Improv 301 Saturdays 3-6pm

Improv 301: Harold Structure

Prerequisites Must have received written notice that you have successfully completed Improv 201.
Scheduled Saturdays 3-6pm
Start Date Jan 5, 2019, 3:00pm
Price $450
Class Size 16 students
Sessions 8 sessions, 3 hours each
Performance Feb 24, 2019, 4:00pm
You cannot enroll in this course until you receive written notice that you have successfully completed Improv 201. ONLY if 10 days have passed since your graduation performance and you have not received this information, please email the registrar at [email protected] for NY classes or [email protected] for LA classes.

 This course introduces students to the long form improvisation structure known as "The Harold," developed by Del Close.

"The Harold" is a series of scenes inspired by a single suggestion that fit together into one cohesive half hour piece. Students learn how to 1) perform openings, 2) create scenes inspired by an opening 3) perform "group games," 4) second and third beats (returning to scenes later in the piece).

Course meets for 8 sessions, each 3 hours long.

Students will take part in a class performance, generally held at the UCB Theatre.

Students required to see at least 2 improvised shows at the UCB Theater before the end of the course.

Class Size: 16 Students
Please note all tuition payments include a $35 non-refundable registration processing fee. 
Class meets at UCB Sunset Training Center; Room #224




Joel Spence, teacher

Joel has been performing long form improv and sketch comedy at UCBTLA since 2005. He's a member of the house teams Sentimental Lady and Toledo Rep. He's also appeared in ASSSSCAT, Soundtrack, America's Best Comic, Quick and Funny Musicals, Dirtiest Sketch Contest, Cleanest Sketch (winner!), Gallery Of Evil, Fucked Up and Illegal Videos, and Freak Dance at UCBTLA. He studied improv under Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Seth Morris and many others. Joel grew up in San Antonio, TX and went to S.M.U. in Dallas where he received a B.F.A. in Acting. After graduating he moved to Minnesota and co-founded The Hidden Theatre. In 1995 he joined Theatre de la Jeune Lune and for the next five years performed in over 20 productions. From 2000-01, Joel studied at l'Ecole Philippe Gaulier in London, England. He's had recurring roles on HBO's The Brink and ABC's Fresh Off The Boat. He was a series regular in the Nickelodeon pilot Back Of The Class. He had a recurring role as James Van Der Beek's agent Donnie Jarvis on ABC's Don't Trust The B---- In Apt 23 and a recurring role as Detective Hodges on The Good Guys on FOX. He has also appeared on Key & Peele, Newsreaders, Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, Big Love, Reno 911, My Name Is Earl, and Burn Notice. He appeared in such features as Freak Dance, Killing the Dream (Best Film - 2004 Temecula Film Festival) and Alleyball (Best Feature - SoCal Film Festival 2006). In 2013 co-directed two shorts - one of which, Justin and Heather, was accepted into the Downtown Independent Film Festival Los Angeles. Currently Joel has recurring roles as Mr Chandler on The Paramount channel's Heathers, Matt on HBO's Big Little Lies and Joel in ABC's digital series, Boondoggle. You can follow him on Twitter @joelaspence.

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