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BIPOC Improv Diagnostics



Improv Diagnostics: Identifying and Tackling Common Scene work Challenges
*A free workshop for BIPOC improvisers
with Alfred Chow
Sunday, August 13, 3-5:30pm (2.5 hours)


In this 2.5hr workshop, we delve deep into the intricacies of scene work in improv and equip you with the tools to overcome common challenges that improvisers face. Through a combination of exercises and group discussions, you will gain valuable insights into the most common stumbling blocks encountered in scene work. Examples include: “getting stuck” in a scene, when the flow of ideas seems to come to a halt and leaving you unsure of what to do next, the feeling of not being on the same page as your scene partner, and the pressure that often accompanies the beginning of scenes.

Participants are encouraged to email any questions they may have before the workshop, whether related to scene work, being on an improv team, show production, or any other aspect of improv. I will make it a priority to address these questions and provide answers during the workshop, ensuring that your specific inquiries are covered and that you leave with valuable insights tailored to your needs.

Alfred Chow is an improviser who calls Toronto home. He has performed internationally in cities such as Edinburgh (SCT), Chicago (USA), Uppsala (SWE), Oslo (NOR), Sydney (AUS), Brisbane (AUS), Baltimore (USA), Bangkok (THA), and Miami (USA). When in Toronto he produces and performs in the weekly show “All of us are Asian” and the monthly show “All of us are Naughty”. He has also performed with Bad Dog Theatre in shows such as “Close Quarters” and “Theatresports”. In 2023 his duo “Mahjong Mafia” outlasted 90 other teams to win “The World’s Biggest Improv Tournament”. Alfred is a teacher for the improv schools “The Assembly” and “Bad Dog Theatre”, has led corporate improv workshops, coaches half a dozen indie teams, and has taught workshops overseas. He has studied improv at world-renowned schools such as UCB, iO, and Groundlings Theater, and has worked with over 100 coaches during his improv career, including people such as Joe Bill, Dave Razowsky, Susan Messing, Jamie Moyer, and Will Hines.

Free to BIPOC improvisers* / 2.5 hours / Limited Space / Class is held at the Hideout Theatre downtown
*Please only register for a spot if you are certain you’ll be able to attend.