TRAINING

2019 Training Schedule
Enrollment for Summer 2 is open!

Winter 2: Jan. 6 – Feb. 23
Spring: March 3 – April 20
Summer 1: May 5 – June 22
Summer 2: July 7 – Aug. 24
Fall: Sept. 8 – Oct. 26
Winter 1: Nov. 3 – Dec. 21

Training Center Holidays:
Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day

TRAINING

2019 Training Schedule
Enrollment for Summer 2 is open!

Winter 2: Jan. 6 – Feb. 23
Spring: March 3 – April 20
Summer 1: May 5 – June 22
Summer 2: July 7 – Aug. 24
Fall: Sept. 8 – Oct. 26
Winter 1: Nov. 3 – Dec. 21

Training Center Holidays:
Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day

Level One: Introduction to Improv
(No Prerequisite)

In this class we’ll focus on having fun, being spontaneous, and getting out of your own way, making choices and jumping in with the first thing that comes to mind.  Students will learn to work as an ensemble to create stories on stage together. This class includes a student showcase.

  • Getting to Know Each Other & Recess for Adults
  • Spontaneity
  • Telling a Story as a Group
  • Agreement
  • Listening & Responding
  • Creating an Environment on Stage
  • Creating a Character
  • Short Form Improv

Level Two: Introduction to Scene Work

Students will learn to create scenes using object work, agreement, and using specific dialogue to create a grounded base reality for their scenes. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of long form scene work with a focus on solid two person scenes. This class includes a student showcase. The prerequisite for this class is Level 1 or Improv for Anxiety 7-week course at Stomping Ground or completion of another improv training program.

  • Object Work & Environment
  • Establishing a Base Reality (Who What Where)
  • Creating character
  • Finding the why of the scene
  • Jumping & Justifying
  • Finding and Heightening the Game of the Scene

Level Three: Adding Emotion and Relationships

Students will refine and augment the skills and tools covered in Levels One and Two through exploration and heightening of emotional choices and adjustments. These techniques will help improvisers enrich relationships and develop fully-realized scenes with  characters who are fully invested in themselves, in one another, and their shared environments. This class includes a student showcase. The prerequisites for this class are Levels One and Two at Stomping Ground or completion of another comparable improv training program.

  • Showing – Instead of Telling – How You Feel About Your Base Reality
  • Affecting and Being Affected By Your Scene Partners
  • Using Object Work & Environment Interactions to Create Dynamic Stage Pictures
  • Finding Repeatable Behaviors to Define Character Perspectives
  • Exploring Scene Subtext: What is the Scene Truly About?
  • Basic Scene Edit Techniques

Level Four: Creating Characters in the Moment

As the nature of improvisation is creation on-the-fly, students will explore a number of techniques and exercises they can use towards the aspirational goal of character agility: being able to create various living-and-breathing characters – imbued with emotion, perspective, attitude, and physicality – onstage at a moment’s notice depending on what the scene and one’s scene partners need to move the narrative forward. Building on the emotional content work of the previous level, students will work to create characters with driving passions and objectives and learn to react honestly from these strong character choices. This class includes a student showcase. The prerequisites for this class are Levels One, Two, and Three at Stomping Ground or completion of another comparable improv training program.

  • Finding Character Physicality
  • Using Personal Spacework
  • Finding Your Character’s Obsession
  • Exploration of Status and Its Impact on Interactions
  • Free Association to Make Quick-Draw Character Choices
  • Using Edits to Connect Scenes Into Larger Pieces

Movement & Physicality for the Performer

Level 1
(No Prerequisite)

Overthinking every move you make on stage? Don’t know what to do with your hands? Get out of your head and into your body!

This course starts with the basics of grounded and controlled movement and progresses through different techniques and approaches toward character development that maximize storytelling through full, confident use of the body and breath.

The course will include explorations of Alexander, Chekhov, and Viewpoint Techniques, and will cover introductions to stage combat and basic falls, providing the student with a strong toolkit for future performances.

“All acting is physical acting.” – Anne Bogart

Level 2

In Movement Two, students will dive deeper into the techniques explored in Level One, with an increased emphasis on Physical Storytelling. They will build on the introduction of grounded techniques with clowning, mime, stage combat, acro-balance, and other approaches to movement that enhance and build dynamic physical performances. The end result will be a twenty-minute original movement piece devised by the class.

Intro to Comedy Writing
(No Prerequisite)

Students will learn joke structures for sketch, stand up, and beyond. These writing tools will help the students be able to generate original comedic material while finding their own, unique voice. There is no showcase at the end of this class.

  • Stand Up Jokes
  • Monologue Jokes
  • Storytelling
  • Sketch structures
  • Basic public speaking techniques
Basic Stand Up: “Getting on Stage” (No Prerequisite) Students will learn basic public speaking techniques and how to develop their own original comedic material, crafting a short set that they will then perform in a showcase at the Stomping Ground stage.
  • Brief History of Stand Up Comedy
  • Writing and Editing “Personal” Material – getting to the point and being memorable
  • Crafting showcase/open mic/audition/hosting sets – how to actually PERFORM your material, get noticed, and hopefully get some work
Advanced Standup (Prerequisite: Basic Standup) Students will continue the writing and performance processes learned in Level 1, learning to generate more material for themselves and how to take those first steps out beyond their local Comedy scenes. They will produce and promote their own showcase at the Stomping Ground stage.
  • Crafting longer sets for Feature and Headlining work
  • Career Opportunities in Stand Up (What to expect with Comedy Clubs, Corporate Shows, Cruise Ships, Colleges, etc)
  • Beyond Funny: Best practices for getting yourself booked

Basic Sketch: “The Process & Science of Comedy”
(No Prerequisite)

Students will be introduced to the process of creating an original sketch revue and various sketch structures.

  • Types of Sketches
  • Comedic Songwriting
  • The Writing Process
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