Playing with Patience
Playing with patience helps you key more into what’s happening in the scene and in the environment as you’re giving yourself and your scene room to breathe. You’re able to better connect with your scene partner, make organic choices, and keep your scene strong.
Students will learn how to slow down, listen, and concentrate on their scenes to boost connection, communication, and laughs on stage. Focus will be on organic play, realism, and emotionality. Students will be playing with dramatic themes, but will learn how to find the funny and the game of the scene with patience. By the end of the class, students will be able to apply these lessons to multiple long-form formats, including monoscene, Harold, and the Dusty (these forms will not be covered in the workshop).
Topics covered in this workshop:
- How to key into your scene work by slowing down and noticing
- How to focus your scene using active listening
- How to build a connection with your scene partner(s) by focusing on relationships and emotionality
- How to affect your scene partner and be affected by your scene partner
- How to find the funny using an organic/realism style of play
This workshop is useful for any improviser who struggles to connect with their scene partners or feels stuck in their scenes, or who are interested in learning how to harness patience to improve their play. The workshop emphasizes the performance aspect of improv. All of the workshop’s concepts will translate to organic scenework within any longform format.
- Students must have completed at least four longform improv classes from a theater’s core curriculum or permission by instructor.
- Date/Time: Saturday, May 6, 1:00pm-3:30pm
- Location: DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
- Class Size: 10 students
- Cost: $50
Heather Marie Vitale (she/they) is a seasoned improviser and comedy writer who has studied at Washington Improv Theater (WIT), Second City, Magnet Theater, and World’s Greatest Improv School (WGIS). She is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory and has been a faculty member at WIT since 2017. Currently, Heather Marie is a founding member of the WGIS house teams Dilly and Patent Pending and the duo Sharon & Darren. At WIT, she was a member of the Harold program, the featured ensemble Poetic Resistance, and the special project And, Scene!. Heather Marie is also a contributor to the LA sketch show This Week, This Week, a staff writer/editor with The Cherry Swamp, and an associate producer for the Chutzpod! podcast.
- Must be 18 years of age or older to enroll.
- Class dates are not transferrable unless with explicit permission from the Executive Producer.
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- Masks are optional but not required.
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