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Teen Intensives

About the Intensive

Take a week to work on your improv and acting skills this summer. First we’ll cover the basics of improv acting, so you know how to walk on the stage with nothing and create worlds. Then we will get in there and work your scenes to make them as full and rich as possible. Including playing with character, timing, interactions, reactions, and narrative structure. By the end of the week you’ll be ready to take the stage in our own performance for your friends and family. And blow them away!

Visit our main Improv Summer Camp page for information on camps for younger children.

Teen Intensive Topics

New for 2014, each of our Teen Intensives will have a special topic, or improv format, that is used to focus the instruction.

Intro to Improv (June 23-27)

Instructor: Ruby Willmann

This is a fast paced exciting class that will work on the various games that make for fantastic performance. We’ll work on things like saying yes, building scenes, developing the story, embracing risk, and strengthening our creative muscles. This class creates a fun and supportive environment for kids to learn the basics of creating improv, story telling, and stagecraft.

Improvised Shakespeare (June 23-27)

Instructor: Andy Crouch

Improvised Shakespeare is collection of games and scenes using the language and storytelling of William Shakespeare.

This class will focus on:
- Exploring improv through the filter of one of the greatest writers of the English language
- Presenting games and scenes that aspire not just to comedy, but to theater and storytelling as well

The Movie Format (July 14-18)

Instructor: Asaf Ronen

The Movie Format (developed by the late Del Close) uses the vocabulary and techniques of film to create improv on the stage. The object is to unfold one sprawling narrative, often with multiple storylines sometimes discovering the genre along the way.

This class will focus on:
- New ways to use the stage to convey a new environment
- Initiating genre and letting the genre guide your story
- Leaning narrative in a way to focus on what is happening instead of what is coming next

Game of the Scene (July 28-Aug 1st)

Instructor: Emma Holder

This course will focus finding the “game” of the scene or what makes the funny or interesting. The class will also focus on heightening or making the game heightening that game. The objective of the course is to strengthen confidence, speed,and support in the players while teaching also teaching them some basic fundamentals of Chicago style long form improv.

This class will focus on:
- Identifying and playing the game of the scene
- Heightening the game of the scene 
- Listening and reacting as heightening 
- Character development as game

Times, Dates, And Details

June 23 – 27
Intro to Improv
Improvised Shakespeare

Mon – Fri, 8:30am – 12:30
Mon – Fri, 1:00 – 5:00
July 14 – 18
The Movie Format
Mon – Fri, 1:00 – 5:00
Jul 28 – Aug 1
Game of the Scene
Mon – Fri, 1:00 – 5:00

Cancellation Policy:

We understand that cancelations are sometimes necessary.

If you need to cancel anytime up until a week before the start of the camp you are registered for we will refund you the price you paid, minus a $25 administration fee.  If you want to transfer to another camp there will be no penalty.

If you cancel with less than one weeks notice, we will refund you half of the price you paid, or allow you to switch to another camp minus a $25 administration fee.

If you don’t show up or cancel after the start of the camp there will be no refund unless you have a doctors note, or other compelling emergency.  In these cases you will only be issued a credit of the amount you paid for another camp, or class at the Hideout Theatre minus a $25 administration fee.

All Cancelations should be in writing – email is preferred.