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Improvised Musical Workshop

  • Up Front at Shadowbox Live 503 South Front Street Columbus, OH, 43215 United States (map)

If you've seen TBD: the Improvised Musical, or any of the other musical improv comedy around Columbus or on shows like "Whose Line is it Anyway?", you've seen that magic often happens when music and improv collide. On-the-spot stories and emotions brought to life with music add an element to a performance that audiences and performers alike, love. 

In this improvised musical workshop, TBD: the Improvised Musical's creator, Sarah J Storer, and founding cast member, Alex Dodge, will work with students to learn and understand: 

-How to improvise music, create rhymes and build strong choruses in the moment
-How to leverage music to enhance emotion and character
-How to harness the power of group numbers, "I Want" songs and duets
-How to create rich harmonies, in the moment
-How to build strong characters that drive a sustainable narrative (even if you don't have a strong music background)

...and more!

This is a four hour workshop, with short breaks built in as necessary (please bring what you need to feel comfortable throughout the day, including water and/or snacks). Bring something to take notes. 

Pre-requisites: Students should have taken at least one to two basic improv classes, or have at least one to two years equivalent performance experience. Some longform experience is preferred, but is not required. 

Spots are limited for this class, so sign up soon! Group rates are available for existing troupes and teams...message for details.


Sarah J Storer brings over 15 years of improv experience to the classroom. She originally studied with Cinublue Productions, and received further instruction from the legendary Chris Lane and MCTD's Jeff Gage. She is a founding member of Hashtag Comedy, created TBD: the Improvised Musical in 2015. She earned a diploma in piano performance in high school, and is a singer and songwriter with two original one-woman shows that debuted in 2016 and 2018. Sarah's goal in teaching is to help students discover "lightbulb moments" and gain confidence on stage through understanding and embracing their unique voice.

Alex Dodge is an improv veteran with experience performing and teaching all over the country, including Chicago, Detroit and Baltimore, MD. He is a founding member of TBD: the Improvised Musical and teaches improv to students at the Arts and College Preperatory Academy (ACPA).