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iO OFFERS A VARIETY OF UNIQUE WORKSHOPS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Group Mind Workshop

We will explore Group Game theory with exercises that will help you to navigate and contribute during the game slot of a Harold. Start to break down and understand how to play and create different types of group games. We will explore the differences between Group Scenes and Group Games. Push yourself to find new ways to help and play with others all the while building something as part of a team and unit. The Journey is more exciting than the destination!

Craig Uhlir was born and raised in Chicago. After completing his training at Chicago’s big three improvisational schools : Second City, improvOlympics, and the Annoyance back in the 90's, Craig began playing with Harold teams Deep Schwa and Vahalla. He also played at ComedySportz Chicago for 4 years doing short form improv. He toured with the Second City National Touring Company going around the world and then performed in Second City Las Vegas at the Flamingo hotel for 3 years. These days Craig teaches improvisation at iO (formerly improvOlympics) and The Second City. He still performs every Sunday night in Deep Schwa at iO, Chicago’s longest running Harold team. He also performs with the groups Search Engine and Deltones. Craig has been playing for over 23 years and teaching improv since the turn of the century

When: TBA
Where: Farley Cabaret
How many: 20 Students

$35.00
Instructors:

Craig Uhlir

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Tag Workshop

We will discuss the theories behind “tagging” during improv. We will explore several different tag based long forms We will cover : la ronde , typewriter , tag out pieces in general, like the ones performed by the world famous , iO originated group Beer, Shark , Mice! Find ways to vary your reasons for tagging. We will also explore plot vs. theme vs. tangent. What are you being inspired by and how can we apply Groupmind dynamics into your scene work and long forms in general?

Craig Uhlir was born and raised in Chicago. After completing his training at Chicago’s big three improvisational schools : Second City, improvOlympics, and the Annoyance back in the 90's, Craig began playing with Harold teams Deep Schwa and Vahalla. He also played at ComedySportz Chicago for 4 years doing short form improv. He toured with the Second City National Touring Company going around the world and then performed in Second City Las Vegas at the Flamingo hotel for 3 years. These days Craig teaches improvisation at iO (formerly improvOlympics) and The Second City. He still performs every Sunday night in Deep Schwa at iO, Chicago’s longest running Harold team. He also performs with the groups Search Engine and Deltones. Craig has been playing for over 23 years and teaching improv since the turn of the century.

When: Saturday, April 4th from 12-3pm
Where: Farley Cabaret
How many: 20 Students

$35.00
Instructors:

Craig Uhlir

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How to Deal with Curve Balls

This workshop will work on what to do when someone throws a curveball in an improv set. And instead of getting hit by it, I will teach you how to catch it and toss it back to continue the fun!

Concepts covered:
- how to be a better scene partner
- how to support our friends crazy choices.
- really examining the idea of “yes, and”
- Playing heightened characters as well as interacting with them as a grounded
character
- How to highlight our friends' choices when they go weird

Damon Royster comes from Lombard, IL. He studied writing and improvisation at The Second City and iO Chicago. He can be seen at iO performing with the Harold Team Comet. He also performs with Your F-ed Up Relationship; and Dreamboat at iO. He also performs weekly with the all LGBTQIA improv team Baby Wine at the Annoyance Theater. He was a 2017 recipient of Second City’s prestigious Bob Curry Fellowship; and is on faculty at The Second City Chicago for writing and beginner Improv.

When: Sunday, April 5th from 12-2pm
Where: Del Close Theater
How many: 15 Students

$40.00
Instructors:

Damon Royster

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Coaching Long-form Improv workshop

A 3-week workshop focusing on the fundamentals of coaching a long-form improv team.

What will you get out of the workshop? This workshop will help you create a coaching plan and form a personal coaching strategy based on your strengths. You’ll learn to effectively watch scenes and shows to give actionable notes on what you see. Learn to find coaching moments and become a more collaborative instructor. The end goal of the workshop is to better equip you to help unlock other people’s potential to maximize their own performance.

Mike Johnson is a Chicago native. He has studied and performed improv for two decades. He’s learned and performed at iO, ComedySportz, CIC Theater, The Annoyance Theater, The Playground Theater, and Second City. He’s taught for over 10 years at iO and ComedySportz theaters. He currently teaches Level 5 at iO Chicago.

Mike has coached dozens of teams over the years, including working with iO Harold team Meridian for 5 years. Currently, he produces and runs The Pool at iO. Over the last 3+ years, he has coached and trained hundreds of performers in the nuances of the Harold and long-form improv.

You can see Mike perform regularly with Felt and Macbeth at iO and the house team Horsefly at CIC Theater.

When: Thursdays from 7-9:30pm from April 9th - 23rd. 3 class meetings.
Where: 1st Beat Room
How many: 12 students

$80.00
Instructors:

Mike Johnson

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Sketch Comedy Writing for Stage & Film

Join 25+ year comedy veteran Rich Talarico (Key & Peele, MADtv, SNL, Tonight Show, Second City) as he leads this 6 hour workshop that will teach writers how to take your original ideas from first flash to brainstorm to pitch to first draft to rewrite. Students will have a hands on “writers’ room” experience while learning to help contribute to others’ ideas at the table.

There will be a one hour lunch break from 1-2pm.

Rich Talarico is a Peabody Award winning and four-time Emmy nominated writer and producer best known for his work on Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele.“ Rich has also written/produced “Review” for Comedy Central, FOX’s “Madtv,” NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” as well as “The Tonight Show w. Jay Leno.” Rich produced and wrote “Frank TV“ for TBS and was a writer/performer on “The Sketch Pad” for HBO. Rich served as improv coach on the first “Anchorman” film and did punch-ups on “Mean Girls” and the Oscar-winning “Get Out.” Rich's most recent feature film script "The Widow Daredevil" was named as an official selection of the prestigious 2020 Beverly HIlls Film Festival. Rich has played small roles on “Review,” "MADtv," “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” “Early Edition,” “What About Joan?” and the feature film “High Fidelity.” Rich has appeared in several TV commercials, most notably A&W Rootbeer’s “Mr. Dumass.”

When: Saturday, April 18th from 10-5pm
Where: “Writing Room” located on the second floor of the iO Theater.
How many 12 Students

$100.00
Instructors:

Rich Talarico

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GIVING AND USING GIFTS IN IMPROVISATION

Our job on stage is justify and complement our scene partners’ moves. Learn how giving and using gifts in a scene will add depth to character, situation and show. Gifts also create futures scenes.

Learn the difference between organic gifts and inorganic gifts or “pimps.” Being a great gift giver and user is a key, often under-developed skill.

Rich Talarico is a Peabody Award winning and four-time Emmy nominated writer and producer best known for his work on Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele.“ Rich has also written/produced “Review” for Comedy Central, FOX’s “Madtv,” NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” as well as “The Tonight Show w. Jay Leno.” Rich produced and wrote “Frank TV“ for TBS and was a writer/performer on “The Sketch Pad” for HBO. Rich served as improv coach on the first “Anchorman” film and did punch-ups on “Mean Girls” and the Oscar-winning “Get Out.” Rich's most recent feature film script "The Widow Daredevil" was named as an official selection of the prestigious 2020 Beverly HIlls Film Festival. Rich has played small roles on “Review,” "MADtv," “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” “Early Edition,” “What About Joan?” and the feature film “High Fidelity.” Rich has appeared in several TV commercials, most notably A&W Rootbeer’s “Mr. Dumass.”

When: Sunday, April 19th from 10-1pm
Where: “Del Close Theater” located on the second floor of the iO Theater.
How many 20 Students

$50.00
Instructors:

Rich Talarico

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Live Lit 101: Comedic Personal Narratives for the Stage

In this six week course, you will learn how to develop and sharpen your voice as a comedic essayist. You will create your own work in weekly assignments and in class exercises, receive feedback from your peers and myself, and read aloud to the class. Be prepared to complete reading and writing assignments outside of class on your own time. We will look at what makes comedic essays successful by studying authors such as David Sedaris, Steve Martin, Sloane Crosley, Sarah Vowell and others. Beginners and seasoned writers/performers are all welcome. At the end of six weeks, you will perform a polished work of your creation in a live lit style show on Sunday, June 14th at 8pm at iO.

Gina DeLuca is a seasoned comedic essayist, satirist and performer living in Chicago. She is a graduate of Smith College and attended the University of Iowa Memoir Manuscript Workshop. She has read her work in full length solo shows at Steppenwolf Theater, iO Theater and CIC, along with individual pieces at the Satire and Humor Festival, Tuesday Funk, Essay Fiesta and other events around town. Gina is also the co-producer of a monthly humor live-lit show, Tartle at the Duke. She has been featured in the Chicago Reader which has called her work, “brilliant,” as well as “savage, smart and relentlessly honest.

When: Sundays from 12-3pm from May 3rd - June 7th. 6 class meetings (no class on May 24th).
Where: Opening Room
How many: 10 students

$275.00
Instructors:

Gina DeLuca

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