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Special Intro to Improv Workshop

Intro to Improv We have a special Into to Improv workshop coming up.

If you are new to improv, are curious about improv, or just want to try it out then this is a great option!

The particulars:

Date: Sunday April 30, 2017

Time: 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Location: Jefferson Hall, 1525 Santa Barbara Street (near Anapamu)

Price: $30

Improv Workshop March 11, 2015

Class continued its slow increase to 27 people tonight, with one who is brand new to the workshop. Our games tonight: Character Intro, What Are You Doing?, Tag Out Story, Animal Transform, Irish Drinking Song, and 3 Line Drill.

 

Improv Workshop March 4, 2015

Improv Workshop March 4, 2015

Tonight's class had 26 people, including some faces we haven't seen in awhile. No brand new players, but the return of a few for their second class. Some pretty basic warm ups, starting with Character Intro, then on the Whoosh, Bang, Pow, and One Word Story. Then came Counting Words, Party Quirks, and Beasty Rap.

The header image is from one of the Beasty Rap scenes, and shows Mark, Cora, Brian, Debbie, Steven, and Eric.

Improv Workshop February 25, 2015

Improv Workshop February 25, 2015

We took some time from tonight's class to remember Ben Woolf. A previous post gave some of Ben's history with the Santa Barbara Workshop, and I wanted to give those who knew him a chance to say a few words. This is the first time we've had a memorial for anyone who attended class, and I think it was an appropriate tribute. I don't have many pictures from this night since I didn't bring out the camera until the end. They're all from the 185 scenes.

There were 25 people in tonight's class, none of them brand new. We warmed up with Character Intro and One Word Story. Our short form games were 5 Letter Word and Switch Dubbing. We did the Irish Drinking Song and ended with 185.

Improv Workshop February 18, 2015

Improv Workshop February 18, 2015

I'm a bit behind in postings, so I'll make this quick (you all just want to see the photo gallery anyway). Two new players joined us this week for a total of 25 in class. We started with Slap, Clap, Snap, then came One Word Story in two groups. Our short form work consisted on Club Photo to Scene and Emotional List. Everyone did Beasty Rap, and we ended with two Montage groups.

Improv Workshop February 11, 2015

Improv Workshop February 11, 2015

Class was back up to 28 people this week with 5 new to the workshop. We didn't get to as many scenes as I would have liked, so the next time we get such a large class I'll switch to games which use more players. We started with Character Intro and moved on to Whoosh, Bang, Pow. One Word Story ended the warm ups, and we moved on to short form work. I only got us through a complete round of 5 Letter Word scenes before it was time for the Irish Drinking Song. After that we did a few rounds of Four Square.

I did write down one line. I think it was delivered by John in his 5 Letter Word Scene - "this kettle ain't going to fill itself!"

It was probably funnier in context.

Improv Workshop February 4, 2015

Improv Workshop February 4, 2015

This week we were down to 19 people, so we did some 2 person scenes. And although I brought the camera, there are only a few pictures from the end of the night. This first picture perfectly captured the sadness class feels when we have to stop. Our warm ups consisted of Character Intro, Zulu (sometimes called Categories), and One Word Story. All were done in one big group.

For our stage work we started with a full round of Hitchhiker. Then we moved on to No P, followed by Pillars. That was done as a rotation, with word givers becoming performers in the following scene.

This week the musical piece was Beasty Rap, and then we finished with 185. We divided the class into only 2 groups for that piece and it went particularly well. Somewhere on Facebook is a video of a group doing "185 bras walk into a bar...".

January 28 Class CANCELLED

January 28 Class CANCELLED

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  Sorry everyone, but I'm going to have to cancel this week's class (January 28). Unfortunately, our usual facility is being used for the annual homeless count, and our usual alternative locations already have other scheduled activities. The Unitarians were most apologetic, but they were constrained by other obligations.

Other alternative locations didn't pan out, which has been my past experience. Facilities like we need are expensive and often booked up.

I decided to make the call now so that I've got time to get the word out. I'll be posting to the Facebook sites, making a Twitter announcement, and emailing those I have addresses for. I'll also post signs at the location.

We will be back the following week (February 4) at our usual time and location.

Improv Workshop January 21, 2015

Wouldn't you know, last week three people brought cameras and took pictures. This week we had none. So, no pictures this post. Class was smaller, counting in at 21 people (yeah, that's a "smaller" class), and that included two people new to the workshop. We started with Character Intro, and then did two rounds of Enemy Defender. Next came a simple version of Pass the Clap, and then right into One Word Story, this time everyone in one big group.

Next came the Short form stage work, and we started with Story, Story, Die. We switched to Story, Story, Shame when we had new folks trying it out, which is a version without the competitive elimination component. When someone misses a transition, the audience shouts out "shame" rather than "die", and we then identify the problem for the player. People familiar with the game prefer the competitive elimination version (DIE!)

Counting Words came next which went pretty well, followed by Irish Drinking Song. After that we had about 20 minutes left, so I decided to finish with a 3 Line Drill. We haven't done any open form work for awhile, so it was time to bring it back, and introduce the newer players to this way of starting scenes. It's also a way to hone the skills of experienced players, and yes, okay, right off the bat I screwed up and never established a relationship! DO AS I SAY, NOT...

 

Improv Workshop January 14, 2015

Improv Workshop January 14, 2015

Another big class this week: 27 people all told with 6 new to the workshop. Big classes are always fun with lots of energy, but I need to change some of the exercises around so that we can get in a few more games. Speaking of which, we started the night with Character Intro, Limericks, Ball Transform, and One Word Story (two groups again). Then on to Standing-Sitting-Bending and a new one for us, Decreasing Scene. That one was done in groups of three, and started with a 30 second scene. Then the scene is replayed as a three word sentence scene, and the final round is replaying it with no words. It was a good learning piece, challenging for everyone, and was quick.

We finished the night with Beasty Rap, Switch Dubbing, and Freeze tag. Now that I see the whole list, we got quite a few pieces in!

This week we had better cameras, so here are a few pictures.

Improv Workshop January 7, 2015

Improv Workshop January 7, 2015

Our first Wed. night workshop of 2015 was well attended with 28 people including 6 who were there for the first time. We also had a few returnees whom we haven't seen for quite a while. Big classes are always fun, even though we don't get as many games in. There's a lot of energy, and you get the opportunity to work with different players.

Warm ups consisted of Character Intro, Whoosh/Bang/Pow, and One Word Story (divided into 2 groups).

I got to do my favorite Improv 101 talk (with the lovely vase of flowers), and then right into 5 Letter Word. Next was Entrances and Exits, followed by Irish Drinking Song, and we ended the night with Freeze Tag.

And yes, that is a Christmas Tree on the side of the stage.

Also, I need a better low light camera <<ooph!>>

 

Location change for Dec. 3 class

Hi everyone! Our usual location (Jefferson Hall) is being used as a warming center tonight due to the storms. So we'll be moving to the Parrish Hall, next door. That's the large room (with the stage) that faces the corner courtyard.

The time is the same, and I'm back from vacation to run the workshop, so the only thing different is the location.

See you all tonight!

 

Improv Show July 5, 2014

Show July 5, 2014  

The next Improvisational Comedy Show from the Santa Barbara Improv Workshop will be:

Date: Saturday July 5, 2014

Time: 8:00 pm until about 9:30 pm

Location: Jefferson Hall, 1525 Santa Barbara Street (near Anapamu)

Price: $5 at the door

 

We're back this Wednesday!

Improv Class Just a quick reminder that we are back in action again this Wednesday (October 30, 2013), at our usual location - Jefferson Hall at the Unitarian Society, and at our usual time - 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

I'm looking forward to it!

Alan

P.S. Okay, I had to go back to my records from 2011 to find an appropriate photo for this post. I need more class pictures!

 

This week's class CANCELLED!

Class Cancelled This week ONLY (October 23, 2013) we are cancelling the Wednesday night workshop. The facility is being used for the annual Starr King rummage sale.

We will be back to our regular schedule on Wednesday October 30 starting at 7:30 pm.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and I look forward to seeing you NEXT WEEK!

Alan

 

Oct. 17 Improv Class CANCELLED

Class Cancelled

For the week of October 15 through 19, the Unitarian Society holds it’s annual Star King Rummage Sale. The entire facility is overtaken by the event, and our usual location at Jefferson Hall is not available, nor are any of the other spaces in the facility. So, I've decided to cancel the class for this Wednesday, October 17.

The Improv Workshop will be back next week, October 24th at our standard time (7:30 pm) and standard location (1525 Santa Barbara Street). I hope to see you all there!

Oct. 19, 2011 Improv Class CANCELLED

Class Cancelled For the week of October 17 through 22, the Unitarian Society holds it's annual Star King Rummage Sale. The entire facility is overtaken by the event, and so our usual location at Jefferson Hall is not available, nor are any of the other spaces in the facility. I explored several alternative locations, but I just couldn't afford the prices quoted to me. So, I've decided to cancel the class for this Wednesday, October 19.

The Improv Workshop will be back the following week, October 26th at our standard time (7:30 pm) and standard location (1525 Santa Barbara Street). I hope to see you all there!

Improv Show 1 October 2011

The next Improvisational Comedy Show from the Santa Barbara Improv Workshop will be:

Date: Saturday October 1, 2011

Time: 8:00 pm until about 9:30 pm

Location: Jefferson Hall, 1525 Santa Barbara Street (near Anapamu)

Price: $5 at the door

Improv Show 3 September 2011

The next Improvisational Comedy Show from the Santa Barbara Improv Workshop will be:

Date: Saturday September 3, 2011

Time: 8:00 pm until about 9:30 pm

Location: Jefferson Hall, 1525 Santa Barbara Street (near Anapamu)

Price: $5 at the door