We are so excited to be bringing three new workshops to GRIF 2017! The workshops give improvisors of any experience level a chance to brush up on their skills and learn some new ones. All workshops will be held Saturday, November 4th and are going to be taught by some amazing improv professionals. This year there won’t be any overlap in workshop times so those who want to attend all three will able to. Stay tuned for more information on buying tickets for individual workshops or a workshop pass which gets you into all three for a discounted price! Without further ado, here are the workshops offered this year:
Saturday 11/4 – 10 AM to 12 PM
Beyond Hamilton: A Musical Improv Workshop taught by Nelson Velazquez
Hip-hop has influenced everything from the radio to the TV to the big screen. It has also become part of the theatre scene as well! Learn the basics of what it takes to do improvised hip-hop from the streetz on up! We learn the fundamentals of building your rhyme catalog to putting together a cypher to going from scene into hip-hop in one dope workshop!
Nelson is currently an improv instructor at Crown Point Community Theatre. He is the founder and head musical director for Los Improviachis, the world’s only improvised mariachi band. He is responsible for directing/teaching/coaching both short-form & long-form musical improvisation from both the actors and musical directors point of view. He is a seasoned workshop leader, and has led workshops for a wide variety of people across the country.
Saturday 11/4 – 12 PM to 2 PM
Don’t Be Bulletproof taught by Jessica Landis
Improvisation means you can do, or be, anything. How do you make the “right” choice when there are infinite possibilities? This workshop will focus on making brave, interesting moves in your scenes that will surprise you and your audiences. Avoid the mundane! Never do the same date-at-a-restaurant scene again! Pick up the confidence that you will be okay no matter what happens next- and no matter who you are on stage with. As Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has said, being present in the moment can make you a better person and a better leader. Don’t you want to try it?
Jessica has been teaching improvisational theater classes at theaters in Chicago for over 10 years, including Gorilla Tango (now under new management), One Group Mind, and Theatre Momentum. She has also taught at the Champaign-Urbana festival at SoDo Theater. In the past few years she has also taught workshops on demand for independent improv teams. Jessica has a degree in theater direction and has directed scripted and sketch shows at Stage 773, MCL, and the Annoyance Theater in Chicago.
Saturday 11/4 – 2 PM to 4 PM
The Mind of Character taught by Mike McGettigan
Find the nuance of character and allow it to work for you. Let go of you “actor” brain and let your character do the thinking. Students will be focused on finding their individual way into a character allowing them to develop realistic and honest characters that are as easy to transform into as putting on a hat.
Mike McGettigan acts as Planet Ant Training Center Director, Instructor and a resident member of the The Planet Ant Improv Colony Home Team. A former instructor and performer of the Second City Detroit, McGettigan has over twenty years of performance experience and eleven years of student-centered teaching practice including other prominent institutions like the Detroit Creativity Project, YArts and GoComedy. His extensive training includes instruction from improv luminaries Keegan Michael Key, Michael Gellman, Carla and Craig Cackowski, and many more. He has earned multiple awards for his writing, directing, and acting prowess and has spent time working alongside notable Detroiters such as Tim Robinson, Sam Richardson and Marc Evan Jackson. McGettigan specializes in focusing his students’ on the hilarious side effects of honesty, connection and character.