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THE 096 – Improvisation Workshop

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: See Schedule of Courses for specific topics.

Section Description: To improvise is to “create and perform spontaneously or without preparation.” Improvisation teaches us how to better improve our ability to listen, to receive, and to respond with clarity. Using a variety of improvisation games based on the work of Viola Spolin students gain competency toward spontaneous response and communication skills. Such skills can be applied to the craft of acting as well as real life situations. Exercises will be used to develop trust in a cast or “team” context, help overcome anxiety in public presentation situations, and gain skills in body awareness and relaxation in the performance context. Required written assignments and reflection on readings and class exercises. The workshop course will culminate in a group improvisation performance with an invited audience. About the Instructor: Craig Wells also teaches THE 010 Intro to Acting and THE 119 Performing Musical Theatre. He appeared on Broadway in Les Misérables and Chess. Off-Broadway in Forbidden Broadway (original cast recording Forbidden Broadway Vol. 3), Closer Than Ever, Balancing Act (original cast recording). He also appeared in the national tours of Les Misérables and Pirates of Penzance. Regional Theatre: “King” in Big River (Syracuse Stage); Closer Than Ever (Arena Stage); “Max” in Lend Me a Tenor (Jupiter Theater); and “Sam” in Shenandoah (St. Louis MUNY). At St. Michael’s Playhouse, Craig played the “Man in Chair” in The Drowsy Chaperone, “Ernie Cusack” in Rumors, and “Agent Frank” in Unnecessary Farce. At UVM, he played “Coldwell B. Cladwell” in Urinetown, “Herr Schultz” in Cabaret, and directed A Grand Night for Singing and most recently, Stupid F*#king Bird.

CRN: 14728

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 14/16

Days Time Location
MW 17:05 - 18:20 ROYALL TYLER THR 390

Instructor(s): Craig E. Wells

Meeting Dates: 17 Jan 2017 - 05 May 2017