Improv 201 Mon-Fri 11am-2pm
Improv 201: Game of the Scene
|Prerequisites||Completion of Improv 101 within previous two years|
|Start Date||Nov 11, 2019, 11:00am|
|Price||$450 + Fees|
|Class Size||17 students|
|Sessions||8 sessions, 3 hours each|
|Performance||Nov 23, 2019, 2:30pm|
Students will be taught: 1) identifying "games", 2) heightening - finding new ways to make your scenes get funnier from start to finish, 3) realizing how patterns support the "game," 4) second beats (returning to scenes later in a piece).
This course meets for 8 sessions that are each 3 hours long.
Students will take part in a class performance, generally held at the UCB Theatre.
Students are required to see at least 2 improvised shows at the UCB Theater before the end of the course.
Admission to 301 after the completion of this course is not guaranteed. Students will be judged on their application of concepts that they have learned in Improv 101 & 201. The Training Center will send placement notification to students within 10 days of the Improv 201 graduation performance. Students may not enroll in Improv 301 before receiving this notification.
Please note all tuition payments include a $35 non-refundable registration processing fee.
Ari Voukydis, teacher
Ari Voukydis has been performing with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre since back when there were hookers in Times Square, and has been teaching there for over 15 years.
An award-winning writer of funny things, Ari has performed thousands of hours of comedy, some of it good, from LA to London. He has written for Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, BuzzFeed, GQ, Esquire, SPY, and Entertainment Weekly and has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show, and about a thousand VH-1 pop culture shows like The Best Week Ever and All Access.
Ari is one half of the comedy duo Mark & Ari, whose last sketch show, Loft, ran at UCB NY for a year and was a Time Out New York Critic's Pick. Their comedy short "Small World" was directed by John Landis and featured on The Tonight Show. They have produced several comedy shorts and pilots, and have won an award or two for screenwriting.
Ari spent 11 years on Harold Night house teams, and has been part of countless shows, including ASSSCAT, Let's Have a Ball, and Wicked F***in' Queeyah, an annual salute to his home town of Boston that he co-created with Amy Poehler and Rob Corddry.
Ari lives in Los Angeles with his wife and comedy partner Betsy Stover. Together they co-host "Teacher’s Lounge: The UCB Faculty Show" at UCB Sunset. They have three very loud sons.
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