Improv 201 Sundays 11am-2pm

Improv 201: Game of the Scene

Prerequisites Completion of Improv 101 within previous two years
Scheduled Sundays 11am-2pm
Start Date Dec 8, 2019, 11:00am
Price $450 + Fees
Class Size 16 students
Sessions 8 sessions, 3 hours each
Performance Feb 4, 2020, 5:30pm
The UCB Training Center teaches quality comedic scenes focus on one central comedic idea: referred to as "The Game" of the scene.

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.
Class meets at UCB Sunset Training Center; Room #227

All tuition payments include a $35 non-refundable registration processing fee. 

NO CLASS DECEMBER 1, 29








Joel Spence, teacher

Joel Spence 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. 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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