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Introduction to Improv Comedy: BLOCK 2

  • 10 Mar 2022
  • (MST)
  • 12 Mar 2022
  • (MST)
  • 2 sessions
  • 10 Mar 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (MST)
  • 12 Mar 2022, 3:00 PM 4:00 PM (MST)
  • Lander Art Center 258 Main Street
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Introduction to Improv Comedy: Block 2

Instructor: Vincent Tropea

Location: Lander Art Center

Dates: Thursday, March 10th: 6pm - 8pm and Saturday, March 12th: 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 Two - Block 2: Short Form Improvisation

In Block 2, Vincent will teach the basics of Short Form Improvisation through interactive games and techniques. (Think: Whose Line is it Anyway?) Students (actors!) create spontaneous comedy with the help of preset scenarios or games. (If you've ever played charades or made up a song on the fly...that's short-form improv comedy!) 

These games and scenarios are practice and experience the skills needed to build up to Long Form improvisation (Week Three) like listening, agreement, character, emotion, commitment, and more — through inclusive, quick, and snappy sets.

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.

Why Improv?
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. 

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