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

Sessions: 4 Saturdays – March 11th 2017 through April 1st | 2PM-4PM
Investment: $100 for 4 Class Workshop
Location: 349 Decatur Street Southeast, Atlanta GA 30312
Prerequisite: Intermediate – Advanced




OBJECTIVE:

Hip Hop & Improv

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 traditional styles of long form improv. Emphasis will be placed on finding the game within the scene, transitions, relationships and justification. Traditional musical improv, as well as advanced hip hop techniques from UCB and Second City will be incorporated where appropriate.

Students should have some long form experience, although rapping or beatboxing knowledge is not necessary (we will work on that during the course). The 4 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.

 

 


MUSICAL IMPROV

“Introduction to Musical Improv”
with Jen Thrasher (From: Drive-By Broadway, Hip Hop Harold, VT)

Sessions: 6 Sundays – beginning April 23rd, 2017 | 11AM-2PM
Investment: $180 for a 6 week Workshop
Location: 349 Decatur Street Southeast, Atlanta GA 30312
Prerequisite: Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced

 




DESCRIPTION:
This is an introductory-level, comprehensive course in which we examine the ‘bones’ of a musical and the layers we use to create an improvised musical.  We’ll look at the principles of narrative longform, such as story structure and character development, as well as musical components like song structure (including tips for ‘naked’ songwriting) and song placement.  Students will gain perspective on narrative and songwriting, and a sturdy foundation upon which to perform musical improv.  The course culminates in the performance of an improvised musical.
Prerequisite: Longform experience preferred. The six week course will end with a graduation show (TBD).

 

JEN THRASHER BIO: My formative years were rooted in music: voice was my metier and the primary focus of my musical study.  I found improv a bit later, around fourteen years ago while I was in the Art & Performance program at the University of Texas at Dallas.  Since that time, I have been lucky enough to find myself under the tutelage of some amazing teachers: Keith Johnstone, Regina Saisi, and Tim Orr (Improv Playhouse of San Francisco) are a few of my all-time favorites.  In 2007, I relocated to Atlanta where I’ve performed in groups like Astronaut University, Captain’s Log, Drive-By Broadway, Girls of Relapse, Hip-Hop Harold, IMPROV! The Musical, and Revolver.  I love to learn as much as I love to share what I’ve learned, and believe the experience is symbiotic.