Workshops

This year’s festival features workshops for improvisers of all skill levels all weekend long! Click on the links below to register!


Saturday, October 21st, 2017

SingProv with Style with Mike Descoteaux
12:00 – 3:00PM ($45)
You know how to improvise a song. You’re cool with structure. You’re ready to take your singprov to the next level. Style is the answer. Commitment to style accounts for 90% of the gut laughs in musical improv but for some strange reason only 10% of our focus. In this workshop, we take a deep-dive down the rabbit hole of genre. We explore how easy and powerful style parody can be for fostering fun, group mind, and audience connection. We break style down into the vocal, physical and musical components that will unlock the secrets of the never-ending list of genres just waiting out there for you to explore. If you’re gonna sing, do it with style. Pre-requisites: at least 6 months of formal music​al​ improv training, and a solid understanding of basic song structures (like verse/chorus, bridge, tagline, etc)

Mike Descoteaux is the Artistic Director of ImprovBoston. Mike served as head and creator of the Music Program at The Second City Training Center and music director of the Second City Etc stage in Chicago. Named one of the top young songwriters in the country by the Johnny Mercer/AMTP association, he has had the privilege of working with Tony Award-winning artists such as Jason Robert Brown, William Finn, Mark Hollmann and James LaPine. His work has been seen on NBC, A&E, WGN and stages across the country. He has “composed” and “conducted” over 1,000 completely improvised musicals with Baby Wants Candy, Musical! the musical, I Eat Pandas, BLANK! The Musical Off-Broadway and many others. In addition to teaching at institutions like the Second City, ImprovBoston, Northwestern University, and Columbia College, Mike has led workshops in music improv around the world.

Finding Your Character’s Song! with Nikita Burdein
2:30 – 4:30PM ($45)
In this musical workshop, we will explore the many different ways to discover unique surprising characters for yourself in scenes, and then honoring those choices to find the perfect song for that specific character!

Nikita Burdein Born in the USSR, Raised in Chicago, and now in NYC, Nikita is an improviser, filmmaker, and writer of film, tv, and theater.

He has trained at the Magnet Theater and Upright Citizens Brigade since 2011 and performs weekly with Magnet house teams Wonderland (musical improv), Bodywork (non-musical improv) and Premiere (musical improv). He also performs with UCBT Lloyd Team seventeen, indy darlings Fancy Man, and Karaoke based musical improv with Happy Karaoke Fun Time.

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Freestyle Love Supreme Workshop with Anthony Veneziale
1:00 – 3:00PM ($65)
Freestyle Rap Masterclass, hosted by Anthony Veneziale founder of Freestyle Love Supreme. This workshop is designed to give the student a comprehensive grasp of the foundations of freestyling and beat boxing. Students will develop a skill set around enabling a creative environment and positive neural pathways. Expect to move around a lot, expect open conversation, expect to make noises you never thought you could. These techniques can help you unlock creative potential, create joyful collaborations and engender equilibrium in your projects.

Anthony Veneziale (aka Two-Touch) has been performing and teaching improv for over twenty years and is a leader in the field of musical improvisation. He is a founding member of Freestyle Love Supreme (NYC), The Freeze (SF), and American Immigrants (SF). He has used these techniques to help creative endeavors with Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In the Heights, The Electric Company), Daveed Diggs (The Freeze), Chrissy Mazzeo & Martin Edwards (Bartlett) and numerous networks and companies. Veneziale co-founded Speechless in 2013 with Sammy Wegent & Scott Lifton and has appeared on HBO’s Sex and the City, Looking and The Electric Company, SeeSo’s Freestyle Love Supreme and he’s kind of a big deal.

You can see two of his TEDx talks here and here. Anthony is also the Chief Learning Officer of Speechless, where his passion to facilitate learning experiences filled with play that are inclusive, diverse and inspiring take shape.

Intro to Hip Hop with Douglas Widick
6:00 – 8:00PM ($45)
New York City’s premier hip hop improv comedy team, North Coast, is a unique collaboration of improvisational comedy, hip hop, beatboxing, and music. This musical improv workshop will get even the most beginner performers comfortable and confident with freestyle rapping and will teach you how to really drill into the deal of your scene and its’ characters. Learn how to set yourself up, find your flow, and weave your rapped verses in and out of your improv scene-work.

Douglas Widick is a founding member of Hip-Hop Improv group, North Coast. You can catch him performing around NYC with Royals (PIT), The Made Up Musical/Mint Condition (Magnet) and Sketch in The Dead Dad?s Club at the UCB Theater and Pop Roulette Musical Sketch (PIT). Doug teaches an Hip Hop Improv class at the Magnet Theater and was recently seen in the Off-Broadway musical F#%king Up Everything. He is now in rehearsals for Blank! The Musical opening at New World Stages this November for a limited engagement.

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