Improv Workshops

with Rich Talarico

Peabody® award winning writer of Key & Peele

April 12: Dulles/Ashburn
April 13: Falls Church
April 14: Annapolis

“Rich Talarico is one of  the all time great Caucasian Improvisers."
— Tina Fey

Friday, April 12 - 7pm to 10pm

Workshop Title:

You Already Know How To Do This" - Basic Tools and Fundamentals
Improv 101 with Rich Talarico

Have you ever watched Whose Line Is It Anyway? or Saturday Night Live and thought, “I could do that?” You already know how to play, how to use your imagination, now put it to work for laughter and fun. Join Reflex Improv’s Intro to Improvisation led by 30-year improv vet Rich Talarico (Second City, Improv Olympic, Key & Peele, MADtv, SNL). Enter the world of improvisation through this one night special class that introduces the thrill of instant theater in a safe, encouraging environment.

Beginners are encouraged to attend as well as intermediate players who want to brush up on the basics. As the improv saying goes: “Jump and the net will appear.”

Max Students: 20

Registration: $95

Saturday, April 13 - 10am to 5pm

Schedule:
10am - 1pm: Teach
1pm - 2pm: Break
2pm - 5pm: Teach

Workshop Title:

One Day Long-Form Improv Masterclass with Rich Talarico

Dive deep into the intricacies of initiations, point of view, object work, relationship, and the art of giving and using improvisational “gifts” to weave rich and expansive narratives. This workshop will be led by 30-year long-form improv performer and instructor, Rich Talarico (Key & Peele, SNL, MADtv, Second City). Space is limited.

PLAY FROM YOUR RIGHT BRAIN – When an improviser says “I was in my head up there…” They really mean they were in their LEFT brain on stage. And, what we want is to be in our RIGHT brain when we are improvising. Thinking v. Emotion. Discovery v. Invention. Situation v. Relationship. Exercises will get players to focus on present-tense moment-to-moment engagement, playing from their strong emotional core. Students will also learn techniques on gift giving while playing in POV.

OPENINGS/INITIATIONS – WELL BEGUN IS HALF-DONE – Improvisers, have you ever completed a scene and said, “Great scene, who were we?” Or, “Great scene, where were we?” Often players will focus so much on the WHAT that they neglect discovering WHO and WHERE early on. By tending to the WHO and WHERE at the outset, players can discover organic games (WHATS) and can set themselves up for stronger/longer scenes.

Max Students: 20

Registration: $195

Sunday, April 14 - 10am to 5pm

Schedule:
10am - 1pm: Teach
1pm - 2pm: Break
2pm - 5pm: Teach

Workshop Title:

One Day Long-Form Improv Masterclass with Rich Talarico

Dive deep into the intricacies of initiations, point of view, object work, relationship, and the art of giving and using improvisational “gifts” to weave rich and expansive narratives. This workshop will be led by 30-year long-form improv performer and instructor, Rich Talarico (Key & Peele, SNL, MADtv, Second City). Space is limited.

PLAY FROM YOUR RIGHT BRAIN – When an improviser says “I was in my head up there…” They really mean they were in their LEFT brain on stage. And, what we want is to be in our RIGHT brain when we are improvising. Thinking v. Emotion. Discovery v. Invention. Situation v. Relationship. Exercises will get players to focus on present-tense moment-to-moment engagement, playing from their strong emotional core. Students will also learn techniques on gift giving while playing in POV.

OPENINGS/INITIATIONS – WELL BEGUN IS HALF-DONE – Improvisers, have you ever completed a scene and said, “Great scene, who were we?” Or, “Great scene, where were we?” Often players will focus so much on the WHAT that they neglect discovering WHO and WHERE early on. By tending to the WHO and WHERE at the outset, players can discover organic games (WHATS) and can set themselves up for stronger/longer scenes.

Max Students: 20

Registration: $195

Rich Talarico is a Peabody® Award winner who boasts four Emmy® nominations, as well as four Writers Guild Award noms. Rich is a distinguished writer/producer known for his significant contributions to Key & Peele. Rich wrote K&P favorites Substitute Teacher, Racist Zombies, Karim and Jahar, Hatz, Teaching Center, Obama Greets, Black Ice and many more. Rich wrote and produced on some of the biggest comedy shows in late-night; MADtv, The Tonight Show w. Jay Leno, Saturday Night Live, and the critically acclaimed, Review. Rich is an alum of Chicago’s Second City and has appeared in featured roles on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, MADtv, the feature film High Fidelity and A&W Root Beer’s classic TV ad, “Mr. Dumass.” Talarico’s extensive experience in the comedy industry has made him a sought-after teacher, writer and consultant. — more at richtalarico.com

“As a teacher, Rich Talarico brings Lakers legendary coach Phil Jackson to mind. A cerebral educator who brings out the best in people.”

— Keith “Lucky” Lehrer original drummer of “Circle Jerks”

“Rich is the embodiment of good improv: positive, giving, and genuine.”

— Colin Thornton – co-founder, Improv Cincinnati

“Rich’s workshop is considered a ‘must take’ at any festival he attends.”

— Chris Moody – Producer, Detroit Improv Festival

“Rich shows you how small gifts build to deep, wonderful characters and scenes.”

— Cean Okada, Student

“Rich’s class left me feeling confident and having many tools at my disposal to instantly create stronger scenes.  The surprising thing is how simple these ideas are.”

— Steve Halasz, Student

“Rich loves to teach, but also wants to learn from his students.  His passion and respect for improv as an ever-evolving art form is infectious.  Also, he’s a shitload of fun.”

—  Amy Rhodes, Student

“Since his workshop, I’ve been happily stealing Rich’s exercises and have seen such a huge difference with our students. I’m forever grateful for this class and can’t wait to work with Rich again in the future.”

— Kevin Shimko, Artistic Director of the Comedy Arts Theater of Charlotte (CATCh)

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