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SPRING 2017 ADULT CLASSES

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COMMERCIAL VOICE OVER WORKSHOPS

with David Brian Stuart, Corliss Preston and Engineer John Slywka

Ever been told you have a great "phone" voice?  Your significant other coos with affection when you whisper in their ear?  You like to mimic the characters in film or on cable? Your boss says to you, "Jenkins...you have a great voice...give that power point tomorrow at the team meeting!"?  To be a voice actor, you need some tools: a pliable, unique set of pipes, a will to learn and grow, and someone to help you develop your craft. Of course, as with any area of acting, your skills will need nurturing. Considering taking some voice over classes or workshops, one of these might just be the right fit.

 

     

TASTE OF VOICE OVER 

Cost $50

Saturday April 22, 1:00-3:00p

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$50.Saturday April 22, 1:00-3:00pm

Voice talent and recording engineer John Slywka, and voiceover artists and actors Corlis Preston and David Brian Stuart.

Get an inside look into the lucrative world of voiceover! Taste of Voice Over is an introduction for our students to “taste” specific techniques necessary for commercial and radio voice acting.

Experience a real world recording studio and on-microphone session.

Cost $50.

 

Cost $50.

BEGINNING VOICE OVER 

Cost $275

4 Weeks: 

Saturdays, 1-4pm

April 29, May 6, 13 & 20

 

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Voice talent and recording engineer John Slywka, and voiceover artists and actors Corlis Preston and David Brian Stuart. Students will explore techniques for microphone technique,  breaking down copy, the ins and outs of a recording studio and what clients are actually looking for in a voiceover casting.

By the end of the workshop, students will have real experience in a professional studio and be prepared take the next step in the training program,  Intermediate Voice Over,  which focuses on talent development, honing their voiceover technique, and learn more about the business of working in the industry . Four sessions of class will take place at RJR Studios-Vernon Hills.

Cost $275

 

 

INTERMEDIATE VOICE OVER 

Cost $395

6 Weeks:  TBA

This 6-week intensive is designed for those who have completed Beginning Voiceover, or have a voiceover demo and previous studio experience.  You will receive intensive training, nurturing your talents and guiding you toward the next step in creating content for marketing your voice over brand

 

ADVANCED VOICE OVER 

Cost $395

6 Weeks:  TBA 

6 weeks: TBA

Now that you have a foundation, or are coming out of a voice acting background, exercise your voiceover chops producing a take-away “reel” of your best work.  You will “work” on mic with coaching your strengths and receive real world advice on advancing your career in the “business.  Guest agents, engineers and successful artists will lend their insights throughout the term enabling you to take the leap into this lucrative industry based right of Chicago.

Required: Strong Voiceover Background and Intermediate Voiceover or equivalent training required.

 

IMPROV TRAINING:

Beginning Improv 101

$190/term

HP SUMMER

Tuesdays 7 -9pm

5/30 - 6/27

Highland Park Register Now!

 

LIB Summer Schedule

Monday 7-9pm

5/22-6/19

Libertyville Register Now!



This is the foundational “how to” of improvisation. Our instructors will coach you through the games and exercises that will get you thinking and reacting spontaneously, developing in “on-the-spot” improv, expressing your creativity, growing your self-esteem...plus you’ll have a ton of fun!  

Intermediate Improv 102

$190/term

 

Tuesday 7-9 pm

3/14 -4/25

Libertyville: Register Now

Summer Schedule

Monday 7-9pm

6/20 - 7/25

REG COMING SOON

 

Discover the dimensions of Characters inside yourself.  Exploration of goofy, theatrical, believable and “real world” character types is emphasized helping you overcome "the fear factor" and propelling your confidence to the next plane of performance improv and life skills!

Advanced Improv 103

$190/Term

Tuesdays 7-9 pm

5/16 - 6/13

Libertyville: Register Now

Summer Schedule

Wednesday 7-9pm

6/20 - 7/25

REG COMING SOON

This advanced level focuses on scene work, transitions in scenes, hosting games .  Moving past the gimmicks of game-based improv, Advanced Improv will challenge you to create memorable scenes and skillful shows and will introduce "finding the game" within your scenes.

Advanced Improv 104

$190/Term

Wednesdays 7:30 -9:30 pm
5/30 - 7/11 (no class 7/4)

Libertyville: Register Now



Character development and scene progression – Now that you understand the improv fundamentals, this level will give you time to practice and develop your skills in longer scenes while being introduced to scenic montages and longer form improv formats.  This is not a long-form class...this class builds upon skills moving toward and introduction of performance styles.

Performance Level 105

$190/term

Wednesdays 7:30 -9:30 pm

7/18 - 8/29

Libertyville: Register Now

The best way to get better at improv is to be in a group and get on stage and perform as much as possible.  105 and 106 cover individual performer strengths & weaknesses focused on with the goal of consistent improvement. Developing scene ideas, using improv to explore and refine them . Using and creating different forms that fit your group’s style.Having weekly rehearsals to get performance ready.  Learn existing forms like: LaRonde, The Harold,, Improvised Narrative,etc

 

Performance Level 106

$190/term

Thursdays 7-9 pm

TBA

Libertyville: Register Now

A hybrid show that culminates with an improv comedy revue.  This rehearsal level training will focus on producing and performing a show integrating all of the forms engaged throughout the training process. 

STAND UP COMEDY COURSES

 

BEGINNING STAND UP

$190/Term

SUMMER

MON 7 - 9pm

5/1 - 6/6

Libertyville: Registration Now

Week 1 - GENERAL COMEDY OVERVIEW: The big picture and where you fit in, realistic goals, putting together your personal plan of attack. 
Week 2 - JOKE WRITING FUNDAMENTALS: A nuts and bolts approach to creating funny material that works for you, writing exercises, insider's secrets.  How to write, rewrite, edit and organize your jokes into an order that packs the most punch lines.
Week 3 - PERFORMANCE FUNDAMENTALS:  Delivery, Timing and Rhythm: How to present yourself like a professional, developing good habits, proper stage and mic technique

Week 4- HOSTING: the importance of the host being clean, the importance of the host being likable, the host being able to bring a show “back”, the importance of the host knowing the other comics’ credits and credentials, the hosting role on the East Coast
Week 5 - SHOWCASING, NETWORKING and FOLLOW UP: open mics, the importance of being ready for showcasing, showcasing details and tips, networking with comedians, bookers, club owners, Facebook!, Email, call clubs.  Following up with comedians, bookers, and club owners. 

Week 6 - SHOWCASE: Yes...you want to perform doncha?!   You'll put up what you've created on stage for family and friends.  Loads of fun and an incredible experience that will build your confidence and keep you salivating for more!

INTERMEDIATE STAND-UP

$190/term

SUMMER

MON 7 - 9pm

6/20 - 7/25

Libertyville: Registration Now

Week 1 - REVIEWING THE CURRENT TRENDS AND STAND-UP FUNDAMENTALS
Week 2 - ADVANCED JOKE WRITING - MORE OF THE INSIDE SECRETS OF JOKE WRITING
: How to write, rewrite, edit and organize your jokes into an order that packs the most punch lines.
Week 3 - ADVANCED PERFORMING - MORE INSIDE SECRETS OF PROFESSIONALS: Everything on stage, from overcoming stage fright to dealing with hecklers and everything in between.
Week 4 - YOUR TOTAL PACKAGE: A personal review of your progress on stage and off from your act to your business skills.

Week 5 - REHEARSING YOUR TOTAL PACKAGE: Improv Playhouse Stand-Up students will rehearse new material.  Either this week or the week prior, they will have been an opportunity to experience an "open mike" night at a nearby venue.

Week 6 - SHOWCASE: Yes...you  STILL want to perform doncha?!   You'll put up what you've created on stage for family and friends AND Improv Playhouse family. 

DIGITAL FILM MAKING/ ACTING CLASSES

LIB: 101 Intro to Digital Film Making Technique

Libertyville: Register Now

 

SUMMER TBA

LIB: 102 Intermediate Digital Film Making Technique

SUMMER TBA

LIB: Taste of

On-Camera Acting

SUMMER TBA

LIB - SCENE 1

Monologues and Scene Study

Flex your acting muscles and refine your craft on a consistent basis. Learn how to connect to your material, make big, bold choices, and test your performance abilities in a safe and encouraging environment. Working on monologues, scenes and audition sides, you will discover your strengths and weaknesses with the help of a trained eye. Be ready to fine tune your skill set.

SUMMER TBA

STUDENT AGREEMENT: aka "The Fine Print"

1) I understand that upon confirmation a place is being held for me in class. Therefore, should I not attend, there will be no refund. 2) I agree to pay all tuition in full and on time as required by Improv Playhouse for all classes attended. 3) Tuition is non-transferable/non-refundable. 4) iP Students hereby save and hold harmless the Improv Playhouse and its instructors jointly, severally, or personally and each and every one of them from any act or acts and any and all claims or liabilities arising from participation in instructed classes and class performances inclusive of staged public performances. PRICING reflects the length of the session, number of classes and level of training. Minimum enrollment is 6 (six) students. MAKE UP POLICY: If a student misses a class there will be no make up classes due to the cohesive nature of our workshops and commitment to ensemble. Students may not come to a similar class on a different day to make up for missed classes. Classes may be cancelled due to inclement weather conditions and neither refund nor make up class will be offered. TRANSFERS may be made upon determination of skill level. Classes and levels may be consolidated and locations changed due to enrollment. We reserve the right to substitute instructors from our professional staff.

 
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