Friday, May 7, 2010

NEW: Levels 1-5 Summer Intensive!

The iO West Summer Intensive condenses the first five levels of our 7 level curriculum into five weeks. The class meets every Monday through Thursday from 11am to 5pm for five weeks. Each week, a different iO teacher instructs the class in a particular level of curriculum. All of our teachers for the Summer Intensive are currently teachers in our Training Center. Best of all, the class culminates in a performance here in our theater!

July 26th – August 27th, 2010

Week 1 is Level 1 – Beginning Scene Work

This level introduces the basics of agreement, making strong choices, supporting your partner, exploring pattern, heightening, and intro to Harold: IO’s signature long-form based on a single suggestion.

Week 2 is Level 2 – Intermediate Scene Work

Extensive work in two-person improvised scenes, Level 2 sharpens listening skills, emotional choices and investment in the dynamics of a scene, such as status and “game”. Introduction to editing techniques, tag-outs, walk-ons, and further work with Harold.

Week 3 is Level 3 – Group Scene Work

Focuses on advanced character work and exploring environment, using exercises and games designed to take the improviser out of his/her head and into the character and the world onstage. Object work, physical investment in character choices, wants & objectives, and advanced listening exercises provide the foundation for Level 3.

Week 4 is Level 4 – Advanced Scene Work

Incorporating skills learned throughout the previous levels, focus is on building character, relationship, and form with emphasis on grounded scene work as the foundation for long-forms. This level features personalized coaching and feedback for each student targeted to areas of improvement to help each individual become a well rounded, versatile improviser.

Week 5 is Level 5 – The Harold

Applies the skills from Levels 1-4 to IO’s signature piece, The Harold. The class focuses on the structure of Harold, including openings, group games, and scenes. Advanced pattern work, group work, editing, and scene work are used to explore the challenges and magic of The Harold.

Your instructors will be pulled from this roster:

For 2010, the Summer Intensive will begin on July 26th and culminate in a performance here at the iO on August 27th! The program will cost $1400.

We do not refer housing though you may find these sites helpful:

You may make a half payment of $700 to secure your spot. Any tuition payments are non refundable.

Interested? Want more information?
Please e-mail the Director of the Training Center, Mike Canale, at or just call him at (323) 962-7575. You can also register here.

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