One of the most common notes we hear after a tough improv show is: “It was just way too complicated” or “There were too many things happening onstage”. Instead of holding onto a simple choice, we unnecessarily add more and more stuff to our scenes. We make the mistake of listening to the voice in our head screaming: “This isn’t enough! Start talking about something else!” One minute you’re obsessing about Indian food. Next you’re talking about Spiderman. Ice cream. Quantum mechanics. You’re lost (and so is your audience). In this workshop, we’ll work on identifying a simple “thing” for you. Then we’ll figure out your character’s “Up” and their “Down”. A simple scene is a scene you can navigate. Stop getting lost!
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.
For more information, visit jasonshotts.com
This workshop takes place on Thursday 14th February from 7pm-10pm, and costs £35