We love improv, and we want to teach it to you.
The Great Northeast Improv Festival has workshops for a diversity ages and experience levels. Several of the workshop opportunities are free (or at least discounted) for those with a festival pass. You still must register though to save your spot. Scroll down for the workshop schedule and then click the button below to get your festival pass and/or register for a workshop.
11:30am to 12:30pm
Workshop – Improv for Kids with Cady Hickman
Perfect for children who are interested in acting, comedy, or simply just want to laugh. Participants will have the opportunity to perform a brief cameo in the family show at 1pm.Limited to 15 participants. $20, includes admission to the family show. Ages 8 to 12.
Cady Hickman is a New Hampshire based educator and actor. She is a founding member of Queen City Improv, but also teaches improv to people of all ages across New Hampshire. Cady is a University of New Hampshire theater education graduate, and Improv Anonymous alum.
11:30am to 12:30pm
Workshop – Improv for Teens with Marina Altschiller
Explore the art of improvisation with an expert coach. This workshop will give participants a taste of the comedy limelight while also offering practice in the skills of confidence, spontaneity, and yes and-ing. Learn to think quickly and outside the box. Limited to 15 participants. Participants will have the opportunity to perform a brief cameo in the family show at 1pm. $20 for non-festival pass holders. Free for festival pass holders but must register in advance. Ages 13 to 17.
Marina Altschiller has been performing improv comedy with Stranger Than Fiction for the past four years. She’s had the pleasure of teaching improv fundamentals, as well as acting, playwriting, and a cappella. Before hitting the stage with STF she performed sketch comedy with Emerson College’s Police Geese.
2:30pm to 3:30pm
Workshop – Improv Fundamentals with Jacqueline Martell
Imagine yourself on stage! This beginners improv workshop includes all the basics, including yes and-ing, making and accepting improv offers, and even several short form performance formats. Free to festival pass holders (but must register in advance). Registration is $20 for non-festival pass holders. Limited to 15 participants. Ages 18+.
Jacqueline Martell has been doing improv professionally on the Seacoast for the last 10 years with Stranger Than Fiction Improv and Comedy. Before that, Jacqueline was classically trained in music, musical theatre, Shakespeare, acting, and voice over while attending the Academy of Art in San Francisco. She regularly teaches classes & workshops, and coaches improv professionally with Stranger Than Fiction, and has also coached Dartmouth’s improv team Casual Thursday.
3:30pm to 6pm
Master Class – Musical Improv Crash Course: How to Make Up Songs On The Spot (That Sound Like Real Songs) with Steve Gilbane
This course will teach you the basics of structured song improv: easy-to-learn templates, tools, & tricks that will help you make up songs on the spot that sound scripted! Part song-writing class, part improv workshop, this class will help raise your scenes into higher emotional heights through music. We’ll cover the two basic song templates, rhyming tips, lyric list building, and moving from scene into song. Requirement: Basic improv background – and a willingness to sing in front of strangers! Festival pass holders: $30. Non-festival pass holders / performers: $40. Limited to 12 students. Must register in advance. Ages 18+.
Steve Gilbane has been teaching musical improv since 2000 to improvisers yearning to incorporate song stylings into their improv skill set. He joined ImprovBoston in 1992, when he helped that cast create their signature 1-act improvised musical, spun from a famous story and list of musical styles from the audience. He has written music for 11 of ImprovBoston’s annual Halloween Gorefest scripted musical extravaganzas. He attended Berklee College of Music for Film Scoring and has composed scores for several IMDB-listed short films.