Baltimore Improv Festival

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Country and Region United StatesMaryland
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Festival Contact Information

Baltimore Improv Group
P. O. Box 50008
Baltimore, MD 21211 USA

Festival Description

The Baltimore Improv Festival is produced by the Baltimore Improv Group and features a program of improvisational performances and workshops. The artists are from the local improv scene as well as acts from around the country performing stand-up and sketches.

Festival Dates July 31 - August 4, 2013
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Workshops 2013:
  • Music Improv for Beginners with Travis Ploeger
    August 3rd, 10:00am - 1:00pm
    • This workshop will introduce improvisers to the basic skills of song improvisation. Topics to include recognizing and initiating songs in a structure, music theater technique, emotional integrity, and communication with the accompanist. While no previous musical improv experience is necessary, participants should be comfortable singing in public, and prior music theater or vocal experience (non-improv) is helpful.
  • Child’s Play: Improv for Kids with Bridget Cavaiola
    August 3rd, 10:00am - 1:00pm
    • Do your kids love theater and improv? Are they creative? Are you always saying, “My kids might be on Saturday Night Live one day?” Then this is the perfect workshop for them! Geared towards beginning improvisers between 8 and 13 years old, participants will learn the basics of improv, including creating scenes and fun characters. Through it all, the participants will see their self-confidence increase while exploring their own creativity and how group trust and teamwork make for amazing and hilarious improv theater.
  • Mirroring and Transformation with Topher Bellavia
    August 3rd, 10:00am - 1:00pm
    • Mirroring and transforming is a class for the experienced improviser that focuses on editing within a scene. Tired of your awkward wipes, tag-outs, and transitions? Want your troupe to look seamless on stage? Topher will guide you through flawless editing from within the scene. It’s like magic, but better.
  • Introduction to Improv with Michael Harris
    August 3rd, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    • You’ve seen it on stage, now it’s your chance to give it a shot! This workshop will take the beginning improviser through exercises and games gearing towards the basics of character and environment work as well as building trust with fellow performers. No experience necessary. Go ahead, cross this off your bucket list.
  • Cutting to the Core with Topher Bellavia
    August 3rd, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    • Do you think you might be in improviser default mode? You walk into the scene and play the same characters, emotions, and physicalities? Do you want to add something new to your repertoire? In this workshop, Topher will cut to the core of your improvising and provide individualized attention to have you step away from those static choices into new, bold, and exciting choices by taking away the default and introducing the innovation. This workshop is limited to 12 participants and is for experienced improvisers.
  • Directing the Unscripted Play with Prescott Gaylord
    August 4th, 10:00am - 1:00pm
    • Learn the methods and tools used in creating “Unscripted – A Full Length Play in Two Acts.” You will learn the essential tools for creating a dramatic narrative in play format. Focus will remain on contemporary genres, but all tools can be applied to just about any genre. Focus will be on direction, but no improv direction experience will be necessary for the class. Covered tools will include: Story arc, rising action tools, improvised acts of hubris, falling in love, climaxes on demand, using guest stars, using improvised tech-set-props, and dramatic resolutions. Practice schedules will also be distributed.
  • Introduction to Improv with David LaSalle
    August 4th, 10:00am - 1:00pm
    • You’ve seen it on stage, now it’s your chance to give it a shot! This workshop will take the beginning improviser through exercises and games gearing towards the basics of character and environment work as well as building trust with fellow performers. No experience necessary. Go ahead, cross this off your bucket list.
  • Connect with Rick Andrews
    August 4th, 10:00am - 1:00pm
    • The connection between the two players on stage is one of the most fundamentally important things to a good improv scene. When we connect, our scene is simplified and our job as improvisers becomes one of simple reaction. If we can’t connect, we’re left playing at each other instead of with each other. In this workshop, we’ll explore a myriad of ways to connect with your scene partner in your scenes and discover simpler, more honest, funnier scenes.
  • Simplify Your Scene Work for Fun and Profit with Robert Carter
    August 4th, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    • Do you feel like your scene work is inconsistent? Like sometimes you’re just ‘on’ and sometimes you just want to crawl up in a ball and roll off the stage into anonymity? Let’s change that! A lot of improvisers make things way harder than they have to be. We’re going to go through specific techniques and exercises to simplify your scene work so that it feels easy by making strong choices, using POV, and building instant relationships. You’ll have a lot of fun and walk away with at least one technique that you can use in your next show!
  • Physical Theatre for the Improvisor with Christina Enoch Kemmerer
    August 4th, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    • Tired of “talking heads” in your improv scenes? Physical Theatre relies on physical motion of the performers to convey the story. Performers will experiment through physical impulse and expression to create characters, environment, and story. Using the exploration techniques of Laban Movement Analysis and Jerzy Grotowski as a framework, performers will find new ways to create and explore the function of the human body and mind in creative expression. The workshop will provide an improved physical awareness, concentration, connection to scene partner, developing creativity and working off of impulse.


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