Academy Improv Wednesdays 7-10pm

Academy Improv: Forms and Scenework

Prerequisites Accepted into the UCB Academy
Scheduled Wednesdays 7-10pm
Start Date Mar 11, 2020, 7:00pm
Price $450 + Fees
Class Size 16 students
Sessions 8 sessions, 3 hours each
Performance May 2, 2020, 5:30pm
Each academy class course is instructor-driven. Students will study Long Form improv at a high level and will receive in-depth personal feedback about their own performance and progress as improvisers. Please read below for the specific focus of this course.

PURSUE PLEASURE, AVOID PAIN! with Johnny Meeks

This is an acting-focused class that will explore organic, emotionally believable scenework with an emphasis on using your own specifics (POV/experiences/ideas) to drive your improv. By pursuing pleasure instead of pain in the scene, you will be more connected to your scene partner and find it easier to play game. We will explore making choices that will matter to your character and make you more invested in your scenes. You will spend less time fighting in scenes and more time playing. We will use the La Ronde form to develop ideas internally and organically, earn the games and then blow them out!

Class meets at UCB Sunset Training Center; Room #229

IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE THE REFUND POLICY FOR ACADEMY COURSES. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS IF WITHDRAWAL REQUEST IS RECEIVED LESS THAN 1 FULL BUSINESS DAY PRIOR TO THE START OF COURSE.
 
All tuition payments include a $35 non-refundable registration processing fee. 

If you are approved for Academy and wish to take this class, you may enroll now.




Johnny Meeks, teacher

Johnny Meeks Johnny is an actor/ improviser/writer originally from St. Louis, MO. He performs weekly on the house team Sentimental Lady and monthly with Toledo Rep, performing improvised plays in the style of great playwrights. You may have seen Johnny on TV on such shows as Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Modern Family, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Playing House, Key and Peele, Comedy Bang Bang, Up All Night, NTSF:SD:SUV::, and numerous commercials. Johnny co-created and stars in Boondoggle, a digital series on abc.com. He also co-wrote and starred in the film Alleyball, winner "Best Feature" of both the SoCal Independent Film Festival and the New York Independent Features Festival. Meeks has been performing improvisational and sketch comedy at UCBTLA since 2005. He is an improv teacher and serves as the Academic Director at the UCB Training Center. He has appeared in many shows at UCBTLA including Asssscat, Soundtrack, Brand New Ball, ROUGH CUT: The Improvised Movie and Sketch Cram.

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