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Rites of Pagan Stagecraft w/ Matt Needles


Rites of Pagan Stagecraft w/ Matt Needles

Del Close, the godfather of our improv tradition, was a pagan who believed that an improv performance could take on the intensity and deep meaning of a ritual in which the performers become like gods onstage. But how do you reconcile that with the practical work of creating improv? In this workshop, we'll explore the outer reaches of group mind and how committing unconditionally to what's happening makes our performance stronger, sharper, and more focused. To the audience what we do looks like magic. What if we treated it like it was? 

Matt Needles is an Austin born comedian, writer, director, and a producer of Austin Sketch Fest. He performs regularly at ColdTowne Theater and has trained with notable comedians such as Kevin McDonald, Craig Cackowski, Mick Napier, and Rich Talarico. Matt's pilot script Research (with Ella Gale) was selected for the 2017 Blacklist in the Half Hour Television category and he has directed comedy shows at theaters across Austin including Heaven’s Gateway, I’m So Sorry, Chesterfield, I Am Sam, and Test Tube Babe. 

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