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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

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

Musical Improv (June 20-24)

Instructor: Caitlin Sweetlamb

You don’t need to be a great singer to take part in this intensive; you just need to have an open mind, a playful spirit, and a love of music. Over the course of one week, campers will learn and practice the art of making up songs (and dances) with a live musical improviser. We will cover topics such as rhyming, song structure, song styles, duets, short form singing games, and communicating with the musician as we experiment with this thrilling and gratifying form of improvisation. The process will culminate in a performance of a full-length, narrative, Broadway-style improvised musical in front of a live audience! **jazz hands!

The showcase for this will be 4:00-5:30 on Friday

Caitlin Sweetlamb is a longstanding member of Girls Girls Girls, Austin’s original all-female musical theater improvisation troupe. She has been performing in Austin since 2001 and coaching improv for the last four years at St. Stephen’s School, where she also is a full-time English teacher. Our musical accompanist on keyboard will be the phenomenal Tosin Awofeso, a pianist and musical director with extensive experience doing both improvised and scripted musical theater in the Austin area.

Process (July 11-15)

Instructor: Jeremy Sweetlamb

Teens improvising a “table read” during Process.

PROCESS is an original longform improv format invented for the purpose of mocking the theatrical process of putting on a scripted play. Each show goes through the “casting” of the show with a series of monologues, the “script’s” first table read, a rehearsal, and then the culminating opening night, all of which are completely improvised. Both the story of the play and the story of putting on the play are made up on the spot. It’s a perfect format for those with experience in the scripted world of theatre but works great and is easily grasped by those with no experience.

Jeremy Sweetlamb is an improv teacher, director, and actor of nearly 20 years who has studied and lived in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. He is a member of Austin’s 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.

Theater Sports (July 25-29)

Instructor: Jon Bolden

Theatresports is a classic improv format created by one of the fathers of improv himself, Keith Johnstone. In this format, you and your classmates will form two teams that compete head-to-head by issuing each other challenges games and scenes. The format pushes your improv in creative ways and builds strengths in the following areas:

– Working together with you and your peers
– Learning a variety of short games and scene setups
– Quickly creating characters and details with a fast pace
– Sportsmanship by competing in a friendly and supportive way

Jon Bolden is an instructor of Improvisation at The Hideout Theatre and the The Actor’s School (formerly the State Theatre School of Acting) in Austin, TX. He is an award-winning director of improvised productions and has taught workshops in Japan, Alaska, Canada, Washington DC, and Seattle.

Times, Dates, And Details

June 20 – 24
Musical Improv with Caitlin Sweetlamb
Mon – Fri, 1:00 – 5:00
July 11 – 15
Process with Jeremy Sweetlamb
Mon – Fri, 1:00 – 5:00
July 25 – 29
TheatreSports with Jon Bolden
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.