this workshop you will learn:

~How to trust yourself
~How to be spontaneous
~How to be more playful and creative in your every day life
~And much, much more

What People Are Saying

“I really enjoyed the safe environment that Amanda created.  I am really a beginner and I never felt like an outsider during the workshop.  Amanda made sure that we all walked away with a new skill and ways to think outside of the box!”  -CJ Leavens, Chicago





Sustainable Scenework Improv Workshop in Atlanta

8 10 2014

I’ll be teaching a one-day master-level improv workshop in Atlanta on October 18th!

This is a workshop for improvisers who would like to do scenes that can sustain themselves for longer than just a few minutes.  If you’ve been practicing/performing improv for a while now, but are still a bit intimidated when it comes to longer scenes, then this is the class for you!

Click here to register/pay for the class.  Space is limited–sign up now to reserve your spot!

Sustainable Scenework
Saturday, Oct. 18
12-4pm

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 workshop, 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.  Come ready to dig in and play!

Amanda will be teaching her "Sustainable Scenework" master-class in Atlanta on 10/18/14.

Amanda will be teaching her “Sustainable Scenework” master-class in Atlanta on 10/18/14 at The Brink.

Amanda Rountree has been performing improvisational theatre professionally since 1992, teaching since 1998, and directing since 2002.  She recently moved to the Atlanta area from Chicago, where she was a faculty member with the Second City Training Center, an ensemble member with WNEP Theatre, and a writer/puppeteer with SNORF.   Her one-woman shows, The Good, the Bad, and the Monkey and 185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar… both had successful runs in Chicago and tours to other cities. Previously, she was a performer and instructor with Unexpected Productions and a performer and co-artistic director of Playback Theater Northwest in Seattle. Amanda has entertained audiences in seven countries and countless North American cities utilizing a wide variety of styles, disciplines, and formats.  She’s performed everything from improv games in Kentucky and improvised Shakespeare at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival to drama therapy in Japan and breakthrough formats in Germany.

The Brink Improv
3041 N Decatur Rd
Scottdale, GA 30079





Sincerely Yours — a master class for improvisers

4 06 2014

It’s been a while since I taught this master class here in Chicago.  So, it’s about time I brought it back!  This is one of my most popular master classes, and is frequently requested when I travel about the country to teach for various improv communities.  I like to keep the class sizes relatively small, so if you’d like to take this workshop, please reserve your spot soon.  They go fast!  Also, if you pay in advance with paypal, you save ten bucks!

Sincerely Yours Master Class
Sunday, June 29

11:30am-2:30pm
The Cornelia Arts Center
, Theatre Momentum Studio C
1800 West Cornelia Avenue
(just off the Addison brown line stop)
Chicago, IL

$40 per person, $30 in advance
To register/pay for this workshop please click here to pay securely with paypal and receive the advance discount–or email Amanda at andthemonkey at gmail dot com.

This workshop will help deepen your performance with the use of sincerity, emotional connection, and believability. Discover the real “first offers” of every scene, and make improv even more natural, playful, and invigorating than it was before. Gain richness in your humor and a more dynamic connection with your audience. How can your life be explored, translated, or applied in an improv performance? Come, find out!

What People Are Saying

“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. I hope everyone gets to spend time studying with Amanda Rountree.”  -Adam H., Chicago

Amanda will be teaching her master class, "Sincerely Yours" in Chicago this June.

Amanda will be teaching her master class, “Sincerely Yours” in Chicago this June.

“Amanda’s honesty and enthusiasm for her craft are infectious! She’s great at encouraging us to open up and recognize our own lives and experiences for the rich sources that they are!”  -Tony B., Seattle, WA

“The class I took from Amanda has been incredibly useful to me. The techniques Amanda taught in that class dramatically improved my ability to connect emotionally with my work and to bring genuine feeling to my improvised characters. It’s no exaggeration to say that Amanda’s teaching was instrumental in bringing my improv to the next level.”  –Sean Harding, Seattle, WA

“Amanda, thank you for the workshop! I love your practical and fun approach to improv. The idea of bringing more of myself to the stage has helped my improv tremendously. 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. You rock!”  -Galen E., Bellingham, WA

“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!  SIGN UP, ALREADY!”  -Jeremy Chapman, Chicago

About the Instructor

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Amanda Rountree has been teaching improvisational theatre since 1998.

Amanda Rountree has been performing improvisational theatre professionally since 1992, teaching since 1998, and directing since 2002. She relocated to Chicago in 2007 from Seattle where she was a performer and instructor with Unexpected Productions and a performer and co-artistic director of Playback Theater Northwest. Amanda has entertained audiences in seven countries and countless North American cities utilizing a wide variety of styles, disciplines, and formats.  (She’s performed everything from improv games in Kentucky and improvised Shakespeare at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival to drama therapy in Japan and breakthrough formats in Germany).  Chicago audiences have seen her in Impress These Apes 2, Don’t Spit the Water, Soiree DADA:  Shmukt die Hallen, The (Edward) Hopper Project, and her one-woman shows, The Good, the Bad, and the Monkey and 185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar.  In addition to being a company member of WNEP Theatre, she has been a repeat performer with The Noah Ginex Puppet Company, The Beast Women Cabaret, This Much is True, Chicago Solo Theatre, and The Kates.  She is a resident teaching artist for Lifeline Theatre and the Second City Training Center.





Taking the time to be thankful

3 04 2013

I teach theatre classes in and around Chicago to all ages.  A few years ago, I began a reflection ritual with very young students.  It worked so well, that I started using it with my older students, and even adults.  Yesterday, I was feeling a little grumpy while working out in the gym, so I did this reflection ritual silently, to myself.  I felt so much better after!  Then I thought, “Why don’t I do this more often?  I should do this every day.”

Here is the little closing ritual I lead at the end of many classes.  But I discovered that I can do this any time.  I share it here in hopes it can bring others joy.

Place one hand on your belly and one hand on your heart.  Feel your heart beating and your belly moving every time you take a nice, deep breath.  Think of one thing you did today that you feel good about.  Put it in your heart.  Take a deep breath in and out.  Think of something someone else did today that you enjoyed or that you were delighted by or grateful for.  Hold it in your heart.  Take a deep breath in and out.  Finally, think of something you did today with another person or people–something that you were a part of–something you helped create.  Put it in your heart.  Take a deep breath in and out.

This is an easy way to reflect and it doesn’t take much time at all to do.  But I’m always a little happier afterward.





One Spot Open in the Seattle Workshop

29 05 2012

The master class for improvisers I’m offering in Seattle this weekend only has ONE spot open!  I’m keeping the class size small, so sign up now!

Sustainable Scene Work Master Class
Saturday, June 2nd, 12:00-3:00 pm
Odd Duck Studio
1214 N. 10th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

$40 per person, $30 in advance
To register/pay for this workshop please click here to pay securely with paypal and receive the advance discount–or email Amanda at andthemonkey at gmail dot com.

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 workshop, 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.  Come ready to dig in and play!

About the Instructor

Amanda Rountree has been performing improvisational theatre professionally since 1992, teaching since 1998, and directing since 2002. She relocated to Chicago in 2007 from Seattle where she was a performer and instructor with Unexpected Productions and a performer and co-artistic director of Playback Theater Northwest. Amanda has entertained audiences in seven countries and countless North American cities utilizing a wide variety of styles, disciplines, and formats.  She is a resident teaching artist for Lifeline Theatre and the Second City Training Center.  She is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory, a company member of WNEP Theatre, and an improv coach for groups around Chicago.  She is currently writing her next one-woman show, after several successful runs and tours of The Good, the Bad, and the Monkey.

What People Are Saying

“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 Harding, Seattle, WA

“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., Chicago, IL





Attention Seattle-area Improvisers!

23 05 2012

Check out Amanda Rountree’s master class that she’s offering in Seattle at the beginning of June!  The class size is small, so sign up now.  Wooty-woot!

Sustainable Scene Work Master Class
Saturday, June 2nd, 12:00-3:00 pm
Odd Duck Studio
1214 N. 10th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

$40 per person, $30 in advance
To register/pay for this workshop please click here to pay securely with paypal and receive the advance discount–or email Amanda at andthemonkey at gmail dot com.

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 workshop, 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.  Come ready to dig in and play!

 

About the Instructor

Amanda Rountree has been performing improvisational theatre professionally since 1992, teaching since 1998, and directing since 2002. She relocated to Chicago in 2007 from Seattle where she was a performer and instructor with Unexpected Productions and a performer and co-artistic director of Playback Theater Northwest. Amanda has entertained audiences in seven countries and countless North American cities utilizing a wide variety of styles, disciplines, and formats.  She is a resident teaching artist for Lifeline Theatre and the Second City Training Center.  She is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory, a company member of WNEP Theatre, and an improv coach for groups around Chicago.  She is currently writing her next one-woman show, after several successful runs and tours of The Good, the Bad, and the Monkey.  Please check out amandarountree.com for more info.

What People Are Saying

“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, Director of Education, The Brody Theater, Portland, OR

“This class opened up my understanding of what improv can be…”  -Brenda Kelly, Chicago

“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. I hope everyone gets to spend time studying with Amanda Rountree.”  -Adam H., Chicago

“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 Harding, Seattle, WA

“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., Chicago, IL