All classes are taught by Justin Peters and Kelly Buttermore.  Classes are held at the Countdown Theater space at 141 S. 5th St., Office West, Unit #2, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.


Duos Intensive: Two Is All You Need

In this one-day intensive, we will share our own methods for creating memorable and unique two-person shows. You’ll learn tips and techniques for meaningfully connecting with your partner from the start; for identifying and maximizing your scenic choices; for discovering information together rather than inventing it individually; and for using the environment to build and heighten your relationships. We’ll also work directly with your duo to help you sharpen your own unique format, both in concept and in execution. This class is open to existing duos of all levels of experience.

Dates: Saturday, February 25, 12:00-5:00 PM
Cost: $50
Minimum enrollment: 6 people
Maximum enrollment: 14 people


#restaurant

A recent Gallup poll has revealed that 50 percent of all improv scenes take place in restaurants. So why do these restaurant scenes all look pretty much the same? By sticking to stock restaurant scenarios – bad dates, sassy waitresses, incompetent chefs – we overlook opportunities to make more interesting choices. This workshop is exactly what it sounds like: two hours of improv scenes that take place exclusively in restaurants. You’ll learn to use a location to quickly establish stakes, and to activate, heighten, and sustain your emotional connection to your scene partner. We’ll cover the Grand Unified Theory of Funny Waiter Walk-ons. By the end, you’ll not only be on your way to the most interesting improv meals of your life, you’ll also be able to apply these principles to any location under the sun.

Date: Sunday, February 26, 12:00-2:00 PM
Cost: $25
Minimum enrollment: 6 people
Maximum enrollment: 14 people


The Female Gaze: Character Choices beyond Moms and Girlfriends

Very often, we’ll walk away from scenes knowing little about the characters we played other than “she was a woman” or “he was a man.” This is usually a sign that we’re making cartoonish or conventional choices in our scenework. In this workshop, we’ll introduce strategies for playing gender with greater authenticity and awareness, in a way that informs rather than defines your characters. Exercises will focus on playing gender with intelligence and integrity, discovering character traits rather than assigning them, and creating multifaceted and sustainable relationships that will allow your scenes to soar.

Date: Sunday, February 26, 3:00-5:00 PM
Cost: $25
Minimum enrollment: 6 people
Maximum enrollment: 14 people