Unexpected Productions is Seattle’s oldest improv theater company. Their historic home is the Market Theater at Pike Place Market. They perform Theatresports and original long form shows, and host an improv school.
The instructor, Dre Anderson, has over a decade of experience collaborating with Seattle artists. He is excited to share his love for freestyle and technique.
Invented by Keith Johnstone, the Theatresports format encourages performers to take risks in a good-natured environment. It also values amiability and benevolence among teammates. The participants found the program beneficial and valuable, as it helped them develop various capabilities and qualities that they could use to deal with challenges in their daily life.
Whether you’re an experienced improv performer or a newbie, this fast-paced show will challenge your wits and performance skills. Each scene is based on audience suggestions and the teams are scored by a panel of judges. The team with the most points wins a prize.
Located in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market in Post Alley, Unexpected Productions produces year-round shows and teaches improvisational theater classes. The company has 54 improvisers, including Community star Joel McHale. They are also responsible for the famous gum wall at the theater, which was originally placed to keep patrons from chewing during a show. They’ve also hosted the International Festival of Improvisation.
In long form improv, a group of performers gets a single suggestion and creates scenes that tell a story. They use tags and edits to weave together a multitude of scenes, creating characters and themes that are not always immediately apparent. They also use different styles, such as hysterical comedy and poignant drama.
A long-form show may elicit many emotions from the audience, including sadness and rage. But it is more likely to make them laugh than in a short-form show. Unlike short-form, a long-form show has the time and space to play with all of these emotions, and can explore human experience.
Joe Guppy, an acclaimed improvisational performer and teacher, brings his extensive knowledge of improvisation to this enlightening workshop. His approach integrates the latest findings in brain science to demonstrate how improv can help people form new neural pathways that promote mental wellness. The workshop will also cover the fundamentals of improv and how to incorporate it into everyday life.
Theatrical improv is an improvisational theatre form that can be used for both dramatic and comedic stories. It is a great way to get in touch with your emotions and create a story from your own experiences. It also helps improve overall communication skills and cognitive abilities. It can also be an excellent tool for leadership training and group development.
In Seattle, there are several improv companies, including Unexpected Productions. This theater company has performed in Europe and the United States and is dedicated to promoting the art of improvisation. It has taught workshops and performed in San Francisco, L.A, Orlando, and Vancouver.
Some improv performers and troupes use props and visual aids to enhance their performances. However, these additions can limit the spontaneity of a scene and may distract audiences from the content. They can also become a distraction for the actors. Many improv teachers believe that the best scenes are ones that occur with no outside interference.
Workshops are a type of educational event that offer intensive learning experiences for a short period of time. They can be held in a variety of settings, and are typically small and self-contained, unlike lectures or courses. The purpose of a workshop is to introduce participants to a topic that will spur them to explore it on their own. A successful workshop will also encourage creativity, teamwork, and collaboration.
The success of a workshop depends on the knowledge and skills of its participants, as well as the presenters. The key is to understand what your audience knows, and how much they are willing to learn. Recruiting expert speakers and assistants is an excellent way to improve the effectiveness of your workshop.
Ensure that your computer-based materials are organized ahead of time. If participants are expected to complete a quiz or participate in an online discussion forum, you will need to inform them beforehand. You should also make sure that the venue’s AV equipment is compatible with your presentation.