BBIF 2004 HISTORICAL RECORD
|FRI 9/10 7:30PM||
Let’s Try This! – GA Tech
The Code – Chapel Hill
Babies Mit Bearden – Atlanta
|SAT 9/11 7:30PM||Mock Turtle Soup – Clemson
Rathskellar – Emory
Ideaprov – Nashville
BBIF 2004: WORKSHOPS
|SAT 10/21 10:00AM-12:00PM|
WORKSHOP 1: GET UP ON THAT IMPROV THANG
Chris Blaire directs a workshop on confident choices making confident characters. Get up on that improv thang. And if that thang happens to be a workshop dedicated to making strong confident choices to make believable and confident characters, than this is the workshop for you.
WORKSHOP 2: ORGANIC PLAY
Chris Pierce, co-founder of JaCKPie, leads this workshop on physicality in improvisation with an emphasis on organic play. It is not a lecture or a discussion of forms. This is experience-based play designed to help you move from thinking to doing, and it’s applicable to improv and acting of all varieties. We will explore “Space”, “Uncommon Senses” and “Playing Out of Your Mind”.
WORKSHOP 3: THE BEATBOX
Rene Duquesnoy teaches Rock Hip-Hop and Improv Comedy w/ THE BEATBOX – Learn the format for the critically acclaimed show that fuses fast-paced longform improv comedy and classic hip-hop. Experiment with scenes that are cut, mixed, and transformed by your ensemble and an improviser with a microphone. The Beatbox opens with a freestyle off a single suggestion, employs battle raps (see 8-mile), and ends in a rap jam inspired by the world of characters created for that show.
WORKSHOP 4: UNTITLED I
“I will not know what I will do at the workshops until I am there with each gathering. They will be unique and tuned to the level and need of each group. I know this may make it hard to sell, but it is the only way I work.” ~Robert Lowe
WORKSHOP 5: ROCK THE BUILDING BLOCK
Zach Ward will hit you with energy and honest feedback on your personal approach to improvised scenework. Zach will explain why he believes your choices are made, and how exactly some of those choices can force scenes to become work and limit our collective sense of play. You will learn to play each two-person scene as if it were the whole show. And soon, after you begin to rock consecutive two-person scenes, you will begin to consistently walk away from rock solid shows. Learn to paint the fence, to sand the deck, to wax the car, and to catch flies with chopsticks. Begin to improvise so that effects become reflex and the natural rhythm of the groupmind will lead you to make moves where and when the scene wants them to be made.
WORKSHOP 6: CHARACTER GOALS
Harnessing the awesome power of improv psychology, spring into action with goals.
|SAT 10/21 1:45AM-3:45PM|
WORKSHOP 1: THE MATRIX
This workshop will break you free from the rules of the real world and teach you to play without limitations. You will begin to understand that the moment you step onstage you are jacked in, and anything is possible, if you want it. You will learn that improv rules exist but they are able to be broken. You will dodge bullets, you will escape thru a telephone, and you will know Kung-Fu. You will have more fun after you start to improvise inside The Matrix.
WORKSHOP 2: FORMLESS IMPROV; A.K.A. UNFORMED IMPROV
Tired of having a “format.” Try the natural evolution of a Harold and step into formless improv. Learn how to step out on stage and just go with out any rules what so ever.
WORKSHOP 3: PAINT theSCENE
Focus on heightening the two-person scene through your use of environment and scene-painting techniques. You will learn when and where effectively delivered visual details can actually be worth a thousand words.
WORKSHOP 4: UNTITLED II
Description: “I will not know what I will do at the workshops until I am there with each gathering. They will be unique and tuned to the level and need of each group. I know this may make it hard to sell but it is the only way I work.” ~Robert Lowe
WORKSHOP 5: LET’S GET PHYSICAL!
Movement for the Stage. Watching improvisers stand there trying to be witty is BORING. This intensive teaches core techniques and the value of stage movement, effective ways to create and use your environment on stage.
|SAT 10/21 4:00PM-6:00PM|
WORKSHOP 1: THE WORST WORKSHOP EVER
Oh, man. This is gonna be sweaty. Lots of running and flailing (or flailure as we say). Just kidding. This workshop will include narrative exercises designed to help push scenes forward, dramatic structure in theater and mythology. But we’ll also play with effectively not-advancing stories, by building tension. Time permitting, we will focus on specific skills the group wants to tackle.
WORKSHOP 2: FUNDAMENTALS OF A GOOD SCENE
Jim Karwisch, co-founder of the improv duo JaCKPie brings to light three eye-opening fundamentals of good improv scene work in this two hour workshop. The topics will include “Using the First Moment”, “Inspiration”, and “Aggressive Listening.” Jim’s intuitive teaching style makes every workshop focused on the needs of the specific people involved and allows for different levels of acting experience.
WORKSHOP 3: SOYLENT SCENE
Be the Scene! So you have a stage and people. Now what? Can’t afford the luxuries of props and scenery? I’ll lead you down the road to utilizing the best resource an improv troupe has: its players. Join me in a some games and exercises that toy with the idea of using players as props and set pieces. Come prepared to be physical and objectified…literally! It’s people….Soylent Scene is People!!!
WORKSHOP 4: KILL IT!
A workshop on ending scenes and/or bringing them to their conclusions (just in case there’s a difference).
WORKSHOP 5: DIALECTS AND VOCAL QUALITY
Add a new dimension to your characterization. Learn vocal strength to generate interesting dialects and voices.
BBIF 2004: PERFORMANCE GROUPS
BABIES MIT BEARDEN
SHOW: FRI 9/10 7:30PM
Babies mit Bearden is a three-man long form troupe. The three men are Damian Dunn, Brad Kloth, and Mike Brune. They have successfully managed to entertain laymen and impress fellow improvisers with their work. It is fresh, straight, and somewhat kind of groundbreaking-like.
SHOW: FRI 9/10 7:30PM
Down in The Basement, we are committed (or at least we should be) to bringing you quality entertainment. Our shows are 100% original material (most of the time) that is inspired by our wonderful audiences through suggestions. We use your suggestions to inspire us as we go through a multitude of difficult and fun theatre games to build scenes for you! So, now sit back and enjoy! Remember: if you laugh and have fun tonight… go home and tell your friends. If not then just keep your #@&%$ mouth shut like your momma told you! xoxo, The Basement Players.
SHOW: FRI 9/10 7:30PM
The CODE from Dirty South Improv in Chapel Hill, NC is excited to have the opportunity to perform at the Black Box Improv Festival 2004 in September. The CODE is a DSI house team that performs the Harold at regular DSI shows. Our typical show evolves organically out of a sound and movement piece inspired by an audience suggestion and builds off the themes explored in this opening. We recently completed a month-long run of Harold shows for DSI and are preparing for another weekly August run.
SHOW: FRI 9/10 7:30PM
Dad’s Garage is a casual theatre in Atlanta where you can get a drink, sit with your friends, and watch award-winning Comedy Improv and never-before-seen plays. Theatre in America is often thought of as elitist and Dad’s Garage is a perfect example of artists working to change that label. We do the kind of theatre we would want to see. Our improv shows are made up on the spot, our mainstage shows are all innovative and original, and our children’s show is the only one of its kind being done. When we’re on stage, there are few boundaries and hardly any rules. We believe in taking chances. The riskier, the better.
SHOW: SAT 9/11 7:30PM
Nashville’s only improv entertaining & training improv company. Performing for over 50,000 fans in North America since 1996, they have played venues as diverse as Riverstages, The RCA Dome, Chicago’s ComedySportz and Atlanta’s Six Flag’s Theme Park. Ideaprov recently relocated to Nashville after seven years touring nationally and headlining at comedy clubs and corporate conventions. For more information, go to www.ideaprov.com.
SHOW: FRI 9/10 7:30PM
JaCKPie was created by Chris Pierce and Jim Karwisch and debuted in 2001 as Atlanta’s first two-man improv show with the goals of offering Atlanta a look at the °growing edge” of improvisation and representing Atlanta at national improvisation festivals. JaCKPie has appeared on several local stages including Art Place, PushPush, Peachtree Playhouse, Horizon Theatre, and MASK Theatre, and on the national scene at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Chicago Improv Festival and the Atlanta Improv Festival. Karwisch and Pierce have also produced and directed several other improv shows including Chicago Red Line, Vesuvius and The Position, and taught improvisation workshops in Atlanta and Nashville.
SHOW: SAT 9/11 7:30PM
Laughing Matters is Atlanta’s longest running improvisational comedy troupe. We’ve performed for thousands of groups since 1985 and have been voted Atlanta’s best improv troupe by Atlanta Magazine! Let us get you involved in a great time! Laughing Matters is also the leading provider of interactive corporate entertainment on the East Coast!Troupe members and alumni regularly perform on stage and screen! Laughing Matters has also developed programs that have been used in product launches, national team building exercises, and award presentations. Whether you want to come see one of our public improv shows, book a private murder mystery, or help your organization communicate more effectively, Laughing Matters is your turn key solution!
LET’S TRY THIS!
SHOW: FRI 9/10 7:30PM
Let’s Try This! is the offical theatre improv troupe of DramaTech. The troupe was formed in the summer of 1989, inspired by workshops taught by Robert Lowe, who has remained a constant source of help and inspiration to us. As our name suggests we will try many things, from games to short scenes to long-form to that-in-the-world-was-that? We have many directors with different styles amougst ourselves making our shows quite diverse, however we all share a common belief in being in the moment and making our partners perfect.
SHOW: SAT 9/11 7:30PM
Rathskellar is Emory’s one and only improv comedy troup. For thirty years now, Rathskellar has performed for the Emory community and in the Atlanta area. The troupe consists of Emory undergraduate students. Each spring break Rathskellar tours other cities to work with professional and student improv troupes. Rathskellar has worked with Second City & Upright Citizens Brigade among others in past years.
SHOW: SAT 9/11 7:30PM
DSI has entertained audiences across the country with an energetic and extremely commited take on improvisational theater for the past three years. With business operations in North Carolina and Chicago, two critically acclaimed touring shows, a growing college improv network, and a national festival, DSI continues to be more than just another comedy group. We are recognized for the development, promotion and performance of the art of improvisation. Tonight DSI presents Zack Ward and Rene Duquesnoy in “Road Trip.”
MOCK TURTLE SOUP
SHOW: SAT 9/11 7:30PM
Mock Turtle Soup is Clemson’s oh-so-G-rated improv troupe. We enjoy short form, long form, and also execute several underground theatre events every year entertaining (or possibly scaring) literally dozens of people on campus. During the summer, we teach improvisational theatre workshops for middle/high school students. We are totally excited about performing at the Blackbox Festival and thank Let’s Try This! for hosting this fabulous event!
THE ROBERT LOWE EXPERIENCE
SHOW: SAT 9/11 7:30PM
Atlanta Improv Guru and aurthor of “Improvisation, Inc.: Harnessing Spontaneity to Engage People and Groups” leads a performance that will boggle your mind. No one knows what will happen or even who will be in the show. Not even Robert Lowe himself! But you can be certain that he will expose the spontaneous creative potential of the human mind right before your very eyes.
BBIF 2004: INSTRUCTORS
WORKSHOP: Let’s Get Physical! & Dialects and Vocal Quality
Paul Bellos is the founder and director of Ideaprov based in Nashville, Tennessee. He has served the corporate and non-profit communities for 18 years as an actor, author and casting director. Paul has written over 30 improv programs including the book, Just Kidding! Communicate Through Comedy and has run featured programming at Emory and Vanderbilt Universities, The RCA Dome, Atlanta’s Six Flags, Borders Books, Chick-Fil-A, HCA and Nashville Riverstages to name a few.
WORKSHOP: Get Up on that Improv Thang
Chris started improvising professionally in 1992 at Orlando Florida’s SAK Theater. After graduating from the University of Central Florida in 1995, he moved to Atlanta and helped found Dad’s Garage Theatre Company. In 1999, Chris was named the Director of Improvisation. In his current position, Chris teaches improvisation classes at the theatre as well as in High Schools for the company’s High School Improv Outreach Program. Chris has directed and written the company’s popular Christmas show as well as performing weekly in “TheatreSports”, the company’s long-running comedy improv show. Since joining Dad’s Garage, Chris has been asked to perform and teach improvisation at the Miami Improv Festival, Edmonton Improv Festival, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and the International Amsterdam Improv Festival.
WORKSHOP: The Beatbox & Paint the Scene
Rene Duquesnoy has been involved in improvisation for over five years. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of The Playground Theater, the nation’s only non-for-profit improv co-op. Rene has served on The Playground Theater’s professionalism committee and has chaired the education and outreach program. Rene has been involved with Dirty South Improv for two years as a performer, instructor, and director. Rene can be seen with the Playground member team, Homey Loves Chachi, the Jerk Alert children’s show Hogwash, and DSI’s uber-shows ROAD TRIP and THE BEATBOX (“Critic’s Choice” – Chicago Reader, “Best Bet” – Chicago Tribune, “Best Improvised SHow” – St Louis Fringe Festival 2004). Rene has been featured in the ComedySportz of Chicago shows MC Willie and the Music Factory (“Critic’s Choice” – Chicago Reader), Tales of the Stinky Cheese Man, and Snow White/Rose Red and the Seven Dwarves, and Cowboy Peepshow at ImprovOlympic. Rene currently directs The Playground Theater pilot member ensemble Jovial Hayes. Rene has studied at the Second City (Michael Gellman, Jonathan Pitts, and Tim O’Malley) and the Improv Olympic (TJ Jagodowski, John Lutz, Craig Cackowski).
WORKSHOP: Formless Improv; a.k.a. Unformed Improv
Adam has been doing improv for about 5 years with Let’s Try This!, serving once as leader before moving on to run marketing for the theatre at large, and recently to serve as the president of DramaTech. He’s done a bunch of work off-and-on with CETL, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Georgia Tech, mainly involving improv instruction for purposes other than performance.
WORKSHOP: Fundamentals of a Good Scene
Jim’s performance career began in his elementary school production of The Thimble and continued with stints at Cobb Children’s Theatre and “Dramatique”. After completing a BFA in Theatre, he toured for three years with Missoula Children’s Theatre and Repertory Theatre of America. Jim lived in Chicago, where he began his improvisational work training with Improv Olympic and playing in The Playground’s Incubator Program. Now living in Atlanta, he has teamed with Chris Pierce in founding the improvisation performance duo, JaCKPie. Jim also teaches long-form improvisation in Atlanta, enjoys graphic design and is currently preparing to attend an MFA program.
WORKSHOP: Kill It!
Ryan has been a fixture in Let’s Try This! ever since starting improv just over 5 years ago. Over the years he has served one year as elected leader and two seperate semesters as acting leader of the troupe, as well as a long ago stint as the troupe’s marketing director. He has become known among Let’s Try This! for his experimental workshops and bombastic directing personality. His self-taught directing style is an amalgamation created over five years of trying nearly everything and gradually weeding out the stuff that doesn’t work. Enjoy!
WORKSHOP: Untitled I & Untitled II
Robert Lowe is the author of Improvisation, Inc.: Harnessing Spontaneity to Engage People and Groups, (Jossey-Bass Pfeiffer, 2000). This book is the pioneering work in the use of Improvisational Theatre techniques for organizational development and business and professional communication. Robert is known as the Grandfather (sometimes the Godfather) of Improvisational Comedy in Atlanta having founded “The Lightside City Players” in 1983, “Comedy Atlanta” in 1985, and “The Next City Comedy Theatre” in 1988. In 1989 Robert had a significant influence in the founding of Georgia Tech’s “Let’s Try This” Improv Comedy movement. For nearly 20 years he has brought Improv technique, fun, and exploration to business and organizations of every size and form. His work is known in more than 20 countries, and it has been noted that either Robert, or his students, and now students of his students, have had an influence on almost every venue of Improv comedy in the Atlanta region. Mr. Lowe’s public Improv Comedy Workshops have provided the inspiration and the formula for programs that have placed hundred of non-performers on live Improv stages throughout the region.
WORKSHOP: Organic Play
A graduate of UGA and the summer training program at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Chris has performed as a professional actor in Atlanta for 6 years. His theater credits include performances with Essential Theater, Atlanta Classical Theatre, Wing and a Prayer, Dad’s Garage, and a six month run in the political satire Limousine Ride at Ansley Park Playhouse. Chris has appeared in industrial films for major corporations, independent films, regional and national commercials, and most recently in the feature film Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius. He is co-founder of the Atlanta-based improvisation duo, JaCKPie. Chris’ improvisation interests are strongly influenced by his background in theatre, Viola Spolin, long-form styles pioneered by Del Close, and the exciting rediscovery of organic play explored by groups like Burn Manhattan and Hothouse STC.
WORKSHOP: The Worst Workshop Ever
Matt is a co-founder of Dad’s Garage. He has taught improvisation for 12 years. This past year, he has played and workshopped festivals in Amsterdam, Miami, New York, Chicago, Edmonton and Austin. His improv splinter group The Glistening Boys of Summer took home third place in Canada’s Improvaganza tournament. His other subversive improv team Doomsday La Machine was hampered this year by injuries. You can see Matt in Mr. 3000 starring Bernie Mac this October, and in Pop Rocks starring Gary Cole and Sherilyn Fenn on ABC Family.
WORKSHOP: Charater Goals
Mike has been playing with Let’s Try This! for over four years. During his time there, he quickly began directing workshops and shows. He fashioned techniques for some bizarre improv, as well as very tight scenes. Mike is constantly influenced by the members of his troupe even as an alumni of Georgia Tech. Mike has performed all over Atlanta at colleges such as Agnes Scott as well as other comedy venues. He also performed at DSIF4. Mike is thrilled to instruct at the Black Box Improv Festival and hopes you enjoy his fast-paced workshops.
WORKSHOP: Rock the Building Block & The Matrix
Zach Ward has been performing, teaching, and directing improv comedy professionally for over 10 years. Founder and Executive Producer of the DSI Theater and North Carolina’s Dirty South Improv Festival, Zach has been employed as Assistant and Associate Producer for the Chicago Improv Festival, Director of Education for ComedySportz of Chicago, Artistic Director for ComedySportz of Chapel Hill, Improv Coach for Fastweb.com, Lead Trainer for Monster.com Executive Sales, and Lead Trainer for Motorola Latin American Sales. A coach and mentor for both professional and college improvisers, and a featured instructor at comedy festivals around the world, Zach also proudly serves on the Board of Directors for YESand.com, the online improv source that cannot be denied. Zach has studied with Mick Napier and Susan Messing (Annoyance), Bob Dassie, Craig Cackowski and TJ Jagodowski (ImprovOlympic), Matt Besser and Amy Poehler (Upright Citizens Brigade), Michael Gelman (Second City), and with every single student he teaches. Zach can currently be seen at the DSI Theater with the longform team Mister Diplomat or the shows Natural Selection, ROAD TRIP, and FORTUNE 500. You can also catch him with ComedySportz of Chicago, touring with the two-person team Dual Exhaust (“Critic’s Choice” – Chicago Reader International Super Cagematch Champion – 2003/2004), or hosting freestyle battles at clubs around the world after DSI’s THE BEATBOX, the fusion of hip-hop and longform improv (“Critic’s Choice” – Chicago Reader, “Best Bet” – Chicago Tribune, “Best Improvised Show” – St Louis Fringe Festival 2004). More More More.
WORKSHOP: Soylent Scene
Nate has 8 solid years of improv experience, 6 of which are with LTT! In his time with LTT!, Nate has directed countless shows and workshops, and he has also served as troupe secretary and leader. He is one of the proud few to have been awarded LTT!’s prestigious Lifetime Acheivement Award. In true Let’s Try This! fashion, Nate believes in an xperimental approach to improv, which has led him to the creation of several games and exercises. Other interests that ocasionally work their way into Nate’s improvisational style are martial arts, music, and horrible, horrible puns.