If You Don’t Know, Now You Know: Hip Hop Improv with North Coast
Think you’ve got what it takes to freestyle? Are you an improviser who knows how to rhyme but can’t rap? At the core, improv and free-styling go hand-in-hand. Whether you’re going in for 8-bars, dropping a beat into a mic, or initiating an improv scene, the same principles apply. Join Doug and Raero of North Coast, NYC’s premier free style rapping, beatboxing long-from improv team, as they guide you through the tricks to turn your Dad Raps into Biggie quality rhymes. Learn how to set yourself up, find your flow, and weave your rapped verses in and out of your scenework.
North Coast teaches and performs in New York City – and does the same all around the country at numerous corporations, universities and improv festivals. www.NorthCoastNYC.com
Douglas Widick is a founding member of Hip Hop Improv group, North Coast. You can catch him performing around NYC with many other musical improv, improv, and sketch groups as well. He is a member of house musical Improv teams at both the Magnet and PIT Theaters, and just finished sketch shows with Pop Roulette (PIT) and the 2017 Tony Awards (UCB). Doug teaches an 8-week Hip Hop Improv class at the Magnet Theater and was recently seen in the off-broadway musical F#%king Up Everything. You can catch his many comedy videos at www.Douglaswidick.com.
Rachel Rosenthal comes to the Women in Comedy Festival with over 15 years of improv experience. She specializes in free-form and musical improv, and has been showcased at numerous festivals including Chicago, North Carolina, Boston, Del Close Marathon, San Francisco, Providence, Baltimore, and of course - the Women in Comedy Festival. She has studied at UCB, The PIT and ImprovBoston, and has coached and directed improv both in the U.S. and abroad. Rachel recently relocated to New York from Boston where she performed at ImprovBoston since 2002, including many years on the ImprovBoston Mainstage. Rachel currently teaches improv at The People's Improv Theater in NYC and also performs there weekly with house team, Family Haircut. She can also be seen touring around the country with NYC's premier free-style rapping improv team - North Coast. Previous students have described her teaching style as "engaged" and "enthusiastic" and she is known to provide useful strategies and challenges for breaking troublesome improv habits. This past year, the Huffington Post called her an "improv whirlwind!" Find that article and feedback from past students on her website - TheRaeroShow.com.