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51 minutes | Oct 22, 2019
Episode 57: Katy Schutte
Katy Schutte is one of the UK's original long-form improvisers. She performs and teaches all over the world, is head-teach for Hoopla and Co-Artistic Director for The Maydays in the UK. Katy has been one of The Maydays since 2004, she is half of legendary sci-fi improv duo Project2 and author of The Improviser's Way: A Longform Workbook, which is published by Nick Hern Books. A Funny Women finalist and both nominee and winner of the Brighton Festival Fringe Best Comedy Show award, Katy also starred in BAFTA winning online educational series History Bombs. Katy performs with Knightmare Live and makes her own work including Schutte the Unromantic and acclaimed semi-immersive folk horror play Let's Summon Demons. She is a contributing writer for Cards Against Humanity.
54 minutes | Sep 3, 2019
Episode 56: Chris Mead
Chris is a UK-based performer and theatre-maker who teaches and coaches improvisation in London. He has studied theatre at Royal Holloway College and improvisation at iO and The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago. He is the co-artistic director of The Nursery Theatre, a space in London dedicated to improv as a theatrical art form and a member of the internationally-renowned ensemble The Maydays, one half of sci-fi duo Project2 and recently co-founded Unmade Theatre Co. to pursue new projects as a director and performer. Chris hosts YesBot, a podcast about the theory and craft of improv.
18 minutes | Aug 7, 2019
Improv Teachers, Director's Edition, Episode 11
It's episode 11 and today I discuss expanding your community, growing your leadership team, and finding your management style. You can learn more at www.adlibcomedy.com and www.laurenhasthree.com
46 minutes | Aug 6, 2019
Episode 55: Andy Perkins
It's Tuesday and ... Andy began teaching as a graduate student while pursuing his MFA in acting at Purdue. While there, he designed and taught a semester long foundational improv course. Since then, he has moved back to Kansas City, Missouri where he teaches acting and improvisation for multiple theatre companies including the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, the Coterie Theatre, the KC Improv Company, and his own independent workshops. He has also taught for Avila, Park, and Purdue University as an adjunct professor, and has traveled to teach improv for OKC Improv, ComedySportz Buffalo, the Detroit Improv Festival, the San Diego Improv Festival, Trill Comedy Festival in Houston, and workshops in Chelan, Washington. Andy also is the host of the podcast MCWho? and you can find that at https://buff.ly/2yELWDI
44 minutes | Jul 9, 2019
Episode 54: Lauren Esposito
It's Tuesday and... Lauren Esposito is our guest! Lauren Esposito is a teacher and performer with the Syracuse Improv Collective in Syracuse, NY. She performs regularly with resident teams Susan Be Anything and Heavy Metal Heat Wave. Lauren has been improvising since 2009 and started teaching improv in 2012. Her training as an improv teacher first began at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. She has studied with improv teachers at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and the Magnet Theater. She has performed at improv festivals in NYC, Central NY, and the Northeast. Lauren has taught improv workshops at Syracuse University, Stony Brook University, and will be teaching at Marywood University in the fall of 2019. She enjoys helping others use improv to improve communication and leadership through college classes, corporate workshops, and professional development with high school teachers.
49 minutes | Jun 4, 2019
Improv Teachers: Episode 53, Megan Gray
It's Tuesday and ... Megan Gray is this month's guest! Megan is the former Artistic Director of the Magnet Theater, a writer, performer, and native New Yorker. She has performed with Second City aboard the NCL Gem and was a member of Magnet's longest-running resident team "Junior Varsity." She can be seen in such notable shows as "The Armando Diaz Experience" and "The Cast." Megan also produces and hosts the monthly all-women and non-binary improv show "Hearts & Stars." In addition to teaching Level One, Level Four: Busy Town and electives, Megan has taught improvisation at C.W. Post University, Brookdale Community College, Fairfield University, Columbia Business School and festivals and companies around the country. She has studied improv at the Magnet and the UCB Theatre with Armando Diaz, Kevin Dorff, Christina Gausas, Dave Pasquesi, TJ Jagodowski, Jean Villepique, Joe Bill, Dave Razowsky, and many others. Megan graduated with a degree in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and has written for MTV2 and Comedy Central online. She has appeared on "Broad City," "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" and "Late Show With David Letterman." In her spare time, she travels the world performing improv with Magnet Theater's Touring Company and teaches yoga. In conclusion, you're all doing great.
3 minutes | May 27, 2019
Improv Teachers Quick Take #16, Watching Shows
Quick Take 16 in podcast form! This week it's about encouraging your students to see shows. Watching improv is an important element of the learning process. To learn more visit www.laurenhasthree.com
4 minutes | May 21, 2019
Improv Teachers Quick Take #15, Building Trust
Quick Take 15 has arrived! Today we explore how to build trust in the classroom. Without trust, students cannot grow or explore new territory. It is up to us, the teacher, to provide a place where trust is fostered, created, and nurtured. To learn more visit www.laurenhasthree.com
4 minutes | May 14, 2019
Improv Teachers Quick Take #14, Giving Notes
Quick Take #14 is all about giving notes! How many notes should be given after a scene, set, or exercise? It's a balancing act and important for the improv classroom experience. To learn more visit www.laurenhasthree.com
3 minutes | May 14, 2019
Improv Teachers Quick Take #13, Differentiation Of Notes
Welcome to Quick Takes! Let's explore improv teaching tools that help you in the classroom. This week it's about differentiation of your notes. No one student is the same and our notes should reflect this. From a beginner to an advanced student, our approach has to be tailored for the student's needs. By differentiating our notes you can increase student engagement, increase self-awareness, help the student develop a deeper understanding, and inspire a love of learning! To learn more visit www.laurenhasthree.com
49 minutes | May 7, 2019
Improv Teachers Episode 52 Rick Andrews
It's Tuesday and ... Rick Andrews is our guest! Find us on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and Google To learn more visit www.laurenhasthree.com or www.adlibcomedy.com Rick Andrews is a teacher and performer at The Magnet Theater and has been studying, performing, and teaching improvisation since 1999. He began improvising with Improv Boston and continued with a stint in Saint Louis, MO. He has been fortunate to learn from many improv greats, including Armando Diaz, Ed Herbstman, Joe Bill, Mark Sutton, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Will Luera, Jill Bernard, and more. Rick has taught workshops at improv festivals across the country, including the Boston Improv Festival, Baltimore Improv Festival, Black Box Atlanta, and many more. He co-produces Duofest, an annual festival of improv duos in Philly, PA. He has taught improvisation to people as old as 75 and as young as 6 and has done workshops for production companies and zoos alike. He enjoys running, putting words on pages, thinking about the brain, and he loves improv more than anything.
4 minutes | Apr 29, 2019
Improv Teachers Quick Take #12, Expectations!
Welcome to Quick Takes! Today we discuss setting up expectations in the classroom. This is an essential piece of the improv classroom. Expectations help students feel safe and comfortable to explore, fail, grow, and learn. To learn more: www.laurenhasthree.com www.adlibcomedy.com
4 minutes | Apr 22, 2019
Quick Take 11: The Socratic Method
Today it's all about the Socratic Method. Learn what it is and how to implement it in your improv classroom. Here are some extras as you learn about this approach: www.laurenhasthree.com www.adlibcomedy.com http://www.umich.edu/~elements/probsolv/strategy/cthinking.htm
3 minutes | Apr 17, 2019
Improv Teachers Quick Take #10
It's episode 10 of Improv Teachers: Quick Takes. You can find more on YouTube at https://youtu.be/kAGcT5U8PYI. In this episode, I discuss impact vs intention and how to use it for the improv classroom! Visit www.laurenhasthree.com to find all our the episodes and stay up to date on the latest Improv Teachers news!
42 minutes | Apr 16, 2019
Improv Teachers: Episode 51, Jocelyn Hillen
It's Tuesday and Jocelyn Hillen is our guest! Jocelyn Hillen is a Pittsburgh native who had her first brush with theater life at a traumatic audition for the Mickey Mouse Club in 1992. She went on to earn a BFA in acting from The University of the Arts and has acted in numerous theatrical productions, including several short films. She performs regularly in Pittsburgh at Arcade Comedy Theater, Steel City Improv Theater, and Unplanned Comedy. She’s been performing, coaching and teaching long-form improv for 6 years. She will never forget that she didn’t make it as a Mouseketeer.
3 minutes | Apr 9, 2019
Improv Teachers Quick Take #9
This week's Quick Take is about using the 5 whys to get your student to understand and learn in the classroom. You can find more at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEY-RrCfr5I1EJ8nMmeEQOQ?view_as=subscriber
58 minutes | Apr 2, 2019
Improv Teachers: Episode 50, Andel Sudik
It's Tuesday and ... Andel Sudik is our guest! Andel was born and raised in Santa Clarita, California. She spent her winters and summers on her family’s farm in Nebraska near Wahoo and moved to Chicago right after high school. She has performed all over the US with The Second City Touring Company and all over Europe with Boom Chicago. She lived in Amsterdam for two years and Arizona for two months among other random places. She has been performing and teaching sketch comedy and improvisation for the last 10 years. Check out her website https://www.yesandel.com/
3 minutes | Apr 1, 2019
Improv Teachers Quick Take #8
In this episode, we discuss Mel Robbin's 5-second rule and how it can be applied to improv!
10 minutes | Apr 1, 2019
The Improv Teachers Director's Edition, Ep 12
In this episode, host Lauren Morris discusses keeping teams motivated, hard notes, when to apologize for putting your foot in your mouth and being transparent.
3 minutes | Mar 25, 2019
Improv Teachers Quick Take #7
This week we are going to start our multi-part series on Bloom's Taxonomy. There are 6 parts: Remember Understand Apply Analyze Evaluate Create This week we wrap it up with evaluating and creating! https://www.soundcloud.com/improvteac... https://www.laurenhasthree.com https://www.adlibcomedy.com
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