The iO Summer Intensive
July 15th – August 16th, 2013
Get through the first 5 levels of the iO improv training program in just 5 weeks!
Classes meet Monday through Thursday from 11am to 6pm (with a one-hour lunch break). The program culminates with a final performance on Friday, August 31st.
Week 1 – Level 1: Introduction to Improv
In this class you are introduced to all the fundamental skills of improvising, while improving your ability to listen and explore the power of building off of other people’s ideas. Level 1 is a survey of the entire program, exposing you to the elements of scene work and the various skills involved in creating well-acted, comedic improvisation.
Week 2 – Level 2: Character & Game
With the basics of listening and building off of other people’s ideas under your belt, you will now go far deeper into all aspects of creating and playing characters founded in strong points of view. You will learn how to identify, create and play comedic games in your scenes, as we break down the elements of a comedic improv scene, demystifying what goes into making a scene funny and its comedic characters believable.
Week 3 – Level 3: You
Building off of and advancing all of the skills from Levels 1 and 2, this class will help you figure out what your own comedic point of view is, what your instincts are as a performer, and how you can continue to stretch yourself and increase your versatility. We will focus on your strengths and weaknesses as a performer, and help you gain greater self-awareness by understanding what we all see when you walk into the room and onto the stage. We will do this while forwarding all of your skills as an actor/improviser: listening, building ideas, creating and playing characters, creating and playing comedic games, etc.
Week 4 – Level 4: Advanced Scene Work
Based on solid acting, character work and scenic game play, this level aims to vault you forward to high degrees of proficiency and consistency in all aspects of your scene work, building up the necessary skills to not just create rich comedic scenes that stand alone, but that can also serve as the main substance of a long form piece.
Week 5 – Level 5: Harold
You will learn all of the elements of the long form piece iO was founded on, The Harold, including openings, beat structure, non-scenic group games, organic group work, advanced support moves, and how to use variety and texture to create a show that explores an idea that the group creates together.
Week 1 – Level 1 – Teacher TBA (Monday, July 15th – Thursday, July 19th)
Week 2 – Level 2 – Teacher TBA (Monday, July 22th – Thursday, July 26th)
Week 3 – Level 3 – Teacher TBA (Monday, July 29th – Thursday, August 2nd)
Week 4 – Level 4 – Teacher TBA (Monday, August 5th – Thursday, August 9th)
Week 5 – Level 5 – Teacher TBA (Monday, August 12th – Thursday, August 16th)
Cost is $1400
Unfortunately, we cannot offer internships or work study programs for the summer intensive.
You may make a half payment by calling the training center to secure your spot, if you do not wish to pay the full amount online now. Any tuition payments are non refundable.
Interested? Want more information?
Please e-mail the Director of the Training Center, Mike Canale, at LAclasses@ioimprov.com or just call him at (323) 962-7560