Two Classes with Dave Buckman. Starts Tuesday 1/13

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Two Classes with Dave Buckman. Starts Tuesday 1/13

Postby Dave » January 6th, 2015, 10:55 am


When: Tuesdays January 13, 20, 27 & February 3
Advanced Improv 6p-8p (choose 1,2 or 4 classes)
Turning Improv into Sketch 8p-10p (4-week workshop)

Many experienced performers don’t have opportunities to take workshops or get notes. If you are in a rut and haven’t felt like you have had a ‘good show’ in months or if you would like to take yourself to the next level this workshop may be for you. This class is specifically designed for experienced improvisers to take an honest and supportive look at your own scene work, get some good feedback and receive notes that are fair and honest.

How do you take a really good improv scene and turn into a really good sketch? How do you take a really bad improv scene with a really good nugget of an idea into a really good sketch? How do you take 10 mediocre sketches and develop a really good show? By Listening, Collaborating, Killing the Baby, Following the Joke and Feeling the Beats, all while avoiding Screwing the Pooch. Dave has written, directed and performed sketch shows at Second CIty and Boom Chicago with some of the best Prime Time TV, Late Nite TV and Web-based sketch writer/performers working today.



“Dave is great at getting you to actively reflect on your personal play-style and helps you identify ways to sharpen the skills you’re already good at, as well as getting you comfortable with the idea of wielding the skills you may not use that often.” - Adam Trabka, Bad Boys

“Brutal diagnostics, targeted exercises specific to my needs and honest feedback made this class a crucial building block for my improv. Do you want to get better? Take this class.” - Sarah Marie Curry, Girls!Girls!Girls!

“I've had more instruction from Dave than any other teacher, and I still benefit from his coaching. He identifies and articulates aspects of your play that everyone else has missed, and I love the collegial atmosphere he creates. When you walk out of one of Dave's workshops, you not only feel like a better improviser, you also feel like a valued contributor to a working artistic community.”- John Ratliff, Chronicle’s Best of Austin Improv Coach

“Dave was able to identify key tendencies of mine that were hindering my improv and target them. I am so excited to apply my new-found perspective. He walked me through my own thought process, invited me to explore other ideas, and then gave me the support I needed to feel comfortable when attempting new territory in my scenes. Awesome. I watched my improv and the improv of my fellow classmates improve two-fold. It was inspiring.” - Ruby Willmann, the Escorts
If you disrespect your character, or play it just for laughs, it will sell some gags, but it's all technique.
It's like watching a juggler-- you'll be impressed by it, but it's not going to touch you in anyway. "
-Steve Coogan
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