In every scene we improvise, we have an opportunity to create an environment that helps us tell the story with more depth and specificity. Good storytellers relish in creating spaces that inspire performers and stick with an audience long after the curtain falls. In narrative improv, we can use reincorporation and transformation of the environment to enrich our storytelling even further. In this class students will learn how to activate the imaginations and engage the environment for themselves, their ensemble, and the audience. In this class we will also cover how to use environments to inspire and aid full length improvised plays.
One other important part of this class is how this work makes improv more accessible to people who are blind or have low vision. We get to be our own audio description in improv, and this class teaches us to put attention on creating our space more accessible to all. We will explore tools to artfully endow the space within reach. We will abandon awkward phrases like “thank you for coming to the <insert location here> with me” and “I’m so glad you invited me to the <insert location here>”. And we will replace those phrases with more inspired and organic reactions to the improv coach in our mind whispering “Label the Where!”. This class will focus on labeling specifics, spacework, atmosphere, using emotion, and giving our creative mind time to create!
Madi Goff is an actress & writer who brings heart to comedy and lightness to drama.
Let it be known that Madi can ride a horse like a cowgirl, school you on the basketball court, and swing dance with joyful mediocrity. And she talks about herself in the third person. She’s not trying to fool anybody.