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  • Improv 001: Freeview

    When: Sunday, July 5th (1-2pm)

    Cost: FREE

    Prerequisites: No comedy or performance experience (or money) necessary. This class is intended for anyone who has NOT taken a previous Freeview class.
    Email us if you have any questions.

    This free, one-time workshop is a preview of what improv class is all about. We’ll walk through some basic concepts, teach you a few exercises and games, and generally have a good time. This class is intended for anyone who has NOT taken a previous Freeview class.

    Did we mention it’s free?

    Improv 001: Freeview

    When: Monday, July 6th (7-8pm)

    Cost: FREE

    Prerequisites: No comedy or performance experience (or money) necessary. This class is intended for anyone who has NOT taken a previous Freeview class.
    Email us if you have any questions.

    This free, one-time workshop is a preview of what improv class is all about. We’ll walk through some basic concepts, teach you a few exercises and games, and generally have a good time. This class is intended for anyone who has NOT taken a previous Freeview class.

    Did we mention it’s free?

    Improv 101: Intro

    Alex Beall

    When: Sundays, 1pm – 3pm for 8 weeks beginning July 12.

    Instructor: Alex Beall

    Cost: $185

    Prerequisites: None. No comedy or performance experience necessary. Email us if you have any questions.

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    Have you always wanted to try improv? Are you looking to use the fundamental lessons in other aspects of your life? In this first level of our training program, you will learn the fundamentals of improv from saying “Yes, and” to listening and being more spontaneous.

    Intro to Improv is an eight-week course that is taught in a very supportive, fun environment that allows you to feel comfortable taking risks. All experience levels are welcome.

    About the Instructor

    Alex began taking improv classes with the Coalition 3 years ago and has since taken classes and workshops in Richmond and NC, with instructors from Chicago, New York, and New Orleans. Currently, Alex performs with the Coalition house team, Ambassador, as well as Sister Hug. She spends business hours teaching and caring for kids. Alex loves cooking, writing, and being weird with other humans.

    Improv 101: Intro

    Kathryn Schmidt
    When: Mondays, 7 – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning July 13

    Instructor: Kathryn Schmidt

    Cost: $185

    Prerequisites: None. No comedy or performance experience necessary. Email us if you have any questions.

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    Have you always wanted to try improv? Are you looking to use the fundamental lessons in other aspects of your life? In this first level of our training program, you will learn the fundamentals of improv from saying “Yes, and” to listening and being more spontaneous.

    Intro to Improv is an eight-week course that is taught in a very supportive, fun environment that allows you to feel comfortable taking risks. All experience levels are welcome.

    About the Instructor

    Kathryn has been performing improv for three years and is a current member of the Coalition’s house team, Da Vinci and has been part of the casts for Runs in the Family and The ReHappening. She’s performed in several national festivals and when not at the theater, she can be found crushing it at karaoke bars.

    Improv 201: Character & Relationships

    Zane Adickes
    When: Tuesdays, 7 – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning July 14.

    Instructor: Zane Adickes

    Cost: $185

    Prerequisites: Intro to Improv
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    Good scenes are the bedrock of improv. In our second level, you will strengthen the skills you built in our Intro class and focus on creating sustainable scenes based on strong, deep relationships and honest emotional reactions.

    Great if you want to dig deeper into improv or if you need to interact with other humans in your day-to-day life.

    About the Instructor

    Zane has been studying and performing improv for 3 years and is a founding member of the Coalition house team, Da Vinci. He has also performed in a number of festivals including Hell Yes Fest and NCCAF. He likes Pokemon, scary movies and JavaScript.

    Improv 201: Character & Relationships

    Katie Holcomb

    When: Wednesdays, 7pm – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning July 15.

    Instructor: Katie Holcomb

    Cost: $185

    Prerequisites: Intro to Improv
    Email us if you have any questions.

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    Good scenes are the bedrock of improv. In our second level, you will strengthen the skills you built in our Intro class and focus on creating sustainable scenes based on strong, deep relationships and honest emotional reactions.

    Great if you want to dig deeper into improv or if you need to interact with other humans in your day-to-day life.

    About the Instructor

    Katie Holcomb is co-founder and current Artistic Director of the RCC. She got her start improvising in 2000 with the ComedySportz Improv Theatre where she would later become a member of their coaching staff. In recent years, she’s been able to travel and play in festivals all along the east coast and Canada, and learn from the best instructors in improv today – some of the most impactful on her being Matt Besser, Barry Hite, Joe Bill, Armando Diaz, & Asaf Ronan. Currently, you can see her performing with both Pigeon and Middle Management. She loves what she does an unbearable amount.

    Improv 301: Patterns and Games

    Patrick Gantz and Scott Beckett

    When: Sundays, 7pm – 9pm for 8 weeks beginning July 12.

    Instructors: Scott Beckett & Patrick Gantz

    Cost: $185

    Prerequisites: 101, 201
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    In our third level, we explore creating patterns and discovering games to propel your scenes forward. You’ll get out of your head and into the show by focusing on your team and what they need.

    You’ve contracted the improv bug, you may as well accept that you are now beyond the help of medical science.

    About the Instructor
    Scott Beckett has been performing improv for four years, including two years with the Coalition Theater’s house team The Johnsons. He has performed in DC, Baltimore, and Charleston. He comes to improv after four years of driving construction equipment for the United States Marine Corps and ten years in health care business analysis. Scott has starred in two Richmond 48 Hour Film Festival runners up for Best Film.

    Improv 401: Longform Improv

    Josh Blubaugh
    When: Mondays, 7 – 9pm for 8 weeks, beginning July 13.

    Instructor: Josh Blubaugh

    Cost: $185

    Prerequisites: Improv 101, 201 and 301
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    In our fourth level, we’ll approach Long Form from the 16-bar blues of improv: The Harold.

    Over eight weeks, this survey will strengthen the broad skills you have (two-person scenes, group work, playing from emotion, pattern recognition), and put it all on its feet in a longer, cohesive piece.

    About the Instructor

    Josh Blubaugh is an improviser and stand-up comedian in Richmond. He’s a coach and performer with the Coalition and has studied improv at the Magnet Theater in New York as well as completed the Coalition’s Training Center. He plays on the Coalition Theater house team, Pigeon, and is one-half of College for Bears.

  • Stand-Up 101

    Jim Zarling

    When: Sundays, 1 – 3pm for 8 weeks, beginning July 12

    Instructor: Jim Zarling

    Cost: $185

    Prerequisites: This class is intended for people who have little to no experience doing stand-up comedy, who have always wanted to try stand-up but don’t know how, when, or where to start. (Hint: It starts here). Email us if you have any questions.

    Over the course of this class, students will work toward writing and performing an original 5-minute stand-up set. Students will begin learning basic concepts of joke writing (premise/set up/punchline). You will look to find premises in your everyday life, then work on honing your material and making it authentic and accessible to audiences. Later in the session, students will focus on creating, critiquing and workshopping their own material. The class will culminate in a class showcase performance of all-original student sets.

    About the Instructor

    Jim Zarling has been performing as a stand up comic since 2006. In 2008 he founded the Comedy Roundtable in Charlottesville which helped countless stand up comics get their start on stage. He has headlined several tours throughout the Southeast and has featured at The Cape Fear Comedy Festival, The North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival and The F Bomb Comedy Festival. In the past year has opened for Myq Kaplan, Jared Logan and Tig Notaro.

    At the Coalition Theater he performs with Pigeon and MEGAPOWER and coaches new house team Clapsaddle.

  • Sketch Comedy Writing 101

    Matt Micou

    When: Wednesdays, 8 – 10pm for 8 weeks, beginning July 14

    Instructor: Matt Micou

    Cost: $185

    Prerequisites: This class is intended for people who have little to no experience writing sketch comedy. Email us if you have any questions.

    In this course, you will learn the building blocks of writing great sketch comedy. We will look at different sketches from television and stage to see what makes them work and will explore character, setting and the elements of a good scene. By the end of this 8-week course you will translate your idea into a fully fleshed-out sketch.

    About the Instructor

    Matt Micou is an actor, writer, improviser, director in producer. Matt moved to Chicago in 1998 where he trained at the Second City, iO (formerly improv Olympic) and the Annoyance Theater. He is a founding member of the sketch comedy group Grandma June’s Sewing Circle, which performed in front of sellout crowds in countless theaters across Chicago, New Hampshire, the Quad Cities, and Austin. Matt also performed in Chopper, his improv team at iO as well as many independent teams. He also founded the sketch video group (Long Pause,) which continues to perform in Chicago. He can be seen in commercials all over Chicago, and one McGeorge Toyota commercial in Richmond (Husband). He continues to write and produce comedy shorts and make people laugh, especially his three kids. You may also recognize him from VH1′s World Series of Pop Culture Season 1, where his team was soundly defeated in the first round.

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