“Level One Hip Hop & Improv”
with Eric Holden (From Hip Hop Harold, VT)

Sessions: 6 Saturdays – August 26th 2017 through September 30th | 12PM – 2PM
Investment: $150 for 6 Class Workshop
Location: 349 Decatur Street Southeast, Atlanta GA 30312
Prerequisite: Beginner – Intermediate




OBJECTIVE:

Level One Hip Hop & Improv: Rap Fundamentals

Incorporating any sort of musical element into improv can be tricky for many improvisers, and downright frightening for most. This class will attempt to overcome the fears many performers have with musical styles (specifically hip hop in this case) and prepare them to be better overall performers. The students will learn the basics of incorporating both musical elements as well as hip hop raps into short form games. Emphasis will be placed on working on building and working within the framework, justification and scene relationships. Traditional musical improv, as well as advanced hip hop techniques from UCB and Second City will be incorporated where appropriate.

Students should have some short form experience (Level 1 or 2 recommended), although rapping & beatboxing knowledge is not necessary (we will work on that during the course). The 6 week course will end with a graduation show (TBD).

Eric has been performing since he was old enough to speak and has carried this to The Village Theatre on a furious wind of mania, nerd references and scalp conditioner. One of the first students to grace the VT’s halls, Eric performed in the infamous show 50ft Vermin, winning (along with the crew) the vaulted (to improvisers) Black Box Improv Tournament 2 years running. He now performs in the Thursday show DANGER! with the rest of the wonderfully eclectic cast, as well as UnShitty X-Men, Nerd Quest and Hip Hop Harold.

Eric can be seen in the wild building false idols to Godzilla, drinking coffee with abandon, and rolling 20 sided dice wherever fine products are sold.

 


“Level Two Hip Hop & Improv”
with Eric Holden (From Hip Hop Harold, VT)

Sessions: 8 Saturdays – August 26th 2017 through October 14th | 2PM-4PM
Investment: $175 for 8 Class Workshop
Location: 349 Decatur Street Southeast, Atlanta GA 30312
Prerequisite: Intermediate – Advanced




OBJECTIVE:

Level Two Hip Hop & Improv: Rap & Long Form

Building from Level 1 Hip Hop, the students will use what they’ve learned and explore hip hop raps with traditional styles of long form improv. Emphasis will be placed on finding the game within the scene, transitions, relationships and justification. Advanced rap and beatboxing techniques will also be taught. Traditional musical improv, as well as hip hop techniques from UCB, North Coast and Second City will be incorporated where appropriate.

Students should have some long form experience, and should have completed the Level 1 Hip Hop class. The 8 week course will end with a graduation show (TBD).

Eric has been performing since he was old enough to speak and has carried this to The Village Theatre on a furious wind of mania, nerd references and scalp conditioner. One of the first students to grace the VT’s halls, Eric performed in the infamous show 50ft Vermin, winning (along with the crew) the vaulted (to improvisers) Black Box Improv Tournament 2 years running. He now performs in the Thursday show DANGER! with the rest of the wonderfully eclectic cast, as well as UnShitty X-Men, Nerd Quest and Hip Hop Harold.

Eric can be seen in the wild building false idols to Godzilla, drinking coffee with abandon, and rolling 20 sided dice wherever fine products are sold.

 


“Basics of Stage Combat”
with Kerri Pettey and Jessica Young

Sessions: 1-Day Workshop – Saturday, August 26th 2017 | 12PM-3PM
Investment: $25
Location: 349 Decatur Street Southeast, Atlanta GA 30312
Prerequisite: Must be a house team member of the Village Theatre, OR currently enrolled in Level 5 or higher.




OBJECTIVE:

Basics of Stage Combat: Safety and Fundamentals

The most basic element of improvisation is to trust your partners in a scene or show. When a scene take a turn for the comedically violent, however, trust can be a lot harder to come by. Whether you are uncertain of your own range and control of motion, or you are unable to read your partner’s intent, too often people can injure themselves or others by not knowing the proper way to execute staged combat.

Another important element of improvisation is gaining the trust of your audience. The audience can tell when you are not confident or not in control. If you seem embarrassed or uncomfortable in a scene, your audience will worry about you. When this happens, the audience is no longer able to suspend their disbelief out of concern for the people on stage. The same thing happens to the audience when you seem to be putting yourself or others at risk of being hurt. Knowing the correct language and technique for stage combat puts your audience at ease so they can relax and enjoy your awesome, and semi-violent, improv show!

This Basics of Stage Combat course is designed to prepare performers to confidently perform in scenes that incorporate combative physical movement. This includes falls, slaps, punches, and ‘aggressively moving’ other performers around on stage. Performers will be taught how to keep themselves and their partners safe, and how to place control into the hands of the person on the receiving end of the ‘attack.’ Performers will also be taught the importance of executing stage combat cleanly so that the audience can rest assured the the performers are in control and having fun.