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ELECTIVES & WORKSHOPS

iO OFFERS A VARIETY OF UNIQUE WORKSHOPS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Creation - Level 1 - Character Creation

Creation - A Brecht Show
Creation is advanced training in traditional Brechtian art form using both timeless and contemporary themes. Performers will be actors, creators of content, music and sound effect artists as well as set pieces, creating an original production in the style of Brecht and the sensibilities of the ensemble.

There are three, eight week levels culminating in a performance.

Level 1-Character Creation
In depth individual work on creating characters that are serious and empathic as well as clowns, poets, and fools. The power of each performer is forming a "purpose" with each character and performance they create. A great performer is not only creating comedy and drama on stage but conveying a larger meaning to the audience and the world.

Level 2 - Creating Content
The development of content through the unique voice of the individual and ensemble. A show adapts to the strength and voice of the individual not to a pre-existing form. No content is out of bounds no way of conveying content is predetermined. Music, movement, painting, dramatic as well as comedic elements are at play. We simply begin plugging the characters created in term 1 to the story and form this ensemble is meant to create.

Level 3 - Reinventing the wheel
The characters and content of the first to levels are combined into a performance that tells the story in the manner and with the content these performers develop.

Norm Holly Has spent over 30 years directing, teaching and performing. Norm has served as Co-Chair of the Columbia College Theater Dept with Second City founding member Sheldon Patinkin, Artistic Director, resident director and Conservatory Head at The Second City Chicago. He also goes way back with the IO Chicago having directed Matt Besser and Amy Poehler in "How Much I lied". Norm was part of The Boys, and can be seen at IO Chicago with Susan Messing in "Molly."

When: Saturdays beginning March 3rd from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: “Mission Theater” located on the 2nd floor of the iO Theater.
How many: 15 students

$305.00
Instructors:

Norm Holly

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Directing Improvisation to Sketch

This is an eight week course designed to instruct directors on how generate original material from improvisation.

WEEK 1- Setting the atmosphere. Each rehearsal should have a clear direction on its intent right from the warm up.
WEEK 2- Developing characters not ideas first. Good scenes follow characters not story guidelines
WEEK 3- Understanding and developing a premise. The idea for a scene is always a actionable and immediately executable.
WEEK 4- 2 and three person scenes. The building block for scene work begin with character interaction.
WEEK 5- Larger cast scenes. The creation of larger and full cast scenes. Cast scenes are really just a series of witnessed 2 person scenes.
WEEK 6- Creating from source material. News sources, books, music. Scenes created based on existing content.
WEEK 7- Repeating a scene and working out beats.
WEEK 8- Creating an original 30 minute show in one class.

BIO:

Norm Holly Has spent over 30 years directing, teaching and performing. Norm has served as Co-Chair of the Columbia College Theater Dept with Second City founding member Sheldon Patinkin, Artistic Director, resident director and Conservatory Head at The Second City Chicago. He also goes way back with the IO Chicago having directed Matt Besser and Amy Poehler in "How Much I lied". Norm was part of The Boys, and can be seen at IO Chicago with Susan Messing in "Molly."

When: Wednesdays beginning February 28th from 7pm to 10pm
Where: “2nd Floor Event Space” located on the 2nd floor of the iO Theater.
How many: 15 students

$305.00
Instructors:

Norm Holly

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FUN-DAMENTALS OF VOICE

As with any muscle or skill set, knowing the fundamentals of how to keep your voice strong, stretched and cared for is crucial for both your Netflix special and SNL audition.

This four week Fun-damentals of Voice class is designed to enhance your performance skills by helping you developing a flexible speaking voice. In these four weeks we will,

- Learn to release vocal tension and develop an understanding of your support muscles through a variety of vocal warm-ups. By the end you will leave with an arsenal of warm-ups for any performance or situation

- Explore various vocal techniques, which, when paired with improv will assist you in discovering a range of characters

- Play with scripted texts to find dimension and weight in character voices whilst applying that voice to the body of the character you’ve created

- Dabble in the beginnings of learning an accent and play with putting these vocal techniques into practice in an improv set

Wether you’re interest lies in finding voices for voice over work, learning new vocal techniques to enhance your improv set, or simply if you are looking to improve your projection and learn a vocal warm up (or what that even is!) then this course is for you!

*Please wear clothing you are comfortable moving in (no jeans).

About Nikki
Nikki Hartung is a comedian, voice over artist (Xenoblade Chronicals 2), voice teacher (Identity School of Acting) and trained actress originally from Florida’s forgotten capitol, Tallahassee. Nikki received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of West Florida, where her interest in the voice first developed whilst studying how to do accents. She went on to study Classical Acting at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in London, UK, where she learnt many different techniques to free the voice, use it properly so as not to harm it and how to develop a character through subtle vocal choices. Nikki feels very passionately that the voice is an underrated tool which performers sometimes overlook. She also feels very passionately that pasta cures all.

When: Class meets on Saturdays 12pm-3pm from March 10th - March 31st for a total of 4 class meetings
Where: 1st Beat Room
How many: 16 students

$130.00
Instructors:

Nikki Hartung

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Clown and Movement for Improvisers

This workshop provides improvisers and performers with a skill set to promote physical awareness, physical longevity, and a glimpse into the philosophy and archetype of the Clown.

Please wear clothes that you can move in.

About Seth Origitano
Seth Origitano is a clown, actor, writer, director, and producer, based in Chicago. He is the creator and creative director of Acme Theatrics, an immersive comedic vaudevillian collective. He is a regular in the music festival circuit performing interactive characters for productions houses, such as NovaHan Productions, Calliope, and Madison house. He has choreographed slapstick stage combat for MCL Theater, Under The Gun Theater, and Acme Theatrics. His clown, “Fuddle”, has also made his way around Chicago, and to ABC’s The Gong Show in Los Angeles. Seth’s physicality has also led him to motion capture acting with Red Eye Studios for Saints Row 5, and Damaged core on the Oculus Rift. All in a day’s work for the professionally daft.

When: Sunday, February 11th from 12-3pm
Where: “2nd Floor Event Space” located on the second floor of the iO Theater.
Cost: $48.00
How many: 15 student maximum

Cost: $48.00
Instructors:

Seth Origitano

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Lighting

Good lighting will make your videos look great. Learn the concepts of 3-point lighting, motivation, high-key vs low-key lighting, color temperatures, and more. Students will work with a variety of lighting tools.

Bio

Zachary Sigelko is a director and cinematographer whose work has been featured by the Atlantic, the Washington Post, Polygon, and the Chicago Tribune. He’s also produced videos for Buzzfeed, Cards Against Humanity, DePaul University, and the National Immigrant Justice Center. He is a semi-proud USC graduate and a Chicago native.

When: Sunday, February 11th from 1-3pm
Where: “1st Floor Event Space” located on the first floor of the iO Theater.
How many: 22 student maximum

$33.00
Instructors:

Zachary Sigelko

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