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Improv Workshops w/ Mark Beltzman (iO Founding member and professional actor)
February 15, 2014 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm$50 – $80
THIS IS NOT TO BE MISSED!!
THE ART OF ALLOWING IMPROV WORKSHOP w/ MARK BELTZMAN
The ART OF ALLOWING IMPROV WORKSHOP is for the ensemble actor and improvisor who desires to cultivate the ability to flawlessly and spontaneously create magic on stage and in life. “IT” comes from a place of joy and connection to one’s source intuition, and is attained by giving yourself to the art form through LISTENING rather than thinking, from ALLOWING rather than forcing, from being FULLY PRESENT in the moment and FOCUSING on CONNECTION with your partner and your environment. You will understand why making your partner look good makes you in turn look twice as good and makes the work flow. Ultimately, you will understand that this is how ensemble is created.
This workshop will focus on scene work. You will learn to develop tools to let scenes emerge organically, including:
cultivating a heightened sense of listening
cultivating a heightened sense of awareness of the scene around you, i.e. environment, textures, emotions, body languages, sounds, etc.
learning the game within the scene
making your partner look good
finding the joy in the exploration
getting out of your own way to allow creativity to flow
understanding that the true magic lies in the synchronicity of you, your partner and the audience all discovering a point of focus at the same time
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Mark Beltzman has been acting, writing and directing since 1981. He was a founding member of Improv Olympic in Chicago and of the legendary group, Barons Barracudas. Mark has worked and directed at the famed Second City in Chicago. He directed many improvisational and theatrical productions at Second City in Chicago and Los Angeles, including the Second City Alumni Jam. He was also instructor/director at The Second City Training Center, Improv Olympic West and the Upfront Comedy Showcase as well as all over the UK, London, Brighton and Bristol. Mark has also acquired a great deal of knowledge about the creative process of producing, writing and directing while performing in such notable proudctions as: “Mo Money, ” “Billy Madison,” “The Wedding Singer, “Seinfeld,” “Rosanne,” “House,” and “Pretty Little Liars” to name a few.
“Mark Beltzman is the funniest and most talented improvisor that I have ever worked with. I have worked on stage with him at Second City, done radio shows with him, we did movies like “Red Heat” together, and half a dozen episodes of “According to Jim.” Our scenes always got the biggest laughs.”– JIM BELUSHI
“Mark Beltzman walks the walk and listens to the talk. You WILL have fun. And that’s what it’s all about!” – GEORGE WENDT
Zenbanx – 685 Auahi St
Saturday February 15th 2:30-5:30
Sunday February 16th 1pm – 4pm
$50 for one day
$80 for both
Tickets may be purchased before class OR you can reserve a spot online at the link above. Reserving a spot does not guarantee a space in the class. Priority will go to presale ticket holders.