This summer I’m trying something quite different from what I’ve done in the past. I’m going to be teaching a new kind of intensive improv class. It’s an Improv Boot Camp, a training program designed to work specific skills, develop a powerful set of tools, and to practice them many times in different ways over a four week period.
Most summer intensive improv programs have a fairly broad spectrum of topics that they try to cover. If you are just starting out in improv and you are looking to get exposed to a lot of different ideas and try many exercises in a short period of time, you should look at those programs. Those programs can be quite stimulating. But they can also be overwhelming. So many great ideas, but far too few chances to practice them. Often the classes are too large, and you might only do an exercise once, on one day, never to try it again.
My program is for the improvisor who has some experience. They know the basics. They already have a notebook full of ideas and concepts. They enjoy improv, and they want to be great at it. What they need is practice, not another 20 exercises that they’ll only do once.
In Improv Boot Camp, we will be concentrating on fewer skills, but we will practice each skill many times over the course of four weeks.
Here’s how it will work. The first few days, we will be introducing and practicing a few base tools. As we move forward in the class, each day I will introduce something new to the mix and include repetitions of previous exercises. Often we will do variations or combinations of these exercises.
For instance, on the first day, we will probably cover 2 or 3 specific skills in depth. Spending about an hour on each one. On the second day, we will introduce 1 new skill and practice the things we learned on the first day. On the third day, we will introduce another new skill and do more practice of stuff from previous days, and so on. This along with the fact that there will be a maximum of 10 people in the class ensures that you will get many opportunities to practice each skill. You will be a better performer at the end of this program. In fact, you probably will be in the best improv shape of your life, and be far more confident on stage than you ever have been in the past.
If you have questions about this program, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.