"Some of the most talented—and most demented—members of NYC’s comedy elite unleash all hell at the always-lit BCC." - Time Out New York

Core Classes

 

Intro To Improv w/ Devin Bockrath
275.00

First time taking an improv class? You’re in the right place.

This class will introduce new improvisers to the value of saying “Yes, And” to every idea - especially their own - to become joyful, fearless, and bold performers. Through games and exercises, this class will teach students the essentials of successful scenic improvisation -- to react emotionally and honestly, to trust your gut, to support scene partners and embrace taking risks. Whether you want to be a performer or just try out an improv class and meet new people, this class will boost your confidence and creativity in a safe, supportive environment at Brooklyn’s top comedy theater and school.

6-Week Section: Saturdays, 2:00-5:00 PM, Sept 15 - Oct 20

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

Class Show: Friday, Oct. 26 @ 7:00 PM.

Teacher: Devin Bockrath

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Level 1: Free Your Mind w/ Jared Jeffries (Sept/Oct 2018)
275.00

This class underlines the core philosophy of what we teach at the BCC: that loving the hell out of whatever is happening onstage is the key to strong, successful scenes. It will help remind you what you love about improv, slap you out of whatever fear is holding you back, and cut out the naysaying voices in your head that cloud your inspiration. We will look at how we sometimes censor or bail on our choices out of a need to make the “right choice" when improvising, and that there is no “right or wrong in improv - only weak or strong,” and become stronger as a performer by embracing your mistakes and failing gloriously. This class pairs this sense of artistic freedom with an actionable approach to initiate scenes from a strong point of view, to be specific and surprising in your choices, to make what your partner said important to your character, and to confidently navigate the vocabulary and concepts that make-up long-form improv. This class will move quickly, keep you on your feet, and challenge you with personal feedback.

Prerequisite: Students who have taken at least one full-length course at a major comedy theater (UCB, PIT, Magnet, Second City, iO, Annoyance, etc.) can begin at this level. Please write your prior experience in the form when registering.

6-Week Section: Sundays, 2:00-5:00 PM, Sept 16 - Oct 21

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

Class Show: Thurs, Oct 25 @ 7:00 PM.

Teacher: Jared Jeffries

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Level 1: Free Your Mind w/ Philip Markle (Sept/Oct 2018)
275.00

This class underlines the core philosophy of what we teach at the BCC: that loving the hell out of whatever is happening onstage is the key to strong, successful scenes. It will help remind you what you love about improv, slap you out of whatever fear is holding you back, and cut out the naysaying voices in your head that cloud your inspiration. We will look at how we sometimes censor or bail on our choices out of a need to make the “right choice" when improvising, and that there is no “right or wrong in improv - only weak or strong,” and become stronger as a performer by embracing your mistakes and failing gloriously. This class pairs this sense of artistic freedom with an actionable approach to initiate scenes from a strong point of view, to be specific and surprising in your choices, to make what your partner said important to your character, and to confidently navigate the vocabulary and concepts that make-up long-form improv. This class will move quickly, keep you on your feet, and challenge you with personal feedback.

Prerequisite: Students who have taken at least one full-length course at a major comedy theater (UCB, PIT, Magnet, Second City, iO, Annoyance, etc.) can begin at this level. Please write your prior experience in the form when registering.

6-Week Section: Mondays, 7:00-10:00 PM, Sept 17- Oct 22

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

Class Show: Thurs, Oct 25 @ 8:00 PM.

Teacher: Philip Markle

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Level 2: Personal Empowerment, Group Mind & Professional Performance w/ Rachel Rosenthal
275.00

This class builds on the skills in our Level 1 class to teach students to command the stage as a fearless artist - while also being a team-player in any ensemble.

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. Secondly, 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 group mind to build long-form pieces organically. To that end, we study three specific improv forms (notably The Monoscene & The Dream) that challenge different skill sets. This class culminates in a performance of all three improv forms for the public. 

Prerequisite: BCC Level 1 Class.

6-Week Class: Tuesdays, 7:00-10:00 PM, Sept 11 - Oct 16

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

Class show: Thurs, Oct 25 @ 9:00 PM.

Teacher: Rachel Rosenthal

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Level 3: Creating Through Improv w/ Philip Markle (Sept/Oct 2018)
275.00

This class builds on the training in Level 2 of becoming an artist with a strong point of view, who creates and produces original 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 showcase of material created through improvisation that features the point of view of each artist. Students 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.

6-Week Section: Sundays, 5:00-8:00 PM, Sept 23 - Oct 28

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

Class show: Friday, Oct 23 @ 8:00 PM.

Teacher: Philip Markle

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