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Postby Dave » March 1st, 2015, 11:18 am

w/ Dave Buckman
Wednesdays in March
6-8pm & 8-10pm

Many experienced upper level 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, graduates of Austin’s Improv Training Centers and Improv Instructors to take an honest and supportive look at your own scene work, get some good feedback and receive notes that are fair and honest.

Read more details and Sign up here:

WHEN: 6-8pm and/or 8-10pm WEDNESDAYS IN MARCH (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th)
WHERE: ColdTowne Conservatory (6929 Airport Blvd #131)
COST: $200/8 classes, $100/4 classes or $50/ 2 classes


Dave Buckman has directed, taught and performed at some of the world’s leading improvisational comedy institutions. After several years studying and teaching improv in Chicago, Dave served as Artistic Director of Boom Chicago in Amsterdam for 2 years, where he was fortunate to work with and direct some of the funniest people working in television and web-based sketch comedy today. He culminated his run in Europe with directing “Boom Chicago: RockStars” the second stage-swap with The Second City’s Main Stage in its 50 year history, After Europe, Dave worked as a director and teacher at The Second City in Chicago and Cleveland, directing Cleveland’s 2003 Main Stage revue, “Who’s yer Baghdadi?”. Since 2005, Dave has been living in Austin, TX with wife and creative partner Rachel Madorsky, teaching and performing with their award-winning troupe The Frank Mills. Dave also performs with BrainTrust, You’re Not My Real Dad and with Rachel and Dave. He is also a producer for The Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival, held every Labor Day in beautiful Austin, TX.

Here are some testimonials:
    "I haven't taken another class where I immediately benefited so much."-Kristin Henn

    "...penetrating, insightful, and crystal-clear notes on your scene-work and your individual strengths and weaknesses as a performer."-Alex Baia

    "Dave is great at getting you to actively reflect on your personal playstyle 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

    "...detailed, unique insight that will forever change the way you perform improv."-Frank Netscher

    "What I was looking for in the class, is what I got."-Jason Finkelman

    "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

    "The most rewarding and helpful improv learning environment I've ever experienced. He knows exactly what you need to do to become a better improviser and he has an arsenal of custom tailored exercises to help get you there."-Calan Lambert

    "This is a professional workshop. It is a class that is completely worth the money I would recommend Dave's teaching to anyone wanting to take their improv to the next level."-Chrissy Shackelford

    "I feel like I jumped to the next level with my improv in just a few short classes."-Emily McDonald

    "My improv has gown leaps and bounds working with him. I walked away a stronger player."-KC Harvey-Taylor

    "Dave guides you through exercises that help you break bad habits and improve performance. It's hard work but very rewarding."- Alejandro Garcia

    "Dave performs surgery on your accrued improv knowledge, reassembling the circuits in such a natural fashion that you're surprised they weren't set up that way all along."-Ian Townsend

    "Dave Buckman's class is like the time your best friend told you that your new hair cut sucked...but then helped you fix it real quick before any of the cute, foreign TAs saw it."-Ashley Siebels

    "I learned more about improv on the first day with Dave Buckman than I had in all my prior classes combined."-Taylor Stewart

    "Dave cares about my success as an improviser even outside of class. He is dedicated to seeing his students succeed." -Chelsea Bunn

    "Dave's class really helped me focus on my own improv. After years of teaching it is great to have your own play time again."- Jessica Arjet

    "I've had more instruction from Dave than any other teacher anywhere, and I still benefit from his coaching. He identifies and articulating aspects of your play that everyone else has missed, and then he puts you through the wringer. I respect his experience and intelligence, I appreciate his compassion and humor, 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
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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