The next session of Intro to Improv with Dan Brown of Reflex Improv begins on Tuesday, January 14, 7:30 to 9:30pm. The group will meet at the Unitarian Univeralist Fellowship at Easton, 7401 Ocean Gateway. No acting experience is required.
The first class in this six-week program, which runs from January 14 to February 25, is open to anyone who would like to experience the improv process. The discounted fee for this opening night is $20. The fee for the full six weeks is $225.
In Intro to Improv participants learn and practice the building blocks for creating improvisation scenes. The fun includes warm-ups to break down barriers and build camaraderie, and exercises to inspire top-of-the-head thinking and creativity. Expect lots of laughter and lessons that can be applied to everyday situations at work and in other areas of life.
Brown, who teaches in Virginia and Maryland, caught the improv bug while in college, performing in the school’s short-form and sketch program, acting in school and community plays, as well as writing, directing, and starring in many comedy short films. After moving to the Washington, DC area, he took a free workshop at Washington Improv Theater and fell in love with the joy and freedom of long-form improv. His approach to teaching is positive, encouraging, joyful, fast-paced, and, most of all, fun.
Improv student Nancy Andrew says, “I’d been curious about trying improv for years. In 2018, I signed up for two of Dan’s Annapolis classes. He’s a great teacher! Improv, for me, is pure fun. As a bonus improv has helped me be more creative, develop my listening skills, meet new people, and be more fully present.”
Andrew adds, “You don’t have to be funny to have fun with improv. Dan teaches us the process and gives us lots of encouragement. The fundamentals of improv include the concept of ‘Yes – And,’ which encourages us to listen to one another and find agreement. Two other improv fundamentals – ‘I’ve got your back’ and making each other look good – encourage team work. When we all follow the process, funny happens.”
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