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IMPROV TO SKETCH

THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES STUDENTS THE SKILLS TO CREATE THEIR OWN ORIGINAL MATERIAL USING IMPROVISATION AS THEIR TOOL.

This is a 4 level course in which students will learn to create their own original material using improvisation as their tool.

Students will also create the form in which their final show is presented and will have a packet of polished written and performed scenes at the end of the process.

The first three levels will culminate in one performance. At the completion of level 4, ensembles with have a set run of their original show at the iO theater.

All classes are taught by Norm Holly.

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.

LEVEL 1: REALITY

Students will learn to create scenes and monologues based on real circumstances
and information. Life experience as well as researched subject matter will be the basis for
character and idea generation.

The first three levels culminate in a performance, followed by a multi-week run of their polished and written work after the final level.

CLASS DATES:
Two Level 1 classes will be offered. First day of class will be Wednesday, June 20th or Saturday, June 23rd, depending on which day you sign up for.
**No class on Wednesday, July 4th or Saturday, July 7th.**

$305.00
Instructors:

Norm Holly

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LEVEL 2: REINVENTING THE WHEEL

Students will take known forms from theater, film, television, and music to come up with new
ways to create original content based on classic styles.

The first three levels culminate in a performance, followed by a multi-week run of their polished and written work after the final level.

$305.00
Instructors:

Norm Holly

PREREQUISITE: LEVEL 1

LEVEL 3: PRESENT / REPRESENT

Students will combine their skills from the first two level to generate material that can be
both serious and ridiculous, to creating material that can go from the saddest situation to the
sublime and outrageous.

The first three levels culminate in a performance, followed by a multi-week run of their polished and written work after the final level.

$305.00
Instructors:

Norm Holly

PREREQUISITE: LEVEL 2

LEVEL 4: PRESENTATION

Students create the form in which their material will be presented. Students with generate
and refine their content to be presented in a show in the format of their choosing.

At the completion of level 4, ensembles with have a set run of their original show at the IO theater.

$305.00
Instructors:

Norm Holly

PREREQUISITE: LEVEL 3

CLASSES MEET ONCE A WEEK FOR THREE HOURS. THERE ARE 8 CLASS MEETINGS PER LEVEL.

The first three levels culminate in a performance. At the completion of level 4, ensembles with have a set run of their original show at the iO theater.

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