ANDTheatre PWYC Improv Workshop With Scotty Watson
Tuesdays, 6-8 pm
In a studio in Mid-town Manhattan
I'd like to make sure you're not a ROBOT. Yup. That's been happening...
Please e-mail me at...
... and tell me a bit about yourself...
How did you hear about my workshops?
Where are you geographically?
What kind of improv performance experience do you have? Experience is not necessary, I just like to know.
What do you think is funny? You can tell me about TV shows or movies, or shows you've seen.
Now I should tell you about the workshop and see if you'll like it...
Nice is important. We get a real mixture of people from all walks of life and all ages because we're based in theatre, different from the improv comedy places like UCB or The PIT, where it can be a more "contemplative," game-style atmosphere.
It's a basic intro workshop. I teach what is sometimes called SlowProv. It's closer to an acting class than an improv comedy class. We de-emphasize narrative and clever lines and focus on character reactions and authentic responses. In a town like NYC, which is full of playwrights with clever ideas, I focus on the actors connecting onstage.
It tends to be funny, but I make sure people stay away from "jokes" and seek the humor in the situation.
All my workshops are stand-alone and ongoing. They’re not part of a semester of classes. I have a suggested donation of $15 but, coming from the theatre, we’re used to actors being broke. It's more important that you get to play.
If this all sounds good to you, we can set you up with a spot in the next Tuesday workshop. But if it sounds like a drag to you, let me know, and I'll hook you up with some of my many wonderful improv teacher friends. I know a lot of people who work in a lot of different styles.
PWYC = PAY WHAT YOU CAN
Suggested: $15 USD But seriously... only pay what you CAN! If you can't afford it, come anyway! It's more important that you get to play.
If you want to pay by cheque, please make it out to Artistic New Directions and mail it to 250 West 90th Street #15G, New York, NY 10024
You can bring cash or write a cheque and pay at the door.
Your safety, both physical & emotional, is the #1 priority.
Physically - Please know your own capabilities.
Emotionally - Improv is acting. A painter uses paint as their medium of expression to capture a moment on canvas. For actors, that medium of expression is emotion. Mostly our emotional experience will include fun stuff like…
But sometimes when we find the truth of the scene we might experience more difficult emotions like...
All acting classes or workshops ask you to work in the medium of emotions. Sometimes it’s difficult. Sometimes it brings up thoughts, memories and feelings from within yourself. Sometimes the emotions of others can trigger emotions in you.
That’s an actor’s job.
By taking these workshops you acknowledge that you are capable of accepting and processing your own emotions. You are acknowledging that acting workshops can present emotional challenges. You are also acknowledging that the workshop leader may guide you to authentically explore the emotion of the scene in a safe, respectful and responsible way. You are giving informed consent that you choose to work in this medium of emotions and that you accept responsibility for your own emotional health and well being.
If you are triggered and you can’t process your feelings or use them in your work, please remember that you can leave the workshop or take a break at any time.
If you feel it necessary to leave the workshop, please contact the instructor for a full refund.
Right To Refuse Service
For the safety & well-being of other participants and to preserve the safe-space feel of the workshops, I reserve the right to refuse service.