Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Workshop

The universe began as infinitely small and yet remarkably dense. That's the way many of us feel about improvisation. It seems relatively simple, no lines to memorize, no blocking to follow. But soon we find ourselves overwhelmed with rules of play.

Jeff's workshop is the Big Bang, starting with the small and exploding into the ever expanding universe of improv, from the basics to long form to developing styles of your own.

Give yourself a day or a weekend.

You will participate in an intensive workshop and walk out with a new set of skills. You'll have a lot of fun and gain a new passion for your on stage experience.

Drawing on the work of his mentors Paul Sills and Del Close and his own study of Anne Bogart and Sanford Meisner, this workshop explores the core principles of improvisation techniques for performance.

Jeff Michalski has developed a unique approach to the work, synthesizing these influences to create a new and exciting style. He incorporates all the rules into three simple steps: Move, Read, Play.

You will always stay in a state of discovery. You will not be able to rely on your old tricks. You will renew your current skills and learn new ones.

*Heighten awareness in order to immediately discover the focus of the scene.

*Explore opportunities for creating a distinct language that is shared by the player and the audience, leading to a unique experience during each performance.

Jeff Michalski has worked as a director, producer and teacher with Dan Castellaneta, Ryan Stiles, Amy Sedaris, Mike Meyer, Chris Farley, Steve Colbert and many others.


"Take this workshop!

I'm a workshop addict and have taken many great workshops with some of
the most famous names in Improv. This workshop was game changing.
Just when I thought I had heard every perspective there was on improv,
Jeff and Meghan came in and gave me a set of tools that made my work
instantly funnier, better acted, and smarter. At the same time, it
made it easier, and for the first time made me really feel like the
improv I was doing was important art."

Dan Abrams--participant in Fall "Whole Ball of Wax" New York workshop

Read what some of these people have to say about working with Jeff.

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