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Oct
21
11:00 AM11:00

Play Cafe Kids Showcase (FREE show)

Kids from Play Cafe Levels One and Two put on a FREE improv comedy show for family, friends and guests. Food and drink available.

**Guests MUST make reservations to attend this free showcase.** Reservations can be made for free by clicking on the button below or calling 614 416 7625.

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Kids Improv Classes, Level Two
Sep
16
12:00 PM12:00

Kids Improv Classes, Level Two

Pre-requisite: Level One 

Building upon the skills in Level One, students deepen their understanding of good stage presence, vocal projection, comedic timing, improv games and principles, and, of course, building their confidence in their own authentic voice.

The course runs on Sundays starting September 16 from 12pm-1pm, with a showcase on Sunday, 10/21 at 11 am at Up Front at Shadowbox Live. 

Early bird pricing of $105 available until 8/31, and full price registration is available until day of class for $120.

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Kids Improv Classes, Level One (Fall Quarter, 2018)
Sep
16
11:00 AM11:00

Kids Improv Classes, Level One (Fall Quarter, 2018)

Let your child discover the joys of improv by utilizing their own innate sense of play, curiousity and authenticity. In this six week Beginner workshop starting Sunday, September 16, kids build confidence by learning basic improv principles and stage direction, and it all culminates in a final showcase for friends and family held at ShadowboxLive's Backstage Bistro.

Classes run for six weeks beginning 9/16, from 11:00-11:50. Early bird pricing offered until 8/31 ($105). Full ticket price of $120 offered until day of class start. Space is limited to 12 students, 8-13 years old, so sign up early! 

Students will participate in a FREE showcase during week six of class.

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Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level Three (Fall Quarter 2018)
Sep
15
2:30 PM14:30

Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level Three (Fall Quarter 2018)

Pre-requisites: students must have completed Levels One and Two. However, some outside coursework may be considered in special circumstances. Message to learn more!

Building on the principles of Level One and Level Two, students will:

  • study advanced scenework
  • explore longform openers and forms
  • build real relationships and characters in the moment that can sustain story/dramatic arcs
  • find and leverage "game" in scenes

...and more!

**This is a six week course running on Saturdays beginning 9/15 from 2:30-4:30.** A final class showcase will be held Thursday, 10/25 at ShadowboxLive's Backstage Bistro at 8pm.

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Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level Two (Fall Quarter 2018)
Sep
15
12:00 PM12:00

Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level Two (Fall Quarter 2018)

Pre-requisite: Level One (Some outside course equivalents accepted. Message for more details.)
This Level Two improv course continues to build upon the foundations students learned in Level One, with added emphasis on: 

  • Layered scene work
  • Exploration of "game"
  • Finding the "truth in comedy"
  • Making compelling character choices

**This course is six weeks long, beginning 9/15 from 12pm-2pm.** Students will participate in a showcase at Up Front at Shadowbox Live on 10/25 at 8pm.

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Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level One (FALL Quarter, 2018)
Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

Adult Improv Comedy Classes, Level One (FALL Quarter, 2018)

Improv is an art form that provides structure, exercises and teamwork to help individuals grow their confidence, work better together, and most importantly, feel perfectly at home in their own skin.

In Hashtag Comedy's Level One six week improv class, students will: 

  • Learn the power of YES!
  • Explore the concept of "embracing their weird"
  • Develop confidence and stage presence (that translates far beyond the stage)
  • Study and learn improv concepts, theories and games
  • Discover how to connect with themselves and others with greater authenticity and ease

If you want to take these principles and become an improv comedian...great! Hashtag Comedy's classes will support you in beginning (or continuing) your comedy journey.

If not, that's great, too! Students of all levels, ages and occupations are welcome. Improv is a foundational life skill that sticks with you long after you've left the classroom or stage. In fact, it can make you a better boss, parent, co-worker, friend and human. 

***Classes run for six weeks on Saturdays beginning 9/15 from 10am-12pm.*** A final showcase will be held after class ends at Up Front at Shadowbox Live on 10/25 at 8pm.

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Learning Accents and Dialects Workshop
Aug
11
12:00 PM12:00

Learning Accents and Dialects Workshop

In this course, improvisers and actors will gain knowledge and practice through researching and preparing dialects that are commonly used in dramatic texts, via the phonemic alphabet. Skills learned in this class help the actor become more versatile and rounded performer. Improvisers will also gain the ability to adapt methods learned in class to discovering new dialects and how to produce them.

In other words: 


-Learn the techniques needed to speak in Irish, British or other accents
-Explore the phonetics of different accents and apply that knowledge to learn more accents on your own
-Understand the difference between similar accents and how to transition easily between them

This course is both for improvisers and actors with a broad range of experience. So whether you're new to the game, or want to fine tune your repertoire, this class is for you!

Ages 16 and up!

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Alex Lefeld is an acting and improv veteran who has trained at Second City TC in Chicago, SAK Comedy in Orlando, and Co-Founded Fishbowl Improv at Ohio State University. Alex is a founding performer of TBD: the Improvised Musical and has formerly been a part of groups like Fake Bacon and Pocket Lint. Alex graduated with a BA in Theatre from OSU with specialized training in acting, movement, voice and improv. Alex is also an award winning actor whose students have gone on to sign with acting agencies in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City.

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Improvised Musical Workshop
Aug
4
12:00 PM12:00

Improvised Musical Workshop

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.

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTORS

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).

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