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ELECTIVES & WORKSHOPS

iO OFFERS A VARIETY OF UNIQUE WORKSHOPS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Physical & Non-Verbal Techniques with the tim&micah project

This workshop focuses on giving the improvisor practical techniques that will expand their utilization of physicality and non verbal communication. Through a combination of verbal and non verbal scenic exercises, tim&micah will guide improvisors to explore object work, character development, and effective communication. Participants will get pointed feedback and plenty of reps. Please dress to move!

BIOS:

Tim Soszko has made a living performing, teaching, writing, directing, and producing for 10 years. He teaches all sorts of classes with IO Chicago, Second City, The Actors Training Center, Booth, Kellogg, and The Kemper Foundation to name a few. Tim performs with the tim&micah project, Bri-Ko (an all silent sketch comedy group) and The Deltones (a musical improv group). He is also a voiceover artist, emcee, and even an auctioneer. Tim has been all over the United States, Canada and Europe, speaking, teaching and performing. He wrote and starred in a TV Pilot for his own sketch comedy show. Many people find Tim funny....his wife and children do not. timsoszko.com

Micah Philbrook is an improvisor, actor, writer, director, and teacher based in Chicago. He is half of the tim&micah project, an avant garde sketch comedy troupe; a founding member of pH Productions, an award winning theater ensemble known for original comedic works; the executive producer of That Sunday Show, a modern comedic variety show; and he’s a regular performer with Those Who Can’t, an improv showcase featuring teachers of improvisational theater. Micah has toured the Atlantic ocean and the Caribbean on cruise ships, performing with The Second City, and toured North America and Europe, performing and teaching improv and sketch comedy, with the tim&micah project and pH productions. Since 2008, Micah has been a faculty member of the Second City Training Center in Chicago where he has taught well over 160 classes in the comedic arts. micahphilbrook.com

the tim&micah project: Seasoned sketch comedians Tim Soszko and Micah Philbrook have worked side by side for many years and at many different places. Out of their desire to bring inventive and distinct work to the sketch comedy scene, they created the tim&micah project. Now they work together to transcend expectations and warp minds.

When: Sunday, December 3rd from 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Where: “1st Beat Room” located on the 2nd floor of the iO Theater.
How many: 22 students

Cost: $65.00
Instructors:

Tim Soszko & Micah Philbrook

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PREMISE TO SCRIPT

In this workshop, each writer will take a premise for a sketch and leave with a fully outlined script. We will focus on defining premise types, finding benign violations, heightening and exploring the game, and taking advantage of the film/video medium.

BIO:
Jeremy Sender is a comedian, filmmaker, and INTJ personality type according to an online quiz. He has worked for clients such as The Jim Henson Company, A&E Networks, Nickelodeon, Fox Digital, and Buzzfeed. Additionally, he is one of the creative directors of the iO Comedy Network, and a writer/director for the Network Team, Todd’s Friend Todd. He is also a director at ADPT Productions and a member of the Harold team First Kiss.

When: Sunday, November 19th from 1pm to 5pm
Where: “Writing Room” located on the 2nd floor of the iO Theater.
How many: 15 students

$53.00
Instructors:

Jeremy Sender

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The Python Process: Writing, Re-writing, and Collaborating

This eight-week workshop will immerse participants in the Python creative process, and by the end of the final session, participants will have completed, polished sketches which can be presented on stage as a sketch show or revue.

The sessions begin with a detailed look at the Python process as Howard, occasional collaborator and former personal assistant to John Cleese, will discuss the general Python approach to writing and the various writing styles of the group members. Monty Python’s Flying Circus clips will be shown which demonstrate their styles, and clips from pre-Python and post-Python works will also be featured to demonstrate how their styles evolved. Howard will also discuss his own experiences and offer an insider’s perspective concerning their sketch-writing, with examples of extremely rare, never-seen-by-the-public scripts. Students will learn the value of editing with examples by the Pythons. Finally, students will “collaborate” with the Python teams on a sketch, and learn how to use John Cleese’s advice on sketch-writing.

Students will be asked to write three short sketches in this class, based on the various styles of the Python writing teams, but they won’t have to do it alone. Just as the Pythons collaborate, the students will collaborate as they complete their assignments. And then, after class discussion, their sketches will be passed along to other writing teams within the class—the same process used in so much modern television writing.

In addition to the writing and discussion, there will be lots of Python videos used throughout the sessions as examples. There will be some favorite well-known Python shows, but there will also be some rare clips of pre-Python sketches, live Python shows, and much more, including videos of Howard interviewing Terry Jones on writing, and a discussion of the John Cleese method for increasing creativity for writers.

By the end of the course, students will study running order and putting together a show, including criteria used for picking sketches, links, timing, and casting, so that by the final class, students will have a half-hour show prepared, which they will rehearse and present at the conclusion of the class to an invited audience.

BIO:

Kim Howard Johnson has been associated with Monty Python since they first landed in America. He wrote a Monty Python fanzine, joined them (and even appeared) in Life of Brian, appeared in Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl, has written five and a half books on the Pythons (including The First 280 Years of Monty Python and Monty Python’s Tunisian Holiday), co-written a screenplay with Terry Jones, and served as personal assistant to John Cleese. He directed the U.S. premiere of Buchanan’s Finest Hour, written by Terry Jones and Michael Palin, at the Second City etc. He was also a founding member of the Baron's Barracudas (the first house team of the ImprovOlympic--now the iO), co-wrote Truth in Comedy with Charna Halpern and Del Close, and wrote The Funniest One in the Room: the Lives and Legends of Del Close, the biography of his longtime friend. He has performed, taught, and directed improvisation and comedy for many years.

When: Sundays beginning January 8th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Where: “Writing Room” located on the 2nd floor of the iO Theater.
How many: 14 students

$305.00
Instructors:

Kim Howard Johnson

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PythonProv

PythonProv will guide experienced improvisers through the Monty Python style of comedy, and how to use improvisation to create new long form comedy inspired by the Pythons. PythonProv will examine the components of Monty Python’s Flying Circus and the different writing styles involved, and focus on the stream of consciousness approach that was so important to their TV shows. Students will improvise sketches, interviews, documentaries, game shows, and music as portrayed by the Pythons. We will examine Python characters and create new ones of our own. We will watch videos of classic sketches (and some rare examples of pre-Python works), with behind-the- scenes stories and lots more. And at the end of this eight week session, there will be an eagerly-awaited PythonProv show.

Kim Howard Johnson has been associated with Monty Python since they first landed in America. He wrote a Monty Python fanzine, joined them (and even appeared) in Life of Brian, appeared in Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl, has written five and a half books on the Pythons (including The First 280 Years of Monty Python and Monty Python’s Tunisian Holiday), co-written a screenplay with Terry Jones, and served as personal assistant to John Cleese. He directed the U.S. premiere of Buchanan’s Finest Hour, written by Terry Jones and Michael Palin, at the Second City etc. He was also a founding member of the Baron's Barracudas (the first house team of the ImprovOlympic--now the iO), co-wrote Truth in Comedy with Charna Halpern and Del Close, and wrote The Funniest One in the Room: the Lives and Legends of Del Close, the biography of his longtime friend. He has performed, taught, and directed improvisation and comedy for many years.

When: Sundays beginning January 8th from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Where: “Writing Room” located on the 2nd floor of the iO Theater.
How many: 14 students

$280.00
Instructors:

Kim Howard Johnson

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