Socap Improv Core Program
Core Program caters to non-performers and performers.
The biggest myth about improv is that you need to be funny. What you need to be is yourself. Not the self you project to the world but who you truly are. For most of our students – whether comedians, actors, or real people – improv is a journey of self discovery. And, it’s a lot of fun.
The Social Capital style of improvisation is rooted in character, truth and human connection. Burgeoning artists, as well as most of us, share two common traits. One is we don’t truly listen. We hear the words people say but we don’t hear their meaning. The second is we’re self conscious. We worry that people will see the REAL us and discover that we’re not as confident, or smart, or as interesting as we project. So we developed strategies to hide who we really are. We help you break through that as both an artist and a human being. The result is very empowering.
Whether you’re an improviser wondering why you’ve hit a plateau, an actor who wants to get better at being in the moment and listening, a manager who wants to be a more effective communicator, someone who wants to get better at human interaction, or if you’re just interested in human beings, this program is for you.
Core 1: Find Your Joy with Cameron Algie
Core I focuses on dealing with overcoming our fears/anxiety/doubts. It’s about communication with other people. It’s about letting go of judgement. It’s about finding the joy of existing in the moment. The same skills that makes great improvisers, makes great people.
8 weeks starting May 9th
EARLY BIRD price $200 if you book by May 2nd
Core II: Artist Voice with Kerry Griffin
Core II continues the work in Core I – finding context and subtext, agreement, raising the stakes, and introduces the idea a character and developing your own voice. What are your experiences, biases, expertise, etc. We look at such things as status, point of view, emotional life, wants and needs. We look at playing characters that agree with your point of view, and those that don’t. We look at how engaging in ‘good natured misbehaviour’ can develop your breadth and empathy as an artist and human being.
8 weeks starting May 20th
EARLY BIRD price $200 if you book by May 13th
Core III: The Duo Scene with Amanda Parker
Core III focuses on putting everything together to tell short stories. Creating a context, finding agreement, developing subtext out of that, identifying character wants and needs, raising stakes, playing your role, and finding the ending. We continue to stress the important of bold choices, the internal the logic of the scene, how playing bad people make great drama, and more. Let’s make some magic.
8 weeks starting May 19th
EARLY BIRD price $200 is you book by May 13th
Interpersonal Skills Drop-In with Ralph MacLeod
Next class TBA
Does meeting strangers fill you with dread? Does flirting terrify you? Want to get better at just interacting with other humans? If so, this class may be for you. Through this interactive workshop, we will help you better understand yourself and others’ behaviour in order to:
- more effectively network with others – both inside and outside your social circles
- strategies on getting people to enjoy your company
- reducing your anxiety and relaxing in the company of others
This class is based in practical application – so you’ll be up on your feet rehearsing strategies and participating in hands-on learning. Are you ready to get better at managing the people in your life?