Forget What You Know
with Chuy Zarate
Wednesday, June 26, 7-9:30pm
Feel like your scenework is stagnating? Do you find yourself resting on what you know works in front of an audience for self-gratification? Do you get too far into your head when you are trying to build a simple scene? Do you get stuck in a whirlwind of bits that really serve no purpose in a scene? Too many times improvisers feel the need to be clever or witty on stage. It might be time to forget what you know and remember that there are simple building blocks to scene work. There is no better way to get out of your head and back into the scene than remembering the basics. We will wipe the slate clean. To be successful in the long scene, you need to be proficient at the short scene. By the end of this workshop, you should have a strong instinct for creating quick relationships and lasting scene premises. We will look at scene starts as the most important aspect of every scene. Your relationship-establishing “muscle memory” will take over and guide you to satisfying and creative scenes.
Estevan J. (Chuy) Zarate is an actor/director/coach from San Antonio TX who has been improvising for audiences for 29 years. He is a member of The Big Bash at The Hideout Theatre, The Known Wizards (Merlinworks faculty troupe), ¡Zarzamora! and more duos than he can count. He teaches all styles and formats and has a very eclectic tool belt to reach into. With specialties in improv singing and grounded/character-driven scenework, Chuy has coached hundreds of adults, kids, and teens to huge success.
$30 / 2.5 hours / Limited Space / **Class held at the Hideout Theatre (617 Congress Ave)