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The BCC offer improvisation classes and performances for your place of business, community, school, or theater. Our faculty have taught organizations of all sizes and are adept at creating a fun, low-pressure, low-stakes environment, while offering concrete, real-world takeaways.

We can pair any below workshop with improvised or scripted shows performed by our talent at the BCC. 


Workshops for Businesses

 

Collaborative Creation: We improvise every day just interacting with one another and navigating our complex world. This workshop will teach the skills of successful improvisation -- fearlessly taking risks, withholding judgment, and engaging enthusiastically with every idea -- and apply them to your work environment. You will take away actionable tools for expressing yourself more confidently and creating more effectively as a team -- and have fun doing so in a safe, fast-paced, low-pressure environment. This workshop can be taught in hands-on sessions with smaller groups or in large interactive group presentations.

Duration: This workshop can be taught in as short as 90 minutes to as long as a multi-day intensive. 

Amount of Participants: Customizable from one-on-one sessions to large groups of up to 25 participants.

Space Requirements: We can provide space or work in your business - all we need are are chairs for participants and an open floor space with enough room to accommodate everyone participating in exercises and games.

Previous Clients Our Teachers Have Taught: Ernst & Young, Columbia University Office of Alumni and Development, Columbia School of Business, Morgan Stanley, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, American Express Global Marketing Operations, School of Visual Arts (SVA), Yext, Zazoom Media, Ready Set Rocket, IVY: The Social University, and more.

“We hired Philip Markle [from the BCC] for a bespoke corporate team building event with a group from one of the “Big 4” Consulting Firms who had no experience whatsoever with improv. Philip worked hard to make everyone feel comfortable and before they knew it, the team was enjoying themselves. As a result of the event, the team members got to know each other in new ways and communication became easier. Philip is a dynamic workshop leader who knows how to make any group feel comfortable, communicate better, and most importantly, have fun while doing it.” — Lauren Adler, Global Account Manager, Ernst & Young.

Workshops for Theaters

Free Your Mind: 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. 

Duration: This workshop can be taught in as short as two hours to as long as a multi-day intensive. 

Participants: Recommended for up to 16 students per instructor.

Space Requirements: We can provide space or work at your theater - all we need are are chairs for participants and an open floor space with enough room to accommodate everyone participating in exercises and games.

Previous Theater Our Instructors Have Taught At: Annoyance Theatre NY, Second City Theatricals (NCL Epic), C3 Improv (London), Bristol Improv Theater (UK), Improv Theater Israel (Tel Aviv), Ubud Comedy Games (Bali), International Theatre Stockholm,Presens Impro (Stockholm), Gbgimpro (Gothemburg), Improv Iceland (Iceland), AMS Improtheater Bremen (Germany), Bake This (Munich), Hive Improv (Berlin), Comedy Cafe (Berlin), Improv Italia (Rome), Steel City Improv (Pittsburgh), NYU, Bard College (NY), National College Comedy Festival (Sarasota Springs), Syracuse Improv Collective, Syracuse University, Mettlesome (North Carolina), BATS (San Francisco), Endgames Improv (San Francisco), PHIT Comedy Theatre (Philly), Good Good Comedy Theatre (Philly), Improv Boston, Boston University, Laugh Index Theatre (D.C.), Barnard College (NYC), Voodoo Comedy Collective (Pittsburgh), Oberlin College Improv Conference, Grinnell College (Iowa), Comedysportz Seattle, Ball State University (Indiana), Washington University (St. Louis) and more.

“We hired Philip [from the BCC] to teach at International Theater Stockholm and we absolutely loved both of them! Philip is an inspiring, encouraging teacher committed to his students’ growth. He has a deep knowledge about improv and musical improv and was able to transfer a lot of his knowledge and points of view in a structured and pedagogic way. He is great at giving constructive feedback while encouraging students to question concepts and think independently. His genuinely warm and friendly teaching style made everyone feel safe and encouraged to really challenge themselves and get out of their comfort zone. If you are thinking of hiring Philip Markle or taking one of his workshops, do it! You won’t be disappointed!” — Katarina Wahlberg, Co-Founder and General Manager, International Theater Stockholm

Workshops for SCHOOLS & YOUNG ACTORs

Acting Through Imagination (Ages 7-12): Young actors will embark on a journey through the imagination, bringing stories to life using the magic of theatre. Students will learn to act using their full body, voice, and imagination through theater games, improvisation, and by re-imagining adventures faced by characters in classic stories. The final class will culminate in a performance, collaboratively created by the students, open to family and friends.

Intro To Improv (Ages 13-17): Let’s make-up ten characters in a minute - Go! If that sounds fun to you, then take this class and learn the value of saying “Yes, and” to every idea, especially their own, to become a joyful, fearless, and bold improvisers. Through games and exercises, this class will teach students the essentials of successful improvisation -- to think on their feet, react honestly, support scene partners and embrace taking risks. Whether you dream of being a professional improviser or just want to enrich your life with trying something new, this class will boost your confidence and creativity in a safe, supportive environment. This class can culminate in a final improvised performance for friends and family. 

Participants: Recommended for up to 16 students per instructor.

Space Requirements: We can provide space or work at your theater - all we need are are chairs for participants and an open floor space with enough room to accommodate everyone participating in exercises and games.

Previous Schools Our Instructors Have Taught: Actors Training Center, New Trier High School, Highland Park High School, Baker Demonstration School, American Conservatory Theatre, Vector Theatre Conservatory, Marin Shakespeare, Wilmette Jr. High School, Romona Elementary School, Haven Middle School, and more.

“When my son took [Philip's] improv class in the spring of his fifth grade year — his first acting class ever — he was a bit of a lost soul, struggling to find his talent and his passion. Working with you has transformed him. He has gained self-confidence and a work ethic and a passion that we never knew he possessed. He, and we, will always be grateful for your support of him.” — Parent of former student, who recently has his Broadway debut.
 

Testimonials from PRIOR workshops

“My team loved the improv workshop, and you did a great job of incorporating exercises that were spot-on for their responsibilities! The workshop provided a perfect balance of self-reflection and entertainment, and not only did the participants gain useful skills, but it was a great ice-breaker for newer people on the team as well.”
— Sophie A., Team Manager, Ivy
“This improv workshop offered our team great advice on improving self-awareness, teamwork and brainstorming activities. I would recommend it to any business owner as a fun team-building exercise!”
— Aaron Harvey, Co-Founder, Ready Set Rocket.
“It’s amazing how the various activities helped us become more effective by being relaxed, fun, creative, attentive and encouraging. One of the major take-away is how we respond with a ‘Yes, and’ instead of ‘No, but’ can make a lot of difference.”
— Ritika S., Ready Set Rocket.
I was part of your class at CUNY for the Entrepreneurial Journalism Fellows. It’s astonishing how much this short session actually helped. I felt more confident when presenting last week and took a lot of your advice with me on stage. So thank you so much for that.
— Dorien L., CUNY Student
“Philip led a fantastic improv session for us. It was engaging, dynamic, and kept the session brisk and relevant to our work — no small feat at the tail end of a half-day meeting in a room of nearly 400 people! I’d highly recommend Philip to anyone looking to bring fun and energy into a professional event.”
— Elizabeth Braden, Senior Deputy Vice President for Operations, Office of Alumni and Development, Columbia University.
The improv workshop Annie ran at our company party was both fun and professional. No wonder. I asked for a few last minute changes in the program content and Annie easily worked it in. She’s a genuine improv master on all levels.
— Jeff Graber, The Mac Support Store
“I found the improv workshop to be an incredible experience, and the skills you presented were very much applicable to the consulting world.”
— Tim Stansel, Executive Director, Human Capital, Ernst & Young.
“I had so much fun! I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with how some of they key concepts behind successful improv directly translate to the business world.
— Lynn Mione, Partner Operations Lead, Yext.

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