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Improvaganza Master Class Series

IMPROVAGANZA’s Improv Festival offers three Master Classes on Saturday, April 1, 2017, taught by a few of the area’s most exciting improv gurus: Douglas Beatty, Daniel Johnston, S.G. Kramer, and Tavish Forsyth. Get your improv on and sign up for one or two of the following Master Classes designed for folks with or without experience, ages 18 and up! The price of each Master Class includes 1 complimentary ticket to one of IMPROVAGANZA Improv Festival Shows!

Class size is limited, advance registration is encouraged.
- Online Registration Only
- Registration Deadline: March 29, 2017
- Cost: $10: Students -- $25 General (Includes a complementary ticket to 1 Improvaganza Show!)
- Directions & Parking:

-----Driving Directions: Click here!
-----Parking: West Garage - Click here!
-----Master Class Locations: HCC's Horowitz Center (HVPA Building Map) Click here!


10:30am - 1:30pm: Improv 101 (Yes, And... Then Some!) with Douglas Beatty
10:30am - 1:30pm: Improv - W.I.G. Style with S. G. Kramer & Daniel Johnston
2:30pm - 5:30pm: Advanced Improv (OMG, Drama!) with Tavish Forsyth

Improv 101: “Yes,  And ... then some!“

Instructor: Douglas Beatty
Saturday, April 1, 10:30am-1:30pm, in HCC’s Horowitz Center Dance Studio (HVPA 110)
Cost: $10: Students -- $25 General (Includes a complementary ticket to 1 Improvaganza Show!)

Have you ever wanted to do improv?  You may have had a taste while watching a popular TV show that specializes in short form games.  This workshop starts easy with the basics,  and teaches you the nuts and bolts of starting a scene, agreeing, and listening.   Participants will actively participate in learning new skills that will then be used in a series of fun short form games that put the basic skills into practice.  No experience necessary,  but be ready to move, learn and have fun.
Register Here!  

Improv – W.I.G. Style

Instructors: Daniel Johnston and S. G. Kramer
Saturday, April 1, 10:30am-1:30pm, in HCC’s Horowitz Center Dance Studio (HVPA 115)
Cost: $10: Students -- $25 General (Includes a complementary ticket to 1 Improvaganza Show!)

Welcome to W.I.G. 101, an intro to Arts Collective's very own “What Improv Group?!” one-of-a-kind brand of improvisation. A take on improv which incorporates W.I.G.’s tried-and-true improv techniques inspired by The Viewpoints, all influenced by W.I.G.'s unique perspective. Participants will be introduced to W.I.G.’s original and ever-evolving principles: grounded story-telling (never about “the joke”), the power of active listening/watching, supporting scene partners, finding the button, avoiding go-to’s, Yes vs. No, embracing performance spaces, audience participation tools, proclaiming your truth and more! You’ll also be introduced to W.I.G.’s secret signature “games”: The Monologue Game, Musical Chairs, and of course, W.I.G.’s magical potion of short and long form improv!
Register Here!  

Advanced Improv (OMG, DRAMA!)

Instructor: Tavish Forsyth
Saturday, April 1, 2:30pm-5:30pm, in HCC’s Horowitz Center Dance Studio (HVPA 115)
Cost: $10: Students -- $25 General (Includes a complementary ticket to 1 Improvaganza Show!)

The difference between good improv and great improv is vulnerability. Improv is more than absurd conversations; it is more than patterns; it is theatre. Improvisers do themselves a disservice eschewing that simple fact. In this workshop, we will explore characters that are more than caricatures. Our work will center on finding emotional truth and honesty in ourselves and in the worlds we create. We will focus on more "yes," and less "and." Sometimes we may deal with heavier subject matter with the explicit goal of mining comedy through truth. Students will walk away with a variety of exercises and performance philosophies that may elevate their improvisations from playfully silly to profoundly hysterical. 
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Douglas Beatty has been studying and performing improv for over 8 years and is currently performing with HCC’s Arts Collective “What Improv Group?!” (W.I.G.) and the musical Improv group “Charmsical”.  He has previously been a member of the short form troupe's “Girls Night Out” and “The Weirdos”.  Douglas spends his days as a public librarian on a bookmobile, working with seniors and delivering stories to large groups of preschoolers.   Douglas has studied Improv by taking many classes through the Baltimore Improv Group, and is excited by the chance to share his love of improvisation theater to new students.

S.G. Kramer and Daniel Johnston: Inspired by so many wildly gifted artists, S.G. Kramer birthed W.I.G.'s truly unique style of improvisational storytelling over eight years ago. Kramer and Johnston have worked side by side on W.I.G.'s vision since its inception; 2008 (Kramer as W.I.G.’s coach/director and Johnston as performer as well as co-director).  Together, along with countless stellar improv artists, they have created and cracked open the magic that is W.I.G.!
----- Daniel Johnston is a Spanish Major at HCC and beyond proud to return to the stage with W.I.G. once again to host Howard County’s FIRST EVER Improv Festival! Most recent performances include HCC's Theatre Department's production of Spring Awakening as Georg Zirschnitz and Arts Collective’s A Christmas Carol in many various roles. He's excited to be a part of Arts Collective’s upcoming original devised play and to be costume designing the summer production of Legally Blonde at Slaytonhouse. Enjoy Improvaganza and the Master Classes!
----- Susan G. Kramer has been Arts Collective’s producing artistic director since its inception in 1994. Along with W.I.G.'s history (listed above), from day one (2008), Kramer spear-headed a lasting partnership with Steppenwolf West (Los Angeles) by hosting several summer intensives over the years, instructed by Alexandra Billings, Eric Hunicutt and herself. Over the past three decades she has worked as an artist in the Baltimore-Metro area as director, designer, instructor, and performer. Kramer celebrates her role in continuing to support, nurture and fuse collaborative relationships with all artists from students to guest artists and all in between at Howard Community College and beyond. Currently, Kramer teaches an improv course at HCC, and is directing Arts Collective’s original devised play (happening this June).

Tavish Forsyth is a Baltimore-based actor, writer, and educator. He graduated Stevenson University with a degree in Film, Video & Theatre and has studied performance with the Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Powerhouse Theater. He most recently appeared in the Green Globe Theatre's production of Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Through his studies of scripted theatre, Tavish serendipitously found his love of improv. He is a member of both the Charm City Comedy Project and Baltimore Improv Group (BIG). Tavish teaches theatrical and applied improv through the BIG, Johns Hopkins University, and the Community College of Baltimore County. He likes comedy that is gritty, patient, and honest with a hint of the absurd.  Outside of performance, Tavish has written for Baltimore OUTLoud,  and has been produced at Fells Point Corner Theatre’s 10x10(x10!) Festival, Baltimore Improv Group’s sketch show Scripted, Green Globe Theatre's Comedy Night Live and Stevenson University’s Scribimus. For more info, follow Tavish on instagram and twitter. 


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