Mr. Aaron Presents is excited to have New Yorker improviser extraordinaire Mike Brown visit the the Hawaii Improv Community to teach a two-day workshop on Solo Improvisation! Brown performed his Solo Improv Extravaganza form at the Improvaganza 2012 Hawaii Festival of Improvisation.
Solo improv is really all about learning how to play with others. When you are solely responsible for creating everything on stage, you begin to appreciate decisions made by your scene partner when performing in a traditional team.
Improvising by yourself is not a new concept and it doesn’t teach you new principles, but it does make you remember the ones you often forget about on stage.Things you will re-learn in this workshop:
-Saying ‘Yes’ to yourself.
We often concentrate on saying ‘yes’ to our scene partners and forget to say ‘yes’ to ourselves. The power of saying ‘Yes’ to yourself is liberating and refreshing.
-Silence is golden.
As scary as silence can sometimes be, it is a tool for you to use in your scene work. Know the difference between doing nothing and having nothing to do.
-Physicality, movement, and object work.
There is no solo improv without being active on stage. Because, lets be honest, who wants to see a person sitting in a chair having a conversation with them self?
-Knock, knock. Who’s there? It’s me!
Learn how to create multiple personalities on stage that the audience can also see and hear and how to manage them. It’s actually easier than you might think!Bio
Mike began his comedy career in 2005 as a Philadelphia Phillies “Phanstormer,” performing on-field sketches for the crowd. He founded The Mike Brown Solo Improv Extravaganza, co-founded Gods Little Atheist, and performs with New Jersey indie team Howdy Stranger. Previous improv teams include Trapper John, Robot Junkie, and Ha-Prov.
He studied at The PIT and The Magnet Theater in NYC, and has taught improv at The University of Oxford, John Jay College, and guest lectured at The Living Room Lecture Series at Lincoln Square. Mike currently coaches college improv teams at The University of California at Berkeley.He has appeared on Gossip Girl, Law & Order, Cupid, and Mercy, and has performed domestically in Improvaganza: The Hawaii Festival of Improv, The Boston Comedy Arts Festival, The Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival, Unscripted New York, The North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, The Del Close Marathon, and internationally at The Toronto Improv Festival, The Bush Live Theater in London, and The Merlin Theater in Budapest, Hungary.——
Mike Brown’s Solo Improv Workshop: Playing with Yourself
Saturday November 10th – Sunday November 11th
2pm – 5pm
Location: The Loading Zone : 47 N.Hotel Street
Across the street from Lucky Belly and Downbeat Diner
Maximum students: 12
Registration: Contact Aaron Pughes at email@example.com,subject “Solo Improv Workshop”
Registration is now open. Please contact Aaron Pughes to reserve your spot. Cost covers entire two day workshop and students must attend both classes as this is an intensive workshop. This is open to all levels of players, however we ask students to be prepared to learn and experience advance improvisation techniques. If you have any questions, please contact Aaron.