The Ensemble with Armando Diaz
05may10:30 pm5:00 pmThe Ensemble with Armando DiazA masterclass on ensemble improv10:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Love ensemble based sitcoms like, “The Office” or “Parks and Recreation”? Learn how to create an original ensemble improv show that features loveable characters set in their
Love ensemble based sitcoms like, “The Office” or “Parks and Recreation”?
Learn how to create an original ensemble improv show that features loveable characters set in their own funny world who play their own games and tackle complicated inter-relationships to explore different themes and situations suggested from the audience.
Whatever the world, from a university, to a cruise ship, from an Amish settlement to the crew of a starship, you will learn to mine hilarious characters from those settings.
You will also learn how to construct multiple storylines, how to be a swing player, make effective moves and resolve each episode with a comic and satisfying conclusion.
(Sunday) 10:30 pm - 5:00 pm
The Nursery Training Centre
6th floor Capital House, 42 Weston Street
Armando is widely regarded as one of the best improv teachers in New York City and beyond. His list of teaching credits is a long one: the Improv Olympic Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, NYU and Michael Howard Studios. He has trained dozens of actors who have performed or written for Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Mad TV, and The Daily Show.
A Chicago native, Armando studied improv under Del Close at the ImprovOlympic, Mick Napier at the Annoyance, and graduated from the Second City Conservatory. He performed in and helped create one of the most popular improvised longforms in Chicago, “The Armando Diaz Experience….” For the last decade, “the Armando” has been performed weekly in Chicago, and is now taught and performed in many other cities including Los Angeles and New York.
In addition to writing and producing short films, Armando wrote sketches for the show Upright Citizens Brigade on Comedy Central, and has performed on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.