Scenework with Craig Uhlir
With Craig Uhlir
This class offers students more scenework with direct feedback and notes. This class will focus on scene creativity and we will run both short scene exercises and also longer length two person scenic explorations. Build better scene foundations and play into creating with your partner beyond the initiation. Strengthen your work and increase your personal satisfaction with the scenes you are in.
This class is for post iO graduate or students who have completed through level 3.
This elective is comprised of 8 classes.
Craig Uhlir has been learning/playing at iO since 1996. He was on teams with names like Varmit and Spank until becoming an early member of the house team Deep Schwa and later a member of the house team Valhalla. Craig still plays on Deep Schwa and following a six year run in the two man show Middle Age Comeback, he now plays every week with Prime. Craig toured with the Second City for over two years culminating with a tour of Kuwait and Iraq for the USO. Craig spent two years in Las Vegas performing for The Second City at the Flamingo, as well as teaching there too. Craig also played with ComedySportz Chicago in the 2000’s, and has hosted iO’s Jam on at least three separate stints starting all the way back in ‘97. Jam.
When: Saturdays from 3-6pm beginning March 7th
Where: 2nd Beat Room
How much: $250.00
How many: 16 maximum
Creating & Refining Solo Material
With Paul Thomas
Writing and performing solo comedy scenes is a craft. Unlike stand-up comedy, it’s easy to do because theater audiences are much more forgiving. Like stand-up comedy, it’s extremely hard to do well. If you lack killer written material for yourself, this class will get you going, plus it’s also a great start for a solo show. The class focuses on creating compelling characters, crafting structurally sound, multi-layered scenes, being a better actor, and performing with confidence and discipline.
Paul Thomas has performed his critically acclaimed solo sketch show Comedogenic or parts of it at the New York Sketch Comedy Festival, Chicago Sketchfest, iO Chicago, SketchfestNYC, the Public HouseTheater, Just For Laughs Chicago, and the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival. His epic web series Ped Crossing, based on one of his solo sketches, was featured by The Onion’s AV Club. Some of other his moving picture work has screened at the Just for Laughs Festivals in Montreal and Chicago, the L.A.
Comedy Shorts Festival, and the Chicago Comedy Film Festival, amongst others. Paul is also a stand-up comic, and is a cast member of Chicago Underground Comedy.
When: Sundays 12pm-3pm, beginning January 4th
Where: Opening Room
How much: $280.00
How many: 10 maximum
With Dave Asher
This class is good for anyone from the beginner who doesn’t feel comfortable singing to the expert who loves to sing. If your goal is to improve, you will. Exercises cover the range from group sonic explorations to solo songs, from rhyming choruses and choreography to truth in comedy with music. The focus is on applying the basic long form tools of agreement and group mind to the realm of music. This is a very organic connection. Finding the games of things, making patterns, keeping a rhythm, and supporting your teammate’s moves are essential to good improv and become even more relevant when the stakes are heightened to the point that music becomes necessary. Finding the truth in a moment brings even more rewards. There will be a performance night at the end of the eight-week session
When: Fridays, beginning March 6th 6:00pm – 8:00 pm
Where: The Opening Room
How much: $180.00
How many: 18 maximum