Instructed by Revolving faculty
COST: $160 per month
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Intermediate to advanced
Director approval required
The Narrative Workshop is the first part of Impro School’s CONSERVATORY, which is where students at the Impro Theatre School begin intensive genre work with the intention of creating and performing a show. The genres of the Narrative Workshop are always Romantic Comedy and Tennessee Williams. The workshop is 5-months long, culminating in a short run of shows.
Romantic Comedy is one of the most important genres in the Impro School curriculum. Unfortunately, when some students hear Romantic Comedy, they think cliche, sentimental, and cheesy. However at Impro School, RomCom is a hilariously playful and notoriously demanding genre for the actor. It is the foundation for many genres of the Impro Theatre repertoire: Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Chekhov, etc. When studying and performing Romantic Comedy, students learn to use emotion and romance in their improv like falling in love, bonding over shared values, and turning up the heat. RomCom explores relationship triangles and their role in narrative storytelling. RomCom is a cinematic style that requires shorter scenes, multiple locations, single protagonists, and a strong central story arc. Improvisers learn tools to serve the story whether that means playing the central protagonist or supporting the central story arch with grounded, yet playful support characters. With a more fixed plot structure, RomCom requires improvisers to invest deeper into the work and use specificity to make each show unique. Simply put, Romantic Comedy may seem easy, but in reality, it’s challenging and requires performers to bring their best actor to the improv stage.
ROMCOM Narrative Workshop Takeaways
– Finding the protagonist
– Playing the protagonist
– Bonding over shared values
– Playing with romance/heat
– Montage/Sequence to progress narrative
– Relationship Arc
– Playing the supporting characters: best friend, co-worker, family, roommate, the “wrong girl/guy”, unsuspecting sage
WHY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS?
Tennessee Williams is an exciting genre for improvisers. It is a theatre style set in the American South during the 1950s, and at Impro School, it requires the improviser to become a student of theatre and, to an extent, of American history. In this workshop, improvisers not only study the plays of Tennessee Williams, but also the writings of those who influenced Williams, and the cultural and historical events that occurred in his lifetime. This genre requires skilled acting, strong objectives, and theatrical language.
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS Narrative Workshop Takeaways
– Theatrical language / poetic devices
– Theatrical staging and blocking
– Ensemble story structure (as opposed to single protagonist)
– Characters with both an outer & inner life
– Tennessee Williams Character Archetypes
– Monologues to deepen character and heighten story
– Themes – Being able to identify, support and fulfill a unifying theme
The Impro Conservatory is for those who want to improvise long narratives in a more structured approach. It creates a unique experience that gives students an opportunity to tell a new story each night. The Conservatory is a home for those who love this style of storytelling and want to immerse themselves in it. The financial commitment is by the month, but to support the ensemble atmosphere, students should plan on sticking around the full 5 months. After each genre, the workshops take a month off (June and December), allowing new students to join, pending class size.