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Improv Fundamentals: Character

  • The Mopco Improv Theatre 10 North Jay Street Schenectady, NY, 12305 United States (map)

Class Dates: Mondays on February 11, 18, 25 March 4, 11, 18

Performance Date: Saturday, March 24th - 7:00 pm


Improv Fundamentals: Character

Teacher, surgeon, kid detective, cyborg, ostrich, Greek God, muffin...

How do improvisers bring such a wide range of interesting characters to the stage? You'll learn how!

Improvisors never know what roles they need to play until they're playing them. In this Fundamentals class, you will learn techniques to create full, complex characters and bring them to life in the moment. Expand and stretch yourself. Learn to develop characters through movement and simple suggestions. Find techniques to ground your work, in reality, play to the top of your intelligence, and discover the fascinating people inside your own head. Scripted actors will find this course a benefit to their work as well.

The Mopco Improv Fundamentals Wheel

Each of the four classes in the Fundamentals Wheel offers work on the core tenets of improv through a unique lens. The four classes are Environment, Character, Narrative, and Scene. These reflect basic skill areas that good improv demands, all using the same core principles. You can jump into the wheel at any point and you don't need to take them in any particular order.

Performance

Each Improv Fundamentals and Musical Improv 6-Week course each has a unique performance element that showcases the skills you focused on during the class. You'll be able to show off to your friends and family everything you've learned. The performance is not mandatory but we bet you'll want to take part. Participation is dependent on consistent attendance. The show is free for friends and family to attend. Students will receive a free ticket to the show following their performance and access to discounted tickets for their friends and family to purchase should they want to stay after the student showcase.

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

18. We offer youth classes for younger improvisers! Check out our mopco.org/classes to find a class.

How active are these classes?

Our classes can involve a good amount of physical activity but we can accommodate anyone who is looking to take a class. Our stage and theatre are both wheelchair accessible. Please email hey@mopco.org with any questions about accommodations for ability.

What is your policy on absences from class?

After two absences, students will not be able to participate in the performance at the end of the class.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Street parking is available on Union and N Jay street by our Theatre. Parking is available in the lot behind Perreca's as well as other public lots within a short walk of the theatre. The lot directly across from us is reserved for the Rossi & Ditorro Funeral Home and is not always available for parking. DO NOT park in the lot by JoJo’s Auto Service or you will be towed. Find out more and see a detailed map of parking options available to us here

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact us at hey@mopco.org for general inquiries or call us at (518) 577-6726

What's the refund policy?

Cancellations for a full refund must be made 7 days or more prior to the first class. Less than 7 days: Your place in the class is non-refundable unless we can get someone to fill your spot. 

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Please make sure we know who to expect in class.

Earlier Event: February 4
Monday Night Improv: Drop In Class