Improv – make new friends, build your confidence and have the time of your life. This class explores the basic vocabulary, skills and techniques taught at nationally-known improv clubs.
Improvisation for Adults – Improvisation is truly for everyone: lawyers, executives, teachers, and performers. Learn to trust your instincts and yourself. Learn the strength found in agreeing with your teammates and co-creators. Improv has been credited as a great way to build confidence, develop public speaking and listening skills, and discover the power of agreement. Participatory games, scenes and exercises take place in a very supportive environment where the chief goal of the student is to have fun and enjoy. There is no prerequisite for this class. TEENS are welcome with parental permission and interview with instructor.
The Actor’s Workout – Blocker, a seasoned professional actor will take actors, singers, public speakers, all performing artists through a series of physical and vocal exercises, impromptu live readings of plays and scenes, information sharing, as well as coaching and critiquing any prepared work brought in by students. Beginners welcome as we review basics throughout the session, professionals get an actor workout in a supportive and friendly environment. *Once a month, Actors Workout will be a rehearsal for the upcoming Live Play Reading Series.
Acting 101 – Acting 101 is where to learn the basics of creating and performing characters. For beginners and those who want to refresh, review different styles of acting, stage basics and terminology and begin to explore this amazing craft. Students will be introduced to monologue preparation and scene work, empathy, characterization, motivation and critiquing the work of fellow actors as well as their own work.
Actor’s Master Class – This intensive class is meant to hone the skills of experienced performers. The class focuses on monologue preparation and scene work. Students are expected to learn lines, perform characters they would not otherwise perform (“stretch”), give attention and thoughtful, supportive critiques to fellow students, and to learn the meaning of empathy for the characters they portray. Prerequisite: Interview and/or audition with the instructor. Acceptance is based on ability, but more importantly, potential.
Welcome to the Writer’s Room – Unlock and/or un-block the writer in you through several writing exercises designed to keep the creative juices flowing. Each week, students will be expected to practice these exercises and share their experiences and their words with the class. Learn about narrative, plot, structure, character, dialogue and style. There is work but also fun and joy to be had for any poet, playwright, novelist, columnist, blogger, technical writer, or anyone who simply wants to improve their written communications.
Frank is an award-winning actor and playwright with thirty years of experience. His New York improv life included a five-year run as the featured improv/comic performer with Forbidden Kiss LIVE!, a monthly staged variety show at Manhattan’s Stage Left Studio. Blocker was also a three-time winner of Manhattan Monologue Slam, performing his own work.