How To Own Your Scene – with Jason Shotts

We’ll do exercises that prioritize vulnerability over defensiveness; a concept of improv that seems easy on paper, but can be difficult to put into practice. A stumbling block for improvisers is our own natural inclination to try to “fix” or “change” our partners; consequently, our scenes struggle because we’re not focusing on “owning” our own choices/wants/POV.  We’ll also work on balancing out the “weird” and “normal” in our scenework. Too much (or not enough) of one of these elements and the audience will struggle to connect with what we’re creating. We’ll also focus on decision-making (“What is this scene about?”) and how to communicate that information to our scene partners.

Jason Shotts
Jason currently lives in Los Angeles, but started performing improv at Chicago’s iO Theater in 2003. In 2006, he started teaching there and was awarded “Best Teacher” in 2011 & 2013. Now Jason is performing around Los Angeles as one-half of the improv duo “Dummy”, winner of iO’s Del Award for “Best Improv Show” in 2013 & 2014. In addition to coaching improvisers all over Los Angeles, he travels around the world teaching at improv festivals and theaters.

Jason has proudly performed and taught in London, Edinburgh, Rome, Copenhagen, Beijing, Warsaw, Wrocław, Bremen, Mannheim, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, San Diego, Denver, Austin, Houston, Washington DC, Phoenix, Tucson, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Atlanta, Miami and Chicago.

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This workshop takes place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February from 10.30am-5pm each day, and costs £130

To take this course it is required that you have approximately 3 or 4 years of improv experience (2 days a week practice for example).
Please email Jules Munns with a summary of your experience: