Guest Teachers at Impro Theatre School

Guest Teachers at Impro Theatre School

Joe Bill

Joe Bill is one of the co-founders of the Annoyance Theater, where he performed in and directed over 50 productions from 1987-2000, including smash hits “Co-ed Prison Sluts”, “The Real Live Brady Bunch” and “The Screw Puppies”. At iO, Bill has coached and performed with numerous ensembles since 1985, including the legendary team “Georgia Pacific” and the innovative lights out long-form, “The Bat”. Bill can be seen performing with fellow Annoyance co-founder Mark Sutton, in the nationally touring production “Bassprov”, (which headlined the 2003 Chicago Improv Festival with special guest Fred Willard). “Bassprov” has toured the United States since 2002, and also was named one of the top 10 comedy shows in Toronto in that same year. Bill teaches improvisation for iO, the Second City Conservatory and Training Center, the Annoyance, the Playground and around the U.S., Canada, UK and Netherlands.

The First 30 Seconds – Saturday, Feb 9th
3 hours (2pm to 5pm)
In Improvisation so often the ending is in the beginning. Let Joe help you begin your scenes in service to yourself, your scene partners and the show you’re doing. He’ll show you how to attack the first 0-15 & 15-30 seconds (The Golden Time) of a scene. This includes the mindset of readiness, playing with energy variety for initiations, strategic & emotional listening, awareness of interpersonal vs. circumstantial dialogue and tracking the context through patterns that you establish right from the start. Everyone will walk out of this workshop with at least a couple of new tools that they can begin to employ immediately.
 
In the Weeds with Keith and Del – Tuesday Feb 12th
4 hours, 1pm to 5pm
Working from the outside-in (Narrative) and the Inside-out (Organic). That gets to the essence of Del and Keith.
Work with Impro Theatre’s Artistic Director Dan O’Connor and special guest Joe Bill, two very experienced Improviser-Director-Writer-Coaches, as they draw on their experiences working with and learning from two legends of the field.
 
Duos Workshop – Friday Feb 15th
4 hours (2pm to 6pm) with showcase show at 8pm
A workshop for either existing improv Duo’s or simply improvisors thinking of starting one up. Learn a few things about creating improv scenes with a partner.
 
Strategic and Emotional Presence – Saturday, Feb 16th
3 hours (2pm to 5pm)
This workshop is an active diagnostic of how the brain works in different improvisational contexts. Through various exercises & scenes, I’ll help participants check into their own brains. We will examine the different kinds of minds that are present in the room and how that affects listening while you improvise. Then we’ll apply mindfulness, playfulness and responsiveness to HOW we listen in improvised scenes.
 
Power Improv Toolkit – Sunday, Feb 17th
6 hours w/ lunch break (11am to 5pm)
The focus of this workshop will be bringing the power of emotional depth and point of view to your improvised Characters and Scenes. We’ll work with understanding the vital differences in Playing for Truth and Playing for Funny & Short Form/Games vs. Long Form. I’ll include personal feedback and ideas for things that you can play with, going forward as new tools on your improv tool belt. I’ll also spend some time troubleshooting issues that YOU the improvisers bring to workshop in order to get to clarity or just recognize patterns to be broken. This workshop will perfectly augment ongoing study of Characters and Scene, Long & Short Form Improvisation and Harold, as well as benefit the Improviser that is currently performing or aspiring to perform with a team or group. ​