Live. Breathe. Be a human. We improvise every day of our lives (or so the saying goes), yet you get on stage and you are robotic, stiff, wooden, and inhuman. We will breathe some life back into your scenes, characters, dialogue, and interactions. We’ll laugh, cry, give each other a hard time, pick ourselves up when we’re down, and just be humans.
Using the lessons learned at the Chicago Improv Studio, this workshop focuses on playing by the rules of life, rather than the rules of improv. Participants will work on engaging each other in scenes, and finding their natural acting imputes that are common to all elements of the craft.
Chris George (he/him) is an actor, improviser, and chemist from Chicago, IL and an apprentice of Bill Arnett.
He is a graduate of the iO, Annoyance, CSz Advanced, and Chicago Improv Studio (CIS) training centers, and is a founder of the National Comedy Theater’s (NCT) Sunday Company, co-founder and former Assistant Aristic Director of Finest City Improv (FCI) (San Diego, CA), and co-founder and former festival chair of the San Diego Improv Festival.
He is a former faculty member of FCI and Sidestage Improv (now Old Town Improv Company) and has been a guest instructor at NCT, the Dallas Comedy Festival, Spectacles Improv Engine (Orange County, CA), Endurance Improv Festival (Madison, WI), Jacobs International Teen Leadership Institute (JITLI), Naval Justice School, University of Texas Dallas’ Advanced Improvisation Program, Longshot Theater Company (Biloxi, MS), Countdown Improv Festival, Kansas City Improv Festival, Palm Beach Improv Festival, San Francisco Improv Festival, and CIS.
Past stage roles include Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Antipholus of Ephesus (Comedy of Errors), Birowne (Love’s Labour’s Lost), and Banquo (Macbeth).
This class is offered completely online through Zoom. We recommend using a computer for the best experience. You do not need a Zoom account, but you might want to try it before the class so you are familiar with it.
All students must agree to the Highwire Code of Conduct.