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Developing a Creative Practice

Saturday, Nov 1st @ noon to 4pm @ Theatre 99. Cost is $35

Workshop: Developing a Creative Practice The goal of this 4 hour workshop is to help people understand their inner processes regarding creativity, and to have each participant come up with a personal creative practice that is realistic and actionable. ____________________________________________________________________________ Arts institutions are hubs for communities of people who are interested in creativity. Most theatre, art gallery and concert hall patrons have some experience creating art, as a child or student, if not as an adult. People recognize that art is valuable. ____________________________________________________________________________ Many of us harbor hidden desires to realize an artistic project of some kind. Most find reasons not to. In the moment, these reasons seem reasonable and we believe them. But when examined, they actually are not as solid as they initially appear. ____________________________________________________________________________ To help participants navigate their inner blocks and unrecognized strengths, we will guide them through an exploration of the Three Instincts - basic human impulses we all have and relate to in different ways. This allows people to see their motivations in a new framework and create a plan to suit their strengths and prepare for the form of self-sabotage particular to them. ____________________________________________________________________________ The workshop involves group work and partnered exercises. It does not involve the actual creation of art. No supplies are needed, nor is a special space required. ____________________________________________________________________________ The facilitators: ___________________________________________________________________________ TJ Dawe is a writer, performer and director of new theatre, whose award winning monologues have been presented at more than one hundred theatre festivals around the world. He has led workshops on storytelling and on developing original theatre, and will soon teach a course on solo shows at Langara College in Vancouver. ____________________________________________________________________________ Lindsay Robertson is a counsellor and coach, with extensive experience working one on one with clients and in group settings. She will soon begin teaching at Rhodes Wellness College in Vancouver. She is also an accomplished singer/songwriter and regularly performs around Vancouver and elsewhere.

Drop In Improv Class (adults only)

90 Minutes of Improv Fun

Come and play on the Theatre 99 stage in a no stress, 90 minute class and as a bonus you get to come to the 8PM show for free.

Level 1 Intro to Improv DAY CLASS

6 Class Meetings and one class recital. Cost is $145 (MUST PAY IN ADVANCE TO HOLD A SPOT)

This 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. Class cost is $145. MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER TO TAKE THIS CLASS. (MUST PAY IN ADVANCE TO HOLD A SPOT)

Level 1: Intro to Improv

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

This 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. Class cost is $165. MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER TO TAKE THIS CLASS. (MUST PAY IN ADVANCE TO HOLD A SPOT)

Level 2: Character Building in Improv

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

Level 2: Introduction to Character Building 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)

7 Class Meetings, 1 recital, Max. class size 14, Cost: $175 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. This class will also introduce the idea of scenes inspired by other scenes or long form improv. 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

Special Class with Greg Tavares: Playing Objective

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

I give this note over and over in class -- what your character is feeling is more important than what they are thinking. But, how do you get to those feelings? How do you play those feelings honestly? How do you heighten those feelings in a way that is fun to watch? You play an objective. This is straight up acting technique, folk. Your character wants something and they are going to do stuff to get what they want. That is what I call "playing an objective," and this is what I am doing every time I improvise. It helps me encounter my character's emotional life and see the world through my characters eyes. During this class we will learn how to play with objective and how getting and not getting what we want creates emotional power in the scene.

Additional Information

Currently Offered

Developing a Creative Practice

Saturday, Nov 1st @ noon

Special Class (cost is $35)

Instructor: TJ Dawe

Drop In Improv Class (adults only)

Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.

Next class October 29

Instructor: Andy Livengood

Level 1 Intro to Improv DAY CLASS

Wednesdays @ Noon

Starts Wednesday, Oct. 29th (advance payment in full required to hold a spot)

Instructor: Greg Tavares

Level 1: Intro to Improv - SOLD OUT

Mondays @ 7PM

Starts Wednesday, Oct. 29th (advance payment in full required to hold a spot)

Instructor: Andy Livengood

Level 2: Character Building in Improv - SOLD OUT

Tuesdays @ 7PM

Starts Tuesday, October 21

Instructor: Brandy Sullivan

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

Tuesdays @ 8:30 PM

Starts Tuesday, October 21

Instructor: Greg Tavares

Special Class with Greg Tavares: Playing Objective - SOLD OUT

Tuesdays @ 8:30 PM

Starts Tuesday, August 12

Instructor: Greg Tavares