community Workshops

HOLY COW - Rich Talarico is coming to town for TWO workshops at Kickstand! September 24th/25th

 
Register here to reserve a spot or to audit!

Register here to reserve a spot or to audit!

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

Register here to reserve a spot or to audit!

Register here to reserve a spot or to 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


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

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