This event has been cancelled due to Covid in our community. We will be back next year in September!
Our BAD Improv festival is a crash course in the ESSENTIALS of Improv.
Below is a festival schedule and breakdown list of our featured workshops.
Sarah Marie Curry, Rob Yoho and Shannon Stott lead the classes and conclude the festival with a performance with the B.A.D Improv team September 18 in the Brooks and Bates Theatre.
Register below by clicking one of the two options for classes. If you choose the One Class Drop In, you'll need to email [email protected] to let her know what time/class you'll be taking on Saturday.
BAD WITH THE BASICS
Improv can be fun, and silly and wacky…..but there are RULES! This workshop establishes the foundation of what it takes to create a successful scene. We will cover “yes and”, how to pantomime and use the fourth wall, and other tips and tricks for creating characters and scenarios on the fly.
SHORT FORM IMPROV
Short form operates on isolated suggestions or prompts, much like a game. This workshop will focus on producing 3-4 minute scenes emphasizing characters, epiphanies, and creating rising and falling action within a short scenario.
LONG FORM IMPROV
Instead of breaking up a show with lots of suggestions, long-form takes just one suggestion at the start and uses that to trigger multiple scenes that connect together and can jump through time and space. Our Long Form workshop will teach the skills of building upon a scene to create a long, cohesive story.
This class will teach you to apply the rules of improv…IN SONG FORM. Learn how to break down the structure in the song and change, build, and adapt to the music.
THE BIG BAD IMPROV PACKAGE- $125
This package includes the entire workshop series listed in the schedule below. It is a whopping 7 hours of unbelievably fun classes. All Saturday workshops taught by our guests artists from Austin (see their bios below.) This price also includes a ticket to the BAD Improv show on Saturday at 8pm in the Brooks and Bates. The show will feature our 3 improv guest artists, Sarah Marie, Ron and Shannon.
PURCHASE THE BIG BAD IMPROV PACKAGE
THE ONE BAD DROP IN CLASS- $35
This is a one class drop in. You are welcome to join us for all the fun during one fo the listed times below (11am, 1pm or 3pm). This does not include a show ticket, but you are welcome to purchase a ticket that evening if you'd like to stay for the show. If you choose this option, please email [email protected] to let her know what time/class you'll be taking on Saturday.
PURCASE THE BAD DROP IN CLASS
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
6:30-9pm- BAD with the Basics
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 18
10AM-11AM- Warm ups and Games
11AM-12:30PM - WORKSHOPS: Choose (1) Shortform (2) Longform or (3) Musical
12:30PM-1PM- Games/Concessions break (bring $ for snacks!)
1PM-2:30PM- WORKSHOPS: Choose (1) Shortform (2) Longform or (3) Musical
2:30PM-3PM- Improv Games/Concessions Break
3PM-4:30PM WORKSHOPS: Choose (1) Shortform (2) Longform or (3) Musical
8PM-10PM- BAD IMPROV WITH SPECIAL GUESTS in Brooks and Bates Theatre
About The Instructors
Sarah Marie Curry has been an actor and working artist for over a decade. On stage she has been called “hilarious” “fierce” “truly exceptional” and is a local Austin, Texas award winner for Outstanding Lead Actress in multiple productions over the years. She was a proud member of the award winning troupe: Girls Girls Girls Improvised Musicals for 8 years and currently stars as one half of dramatic improv duo Cascade, also nominated for a Outstanding Improv Troupe. When not performing, Sarah Marie is a passionate director of improvised narrative productions such as Risen: Improvised Stories in World War Z and Tarantula: Dynamic Dreamlike Improv. She has studied with Mick Napier, Craig Cackowski, Todd Stashwick, Laura Hall and interactive visionary Jeff Wirth.
Rob Yoho fell in love with improv at age 19, and as you can tell from the length of his beard, that was a while ago. Today, he's an improv teacher, director, and actor residing in Austin, TX. His latest original project was the half-theatre, half-giant party game Mental Blocks, and he's currently writing new material for a second run. Ask him about it, he'll talk your ear off. He teaches improv classes at The Hideout Theatre and Fallout Theater and directed The Kindness of Strangers: Improvised Tennessee Williams Plays at the former. He has received B. Iden Payne Award nominations for directing, acting, and fight choreography, and other favorite credits include The Hideout Theatre's 48 Hour Improv Marathon, For Time & Eternity: The Secret History of Mormonism's Elect Lady and Her Sister Wives, Matthew McConaughey Versus The Devil, and Heavens Mr. Darcy: Improvised Jane Austen Erotica. MFA in Directing, Baylor University.
Shannon Stott, Creator and Director of Improv | On and Off the Stage, is an Improvisor based in Austin, TX. She has been performing and teaching Improv and its benefits to theater students and corporate clients since 2001. Shannon utilizes Improv as a tool to change lives both on and off the stage, encouraging her students to carry these tools into their theaters, workplaces and homes.