Improv Workshop - Anatomy of a Scene with Terry Catlett
Improv is not a spectator sport. There is a lot of work that needs to be done to put ourselves in a good position to succeed. This workshop focuses on the “Anatomy of a Scene”, analyzes some of the major obstacles that make building scenes difficult, and provides solutions for getting through the rough spots.
Do you force moves in scenes because of anxiety?
Do you find that even though you establish a relationship, it doesn't really help propel the scene?
Do you find it difficult to connect with your scene partner?
Are you in scenes that go absolutely nowhere?
In this workshop, we dissect four major parts of a scene:
>> The Anticipation - There are things that we do before a scene even starts that can make it very difficult to create, or help others create. We will discuss an improvising mindset that can help scenes get off to much better start.
>> The Initiation - The work has already begun before a word is spoken. Are we observant enough to see everything that is at our disposal? Are we maximizing the information given at the beginning of a scene? We will discuss tips to help create more with what is given.
>> The Connection - When scenes stagnate, it’s almost always a lack of investment on the part of the characters in the scene. We will work on the “why” and “how” of making things matter.
>> The Extension - We have worked hard and created a fun scene to play with. What now? We discuss some heightening and scene extending options for scenes.
In the workshop we'll discuss these parts of a scene, and put you through specialized drills to help with your technique in these areas. You'll be given personalized notes from your scenes to help your performance.
Terry Catlett has been performing and teaching in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for the past seven years. In that time, he has had the privilege of learning from, performing with, and teaching some of the Metroplexes’ finest performers. He performs in local shows weekly and has also participated in several national improv festivals; including the prestigious Chicago Improv Festival, the Del Close Marathon, and the Dallas Comedy Festival.
Terry loves improvisation, but his passion is teaching. His teaching goal is to instill a strong sense of fundamental skills in his students, while helping them to mold those skills to fit their natural performing style. He can currently be seen with local Dallas, TX favorite troupes Franzia, David & Terry, Release the Hounds, and the Award winning Ballast Point.
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