In our introductory class, we highlight what we believe to be the foundations of improv: recognition, openness and confidence.
In this class we go beyond foundations and explore further possibilities in the art. It will be six weeks of instruction on Sundays at 3:00 - 5:00 PM from January 5 - February 9 at 21 Elizabeth Street, Okotoks, AB. Choice. Practice responding rather than reacting. When we are able to recognize and be confident, we can slow down our performance and make every line, gesture and expression more impactful. Variety. Try new things. Humans are natural storytellers. The audience and your scene partners can recognize the familiar tropes and patterns you use. But making the audience comfortable is only one tool in your kit. Practice making surprise another. Personality. What do we bring to an improv stage? Experience? Improv rules? At Elizabeth St. we say you bring yourself. This section is about your stories, quirks, stories and passions and how to bring those to stage. An experienced improviser and instructor, Joseph is currently the Artistic Director and Lead Instructor at the Okotoks improv company Elizabeth St. Improv. In addition to his performing arts background, Joseph has a background in on-boarding and training in the oil and gas industry. Joseph’s teaching style attempts to make the simple concepts behind improv known to the participants so they can focus on having fun and getting out of their heads. His students describe it as engaging, accessible and inclusive. Joseph was a scientist by trade but his introduction to performing arts awoke a latent passion that has carried him around North America for performance and training.