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Get Out of Your Head with UCB's Dru Johnson

Two hour workshop; Cost is $35; Must have completed Level 2 in Theatre 99 improv training program

Too often when playing a character we keep thinking: "What would this character do right now?" instead of living in the moment and reacting naturally. This workshop will give you the tools to step out into the scene fully committed as a character, and keep that commitment while focusing on your scene partner. Whether you're a president, an astronaut, or a fire goblin, this workshop will let you react at the top of your intelligence while freeing your mind of the internal struggle. These are characters created from the outside in.

Level 1: Intro to Improv (April 3rd start date)

7 Class Meetings and one class recital. Cost is $165 (MUST PAY IN ADVANCE TO HOLD A SPOT)

This 7-week class introduces the Theatre 99 method to create improvised scenes based on audience suggestion. Students in level 1 will participate in group games and exercises that help everyone remember how to play. The focus will be on having fun and learning how to start an improv scene. You will learn some of the improv games that we perform here at Theatre 99 and get to do them for your friends and family during the recital. As a bonus, every student receives free tickets to any Wednesday and Friday show while they are a student. MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER TO TAKE THIS CLASS.

Level 1: Intro to Improv (June 6 start date)

6 Class Meetings (2 hours each) and one class recital. Cost is $175 (MUST PAY IN ADVANCE TO HOLD A SPOT)

This 6 session class introduces the Theatre 99 method to create improvised scenes based on audience suggestion. Students in Level 1 will participate in group games and exercises that help everyone remember how to play. The focus will be on having fun and learning how to start an improv scene. You will learn some of the improv games that we perform here at Theatre 99 and get to do them for your friends and family during the recital. As a bonus, every student receives free tickets to any Wednesday and Friday show while they are a student. MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER TO TAKE THIS CLASS.

Level 2:

7 Class Meetings and one class recital. Cost is $165 (MUST PAY IN ADVANCE TO HOLD A SPOT)

This 7-week class introduces the Theatre 99 method to create dynamic, honest and comic characters in improv scenes. Students will build on what they learned in Level 1 and learn a character creation method called "The How." Who you are in a scene is defined by HOW you do what you do. Level 2 focuses on the HOW. You will also fine-tune your skills with the improv games you learned in Level 1. The class ends with a recital for family and friends. Every student receives free tickets to any Wednesday and Friday show for the duration of the class. MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER TO TAKE THIS CLASS.

Level 2: "How" to Build a Character in Improv

7 class meetings, 1 class recital, Maximum Class Size: 14 Students, Cost: $165

This 7-week class introduces the Theatre 99 method to create dynamic, honest and comic characters in improv scenes. Students will build on what they learned in Level 1 and learn a character creation method called "The How." Who you are in a scene is defined by HOW you do what you do. Level 2 focuses on the HOW. You will also fine-tune your skills with the improv games you learned in Level 1. The class ends with a recital for family and friends. Every student receives free tickets to any Wednesday and Friday show for the duration of the class. MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER TO TAKE THIS CLASS.

Level 3: Five Scenic Elements, Relationship and Longform

7 Class Meetings and one class recital. Cost is $175 (MUST PAY IN ADVANCE TO HOLD A SPOT)

This 7-week class introduces the Theatre 99 method of relationship based scene work and the concept of long form improvisation. You hear it during every class: "Improv scenes are about the relationship." But what is a relationship? This class breaks the relationship between characters into 4 components (point of view, physicality, history & status). Exercises taught during the class help students make offers based on relationship components. The recital for level 3 will be 100% scenes, no improv games. Every student receives free tickets to any Wednesday and Friday show for the duration of the class. MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER TO TAKE THIS CLASS

Move Better. A Movement Workshop with Eric Jeffers

Special Class 2 hours long $20.00

When we improvise we utilize our bodies as much as we use our voices and minds. Yet because of a lack of experience with movement, many of us take fewer risks and have less fun when we improvise. Using easily accessible elements drawn from physical theater, dance, clown technique, yoga, and more, we will explore some fundamental movement principles and solutions to common problems encountered by performers. Whether you have extensive movement training or none whatsoever, this is a chance to discover the joy of moving in performance, and learn ways to keep getting better at it.

Special Class with Brandy Sullivan

6 Class Meetings. Cost is $165 (MUST PAY IN ADVANCE TO HOLD A SPOT) Must have completed level 3 or higher to take this class.

Details coming for this class, but one thing is for sure - students will be able to do lots of scenes with honest feedback in this class because the size is limited to 12 students. Small class size means more stage time. Check back for more details, but buy this class soon, because it will sell out. Must have completed level 3 in the improv training program to take this class.

Special Class: Becoming an Improv Superhero

3, two and a half hour classes, you must have completed Level 2 in Theatre 99's training program in order to take this class.

This class focuses on you becoming the improviser you always wanted to be? You have been working for years, but there is still something stopping you from realizing your potential. That is what happened in my life. I used to be an average improviser, but then I created a persona that had the skills and courage that I wanted to have. I was still Greg, I was just a better version of myself when I improvised. This persona was awesome at improv, he faced his fears, he was fun to play with, he made his partner look good and got laughs from the audience doing it. The persona was a super hero version of myself, still me, just better. In this experimental improv class we are going to try to get you to become your own improv superhero.

Special Class: Find Your Funny

3, two and a half hour classes, you must have completed Level 2 in Theatre 99's training program in order to take this class.

Have you ever noticed that some people are just funny? That is probably because they have found out how to not get what they want in a funny way. Let's face it, most of the time in an improv scene the comedy is coming from one of the characters not getting what they want. This workshop will help you find the way you suffer in a funny way. We will be putting you in scenes where you can't win and will work with feedback from the whole class to figure out your "funniest way to suffer."

Additional Information

Currently Offered

Get Out of Your Head with UCB's Dru Johnson

Special Class

Saturday, June 4 at noon (2 hours) $35.00

Instructor: Dru Johnson

Level 1: Intro to Improv (April 3rd start date) - SOLD OUT

Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

Starts Sunday, April 3th, 2016

Instructor: Andy Livengood

Level 1: Intro to Improv (June 6 start date)

Mondays at 7:00 p.m.

Starts Monday, June 6th, 2016

Instructor: Andy Livengood

Level 2: - SOLD OUT

Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Starts Tuesday, March 29

Instructor: Brandy Sullivan

Level 2: "How" to Build a Character in Improv - SOLD OUT

Mondays at 7:00 p.m.

Starts March 14

Instructor: Andy Livengood

Level 3: Five Scenic Elements, Relationship and Longform - SOLD OUT

Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.

Starts Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Instructor: Greg Tavares

Move Better. A Movement Workshop with Eric Jeffers

Special Class

Sunday, May 8 @ 6PM

Instructor: Eric Jeffers

Special Class with Brandy Sullivan

Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Starts Tuesday, June 21

Instructor: Brandy Sullivan

Special Class: Becoming an Improv Superhero - SOLD OUT

Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.

Starts Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Instructor: Greg Tavares

Special Class: Find Your Funny - SOLD OUT

Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.

Starts Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Instructor: Greg Tavares