Advanced Improv Studies: Weirder Weirds & Truthier Truths
Weirder Weirds & Truthier Truths
We’ll work on balancing out the “weird” and the “truth” in our scenework. Too much (or not enough) of one of these elements and the audience will struggle to connect with what we’re creating. We’ll work on making sure our “weird” is weird enough. We’ll discuss how to “fuel” our weirdos and push them as hard as we can.
We’ll also take off our “Yes, And” improv training wheels and attack our scenes with some brutal truths. What do you honestly think/feel/want to say? Say it! Let’s get an audience to relate to us in a real way. Let go of what you’re “supposed” to do and have some fun!
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.”