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Own the stage, make a scene, and learn how to say “yes and” with unbridled enthusiasm! In this workshop, Young Improvisers will go on a week-long journey of funny, culminating in a live performance. We’ll begin with the basics of scene-work, learn to establish the “who, what, and where” of the scene quickly and efficiently, practice object work and stage picture, and, most importantly, play pretend.
In this improv intensive, students will be practicing how to perform at the top of their intelligence, active listening, and support moves. They will learn to be themselves on stage and to embrace the discomfort of silence! They will learn to find the funny instead of searching for jokes and fishing for laughs. We will focus on agreement (not saying “no” to your scene partner), relationships, and run several full-length shows before we take our group to a live audience at the end-of-week Friday night campus show.
This is a class made for everyone. We will all be starting from zero. We will build up trust as a group, get to know one another, and treat each other’s ideas, no matter how silly, like gold.
About the Young Artists Program: Young Artists’ days are comprised of both classroom and field/location work: lectures and critiques, demonstrations, shooting, editing, writing, computer workflow and/or darkroom work, depending on the workshop. All instructors are talented industry professionals as well as experienced educators, and each works with a teaching assistant, providing additional support for their class. The students are busy all day and into the mid-evening hours, attending presentations from visiting master faculty. All Young Artists reside at a nearby residence (a motel-style building, with four students to a room, gender specific, and private bath) located 3/4 of a mile from campus. The property is controlled by Maine Media Workshops and is used exclusively by students and their counselors. Students are shuttled to the main campus each morning for breakfast and to begin their day, and are driven back at the end of the each day, following their last class or other scheduled activity. All meals are taken together. Parents can indicate any special dietary needs upon registration. Counselors supervise the students 24 hours a day, and help make group decisions about weekend activities like swimming, bowling and hiking. Coin laundry facilities are available on campus. A lobster dinner is served (there are other choices) on the last Friday night of each workshop, and all Workshops students gather for an evening presentation of highlights from the week’s work. Parents are welcome to attend and meal tickets may be purchased in the Registration Office.
We recommend students have access to $75/week for incidentals, snacks, movies, field trips etc.
Check-in is on Sunday, between 3 and 6 PM and departure is on Saturday morning.
Tuition Note: includes room and board
Students may request a transcript be sent to their high school for possible credit.
Image Credits: Devin Altobello, Amanda Piela, Header Image Credit: Darcy Aders
Instructor: Becky Goodman
Becky Goodman is a native New Yorker and a kid inside. She discovered improvisational comedy after teaching Latin at a New York City private school and decided to take a class to scratch a creative itch. She has been in love with improv and live performance ever since. She has studied improv comedy at The Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater and The Peoples Improv Theater in New York City and has also studied acting at The Barrow Group Theater. She performs weekly at the Peoples Improv Theater. One of Becky’s improvisational comedy groups, Your Favorite Ex-Girlfriends, performed at this year’s “She Makes Me Laugh Festival”, and Becky’s one-woman musical comedy show debuted at NYC’s Solo Comedy festival.