An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until August 1, 2017
When: 6:30-8:30 pm. Tuesdays, June 27, July 11, 18, 25 & August 1, 2017 (no class on July 4)
Cost: $100 per person for the 5 week class
For ages 18+
Register: Purchase a class ticket below or email Admin@bluseedstudios.org
Learn the art of improvisation through a five-week course of relaxed, fun workshops presented at Blu Seed Studios in Saranac Lake on Tuesdays beginning June 27.
For many, the knowledge of improv comes from watching hit television shows like, “Whose Line is it Anyway” or the rise of such improv-trained comedians as Amy Poehler, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig. Although improv classes and training are offered across the country to strengthen the skills of performers, they are increasingly being seen as a way to improve both business and personal skills including listening, collaboration, teamwork, confidence, cooperation, creativity and sense-of-fun. In fact, Forbes, CNN and Wharton School of Business have all recently extolled the importance of utilizing improv skills in business and day-to-day personal growth. Furthermore, improv training has been incorporated at companies like Google, Ford, Hilton and Pepsico as well as Universities like Yale, UMASS, Duke and Columbia. It seems both on and off stage, the skills of improv are the skills of life.
The course will be taught by Joe Conto, who has studied the art of improv comedy with Montreal Improv Theatre since 2008 and has performed and taught at the theater since 2010. In addition to winning Montreal’s Threepio Improv competition, Conto has performed at the Del Close Marathon in Manhattan, Big City Improv Fest in Toronto and the Vermont Comedy Club. Joe is also a Professor at Paul Smith’s College, acting as Department Chair for both the Hospitality Management and Entrepreneurial Studies programs. “The Tri-Lakes seems to attract creative people both in and out of the artistic world”, says Conto, “I feel that this course will give them another way to express themselves and tap into their creative spirit.”
The course is designed to allow those with no improv background to be introduced to it while providing others who have improv training the opportunity to grow. Conto believes that anyone who is interested in moving out of their comfort zone and learning new skills in a safe and supportive environment should consider taking the course.