WICF 2015 Workshops

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Comedic Storytelling with Giulia Rozzi

10am-12pm, ImprovBoston (Studio)

Take your personal experiences and turn them into an entertaining, engaging, and funny performance! Whether you want to perform in front of an audience or simply get better at telling a good story - this one day workshop will introduce you the art of comedic storytelling and help you get more comfortable being yourself as you share honest stories about yourself. Through verbal and written exercises we'll find what stories to tell, work on point of view, character, and finding the truth in the tale. Each student will be coached on a story (or two) and receive guidance and feedback from the instructor and other students. The goal is for students to leave class with a stronger stage presence, increased confidence, improved delivery and more ideas for stories to tell. Students should bring a notebook, pen/pencil. and any story ideas they may already be working on to class. ( It's okay if you don't have any ideas yet.)

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Instructor Bio:
Giulia Rozzi is a comedian, actress and writer that was raised in Boston by two adorable Italian immigrants. Her very personal, blunt, and animated humor has earned her the honor of being a Moth GrandSLAM champion, a Boston Comedy Festival finalist, and a two-time ECNY Best Female Stand Up nominee. Read Giulia's full bio here. Visit Giulia's website at giuliarozzi.com.

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Love the One You're With Improv Workshop
with Kelly Buttermore and Justin Peters

10am-12pm, ImprovBoston (Classroon 2)

If most improv scenes were real life, most meetings with your boss would lead to your firing, the divorce rate would be 95%, and no one has ever, ever had a positive experience in a restaurant or retail store. But what if instead of choosing conflict, we chose love instead? Making a conscious choice to enjoy the company of and care deeply about your scene partner can be a much more interesting, rewarding and empowering choice that can only serve to enhance your scene and make it that much more fun to be in. We'll run exercises to illustrate these points, and help improvisers focus on the things that bring them together, rather than those that drive them apart.

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Instructor Bios:
Kelly Buttermore has been performing improv and sketch comedy in New York since 2003, having trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade and Magnet Theater. She has coached and directed improv groups for the past three years, and currently teaches Level One at the Magnet, where she also leads corporate improv workshops. As a performer, she has been a member of numerous house teams and special ensembles at the Magnet, most recently the veteran team Horses, from 2011- 2014. She has also written and performed numerous sketch revues and two original autobiographical solo shows. She can currently be seen performing with her comedy partner Justin Peters as From Justin to Kelly at venues both in the city and around the country.

Justin Peters has been performing and coaching improv and sketch comedy in New York City since 2003, and has led workshops for novice and expert performers alike. A longtime member of legendary house teams Dunk and Chet Watkins at the Magnet Theater, he has also written and directed several acclaimed one-man shows and sketch revues, most recently the musical comedy "Kill Yourself! with Deke Davis." He now performs with comedy partner Kelly Buttermore as From Justin to Kelly at venues across New York and around the country. His book "The Idealists," about Internet activist Aaron Swartz and the rise of free culture, will be published by Scribner in 2015.

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Satire Writing with the Editors of Reductress

10am-12:50pm, ImprovBoston (Classroom 1)

Learn how to sharpen your satirical writing skills, create pointed headlines and punch up your writing with the editors of Reductress, Beth Newell and Sarah Pappalardo. From news to magazines and infographics, we will explore satire writing in various formats, and how to pitch and submit to satire publications. reductress.com

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Club Passim Stand-Up Showcase

Instructor Bios:
Beth Newell is the creator and editor of the satirical women's magazine, Reductress. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, The Onion News Network, McSweeney's, Pendulous Breasts Quarterly, The Best Week Ever Blog, and The Bygone Bureau. Beth was formerly the managing director of sketch teams at The Magnet Theater in New York City, where she also teaches sketch writing. She has been performing improv comedy since 2005 in various venues, including The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

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Club Passim Stand-Up Showcase

Sarah Pappalardo is the co-founder of the first and only satirical women’s magazine, Reductress. She has also produced a small handful of documentary shorts and has written several plays including Cold, which was produced at the Plays and Players Theater in Philadelphia. Sarah has studied and performed sketch and improv at Second City, IO Chicago, The Annoyance Theater, UCBNY, and the Magnet Theater.

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Hip Hop Improv Comedy with North Coast

12:30m-2:30pm, ImprovBoston (Studio)

North Coast is New York City’s premier hip hop improv comedy team! Named one of the “Top 10 Comedy Shows of 2014″ by Time Out NY, North Coast is a unique collaboration of comedy, hip hop, and music. This workshop will get even the most beginner performers learning how to get comfortable and confident with free-style rapping and how to really drill into the deal of your scene and its’ characters. Learn how to set yourself up, find your flow, and weave your rapped verses in and out of your improv scene-work.

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Rachel Rosenthal is a comedian and performer with over 15 years of experience. She is currently an improv instructor and performer at The People’s Improv Theater in NYC, where she performs weekly with the improv house team, Family Haircut. She also tours nationally with free-style rapping Hip Hop improv comedy team, North Coast, who was named one of the “Top 10 Comedy Shows of 2014″ by Time Out NY. Rachel has performed and taught workshops both here and abroad and was named the 2014 People’s Improv Theater Instructor of the Year. Rachel has been featured on several podcasts and radio shows including Slate’s “The Gist,” WBUR’s “You’re the Expert,” and Kevin Alison’s RISK! – for which the AV Club called her performance a “tour de force.” Previous students have described her teaching style as "engaged" and "enthusiastic,” and in 2013 the Huffington Post called her an “improv whirlwind.” Find that article and more at www.theraeroshow.com.

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Beatboxer Mark Martin (aka Mandibul) has been performing with North Coast since 2011. He is an internationally touring member of the Voca People since 2011, an acapella musical theatre show that features beatboxing and vocal acrobatics. Mark competes in a variety of beatbox battles and beatbox festivals in the USA, and was a judge for the New England Regional Beatbox Battle in 2014 as well as the SingStrong Chicago Acapella Festival in 2014. Mark is a mentor at the BEAT Rockers program that teaches beatboxing to the blind at the Lavelle School for the Blind in the Bronx. Mark Graduated from NYU in 2011 from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study where he worked on analyzing beatboxing from a linguistic perspective. Mark loves to beatbox.  

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Auditioning for Film, Commercial, and Television Using improv with Zabeth Russell

12:30pm-2:30pm, ImprovBoston (Classroom 2)

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Zabeth Russell full bio coming soon.

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The Business of the Show with Sue Costello

1pm-2:30pm, ImprovBoston (Mainstage)

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Sue Costello full bio coming soon.

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