Dates: 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17
6 Weeks + A Showcase
Restrictions: 18 & Over.
Prerequisites: At least two levels of improv classes
**An Accompanist will be present for each class**
Intro to Musical Improv:
In this four week course you will learn the building blocks of improvising a musical including song structures, improvised choreography, opening numbers, and improvised scenes into a songs! We will also work on rhyming, finding harmonies and improvising lyrics that sound like lyrics, not just stream of consciousness set to music. This class is great for improvisers who have some improv experience*, vets and everyone in between. It’s a great skill to add to your improv arsenal and a great way to advance your play and make you even more confident on stage. You don’t need to be an amazing singer, just willing to go for it and have fun!!
Ashley Ward, your instructor, is an improvisor and improv teacher living in Los Angeles. While living in New York, Ashley was an instructor for 7 years at the People’s Improv Theater where she was named Teacher of the year for 2013. Ashley has also taught workshops for various corporate clients and universities, including Ernst & Young, Amgen, UCLA, Columbia and Princeton, to name a few. Ashley has taught improv through the internationally renowned musical improv team Baby Wants Candy, teaching improv basics, musical improv and advanced improv classes to high school and college students as well as improv students in London and Edinburgh, Scotland. In Los Angeles, Ashley taught improv at UCB and The Ruby. As a performer Ashley was on several teams at The PIT and UCB in New York and in Los Angeles she performed weekly with Magic To Do and Baby Wants Candy at UCB Sunset. With Baby Wants Candy Ashley has performed improv at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Kennedy Center, Soho Playhouse NYC and the Leicester Square Theater in London. As an actress she has appeared on MTV, Adult Swim and in Michelle’s Wolf’s Comedy Central digital series Now Hiring and most recently in Hello Jack! The Kindness Show on Apple+.
The accompanist, Aaron Wilson, has written music for feature films and tv, including ads for Fabletics, VH1, Discovery, and History Channel. For the past 10 years he has been very active as a musical director for improv, sketch and musical comedy. He was on staff at Upright Citizens Brigade for 7 years, and performed in many popular shows there, including Magic To Do, Diamond Lion, Quick and Funny Musicals, Baby Wants Candy, Gravid Water, and many more. He recently wrote the musical, Teaching a Robot to Love, with Laser Malena-Webber of the Doubleclicks.
Classes meet at our theater OR at one of our nearby rental spaces just a short walk away. Class sizes are limited. Enrollment is dependent upon availability. For enrolled students a confirmation welcome email will be sent 48 before the start of the first class. There are no refunds or transfers on tuition.