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Acting Chops


ACTING CHOPS for Improvisation
with Jeremy Sweetlamb
Saturdays 2-5pm, July 9, 23, 30 and August 6 (skipping July 16)

Too often the improviser neglects the theatrical aspects of improvising. ACTING CHOPS is designed to focus on acting technique and how it can strengthen and expand an improviser’s theatricality in shows. We’ll work on things like body movement and control (what your body is communicating about a scene or character), voice, stage presence, internal character stuff (motivations, objectives, histories), playwriting (scene and dramatic structure), directing scripted scenes, controlling audience focus, genre, and more. We will be working with text a lot more than the avg. imp is used to, then transferring what we’ve discovered to our improv work. Students can expect to come out on the other side with a better understanding of themselves as acting improvisers in the environment of the stage.

“CHOPS” is taught by Jeremy Sweetlamb, an improv/theatre teacher, improv/theatre director, and improv/theatre actor of nearly 20 years who has studied and lived in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. A native of Austin, he is a member of the legendary Available Cupholders and recently retired as the Founder and Executive Producer of the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival after 14 years. He is the Director of middle school theatre at St. Stephens Episcopal School and will be directing a revived run of ‘Process’ at the Hideout in July and August, 2016.

$150 / Four weeks, three hours each week / Limited Space / Class is held at the brand new Hideout Studios at 2505 E 6th St, Unit 3C