IFO8 will feature several great workshops. To sign up for workshops, visit this page and scroll to September 30, October 1, and October 2. Below are IFO8 workshops and descriptions.

September 30, 2016

Rob Belushi and Jon Barinholtz

Rob Belushi and Jon Barinholtz

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Taking It Personally
Rob Belushi
Limit 16 Participants
$50 (only $40 until September 6)

At the core of Improvisation is the idea, ʺtogether we can build something more interesting than I can write on my own.ʺ In this workshop we will look at the importance of emotional resonance in our improv, using a foundation of vulnerability as a means to discovering truly unique scene work that is more satisfying to the audience, but more importantly, to us as artists. The day will be focused around the idea of ʺlosingʺ in the scene, as opposed to winning, or being funny or sounding smart--the focus will revolve around ʺexposure.ʺ We will investigate what it means to expose ourselves to each other, and the audience and further our ability to make choices with impact as well as humor, as opposed to another scene with two priests riding a space pickle, or whatever. The idea that there is a ʺrightʺ choice is sometimes instinctual and leads us to an attitude of control in our scenes, and in this workshop we will try less to ʺcreate,ʺ and more to deal with what is already right in front of us on stage.

October 1, 2016

10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Broadening Relationship and Location
Jon Barinholtz and Rob Belushi
Limit 16 Participants
$60 (only $50 until September 6)

How do you make your scene really register as real? Or leave the audience to contunue to remember that laugh they gave? By grounding your creativity with specifics. We spend a lot of time learning the rules of improv and working on our performances as a whole--but sometimes isolating the simplest muscle in our craft can be a path to creative joy and freedom. We will be spending the day working that muscle to see how specifics can be one of our greatest tools to leave our own, individual impression on the scene and the audience and how it can lead us to freedom on stage. We will be looking at it from the perspective of relationship to our partner and the world we surround ourselves in actively. Simply put, the specifics you inject into the scene is the majority of your creation and expression, and are always the gifts that are the most fun to play with for you , your partner and the audience--whether it be in rehearsal, on-stage or in an on-camera audition.

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Bad Manners, Better Scenes: Helping the Scene by Helping Yourself
Jon Barinholtz
Limit 16 Participants
$50 (only $40 until September 6)

How often do you find yourself lost onstage as you search to find out what the scene you are in is about and what your scene partner is doing? Most often our initial instruction in improvisation teaches us to be selfless in order to best serve the scene. However, more often than not, this leads to ambiguity and lack of decision making in our scene work. In this workshop we will learn that the most important thing we can do to help our scene partners, and the scene itself, is to take care of ourselves first. By employing these themes into our work, we will find more consistent success, and more importantly, we will experience a higher level of freedom, allowing us more satisfaction in our work.

October 2, 2016

Kelly Buttermore and Justin Peters

Kelly Buttermore and Justin Peters

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Love the One You're With
Kelly Buttermore and Justin Peters
Limit 16 Participants
$35 (only $25 until September 1)

Conflict and emotional distance can work their way into one’s play over time until they become dominant choices. But what if instead of choosing conflict, we chose love instead? Making a conscious decision to appreciate and collaborate with your scene partner can take your scenework in unexpected and wonderful directions. In this workshop, we will introduce techniques for finding meaningful connections with your scene partner, and explore the virtues of playing from a standpoint of total agreement. When you choose to embrace your scene partners rather than resist them, the possibilities for your scenework are truly limitless.

Michael Jastroch

Michael Jastroch

1:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m.
The Most Important Workshop You'll Ever Take (aka Hardcore Listening)
Michael Jastroch
Limit 16 Participants
$35 (only $25 until September 1)

Next to “Yes, And,” active listening is the improv skill that separates the men and women from the boys and girls. Listening is about way more than hearing and remembering scene details. It’s about being present and open to being emotionally affected by the little moments. It’s about reacting honestly through the lens of our characters to every single thing that happens when the lights come up. Yea, though our cleverness and wits may fail us, solid listening will always make for an engaging scene. This workshop will apply some fancy Meisner acting technique to our improv to give our honest reactions a much needed workout.