I am going to interview myself, because I think a Q&A session might be the best way to explain why, what, and how we're doing these classes. So here it goes:
Q: Why are you offering workshops?
We are longform improv lovers. We want the scene to grow. Since none of the big improv schools in Boston focus on longform, we thought someone needs to be out there teaching this stuff! For absolute beginners, these classes serve as a fun, supportive, and safe weekend activity anyone can do!
Q: What will you teach?
It's no secret, we are massive fans of the UCB theater. For the intro-level classes, we'll pretty much just be teaching the same things you'll see in UCB 101 classes. What does that mean? We'll focus on playing scenes real, top of your intelligence, and finding the comedic game of the scene.
If you are brand new to the improv scene and have no idea what "UCB style" means, just know that the UCB school is the largest improv school in the country and has produced comedy legends such as Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, and Kate McKinnon just to new a few. In our classes, you will learn the exact same foundations as those taught at UCB!
Q: Will there be more classes in the future?
In all honesty, we have no idea what the demand is for this kind of a class. Is there interest out there for a UCB style class in Boston? Will people come out to JP for a silly improv class? We hope the answer is yes, but we'll see! So IF these quick drop-in workshop classes become popular, we're definitely game to scale up and offer actual full multi-week classes. But, that might be getting ahead of ourselves. For now, we're just having fun with these quick little workshops.
Q: When/where is it and how do I sign up?
Normally, just go to the "classes" page on the left find out more information and the sign up page! Here's the information for the very first one:
What: Drop-In Workshop 01: Intro to Longform Improv
When: Saturday, Feb. 20th
Location: The Riot Theater, 146A South Street, JP
Prerequisites: None! This workshop is for people completely new to improv!