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ELECTIVES & WORKSHOPS

iO OFFERS A VARIETY OF UNIQUE WORKSHOPS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Creating Web Content

Students will create, refine, produce, shoot, and edit online content. Weeks 1-4 will consist of generating and refining material, weeks 4-8 will consist of refining, shooting, and producing a completed project.

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

When: Wednesdays beginning April 25th 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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Creating Your Review Show

An eight week class instructing the students on how to create, refine, and write content for a full review performance. Students will learn: Two and three person acting based scenes, theater and film styles, the creation of silent scenes to music, and full cast scenes to fill a traditional review running order.

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

When: Tuesdays beginning May 1st 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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Longforms Elective

In this 6 week long form class we will address and explore several common features of all long form work through various forms that will isolate each concept for us. Concepts such as plot vs. linear plot, character relationships in the moment, and world building. We will explore basic support mechanics such as initiating, counter initiating, editing and other support techniques. Begin to understand the different long form conceits can help you personally develop a more active consistency.

Long forms covered will be:
Deconstruction, Close Quarters, La Ronde (strict tag out piece), Beer Shark Mice, and Shotgun.

Craig Uhlir has been learning/playing at iO since 1996. He was on teams with names like Varmit and Spank until becoming an early member of the house team Deep Schwa and later a member of the house team Valhalla. Craig still plays on Deep Schwa. Craig toured with the Second City for over two years culminating with a tour of Kuwait and Iraq for the USO. Craig spent two years in Las Vegas performing for The Second City at the Flamingo, as well as teaching there too. Craig also played with ComedySportz Chicago in the 2000’s, and has hosted iO’s Jam on at least three separate stints starting all the way back in ‘97. Jam.

When: Class meets on Sundays from 5pm-8pm from May 13th - June 17th for a total of 6 class meetings
Where: 1st Beat Room
How many: 16 students

Cost: $225.00
Instructors:

Craig Uhlir

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Get Out of Your Head: Improv and Meisner

In transitioning from improv actor to actor-actor I was introduced to Sanford Meisner and his method of repetition in order to heighten connection and relationships. I saw it's value in mining richer work in improv. This workshop will introduce students to Meisner and use these exercises as start to improvised scene work. I have taught this method at the Second City, around the country and am excited to share this workshop with the students at IO.

Kevin Crowley was a Jeff nominated actor/director at Second City working with Bonnie Hunt, Mike Meyers, Steve Carrell, and Amy Sedaris among others. He went on to a successful career in LA starring in TV (Cold Case, Murphy Brown, Boy Meets World, Drew Carey Show, CSI, among others) and films like Major League, Hoffa, The Package and more recently the Academy Award nominated Carol, as Cate Blanchett's lawyer.

When: Saturday, April 28th 31st from 12-3pm
Where: “1st Beat Room” located on the second floor of the iO Theater.
How many: 14 student maximum

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$65.00
Instructors:

Kevin Crowley

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