Improv

The Pack Improv Program was created by Pack founder and teacher, Miles Stroth. Each of its six levels teaches advanced concepts, and all levels include performances in front of live audiences. For these reasons all students, regardless of background, begin with Level 1 and complete each level to be eligible for the next.

Classes meet once a week for eight weeks. Students will learn how to identify and play to a scene or character, find the keys to unlocking their unique comedic voices, techniques to become stronger and smarter players, and use advanced, experimental improvisation forms.

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Level I – Freedom and Character

Instructor: Emily Candini

8 weeks — $310

Over the course of Level I you will be shown the importance of freedom in your work. Through building confidence in your play, showing you ways to deal with nerves or doubt, and by giving you specific techniques to make any scene work, you will emerge from class with a new sense of play. This workshop will also focus on character work, strong emotion and powerful heightening. At the end of the 8 weeks you will think faster, play harder, and make it look easy by having as much fun as you can.

Improv 1 Wednesdays 11-2pm Starting Sept 13th in The Pack Theater
Improv 1 Sundays 11:30am-2:30pm  Starting Sept 17th in The West Room
Improv 1 Sundays 2:30pm-5:30pm Starting Sept 17th in The Pack Theater

$310.00 Select options

Level II – Playing the Scene

Instructor: Brian James O’Connell

8 weeks – $310

You must have completed Level I to enroll.

In Level II you will learn that all scenes can be seen as one of four basic scene types. You will learn that each scene type has a built in set of rules that makes them work. You will learn all four scene types as well as how to listen for scene type and your position/character in that scene all in the first lines of a scene. Knowing what type of scene you are in and what your position is in that scene makes scene play relatively easy.

Improv 2 Wed. 7-10pm Starting Sept 13th in The West Room

$310.00 Select options

Level III – Persona and Protection

Instructor: Emily Candini

8 weeks – $310

You must have completed Level II to enroll.

Level III will focus on personal development and stage persona while pushing you into more complex and challenging scene work. Each student will be given the opportunity to explore self-development and find the keys to unlock what makes them a stronger and smarter player at all times. Students will learn the power of “protection” and the skills to tackle bigger, more interesting issues within scenework while “protecting” yourself and your audience.

Improv 3 Sat. 1-4pm Starting Sept 16th in The Pack Theater

$310.00

Level IV – Advanced Fun

Instructor: Rich Sohn

8 weeks – $310

You must have completed Level III to enroll.

In Level 4 we look at expanding your character range and letting your comic-voice empower rather than limit that range. We’ll take a deep dive into some of the elements of a scene work – environment, style, blocking, subtext – and find inspiration there. And we’ll strengthen your ability to initiate and make strong choices. All our work together will be in service of recommitting to the fun and openness to play that is the heart of great improvisation.

Improv 4 Sat. 1-4pm Starting Sept 9th in The Villa

$310.00 Select options

Level V – Individual Analysis

Instructor: Miles Stroth

8 weeks – 310

You must have completed Level IV to enroll.

In Level 5, Miles will test your understanding of what you have learned in the first four levels and analyze your performance skills. He will create specific exercises that will be designed to help you improve any weakness you may have. Each student will be give a full hour onstage where the focus will be on just them and what they are working on.

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Level VI – Performance Level

Instructor: Neal Dandade

You must have completed Level V to enroll.

In Level 6, we take your finely-tuned performance skills and put them into action! Starting the first week of class, you have a weekly spot at The Pack Theater (for the duration of the level). We’ll spend each class exploring a new improv form, which we’ll put in front of an audience during our weekly show. Our goals are three-fold: to examine the ideal approach to each form we discuss; to hone our ability to collaborate with an ensemble; and to empower ourselves to hold on to our confidence and specificity, no matter the form/team/show. Enthusiasm machine Neal Dandade will host your shows. He’ll also be around before and after to chat.

Improv 6 Mondays 7-10pm Starting Sept. 11 in The West Room

$310.00 Select options