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Empowerment: Your Scene Partner and You - with Graham Myers
Thu, 2 March 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST
6-8pm Thursdays - March 2nd to 23rd
We weren't all meant to be down stage center grabbing every scene by the balls. We aren't all the funny, zany person on stage constantly stealing the spotlight. But that doesn't mean that we don't all have an equally important role to play in an improv show. In fact, for some of us we'll spend most shows making that funny improviser look even better by doing grounded, supportive work. All improvisers should feel empowered to play and support to the best of their abilities.
Empowerment is about learning what type of improvisers we are and what tools we can use to build our confidence in our player style. In this workshop, we will look at you as an individual and how you play and affect the show's outcome. We will also explore other styles of play and improviser types to round out our tool belt and give you confidence to affect scenes in a positive way.
We will also explore dealing with a-holes (sometimes accidental a-holes) that tend to bulldoze through scenes. There are practical methods we will use to take back control of scenes, and will practice saying no when offers actually harm scenes or players on stage. We've all been run over or made to feel like our offers aren't good enough. We've even been made to feel uneasy in shows for a million different reasons. Empowering ourselves will not only help us know where our strengths are and how to use them, but will also help us to empower our partners.
Graham Myers has a personality that is as big as his stature and his passion for improvised theatre. He started his professional improv career in 1998 and is the Artistic Director of Second Storey Theatre. Graham is also honoured to be a mainstage performer of the world renowned Vancouver Theatresports League and can be found regularly on stage all over Vancouver and the Tri-City area. He has emceed, performed and taught at various Improv Festivals, Drama Conferences, Special City Events and has had the chance to work and play with professionals from all over Canada, the USA and recently travelled to Europe to perform and teach. He hopes to keep this up until someone tells him to stop!