Prerequisite: IMPROV 601 & Teacher Recommendation, 18 & Over Only
Improv 701: Advanced Improv: The Living Room
The Living Room was established at the iO Theater in Chicago by the group “The Family”. The base scene for the form takes place in a makeshift living room “set” onstage (in the original show, Charna Halpern’s living room was recreated using her actual furniture) and the cast has a fun, informal, reality-based conversation together. Periodically throughout the show, the team creates improv scenes using their truthful dialogue as inspiration.
In addition to learning The Living Room, we’ll also work on the balance of “truth” and “weird”; important for this form and every improv show you’ll ever do!
Jason Shotts studied improv at the iO Theater in Chicago and performed there from 2003 to 2014. Currently living in Los Angeles, he can be seen performing as one-half of the improv duo Dummy, winner of the iO Theater’s Del Award for Best Improv Show in 2013 and 2014. He’s also the co-host of LIVE from the HOLLYWOOD ROOM!, a monthly variety show at Second City Hollywood.
He’s been teaching improv since 2006 and received the Del Award for “Best Teacher” in 2011 and 2013. In addition to teaching and coaching improvisers and improv groups all over Los Angeles, he travels around the world teaching and performing at improv theaters and festivals. He’s traveled to London, Edinburgh, Rome, Copenhagen, Oslo, Warsaw, Wrocław, Krakow, Bremen, Mannheim, Beijing, San Francisco, New York, San Diego, Denver, Austin, Houston, Washington DC, Phoenix, Tucson, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Atlanta, Miami and Chicago.
“The best part of Jason’s class is the personalized attention on individual struggles. He pinpoints each student’s needs and gives a little nudge, leading to scenes which are easy and fun to play. Jason’s lessons fill the gaps between different schools and philosophies. I’ve learned so much about the different elements of scenework and I feel confident to be able to play with anyone because of Jason’s advice.”
“Jason Shotts’ class has really helped me understand what is necessary in creating a captivating and funny improv scene. His teaching style and methods are straightforward and really help flex muscles needed for great scenework. Jason gives great personal notes and pays attention to what each person needs to improve on and pushes them toward that.”