Monday, June 12th | 7:00pm-9:00pm | Beginner Comedy Improv: Follow the Fear

Have you ever wanted to try comedy improvisation, but your nerves seem to get in the way? Or are you an experienced player whose nerves have led you to rely on default characters to be sure you get laughs? That's OK! Anxiety is actually a good thing in improv, as long as you learn how to channel it into your scene work. When you allow yourself to be vulnerable, you open the door to realistic scenes where the "funny" comes naturally. In this class, you will play warm-up games, do improv exercises, and perform short scenes that will boost your confidence on stage. You will also learn how to make strong initiations, trust your instincts, and take risks with your characters and ideas. By getting out of your comfort zone, you will play through your fears and stop judging yourself. Not only is improv fun, but it is also a tool for life: it can make you a better listener, public speaker, and creative thinker.

This class is appropriate for ages 18+.

This class will take place at Focus Theater, located on the 3rd floor of Sibley Square at 260 E Main St, Rochester, NY 14604Free parking is available around Sibley Square after 6pm.

If you would like to request a sign language interpreter or will be attending class with an aide, please fill out our contact form. Please also let us know if you have any preferences (seating, vision access, etc). Focus Theater is accessible by elevator.

About the teacher:
Megan Mack is an improviser, sketch comedy writer, and television and radio producer. She is a graduate of the Conservatory and Writing programs at The Second City Training Centre in Toronto, and has studied with Jimmy Carrane, Armando Diaz, Susan Messing, T.J. Jagodowski, and David Pasquesi. Megan performs with the sketch comedy troupe Thank You Kiss and with the long form improv teams Two Fat Ladies and Monstrosity. She has coached Left for Dead, an improv team of performers ages 50+, since 2011.

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