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I'd like to bring my week long advanced Improv Bootcamp to New York.
I'd like to bring my week long advanced Improv Bootcamp to New York.
I'd like to bring my week long advanced Improv Bootcamp to New York.
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Under The Gun Improv Bootcamp NYC

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For the past two years, I've been teaching an Improv Bootcamp in Chicago through Under The Gun Theater. It's a type of intensive improv training focused on developing specific skills, through concentrated practice. It's targeted toward students who have at least a year of improv experience, and are looking for a program that will challenge them and improve the way they play right away.

In a typical improv intensive you are introduced to many different concepts and exercises, often in classes of 20 people or more. It's not uncommon to get only one try at a particular exercise before the class moves on. 

Improv Bootcamp is different. Instead learning a plethora of different concepts, we focus on a few specific ones and use a variety of exercises to practice each skill. Typically students are given multiple opportunities to practice a skill over several days. 

The specific skills we are going to cover fall into two categories. One is related to acting. We will practice observing and naming our scene partner's behavior, and acting on our gut impulses in response. Most other things will be connected to making our scenes more specific and unpredictable. We will bring our scenes to life through movement, object work and mining our subconscious to make our dialog more spontaneous and surprising.

I'm eager to take this workshop to New York, where I know there are many people interested in this kind of training. The Bootcamp will be offered June 20th to June 24th, 2016. And take place between 10am and 4pm, Monday - Friday that week. This is the week leading up to the Del Close Marathon, so out of towners may want to stay through the following weekend.

Any excess profits from the funding of this project will be used for the maintenance and expenses of Under The Gun Theater in Chicago, of which I am a co-owner.

If you are interested in attending an Improv Bootcamp in Chicago, you can signup for one now at our website.

UPDATE: I have revised the Kickstarter to limit the total number of students to 15 overall. As of Monday morning that means only 5 more people can sign up. 

Photograph by Tyler Bolken via flickr.

Risks and challenges

The main risk is not meeting the minimum number of students in order to pay the expenses of travel and accommodations. However, by using a Kickstarter, we will ensure that we meet the minimum number of students to make the workshop worthwhile financially. My past workshops in New York have sold well and I don't anticipate having any trouble meeting the minimum.

Other obstacles would include finding workshop space, but again, if the Kickstarter meets the minimum by the end of March, we should have no trouble reserving the necessary class space in New York.

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    Be a backer for this project! Be listed as a contributor who helped make this possible. Get early access to video diaries about the project, and daily written journals about the Boot Camp while it's in progress.

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    Be an early-bird student in the Improv Bootcamp. Get the rewards included in the $30 pledge. Plus this pays for your tuition to take the weeklong class.

    The class will take place Monday through Friday, 10am until 4pm, June 20-24th. The classes will be held at a rehearsal studio TBD in Manhattan.

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    Be a student in the Improv Bootcamp. Get the rewards included in the $30 pledge. Plus this pays for your tuition to take the weeklong class.

    The class will take place Monday through Friday, 10am until 4pm, June 20-24th. The classes will be held at a rehearsal studio TBD in Manhattan.

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    Be a student in the Improv Bootcamp. Get the rewards included in the $30 pledge. Plus this pays for your tuition to take the weeklong class.

    If we have 16 or more students taking the class, I will bring a second instructor so that we can break into 2 working groups throughout the day.

    The class will take place Monday through Friday, 10am until 4pm, June 20-24th. The classes will be held at a rehearsal studio TBD in Manhattan.

    T-shirt will be picked up at class rather than shipped to you.

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