4 week class. Starts Thursday Oct 15th: 7-9pm EST
In this four week class, appropriate for beginners and experienced improvisers alike, veteran improviser and improv teacher Paul Vaillancourt will teach you the approach known as the Triangle of the Scene. By using this approach, improvisers will become more connected to their character, their partner, and the environment around them. They will learn how to powerfully wield this trio of tools to build better, more grounded, and, ultimately, funnier scenes. This class is built on the belief that the foundation of any great improv scene is not saying funny things or acting crazy but, rather, the relationship between the characters in the scene and that everything else, the dialog, the plot, the premise, even the environment of the scene is connected to and grows out of that relationship. That belief makes the skills one learns in the class equally applicable to a wide variety of venues from the fast and loose environment of the improv stage to the more intimate gaze of the TV and movie camera. Whether you’ve never taken an improv class before or you’ve been improvising for a while and want to reconnect with the essential basics improv, this is the class for you.
Paul Vaillancourt is the co-founder of the iO West and has been teaching and performing improv for close to 30 years. In that time he has appeared all over the country including such notable venues as HBO’s Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Chicago’s iO (where he studied with the immortal Del Close), New York’s UCB Theater, and Austin’s Out of Bounds Festival to name a few. Paul has also had success as a writer and producer, co-creating and serving as supervising writer for the MTV hit “The Blame Game” as well as lending his writing, producing and consulting talents to a score of other shows for MTV, VH1, USA, Oxygen, Bravo, AMC and MGM. He published a book about improv called “The Triangle of the Scene” (available on iBooks and Amazon Kindle) and produces a weekly series of videos called “Improv Tips” available on his YouTube channel PVImprov.