Introduction to Improv Comedy: Block 3
Instructor: Vincent Tropea
Location: Lander Art Center
Dates: Thursday, March 17th: 6pm - 8pm and Saturday, March 19th: 3pm - 4pm
Block Class Fee: $50
Class is open to students age 14 and up.
Notes: Mask protocol concerning Covid-19 will remain in place until further notice. Meanwhile, there is potential for consensual physical contact during games and Improv technique participation.
Class Supplies: Students have the option to purchase the book Truth in Comedy by Del Close to follow along and take a deeper dive. The instructor, Vincent Tropea, will share excerpts and ideas from the text throughout the series. Purchase of the text is to be handled independently by the student and will not be facilitated by the Lander Art Center.
Week Three - Block 3: Long Form Improvisation
In Block 3, connect the dots! Combine the games you learned in Short Form to create actual, performance based, scenes with a beginning, middle, and end. Still spontaneous, yet a slightly deeper dive into interconnectivity in Improv. Hone the skills of listening, agreement, character, emotion, and commitment, and enjoy the ride!
On Thursday this week, prepare to learn and play.On Saturday, gather for an hour of uninterrupted performance (without an audience) with some time for discussion and reflection.
About your Instructor: Vincent Tropea is a 12 year Lander resident, and current reporter for County 10 News/host of 1330 KOVE AM - 107.7 FM’s morning radio show Coffee Time. Before Vincent became a reporter and radio show host, he was an educator here in Lander for 5 years, as well as an off and on bartender/pub trivia host. While in college, where he was also a head writer for a student-run/weekly/live sketch comedy TV series.
Vincent performed improv comedy alongside folks who went on to star on Saturday Night Live, perform on Comedy Central, and write for a number of still on-air comedy TV shows. Vincent has also been a standup comedian since college, and currently performs every month for Homebrewed Comedy Night at Tony's Pizza. He's excited to combine all of these learned skills from over the years to teach those who are interested in the art of improvisational comedy.
Not only will you have a blast, make friends, get silly, and take some healthy steps out of your comfort zone ... you will also learn how to talk, speak, and perform in the momentunscripted with a comedic angle.
Improv permeates all realms of life. You will undoubtedly discover aspects of your own social and conversational fluidity. Improv not only encourages a more comedic perspective, it also has the potential to shift the practitioner's perspective from "Yes... but..." to "Yes, AND..."ultimately resulting in greater finesse (and more breathing room) for navigating day to day life.