Workshops

Registration will occur via the Comedy Café Berlin Training School website

Wednesday, June 26th

Intro to Hip Hop Improv

with Katy Berry
Wednesday June 26th, 1:15pm – 4:15pm
Comedy Café Berlin

Want to take your musical improv to the next level? This intro workshop teaches you the fundamentals of hip hop improv, emphasizing the importance of listening, confidence, movement, and dropping hooks.

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Slow It Down

with Jon Bander
Wednesday June 26th, 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Comedy Café Berlin

Stop trying to go faster! If you wanna be funnier, take it slow. In this workshop, we will focus on playing specifically for longer scenes, even monoscenes. We’ll hone our listening, patience, grounding and endowment skills to create satisfying, hilarious and nuanced work that doesn’t have to be edited after a minute or two. We will also look at object and space work, and discuss best practices regarding entrances and pacing. You’ll leave this workshop with all the tools to create longer scenes that really kick into high gear! By which I mean a patient, steadily-building gear.

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Thursday, June 27th

Improv for On-Camera Auditioning

with Patrick Noth
Thursday June 27, 1:15pm – 4:15pm
Comedy Café Berlin

As semi-scripted TV shows and films become more popular, actors need to prepare themselves for situations with no preparation. In this workshop you’ll get a crash-course in long-form improvisation, and connecting these skills to on-camera acting.

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The Power of Character

with Devin Bockrath
Thursday June 27th, 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Comedy Café Berlin

“The Power of Character” focuses on celebrating the unique voice of every performer and aims to unlock the range of characters within everyone. We explore the power of strong emotional choices, externals, and the use of object work and environment to build a character with clear points of view and patterns of behavior. This workshop is for anyone who feels stuck, rusty, bored, or simply in need of a refresher on the core strategies of great scene work.

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Friday, June 28th

Group Ownership

with Patrick Noth
Friday June 28th, 2:15pm – 5:15pm
Comedy Café Berlin

The focus of this workshop is hyper agreement! Learning how to really say YES in the most supportive way possible. The best part of improv is getting on the same page and working as an ensemble. We will take that skill, apply it to our improv and have fun.

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Creating Solo Shows

with Philip Markle
Friday June 28th & Sunday June 30th, 2:15pm – 5:15pm
Ida Nowhere

The most powerful thing you can share onstage comes from your own life experiences. What can you say, from your point of view, that no one else could express like you do? This class will mine your true-life stories to create a narrative solo show that represents your voice onstage. Over the course of two classes (with a bit of homework in-between), students will learn to use the tools and talents at their disposal to bring to life a thematically-driven, one-person show. By the end of workshop, students will develop the outline of a solo show, along with intense, personal feedback on honing your voice. Philip has written many solo shows including his one-man musical SPARKLE HOUR, which has played all over the USA, including to rave reviews in the NY international Fringe Festival.

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Saturday, June 29th

Musical Improv Intensive

with Katy Berry and Jon Bander
Saturday June 29th, 11am – 5:15pm
Ida Nowhere

This workshop will dial your musical improv up to 11! First we’ll go over song structures, taking scenes into songs and different song structures to create a full-length narrative musical (opening number, protag song, antagonist song, etc). Then we’ll put it all together and start creating musicals ON THE SPOT! We’ll also include tips and tricks for bringing out your most unique, powerful characters and the best way to sing memorable improvised GENIUS!

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It Takes Two – TwoProv Workshop

with Shaun Lowthian
Saturday June 29th, 11am – 2pm
Comedy Café Berlin

The chemistry between two-prov partners can be one of the most amazing and hilarious our artform has to offer, but also the most challenging! This workshop will focus on tools to help revitalise your two-person scenes, navigate a two-person show, and surprise yourself and your scene partner with more variety in your play. Bring your two-prov partner along or come along on your own.

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Play Like an Ally

with Stephen Davidson
Saturday June 29th, 2:15pm – 5:15pm
Comedy Café Berlin

Are you looking to increase diversity in your group, theatre, or improv scene? This workshop will focus on practical steps you can take as a player, teacher, and director to make sure everybody feels welcome. Improv can stagnate without diversity because it becomes predictable; turn on your awareness and let this art form continue to surprise and delight you.
This workshop will focus on awareness of what players need, and what they’re offering. We’ll play through a balanced warmup designed to make sure everybody starts on the same page, and talk about how (and if) to modify for people who are differently-abled or neuro-diverse, or have English as their second language. We’ll work on supporting different types of initiations and offers, players with different styles, diverse points of view, stage time, and amplifying less heard voices.

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Sunday, June 30th

Set Bitch Free

with Devin Bockrath
Sunday June 30th, 11am – 2pm
Ida Nowhere

“Set Bitch Free” is a workshop and tribal event for lady identifying improvisers of any experience level hosted by Devin Bockrath. With a focus on technique, character development, risk taking, and the power of support, this class aims to shake vulnerabilities loose, test personal limits and set fire to the rain, duh, #Adele. If you are frustrated, fierce, fearful, fearless, or fun this one’s for you Queen Bitch.

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