Let's Play! an Improv Skills Workshop for Parents and Kids
Dec
8
11:00 AM11:00

Let's Play! an Improv Skills Workshop for Parents and Kids

  • Hashtag Comedy's Learning Center at The Fort (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Class Length: 2 hours

Time/Dates: 11am-1pm, Saturday, 12/8

Registration: $36

Pre-Requisites/Class Notes: No pre-requisites necessary. Registration fee covers ONE parent and ONE child. See below for additional notes.

Let's Play! is an improv workshop designed to pair parent and kid (ages 6-12) in a fun, interactive environment. Come learn the skills improv comedians use when they perform "on the spot" and translate those skills into more meaningful play, communication and connection between parent and child.

Participants will engage in exercises that teach: 

+Being present in the moment
+How "yes, and..." can help parents and kids feel more connected
+Using play to communicate more effectively
+Harnessing a kid's innate sense of play to re-access your own creativity stores
+Fun ways to interact without screentime

This workshop is two hours, with a short break and snacks included in the time frame.

**PLEASE NOTE: Your registration fee covers ONE parent and ONE child.**

The workshop is designed specifically for one-on-one interaction between a parent/adult family member and child, as you will be partnering with your child throughout the workshop. If you have other children who would like to attend, they may register with another parent/adult family member for the purchase of an additional registration, or they may attend alongside you for an additional fee (please message us for ticketing information). But please note that some of the exercises will be more difficult to navigate in groups larger than two. We strongly encourage you to embrace this one-on-one time with your child! :)

We are so excited to meet you all in class...let's play!

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Improvised Musical Level One
Jan
12
2:00 PM14:00

Improvised Musical Level One

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Class Length: 4 Weeks

Time/Dates: 2-3:30pm, Saturdays, 1/12/19-2/2/19

Registration: $97

Pre-Requisites: Students must have longform improv instruction or performance experience, and have taken Foundations for the Improvised Musical (or have performance/experience equivalent. Please message with questions.)

If you've seen TBD: the Improvised Musical, or any of the other musical improv comedy around Columbus or on shows like "Whose Line is it Anyway?", you've seen that magic often happens when music and improv collide. On-the-spot stories and emotions brought to life with music add an element to a performance that audiences and performers alike, love. 

In Improvised Musical Level One, students will begin learning the specific show structure and format of TBD: the Improvised Musical, as well as continue to build upon their musical improv skills. Exercises and lessons include: 

+Continuing work on improvising music, creating rhymes and building strong melodies and choruses in the moment
+Creating characters and understanding their roles in the musical as a whole (e.g. protagonist, antagonist, comedic support, authority figure)
+Introduction to story structure, story arcs and how these principles build and support this longform musical
+How to harness the power of group numbers, "I Want" songs and duets
+How to create rich harmonies, in the moment

...and more!

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Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level Two
Jan
15
7:00 PM19:00

Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level Two

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Class Length: 6 Weeks

Time/Dates: 7-9pm, Tuesday nights, 1/15/19-2/19/19

Early Bird Registration: $160 (12/1-1/1)

Regular Registration: $200 (1/1-1/15)

Pre-Requisites: Level One (some outside improv education and performance experience is welcome. Please message with questions)

This Level Two improv course continues to build upon the foundations students learned in Level One, with added emphasis on: 

+Layered scene work
+Exploration of "game"
+Finding the "truth in comedy"
+Making compelling character choices

**This course is six weeks long, beginning 1/15/19 from 7pm-9pm.** Students will participate in a showcase at Up Front at Shadowbox Live on 2/21 at 8pm.

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Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level One
Jan
15
7:00 PM19:00

Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level One

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Class Length: 6 Weeks

Time/Dates: 7-9pm, Tuesday nights, 1/15/19-2/19/19

Early Bird Registration: $160 (12/1-1/1)

Regular Registration: $200 (1/1-1/15)

Pre-Requisites: None


Grow your confidence, stage presence and comedy chops (or hey, just come to have fun and learn something new!)

"How do you do that?"

"I could never do something that risky."

"You're all so quick. My brain doesn't work that way."

"Whatever those people are doing seems terrifying...but maybe it could help me with that upcoming work presentation...?"

Improv comedians have heard (and thought) all these statements (and others) from individuals who are intrigued by the concept of "making stuff up" but think they'd never be able to do it. 

But that's simply not the case. 

Improv is a LEARNED art form that provides structure, exercises and teamwork to help individuals grow their confidence, work better together, and most importantly, feel perfectly at home in their own skin.

In Hashtag Comedy's Level One six week improv class, students will: 

+Learn the power of YES!
+Explore the concept of "embracing their weird"
+Develop confidence and stage presence (that translates far beyond the stage)
+Study and learn improv concepts, theories and games
+Discover how to connect with themselves and others with greater authenticity and ease

If you want to take these principles and become an improv comedian...great! Our classes will support you in beginning (or continuing your comedy journey).

If not, that's great, too! We welcome students of all levels, ages and occupations. Improv is a foundational life skill that sticks with you long after you've left the classroom or stage. In fact, we know it can make you a better boss, parent, co-worker, friend and human. 

***Classes run for six weeks on Tuesday evenings beginning 1/15/19 from 7pm-9pm.*** A final showcase will be held after class ends at Up Front at Shadowbox Live on 2/21 at 8pm.

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Character Creation for Sketch, Improv and Performance
Jan
17
7:00 PM19:00

Character Creation for Sketch, Improv and Performance

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Class Length: 4 Weeks

Time/Dates: 7-8:30pm, Thursday nights, 1/17/19-2/7/19

Registration: $97

Pre-Requisites: some performance experience or acting or improv instruction is preferred, as some foundational performance skills and knowledge (e.g. stage presence, basic scene work, monologues) will be assumed in the teaching of this course.


TV, sketch comedy shows and film have produced memorable and enduring characters that make us laugh, cry or think. But how do actors create characters? And how can performers leverage these skills to create deeper, richer characters to build sketches around, or have "on call" for an improv scene, or produce for a scripted play?

In this four week course, students will learn skills to: 

+Build whole, memorable characters "from scratch"
+Help them understand what makes good characters live beyond an idea, page or stage direction
+Use their own innate gifts and unique point of view to create characters that feel grounded (even if they're ridiculous)
+How to access or leverage characters to build scenes or support other characters

Students will receive direct feedback and instruction as they build three separate characters over the four week course. 

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Foundations for the Improvised Musical
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Foundations for the Improvised Musical

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If you've ever watched Wayne Brady make up a song on the spot on "Whose Line is it Anyway?", caught TBD: the Improvised Musical on a Friday night Up Front at Shadowbox Live or even just catch yourself singing little ditties for your dog on the daily, then Foundations of the Improvised Musical is the course for you.

In this four week foundational class, participants will learn

  • Basic song structure and how songs are built

  • How to improvise melodies, create rhymes and build strong choruses in the moment

  • How to leverage emotion in your music to create a strong point of view

  • The basics of group numbers

  • The basics of on-the-spot harmonization

...and more!

This is a four week workshop, with dates running: 

  • Thursday, 11/8, 7pm-8:30pm

  • Thursday, 11/15, 7pm-8:30pm

  • **NO CLASS THURSDAY 11/22**

  • Thursday 11/29, 7pm-8:30pm

  • Thursday 12/16, 7pm-8:30pm

The workshop is fun, immersive and interactive...and the best part is, just about ANYONE can do this class! That's right, you don't have to consider yourself a singer to enjoy and learn the material. Improvised music rewards those with the guts to try...even if you don't have a lot of musical or improvisational experience.

(All that to say, some improv experience (on stage or completed classes) and familiarity with music and/or musicals will help you in this class, but is not necessary for registration.)

Spots are limited for this class, so sign up soon! 

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

sarah j storer improvised musical instructor

Sarah J Storer brings over 15 years of improv experience to the classroom. She originally studied with Cinublue Productions, and received further instruction from the legendary Chris Lane and MCTD's Jeff Gage. She is the Director of Improv Education for Hashtag Comedy, and created TBD: the Improvised Musical in 2015. She earned a diploma in piano performance in high school, and is a singer and songwriter with three original one-woman shows that debuted in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Sarah's goal in teaching is to help students discover "lightbulb moments" and gain confidence on stage through understanding and embracing their unique voice.

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Foundations of Speaking Accents
Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

Foundations of Speaking Accents

Ever wanted to know how to speak in a certain accent? Think you have your Sean Connery down, but would like to speak a passable Cockney? 

Whether you're a performer, entertainer, or just someone who likes to inject a little fun around the family dinner table, Foundations of Speaking Accents is a course that will teach you what you need to know to speak in authentic accents.

This course will introduce participants to foundational voice and speech skills for actors and performers (and at home entertainers!). The course will continually build upon information each week as participants transition from principles of speech and personal vocal awareness, to more advanced skills, such as accents and vocal extremes.

GOALS: By the end of this four week course, participants will...

  • Have a foundational understanding of the physical components of speech production.

  • Have greater awareness of individual voice and speech habits.

  • Expand their range of speech and voice skills for acting and performing with accents.

  • Understand the components that make up an accent and how to approach learning new accents, voice skills.

  • Begin to more seamlessly incorporate their vocal awareness into future acting, improv, and accent work.

CLASS HIGHLIGHTS!

  • This course will be physically active and engage participants with Knight-Thompson Speechwork and other other leading vocal training methodologies (please come to class dressed comfortably and ready to move).

  • Participants will get regular opportunities to combine new voice and speech skills to improv games and scenes.

  • During this course, participants will explore common accents that actors routinely encounter (ex - British (RP), Cockney, Irish, and American Southern)

**THIS IS A FOUR WEEK COURSE running on Tuesday evenings, 7-8:30 from October 30th through November 20th**

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

colton weiss harvard voice instructor

Colton Weiss is a local actor, voice & speech artist who is very excited to be back in Columbus! He recently returns to Cbus after living in Cambridge, MA for two years where he completed his master’s in voice & speech pedagogy with the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard University. During that time, Colton coached over fifteen different productions, taught college courses on accents/dialects, acting, voice and speech skills for actors, and trained with international artists from the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia. Favorite coaching credits include: Charlotte's Web (A.R.T./Dmitry Troyanovsky, dir.), Violet the Musical (A.R.T. @ Oberon/Sammi Cannold, dir.), The Owl Answers (Harvard University/David R. Gammons, dir.), and Kin (Tufts University/Barbara Grossman, dir.). He is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), and previously earned Bachelor of Arts degrees from The Ohio State University. Many thanks to #HashtagComedyColumbus for all their creative support! (Coltonweiss.com).

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Level One Kids Improv Classes, Fall Session
Sep
16
to Sep 17

Level One Kids Improv Classes, Fall Session

Use the principles of improv to hone and enhance stage presence, build confidence and teach the power of “yes!” for young performers.

In this workshop, kids will use improvisation skills and games to explore ideas together, create compelling characters and perform confidently – no script required!

Kids learn to:

  • Create truthful performances
  • Make strong choices
  • Hone stage presence techniques
  • Build confidence in individual and group ideas

The sixth week of this class includes a final showcase for parents, where kids will put on a fully improvised set that highlights what they’ve learned over the past five weeks.

When: Sundays, September 16-October 21, 11am-12pm

Where: Shadowbox Live

Who: Kids ages 8-13

Cost: $120 (20% off tuition for students who register before September 1)

Register today!

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Level Two Kids Improv Classes, Fall Session
Sep
16
12:00 PM12:00

Level Two Kids Improv Classes, Fall Session

Use the principles of improv to hone and enhance stage presence, build confidence and teach the power of “yes!” for young performers.

In this workshop, kids will continue to build on the skills they learned in Level One, including:

  • Advanced scene work
  • Advanced Improv games
  • Advanced stage techniques
  • Advanced group work

The sixth week of this class includes a final showcase for parents, where kids will put on a fully improvised set that highlights what they’ve learned over the past five weeks.

When: Sundays, September 16-October 21, 12pm-1pm

Where: Shadowbox Live

Who: Kids ages 8-13

Pre-requisite: Level One

Cost: $120 (20% off tuition for students who register before September 1)

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Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level Three (FALL 2018)
Sep
15
2:30 PM14:30

Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level Three (FALL 2018)

Building on the principles of Level One and Level Two, students will:

  • study advanced scenework
  • explore longform openers and forms
  • build real relationships and characters in the moment that can sustain story/dramatic arcs
  • find and leverage "game" in scenes
  • ...and more!

Pre-requisites: students must have completed Levels One and Two. However, some outside coursework may be considered in special circumstances. Message to learn more.

**This is a six week course running on Saturdays beginning 9/15 from 2:30-4:30.** A final class showcase will be held Thursday, 10/25 at ShadowboxLive's Backstage Bistro at 8pm. 

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Adult improv Comedy Classes, Level Two (FALL 2018)
Sep
15
12:00 PM12:00

Adult improv Comedy Classes, Level Two (FALL 2018)

Pre-requisite: Level One (Some outside course equivalents accepted. Message for more details.)

This Level Two improv course continues to build upon the foundations students learned in Level One, with added emphasis on: 

  • Layered scene work
  • Exploration of "game"
  • Finding the "truth in comedy"
  • Making compelling character choices

**This course is six weeks long, beginning 9/15 from 12-2.** Students will participate in a showcase at ShadowboxLive's Backstage Bistro on 10/25 at 8pm.

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Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level One (FALL 2018)
Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level One (FALL 2018)

In Hashtag Comedy's Level One six week improv class, students will: 

  • Learn the power of YES!
  • Explore the concept of "embracing their weird"
  • Develop confidence and stage presence (that translates far beyond the stage)
  • Study and learn improv concepts, theories and games
  • Discover how to connect with themselves and others with greater authenticity and ease

We welcome students of all levels, ages and occupations. Improv is a foundational life skill that sticks with you long after you've left the classroom or stage. In fact, we know it can make you a better boss, parent, co-worker, friend and human. 

***Classes run for six weeks on Saturdays beginning 9/15 from 10am-12pm.*** A final showcase will be held after class ends at ShadowboxLive's Backstage Bistro on 10/25 at 8pm.

Class registration is $200. Students who register before September 1 receive 20% off tuition.

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Accents and Dialects with Alex Lefeld (ages 16 and up)
Aug
11
12:00 PM12:00

Accents and Dialects with Alex Lefeld (ages 16 and up)

  • ShadowboxLive's Backstage Bistro (map)
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Learn new skills, have more fun!

That's right, it's all the fun of summer camp, but for adults, and with minimal time commitment!

In this course, improvisers and actors will gain knowledge and practice through researching and preparing dialects that are commonly used in dramatic texts, via the phonemic alphabet. Skills learned in this class help the actor become more versatile and rounded performer. Improvisers will also gain the ability to adapt methods learned in class to discovering new dialects and how to produce them.

In other words:

  • Learn the techniques needed to speak in Irish, British or other accents
  • Explore the phonetics of different accents and apply that knowledge to learn more accents on your own
  • Understand the difference between similar accents and how to transition easily between them

This course is both for improvisers and actors with a broad range of experience. So whether you're new to the game, or want to fine tune your repertoire, this class is for you!

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

alex lefeld accents and dialects.jpg

Alex Lefeld is an acting and improv veteran who has trained at Second City TC in Chicago, SAK Comedy in Orlando, and Co-Founded Fishbowl Improv at Ohio State University. Alex is a founding performer of TBD: the Improvised Musical and has formerly been a part of groups like Fake Bacon and Pocket Lint. Alex graduated with a BA in Theatre from OSU with specialized training in acting, movement, voice and improv. Alex is also an award winning actor whose students have gone on to sign with acting agencies in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City.

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Summer Camp Week Nine: Improvised Musical Intensive with Alex Dodge and Sarah J Storer
Aug
4
12:00 PM12:00

Summer Camp Week Nine: Improvised Musical Intensive with Alex Dodge and Sarah J Storer

If you've seen TBD: the Improvised Musical, or any of the other musical improv comedy around Columbus or on shows like "Whose Line is it Anyway?", you've seen that magic often happens when music and improv collide. On-the-spot stories and emotions brought to life with music add an element to a performance that audiences and performers alike, love.

In this improvised musical workshop, TBD: the Improvised Musical's creator, Sarah J Storer, and founding cast member, Alex Dodge, will work with students to learn and understand:

  • How to improvise music, create rhymes and build strong choruses in the moment
  • How to leverage music to enhance emotion and character
  • How to harness the power of group numbers, "I Want" songs and duets
  • How to create rich harmonies, in the moment
  • How to build strong characters that drive a sustainable narrative (even if you don't have a strong music background)

...and more!

This is a four hour workshop, with short breaks built in as necessary (please bring what you need to feel comfortable throughout the day, including water and/or snacks). Bring something to take notes.

Pre-requisites: Students should have taken at least one to two basic improv classes, or have at least one to two years equivalent performance experience. Some longform experience is preferred, but is not required.

Spots are limited for this class, so sign up soon! Group rates are available for existing troupes and teams...message for details.

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTORS

Sarah J Storer brings over 15 years of improv experience to the classroom. She originally studied with Cinublue Productions, and received further instruction from the legendary Chris Lane and MCTD's Jeff Gage. She is a founding member of Hashtag Comedy, created TBD: the Improvised Musical in 2015. She earned a diploma in piano performance in high school, and is a singer and songwriter with two original one-woman shows that debuted in 2016 and 2018. Sarah's goal in teaching is to help students discover "lightbulb moments" and gain confidence on stage through understanding and embracing their unique voice.

Alex Dodge is an improv veteran with experience performing and teaching all over the country, including Chicago, Detroit and Baltimore, MD. He is a founding member of TBD: the Improvised Musical and teaches improv to students at the Arts and College Preperatory Academy (ACPA).

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Summer Camp Week Eight: How to Write Anything with Erik Sternberger
Jul
28
10:00 AM10:00

Summer Camp Week Eight: How to Write Anything with Erik Sternberger

Have an idea burning a hole through the back of your brain, but not sure what it is? We’ll talk about how to let your idea tell you what it wants to be through a variety of forms*.

Want to write satire, like The Onion, a sketch like Saturday Night Live, a TV show like Fargo, or a movie like Fargo? Want to know how to edit so you don’t repeat yourself?

In this class we will explore how to write for each form, building the techniques that you need to get to your story quickly and skip from a first draft to a third draft saving you time, headache and self loathing.

Students will cover:

  • How to use your Point of View to drive your piece
  • Knowing what form of media your idea should take
  • Letting your characters drive the action, not the plot
  • Breaking down an example of article writing, sketch writing, a tv episode and a movie
  • Why you should watch terrible tv and movies
  • Why the end of the first GI Joe movie makes no sense. (Time Permitting)

The final hour of class will be spent workshopping ideas or current works in progress...so bring a project you've been working on!

*Except the Great American Novel. That already exists and is called “50 Shades of Grey”.

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

erik sternberger writer

Erik Sternberger started his career designing toys for DC Comics in New York and then spent a lucky 13 years working for various digital marketing agencies. Locally, MadLab Theatre staged his short play collection titled “, but it’s not about that.” as part of 2016's prestigious Roulette festival. He studied sketch writing and improv at the legendary Second City Chicago and his production company "Apathetic Revolutionary" creates comedy shorts and original scripts that have won awards at film festivals and contests around the country, including the final round of Sundance’s 2018 Writers Lab. Currently, Erik contributes to Funny or Die and writes satire for websites and literary journals, such as McSweeney’s Internet Tendencies.

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Summer Camp Week Seven: Social Magic with Erik Tait
Jul
21
12:00 PM12:00

Summer Camp Week Seven: Social Magic with Erik Tait

You think magic is cool, but you have no desire to disappear the Statue of Liberty, or live in a box above Time Square for seven days without food or water. 

You DO have a desire to occasionally impress your friends and family with your latest antics, which is why learning social magic can make you the most popular person at the bar, your next family dinner or at your annual friends' cookout. 

Join magician Erik Tait as you learn the art of close-up magic, and ways to use simple objects to fool a friend, a small group or your little cousins. 

Students should purchase and bring a deck of cards to class. All other materials will be provided. 

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

erik tait social magic

Erik Tait has won awards for both standup comedy and magic throughout North America. He graduated with honors from the prestigious Humber College Comedy Writing and Performance program, which means Erik can academically prove why he is hilarious. Beyond that, Erik is the only magician in the world with a degree in funny. He has put academic theory into practice on some of the most prestigious stages in the world, including The Magic Castle, Second City Toronto, and the Hollywood Improv. His client list has some of the most recognizable brands in the country including Honda, Macy’s, and Bark Box. Erik has also been featured on Sirius/XM radio, and his debut standup album, Nerd is the New Black, is available on iTunes.
 

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Summer Camp Week Six: Building Characters with Alex Dodge
Jul
14
12:00 PM12:00

Summer Camp Week Six: Building Characters with Alex Dodge

In this workshop students will explore ways to build characters that can develop in and across scenes.

Participants will create characters than sustain scenes, rather than serve as punch lines, and make characters develop and change without dropping what makes them who they are.

Students will also explore how to find games and patterns in scenes rooted in personal realization and development, rather than story or jokes, and how to turn those developments into a character arc without getting stuck in plot or story.

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

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Alex Dodge is an improv veteran with experience performing and teaching all over the country, including Chicago, Detroit and Baltimore, MD. He is a founding member of TBD: the Improvised Musical and teaches improv to students at the Arts and College Preperatory Academy (ACPA).

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Summer Camp Week Five: Finding Truth in Comedy
Jul
7
12:00 PM12:00

Summer Camp Week Five: Finding Truth in Comedy

The greatest improv scenes are the ones that feel honest, real and true...even if that scene is based in a ridiculous scenario. 

In Finding Truth in Comedy, students or troupes will hone their listening and support skills to find the heart of a scene, work together to create real, relatable and touching moments, and discover ways to act honestly even in the most bizarre situations. 

This course is for the improviser or team who wants to discover comedy that goes beyond the easy joke, how to find deep relationships that resonate and create sustainable moments that can heighten a short-form game or sustain a long-form set.

Students should have taken at least one improv class or have at least one year of improv performance experience.

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

sarah j storer improv classes

Sarah J Storer brings over 15 years of improv experience to the classroom. She originally studied with Cinublue Productions, and received further instruction from the legendary Chris Lane and MCTD's Jeff Gage. She is a founding member of Hashtag Comedy, created TBD: the Improvised Musical in 2015 and is currently showcasing her latest one-woman show. Sarah's goal in teaching is to help students discover "lightbulb moments" and gain confidence on stage through understanding and embracing their unique voice. 

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Summer Camp Week Four: The Art of the Roast with Bill Arrundale and Erik Tait (ages 18 and up)
Jun
23
12:00 PM12:00

Summer Camp Week Four: The Art of the Roast with Bill Arrundale and Erik Tait (ages 18 and up)

Learn new skills, have more fun!

That's right, it's all the fun of summer camp, but for adults, and with minimal time commitment!

If you love watching Comedy Central roasts, are a fan of a great zinger, or just want to give your grandparents an extra special 60th anniversary, The Art of the Roast is the course for you.

In this class, students will learn the fine art of writing the perfect roast joke (which walks the line of both tribute and condemnation), as well as the skills, tips and tricks to apply to all forms of joke writing (whether you're roasting or not). The best roast jokes are crisp, full of heat and elicit a good mix of laughs and gasps...so come learn how to put that devious mind of yours to work. It'll be just in time to celebrate your boss' big promotion*!

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTORS

bill arrundale comedian roast

Bill Arrundale is a nationally touring comedian and headliner who has appeared on MTV, and has been a featured writer for the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen, Joan Rivers, David Hasselhoff, and the up coming Bruce Willis roast. He knows the secret formula to roasting, like how to hit below the belt, cut deep and take no prisoners (all while making sure the guest of honor still feels, you know, honored). 

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Erik Tait has won awards for both standup comedy and magic throughout North America. He graduated with honors from the prestigious Humber College Comedy Writing and Performance program, which means Erik can academically prove why he is hilarious. Beyond that, Erik is the only magician in the world with a degree in funny. He has put academic theory into practice on some of the most prestigious stages in the world, including The Magic Castle, Second City Toronto, and the Hollywood Improv. His client list has some of the most recognizable brands in the country including Honda, Macy’s, and Bark Box. Erik has also been featured on Sirius/XM radio, and his debut standup album, Nerd is the New Black, is available on iTunes.

*we cannot be held responsible for how this turns out for you

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Summer Camp Week Two: Object Work and Scene Painting with Katie Lynn Drown (ages 18 and up)
Jun
9
12:00 PM12:00

Summer Camp Week Two: Object Work and Scene Painting with Katie Lynn Drown (ages 18 and up)

Learn new skills, have more fun!

That's right, it's all the fun of summer camp, but for adults, and with minimal time commitment!

This Saturday, learn how professional improvisers create and honor realistic scenes, environments and objects. Object work and scene painting is an important skill in improv, with the best improvisers and performers able to immerse the audience into fully realized settings.

Object work not only helps create setting, it also helps to build more cohesive characters. Overall, object work undeniably makes for stronger, better improv, in all its forms.

Whether you're new to the art of improv or a seasoned vet, this class is designed to augment your skills and ensure that your next set is full of extra magic.

Spots are limited. Register to claim yours today!

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

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Katie Drown is a member of local improv comedy groups TBD: the Improvised Musical and ROT, where you can catch her most weekends at ShadowboxLive's Backstage Bistro or The Nest Theater. Katie has been performing for audiences since she was four years old, and started her improv career at the Ohio State University in 2011. Katie wants to make the Columbus improv scene a more "object-work-friendly" community. Improve your improv this summer with Katie Drown!

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Summer Camp Week One: Intro to Magic with Magician Michael Kent (ages 12 and up)
Jun
2
12:00 PM12:00

Summer Camp Week One: Intro to Magic with Magician Michael Kent (ages 12 and up)

Learn new skills, have more fun!
That's right, it's all the fun of summer camp, but for adults, and with minimal time commitment! This Saturday, come learn the art of magic in this intro-level intensive with nationally touring magician Michael Kent. 

In this course, you'll learn some of the magic tricks the pros know, just in time to wow your friends at the bar, your family at your next backyard barbecue or your next date*.

Learn the basics of coin magic, card magic and how to make miracles with everyday objects. Then, get group and one-on-one coaching from your instructor, and whether you're a novice or want to sharpen up your sleight of hand, you'll leave knowing enough to trick your work's event planner into hiring you for the next Christmas party**.

Spots are limited, so sign up today! Class is open to ages 12 and up.
 

michael kent magic class

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:

A resident of Columbus, Ohio, Comedian and Magician Michael Kent gives the ancient art of magic a facelift with an irreverent and often satirical comedic spin. Michael spent his younger years learning magic to make friends and meet girls. After graduating from college, it became his job. Michael studied Communication, Linguistics and Theater at The Ohio State University and has studied at the world-famous Second City comedy theater in Chicago. He has performed for audiences all over the globe from The Magic Castle in Hollywood to US Troops serving overseas in 13 different countries. He’s been seen in hundreds of colleges all over the country in as many as 40 states in a single year, met lots of people, appeared on Penn and Teller's Fool Us — even wrote a book. After all this, he still feels like more of a Professional Smartass than a Magician.

*not recommended

**no guarantees

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