The Upfront Theatre | School of Improv | Bellingham, WA

Winter Session 2020 Classes

Intro to Sketch Comedy Writing with DK Reinemer

$170.00

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Want to learn how to write sketch comedy? Take this six-week introductory workshop and you can! This workshop focuses on giving you an overview of sketch writing and the basic tools to create your own comedy content. Whether you’re a seasoned comedian, improviser, or brand new to comedy*, this is the perfect crash course on writing sketches for both the stage and screen.

In this class we will cover the different types of sketch, brainstorming premises, pitching ideas to the room, punch-ups, rewrites, and more! This class will be super fun, and also a lot of work! Participants will be expected to write outside of class each week, read sketches aloud in class, and participate in brainstorming and feedback session. Bringing a positive, supportive attitude to the group and work is imperative.

*Some comedy experience is suggested, but not required. Please email improvdk@gmail.com if you have any questions.

About the instructor:

DK Reinemer has been writing and performing comedy for over 20 years. Most recently DK has written and toured three solo sketch comedy shows (Help! I’m American!, Becoming Magic Mike: An Action Adventure Comedy, The DK Effect: Over Confident and Underqualified) to Fringe Festivals across North America.

Other sketch experience includes: over 10 years as one half of the dynamic sketch and improv duo, “The DK and Morgan Show” headlined sketch festivals such as, San Francisco Sketchfest, Seattle Sketch Fest, Vancouver, Chicago improv fest, and more. In Los Angeles, DK was a writer and performer on the house sketch team, 100% Stuff at The Pack Theater for two years producing a brand new show every month.

DK drives a Subaru Forester and has recently picked up knitting.

Dates: Wednesdays February 12th – March 18th
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Instructor: DK Reinemer
Location: The Upfront Theatre

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Want to learn how to write sketch comedy? Take this six-week introductory workshop and you can! This workshop focuses on giving you an overview of sketch writing and the basic tools to create your own comedy content. Whether you’re a seasoned comedian, improviser, or brand new to comedy*, this is the perfect crash course on writing sketches for both the stage and screen.

In this class we will cover the different types of sketch, brainstorming premises, pitching ideas to the room, punch-ups, rewrites, and more! This class will be super fun, and also a lot of work! Participants will be expected to write outside of class each week, read sketches aloud in class, and participate in brainstorming and feedback session. Bringing a positive, supportive attitude to the group and work is imperative.

*Some comedy experience is suggested, but not required. Please email improvdk@gmail.com if you have any questions.

About the instructor:

DK Reinemer has been writing and performing comedy for over 20 years. Most recently DK has written and toured three solo sketch comedy shows (Help! I’m American!, Becoming Magic Mike: An Action Adventure Comedy, The DK Effect: Over Confident and Underqualified) to Fringe Festivals across North America.

Other sketch experience includes: over 10 years as one half of the dynamic sketch and improv duo, “The DK and Morgan Show” headlined sketch festivals such as, San Francisco Sketchfest, Seattle Sketch Fest, Vancouver, Chicago improv fest, and more. In Los Angeles, DK was a writer and performer on the house sketch team, 100% Stuff at The Pack Theater for two years producing a brand new show every month.

DK drives a Subaru Forester and has recently picked up knitting.

Dates: Wednesdays February 12th – March 18th
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Instructor: DK Reinemer
Location: The Upfront Theatre

Spontaneity – An Intro to Improv | Sundays

$170.00

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Spontaneity | Winter 2020 | Sundays

This class is great for beginners and those improvisers looking to get out of their heads.  The class will help you to pull new ideas from thin air and teach you the power of being in the moment and listening.  A strong focus on accepting ideas and adding on to them will provide you with the tools to be a great improviser and an awesome human being.  This class is guaranteed to help you get those creative juices flowing and lead you down the path of spontaneous creation.

This class will cover concepts like:

  • Yes And…
  • Storytelling
  • C.R.O.W. – the baselines of a scene
  • Thinking quickly
  • Accepting failure
  • Strong Listening
  • Being in the Moment

Dates: Sundays, January 12th – March 1st
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Instructor: Chris Jones
Location: The Upfront Theatre

Note: Must be 18 years or older to attend this class.

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Dates: Sundays, January 12th – March 1st
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Instructor: Chris Jones
Location: The Upfront Theatre

Spontaneity – An Intro to Improv | Mondays

$170.00

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Spontaneity | Winter 2020 | Mondays

This class is great for beginners and those improvisers looking to get out of their heads.  The class will help you to pull new ideas from thin air and teach you the power of being in the moment and listening.  A strong focus on accepting ideas and adding on to them will provide you with the tools to be a great improviser and an awesome human being.  This class is guaranteed to help you get those creative juices flowing and lead you down the path of spontaneous creation.

This class will cover concepts like:

  • Yes And…
  • Storytelling
  • C.R.O.W. – the baselines of a scene
  • Thinking quickly
  • Accepting failure
  • Strong Listening
  • Being in the Moment

Dates: Mondays, January 13th – March 2nd
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Instructor: Linnaea Groh
Location: The Upfront Theatre

Note: Must be 18 years or older to attend this class.

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Dates: Mondays, January 13th – March 2nd
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Instructor: Linnaea Groh
Location: The Upfront Theatre

Advanced Spontaneity | Tuesdays

$170.00

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Advanced Spontaneity | Winter 2020 | Tuesdays

This class takes a more focused look at expanding the student’s ability to instantly come up with new and imaginative ideas that partner with the information at hand; this involves listening to new input and directly expanding on that information.  The class will give students the confidence to put themselves out there and make anything work and is for both improvisers looking to be bolder in their craft and for use at work and home to raise confidence in the ability to engage with new customers, business partners, coworkers, and people in your daily life.

This class will cover concepts like:

  • Yes And…
  • Storytelling – A Hero’s Journey
  • A stronger understanding of C.R.O.W.
  • Thinking quickly
  • Scene work
  • Mime Work
  • Strong Listening
  • Character Work
  • Being comfortable presenting in front of others

Dates: Tuesdays, January 21st – March 10th 
Time: 6:15 — 8:15pm
Instructor: Dartanion London
Location: The Upfront Studio

Prerequisites: Spontaneity Class, minimal level of improv training, or permission of Education Director.

Note: Must be 18 years old or older to attend this class.

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Dates: Tuesdays, January 21st – March 10th 
Time: 6:15 – 8:15 pm
Instructor: Dartanion London
Location: The Upfront Theatre

Theatrical Improv | Thursdays

$170.00

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Theatrical Improv | Winter 2020 | Thursdays

This class will focus on improv performance through the scope of theatre arts training.  Students will use improv in tandem with scripted material to make a beautiful blending of the two.  It will dive deep into character development, the history of a scene, monologues, and creating great theatrical stage presence.

Kris Erickson brings a breadth of knowledge to this class, from a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre to 20 years of improvising in and leading improv troupes.

This class will cover:

  • Characters
  • Monologues
  • Stage Presence
  • Objectives
  • Story Arcs
  • Creating History

Dates: Thursdays, January 23rd – March 12th (Classes are once a week for 8 weeks)
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Instructor: Kris Erickson
Location: The Upfront Studio Space

Prerequisites: Completion of Advanced Spontaneity, Spontaneity Class, higher level of improv training, or permission of Education Director. Must be at least 18 years old.

Recommended Prerequisite: Environment, Characters & Relationships, Storytelling, & Two Person Scenework

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Dates: Thursdays, January 23rd – March 12th
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Instructor: Kris Erickson
Location: The Upfront Studio Space

Teen & Youth Classes

Youth Improv | Tuesdays

$130.00

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Youth Improv | Winter 2020 | Tuesdays
Ages 9-13 years old. This course will excite and inspire students, introducing them to the wonderful world of improvisation! Through games and physical exercises, students will engage their imagination and creativity. They will practice teamwork and positive communication skills, building their confidence and discovering their own potential in a fun and safe group environment.

Dates: Tuesdays, January 21st – March 10th (Showcase Monday March 16th @ 6pm)
Time: 4:30 – 6:00pm
Instructor:  Linnaea Groh
Location: The Upfront Theatre

NOTE: When completing your purchase please leave the name and age of the child you are registering in the comments section of your order.

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Dates: Tuesdays, January 21st – March 10th (Showcase Monday March 16th @ 6pm)
Time: 4:30 – 6:00pm
Instructor: Linnaea Groh
Location: The Upfront Theatre

 

Teen Improv | Thursdays

$130.00

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Teen Improv | Winter 2020 | Thursdays
Ages 14-17 years old. This course will excite and inspire students, introducing them to the wonderful world of improvisation! Through games and physical exercises, students will engage their imagination and creativity. They will practice teamwork and positive communication skills, building their confidence and discovering their own potential in a fun and safe group environment.

Dates: Thursdays, January 22nd – March 12th (Showcase Monday March 16th @ 6pm)
Time: 4:30 – 6:00pm
Instructor:  Jake Barrow
Location: The Upfront Theatre

NOTE: When completing your purchase please leave the name and age of the child you are registering in the comments section of your order.

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Dates:  Thursdays, January 23rd – March 12th (Showcase Monday March 16th @ 6pm)
Time: 4:30 – 6:00pm
Instructor:  Jake Barrow
Location: The Upfront Theatre