Classes

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We teach students to fearlessly create and perform from a place of joy and fierceness. Our classes focus on three core concepts: 

INDIVIDUAL EMPOWERMENT

ENSEMBLE SUPPORT

PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE

All current students enrolled in full-length classes get into BCC shows for free on standby basis.

 

WORKSHOPS

Workshop: Honesty In Improv
35.00

Are you feeling like your scenes are going off the rails? Too much crazy town? Are you enjoying an 'out there' style of play but feel like you’re not making connections on stage? This workshop takes a hard turn from the absurd and focuses on grounded play and how to anchor your improv in the 'Truth of the Scene'. Students will improvise paced, true-to-life scenes that put emphasis on performing with integrity and the relationship between nuanced characters.
In this workshop you will learn to:

  • Respond to your scene partner honestly and emotionally.

  • Listen and discover scenes step by step, organically, without a suggestion to inspire you. 

  • Analyze relationships beyond titles, archetypes or stereotypes.

  • And, if we're lucky, improvise with comedy as a byproduct.

Saturday, June 23 @ 11:30-2:30 PM

@ Vital Joint (109 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY)

Limited to 16 students.

Teacher: Noah Telson

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Core Classes

 
Level 1: Free Your Mind (Jared Jeffries) - Summer 2018
275.00

Whether you are new to improv or have taken a couple classes, this class underlines the core philosophy of what we believe: that loving the hell out of whatever is happening onstage is the key to strong, successful scenes. You will learn that there is no right or wrong way to improvise - and that you become powerful as a performer by embracing your mistakes and failing gloriously. This class pairs this sense of artistic freedom with an approach to create from a strong point of view, to be specific and surprising in your choices, and to confidently navigate the vocabulary and concepts that make-up long-form improv.

6-Week Section

Saturdays, 2:30-5:30 PM, June 9 - July 14th

@ Vital Joint (109 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY)

Class show: Sat, July 21 @ 11:00 PM

Teacher: Jared Jeffries

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Level 2: Ensemble & Empowerment (Rachel Rosenthal)
275.00

This class teaches you how to command the stage as a fearless artist while also being a team-player in any ensemble who can play with anyone. First, we challenge each student with exercises designed to wake up your individual creativity and ability to attack the stage confidently. We pair this self-empowerment with specific, personal notes to challenge your own artistic roadblocks and help you shape what you and only you can do onstage. Then, we focus on the performer as part of the scene by diving into the dynamics that make up surprising and believable two-person, three-person, and group scene work. Lastly, we focus on the performer as part of the ensemble: so you can take care of yourself onstage--great! Now, how can you be a team player who listens and supports every move to build long-form pieces organically. To that end, we study three specific improv forms (notably The Monoscene, The Dream and Montages) that challenge different skill sets (realism, surrealism, and versatility). This class culminates in a performance of all three improv forms for the public. 

Prerequisite: Experienced improvisers may start at this level. One-year prior improv experience or completion of core training at a major improv school required. 

6-Week Class: Sundays, 2:30-5:30 PM, June 3 - July 8

@ Vital Joint (109 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY)

Class show: Thurs, July 12 @ 9:30 PM

Teacher: Rachel Rosenthal

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Level 2: Ensemble & Empowerment (Annie Donley)
275.00

This class teaches you how to command the stage as a fearless artist while also being a team-player in any ensemble who can play with anyone. First, we challenge each student with exercises designed to wake up your individual creativity and ability to attack the stage confidently. We pair this self-empowerment with specific, personal notes to challenge your own artistic roadblocks and help you shape what you and only you can do onstage. Then, we focus on the performer as part of the scene by diving into the dynamics that make up surprising and believable two-person, three-person, and group scene work. Lastly, we focus on the performer as part of the ensemble: so you can take care of yourself onstage--great! Now, how can you be a team player who listens and supports every move to build long-form pieces organically. To that end, we study three specific improv forms (notably The Monoscene, The Dream and Montages) that challenge different skill sets (realism, surrealism, and versatility). This class culminates in a performance of all three improv forms for the public. 

Prerequisite: Experienced improvisers may start at this level. One-year prior improv experience or completion of core training at a major improv school required. 

6-Week Section

Tuesdays, 7:00-10:00 PM, June 12 - July 17 

@ Vital Joint (109 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY)

Class show: Sat, July 21 @ 11:00 PM

Teacher: Annie Donley

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Level 3: Creating Through Improv (Philip Markle)
275.00

This class builds on the training in Level 2 of becoming an artist who creates and produces your own work through improvisation. So often we judge our work before it's time to do so. We will get out of our heads and on our feet in this class to improvise as much content as possible and create through volume. Students will be tasked weekly to come in with original material, ranging from characters pieces to sketches to one-man show narratives. These pieces will then be workshopped via improvisation with the ensemble. This class will culminate in a polished showcase of material created through improvisation that features the point of view of each artist. You will walk out of this class with an actionable method to get to work and produce on your own and with an ensemble of fellow writer/performers to collaboratively create with you.

Prerequisite: Completion of BCC Level 2 class.

6-Week Section

Mondays, 7:00-10:00 PM, June 11 - July 16

@ Vital Joint (109 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY)

Class show: Thurs, July 12 @ 9:30 PM

Teacher: Philip Markle

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Summer Improv Intensive

BCC Summer Improv Intensive
375.00

This four-day intensive, taught by all BCC Faculty, covers our Level 1 & 2 curriculum, in addition to special workshops taught each afternoon from guest instructors to highlight additional topics.

We start with our core belief that loving the hell out of whatever is happening onstage is the key to strong, successful scenes. You will learn that there is no right or wrong way to improvise - and that you become powerful as a performer by embracing your mistakes and failing gloriously. This class pairs this sense of artistic freedom with a focus on creating from a strong point of view, to be specific and surprising in your choices, and to confidently navigate the vocabulary and concepts that make-up long-form scenic improv. Then, we focus on the performer as part of the scene by diving into the dynamics that make up surprising and believable two-person, three-person, and group scene work. Lastly, we focus on the performer as part of the ensemble: so you can take care of yourself onstage--great! Now, how can you be a team player who listens and supports every move to build long-form pieces organically. The class culminates in specific, personal notes to challenge your own artistic roadblocks and a final performance for the public.

June 25-28, 10 AM - 5 PM (inc. 1 hour lunch break each day).

NOTE: Class will run till 6 PM on first day (June 25) .

@ Vital Joint (109 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY)

Class Show: Thurs, June 28 @ 9:30-10:45 PM at The Brick.

Teachers: Philip Markle, Annie Donley, Rachel Rosenthal, Jared Jeffries + Special Guest Instructors teaching:

  • Mel Mack (Casting Director) - Improvisation for commercials

  • Will Luera (Director of Improv @ Florida Improv Theater) - Free Flow Improv

  • Milly Tameraz (NY Comedian) - Applying Improv to Stand-Up

Need a payment plan? Email philip@brooklyncc.com to set it up,

Note: This class counts as completion of both Level 1 + 2 of BCC curriculum (allows you to sign up for next Level 3 class).

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