Start 2020 off right with WORKSHOPS from oscar montoya!!

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**This is an advanced workshop available to Kickstand students who have completed level 4+ or with faculty approval REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP HERE

Join a week long deep-dive into improvs legendary Harold form with UCB, PIT, and Magnet Theater's own Oscar Montoya. Learn advanced technique for harold-friendly scenework, add clarity and innovation to your moves, and level up your support and execution of this endlessly deep improv form.

Oscar Montoya is a comedian, writer and choreographer living in Los Angeles. Oscar is currently a performer and teacher at the Uprights Citizens Theater, playing withe the Harold team PONY. He also directs the Maude, or house sketch team, Emerald. He also has produced two of the most popular shows at UCB: UCB Drag Race and the Latinx Comedy showcase show Spanish Aqui Presents (which is now a podcast on Earwolf). He's also worked for CollegeHumor, Buzzfeed, Facebook Watch, Comedy Central and you can currently see him (or rather, hear his voice) on the FOX animated show Bless the Harts

This improv intensive is an advanced education opportunity available to Kickstand students who have completed level 4 or higher, perform on Kickstand mainstage shows, or have faculty approval. If you have eligibility questions please email kickstandpdx@ gmail.com

The intensive will run from Monday, Jan. 6th through Friday, Jan. 10th.

Classes will be held from 6pm-9pm daily with a class show on Sunday Jan. 12th from 6:00 - 7:30pm

Use our early bird discount code “WORM” through 12/6 for $35 off Cost $300

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REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP HERE

In some cases, the biggest obstacle in improv is getting out of your head. We tend to overthink our choices when we don't know how a character would react, or if you're trapped about where to take the scene. This workshop avoids getting trapped in your head and encourages you to default to what you would do in an unusual or "crazy" situation. Learn how to be present, stay sharp and be yourself in scenes in this workshop. No one know you more than you, right? So why not use you in your scenes!!

Oscar Montoya is a comedian, writer and choreographer living in Los Angeles. Oscar is currently a performer and teacher at the Uprights Citizens Theater, playing withe the Harold team PONY. He also directs the Maude, or house sketch team, Emerald. He also has produced two of the most popular shows at UCB: UCB Drag Race and the Latinx Comedy showcase show Spanish Aqui Presents (which is now a podcast on Earwolf). He's also worked for CollegeHumor, Buzzfeed, Facebook Watch, Comedy Central and you can currently see him (or rather, hear his voice) on the FOX animated show Bless the Harts

This workshop is open to performers who have completed any introductory long-form improv course

When: Saturday Jan 11th from 3pm-6pm/ Cost $50

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**This is an advanced workshop available to Kickstand students who have completed level 4+ or with faculty approval REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP HERE

Learn how to make the Pattern Game opening work for you in your Harolds. There are tips and techniques on how to your every single idea from your Pattern Game to your Harold work as seamlessly as possible. The Pattern Game is the most difficult opening there is in the Harold, and if you master it, you'll have more fun being present and having fun in your actual Harold. We'll work on initiating a string premise based on your opening and having looser and more fun group games.

Oscar Montoya is a comedian, writer and choreographer living in Los Angeles. Oscar is currently a performer and teacher at the Uprights Citizens Theater, playing withe the Harold team PONY. He also directs the Maude, or house sketch team, Emerald. He also has produced two of the most popular shows at UCB: UCB Drag Race and the Latinx Comedy showcase show Spanish Aqui Presents (which is now a podcast on Earwolf). He's also worked for CollegeHumor, Buzzfeed, Facebook Watch, Comedy Central and you can currently see him (or rather, hear his voice) on the FOX animated show Bless the Harts

When: Sunday Jan. 12th from 2pm-5pm/ Cost $50


Corporate Workshops

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Are you interested in workshops for your business? Improv classes, workshops, and shows that come to you!

"We believe everyone can benefit from taking an improv class. It is a fun way to get out of your head, connect with people and reduce stress. We want to make it easy, so we will come to you and teach class at your work!"

Email kickstandpdx@gmail.com to learn more!


PAST WORKSHOPS

tl;dr - will hines is coming to teach at kickstand this fall!!

Will Hines: Silly vs. Sensible

REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP HERE

Silly vs. Sensible Workshop w/ Will Hines

Lots of scenes have an "unusual" character and a "voice of reason." Knowing how to play each role can make your improv a lot more powerful. Learn to be "wrong" but with a philosophy. Learn to be baffled and confused but not angry. Learning to NOT solve the problem but make it worse.

Will Hines is a teacher, actor, and writer who has performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater since November 2000. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he performs with the improv group The Smokes. He's been on the TV shows "Broad City," "Brooklyn 99" "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" and "Inside Amy Schumer" and he's also a regular on the podcasts "Comedy Bang Bang" and "Improv4Humans." He also writes sketch comedy, including his award-winning show "A Soundly Defeated Man."

This workshop is open to performers who have completed at least an introductory long-form improv course

When: Saturday Oct 19th from 12:30-3:30pm/ Cost $50

Premise Initiations w/ Will Hines

**SOLD OUT - Premise Initiations Advanced Workshop with Will Hines

**This is an advanced workshop available to Kickstand students who have completed level 3+ or with faculty approval REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP HERE

Bring your writer brain into improv. Off of an opening, start a scene with an idea in mind! With a little practice, this will jumpstart your scenes without boxing you in. The trick is still letting your actor brain be in control, also. This approach is great for performing for audiences who haven't seen improv before.

Will Hines is a teacher, actor, and writer who has performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater since November 2000. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he performs with the improv group The Smokes. He's been on the TV shows "Broad City," "Brooklyn 99" "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" and "Inside Amy Schumer" and he's also a regular on the podcasts "Comedy Bang Bang" and "Improv4Humans." He also writes sketch comedy, including his award-winning show "A Soundly Defeated Man."

When: Sunday Oct 20th from 12:30-3:30pm/ Cost $50

Register today to reserve your spot!!   **THIS IS AN ADVANCE WORKSHOP for Kickstand students and performers who have completed Level 4 or higher -or with faculty approval (email w questions)

Register today to reserve your spot!!
**THIS IS AN ADVANCE WORKSHOP for Kickstand students and performers who have completed Level 4 or higher -or with faculty approval (email w questions)

**SOLD OUT - ADVANCED IMPROV INTENSIVE w/ WILL HINES

Join a week long improv intensive from legendary UCB teacher and performer Will Hines exploring advanced scene work technique and taking a deep dive into Will’s personal philosophy for what makes great improv.  Challenge yourself to dig deeper, “Know, Care, Say”, and take advantage of Will’s 20+ years of improv wisdom

Will Hines is a teacher, actor, and writer who has performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater since November 2000. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he performs with the improv group The Smokes. He's been on the TV shows "Broad City," "Brooklyn 99" "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" and "Inside Amy Schumer" and he's also a regular on the podcasts "Comedy Bang Bang" and "Improv4Humans." He also writes sketch comedy, including his award-winning show "A Soundly Defeated Man."

This improv intensive is an advanced education opportunity available to Kickstand students who have completed level 4 or higher, perform on Kickstand mainstage shows, or have faculty approval. If you have eligibility questions please email kickstandpdx@ gmail.com

The intensive will run from Monday Oct. 14th through Friday Oct. 18th. Classes will be held from 6pm-9pm daily with a class show on Sunday Oct. 20th from 6:00 - 7:30pm. Use our early bird discount code “WORM” through 9/30 for $35 off

Cost $300

 

BRAINSTORMING & PITCHING SKETCH W/ RICH TALARICO

Learn how the most simple ideas and random wonderings can be turned into undeniable sketch comedy pitches. This class will teach writers how to wring the most out of that first flash of an idea and explore unlimited possibilities. Students will also learn how to contribute to other's ideas in a writers’ room setting. Learn to find ideas anywhere and never fear pitching again. Join Rich Talarico a 25+ year sketch comedy writing veteran whose credits include Second City, MADtv, SNL, The Tonight Show and Key & Peele.

Tuesday 9/24
6-9pm, 15 capacity - $60, $20 audit

OBJECT WORK, THE SECRET WEAPON OF IMPROV W/ RICH TALARICO

A picture is worth 1,000 words --so why don’t you want 1,000 words worth of information streaming into your scenes every time you deal with the objects and spaces around you.“Rolling visualization” brings you fully into the skin of your character, in present tense engagement with the world around you. Object work makes callbacks easier, engages your audience, kills “talking heads” scenes, and creates opportunities for every other player on stage. Join Rich Talarico, a 25+ year improv vet and alumnus of The Second City and Improv Olympic, as he leads this object work workshop that will leave you with many tools to wring myriad benefits out of the environment.

Wednesday 9/25

6-9pm, 15 capacity - $60, $20 to audit

Work on improvising without self-evaluation or thought. This workshop will focus on working instinctually within scenes and relying on your subconscious mind to pick up on and follow patterns, relationships and the flow of the scene.  This workshop is for intermediate or advanced improvisers. Attendees of the Instinctual Improv Workshop must have completed the Kickstand Training Center Level 3 course, or have been given instructor approval. If you have questions or are unsure whether or not you meet the prerequisites, please email Kickstand Comedy at kickstandpdx@gmail.com.  Terry Withers began studying long form improv at the UCB in early 2007 where he has been lucky enough to train under such luminaries as Zach Woods, Joe Wengert, Charlie Todd, Erik Tanouye, Anthony King, Will Hines and Michael Delaney. Terry has also studied with Armando Diaz and owes a lot to coaches Kevin Hines and Russ Armstrong who have left their indelible imprint on him. Terry currently teaches improv as a faculty member at Baltimore Improv Group and and tours the nation with different improv shows. He is proud to serve as Managing Director of Baltimore Improv Group.

Work on improvising without self-evaluation or thought. This workshop will focus on working instinctually within scenes and relying on your subconscious mind to pick up on and follow patterns, relationships and the flow of the scene.

This workshop is for intermediate or advanced improvisers. Attendees of the Instinctual Improv Workshop must have completed the Kickstand Training Center Level 3 course, or have been given instructor approval. If you have questions or are unsure whether or not you meet the prerequisites, please email Kickstand Comedy at kickstandpdx@gmail.com.

Terry Withers began studying long form improv at the UCB in early 2007 where he has been lucky enough to train under such luminaries as Zach Woods, Joe Wengert, Charlie Todd, Erik Tanouye, Anthony King, Will Hines and Michael Delaney. Terry has also studied with Armando Diaz and owes a lot to coaches Kevin Hines and Russ Armstrong who have left their indelible imprint on him. Terry currently teaches improv as a faculty member at Baltimore Improv Group and and tours the nation with different improv shows. He is proud to serve as Managing Director of Baltimore Improv Group.

Learn from celebrated teacher and performer Carla Cackowski in this one-time-only, 5 hr workshop.   "Concept Album" is an improv form where the ensemble presents three different album options for the audience to vote on. The ensemble then improvises over the music. Through physicality, point of view, and relationship dynamic, the improvisers create a totally improvised show in combination with the tempo of the album's previously recorded tracks.   Carla Cackowski is a writer and improviser living in Los Angeles. She teaches improv, sketch, and solo show writing workshops. She regularly tours across the country with her two person improv show, “Orange Tuxedo”. Carla is an improv teacher at The Second City in Hollywood and is the Training Center Director at Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica. She likes plants, La Croix, tiny houses, and naps.  www.carlacackowski.com

Learn from celebrated teacher and performer Carla Cackowski in this one-time-only, 5 hr workshop.

"Concept Album" is an improv form where the ensemble presents three different album options for the audience to vote on. The ensemble then improvises over the music. Through physicality, point of view, and relationship dynamic, the improvisers create a totally improvised show in combination with the tempo of the album's previously recorded tracks.

Carla Cackowski is a writer and improviser living in Los Angeles. She teaches improv, sketch, and solo show writing workshops. She regularly tours across the country with her two person improv show, “Orange Tuxedo”. Carla is an improv teacher at The Second City in Hollywood and is the Training Center Director at Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica. She likes plants, La Croix, tiny houses, and naps. www.carlacackowski.com