Wednesdays, July 10 through August 15, 2019
Instructor: Katelyn Manfre
Prior Experience: Not required.
Using games and exercises designed to stimulate creativity, think quickly in the moment, and encourage risk-taking (while having a ton of fun!), participants will create motivated characters in dynamic scenes as they work towards performing long-form improv.
Katelyn Manfre, Teaching Artist
Years with STC: MFA from the Academy for Classical Acting in 2016 to present
Last Seen: Imogen with Pointless Theatre Company; King Lear with Theater at Monmouth (ME); Director of (the) Unruly Improv Theater McLean, VA; Improv instructor for Imagination Stage and Round House Theatre
Why I Teach: Theater is for everyone, so I encourage students of all levels to experiment with scene-work, find their own measures of success, and take ownership over what they create. I love being surprised by new ideas and am always energized by the growth I see at any age.
Favorite Exercise in Class: One of my favorite improv games is called 60-30-15. Participants do a scene in one minute, then 30 seconds, 15 seconds, 5 seconds and ultimately 1 second. Not only is it ridiculous and hilarious to race against time, but it teaches how to distill complicated scenarios down to clear elements that can still be funny, even when repeated over and over.