IFO9 will feature several great workshops from improv troupes 3Peat, Underhanded Improv, Rook, and Rollin' In Riches. To sign up for workshops, visit this page. Below are IFO9 workshops and descriptions.

September 29, 2017

 Underhanded Improv

Underhanded Improv

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Building Character: A Crash Course on Improv and Puppetry
Underhanded Improv
Limit 12 Participants
$45 (only $35 until September 8)

Improvisation and Puppetry are two of the oldest forms of storytelling. The roots of which are based on colorful characters, relatable scenes, and physical movement. By studying the core ideals of each art form you can expand your own abilities as a performer.

This workshop aims to provide you – the performer – with a specific set of techniques that will help you develop more robust characters, create more compelling scenes, and perform improv with puppetry in a powerful, confident manner. After more than a decade of performing around the country these are the same techniques that Underhanded Improv focuses on in every single show and has found to be effective in front of audiences.

Peter Robards will lead you through some short intensive scene work, help you discover ways to quickly snap into character, and offer some personal feedback on how you play. Sam Locke will focus on the operation of hand puppets as tools for characters in improvisation and methods for creating powerful scenes via Puppetry. He'll also cover methods for bringing the puppet to life using movement, posture, and your voice.

 Rook

Rook

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Musical Bravery
Rook
Limit 14 Participants
$45 (only $35 until September 8)

Jump into the song right away. Learn how to sing like your character knows EXACTLY what is happening while the improvisor catches up to the emotional subtext of the scene. Take a leap of faith and sing your heart out.

Rook is a musical improv troupe based in Austin, Texas that specializes in modern musicals. Combined, we've got over 30 years of professional improv, music, and theater experience. We are passionate about performing exceptional shows and teaching top-notch workshops for students at any level. 

September 30, 2017

 Nnamdi Ngwe

Nnamdi Ngwe

10:00 a.m. - Noon
Your Role in a Piece
Nnamdi Ngwe (3Peat)
Limit 16 Participants
$55 (only $45 until September 8)

Improv is best when people operate as a team. We will work in groups and focus on opportunities often missed that can transform a good improv show into a kick ass improv show. 

Nnamdi Ngwe is an actor, model, Improvisor, teacher, writer, and hugger. He studied and teaches at iO Theater, The Second City, and The Bovine Metropolis Theater. Nnamdi wrote and starred in Julius which earned him a trip to the New York Television Festival and a nomination for Best Screenplay at the Best of the Midwest Film Awards among others. Nnamdi can be seen across the world touring with 3Peat, and iO Theater.

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1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Late Night Workshop
John Thibodeaux (3Peat)
Limit 16 Participants
$55 (only $45 until September 8)

If you are working on a writing packet or have thought about it, then this workshop is for you! Students will bring in a newspaper of choice and together we'll will craft jokes and monologues that would work on a late night show.

John Thibodeaux currently works a staff writer on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  He is an alum of the Second City Touring Company and member of the critically-acclaimed improv team 3Peat.  John also co-created the online pilot The StartUp which won the CWseed development deal at the New York Television Festival in 2013.

October 1, 2017

 Patrick Rowland

Patrick Rowland

10:00 a.m. - Noon
Playing Fast and Fun
Patrick Rowland (3Peat)
Limit 16 Participants
$55 (only $45 until September 8)

This class teaches folks how to play for quicker pacing, just like the team 3Peat from Chicago. How tight can you be as an ensemble? We’ll work on techniques to improve trust and playing harder that will improve the dynamics and add much needed energy to any show.

Patrick Rowland teaches improv and sketch around Chicago. He has trained at The Second City and iO Chicago. Patrick is a recipient of 2014 Bob Curry Fellowship, is an alum of the Second City House Company, and has performed as an understudy for the Second City mainstage, aboard the NCL Gem, as well as two revues with Outreach and Diversity Program. He can be seen performing at iO Chicago with “3Peat”, The Deltones, Armando, and Musical Armando. His solo sketch has been featured in the 2013 TBS Just For Laughs Festival.

 Rollin' In Riches

Rollin' In Riches

1:30 p.m - 3:30 p.m.
Culture of Trust
Rolland Lopez (Rollin' in Riches)
Limit 16 Participants
$45 (only $35 until September 8)

Rollin’ In Riches has no form when they perform. They Yes And everything and a form emerges. They’ve performed mono scenes, multiple disparate scenes, forms resembling Close Quarters, Harolds, Armandos, Wagon Wheels & anything else you could think of. In this workshop they will show you how to create a culture of trust, how to take Yes And to the next level, how to make rapid-fire moves and risks that are organic to the scene/show and how to ultimately follow the show wherever the SHOW goes without judgment, worry about making the wrong move or concern for laughs.

Rolland Lopez has been teaching and coaching improv for almost 5 years. He loves teaching, whether it’s working with seasoned players or introducing improv as a brand new concept to beginners. His core tenets when teaching is to fully encourage while helping to guide and push students one small step outside of their comfort zone. Students have to reach but it’s within their grasp and that way, learning and incorporation of concepts can be easily done.

The exercises in his workshops are created with the real world (or stage) in mind. Players walk away being able to immediately use the concepts introduced the next time they’re on stage.

He is currently a faculty member at the Westside Comedy Theatre and is based in Los Angeles. He’s available to coach throughout the city as well as online and can also come to your town!