In this action-packed class, students will explore the essentials of longform including game of the scene, heightening, and second beats. The eight-week class will also focus on scene work, team dynamics, and group ensemble. This class is taught in a workshop style with different faculty members instructing on their areas of expertise.
Longform 101 is the first in our three-level Longform Program. Upon successful completion, students are invited to audition for our Grad and House Teams.
Longform 101 accepts new students five times a year beginning in January, March, June, and September.
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Registration for Haroldfest workshops opens Friday September 6 at 10 am.
Alex Dickson’s three hour workshop will be fully focused on dramatic improv! We’ll get away from trying to be funny and bring more of our authentic selves and reactions to our improv work. Spoiler alert: improv is inherently funny so you’ll still get laughs... but we’ll lose our desperate need for them for at least three hours :)
Alex studied improv at UCBNY, iO Chicago and The Second City Chicago and studied acting at Circle in the Square Theatre School. At UCB, she improvises regularly with The Stepfathers. Can't get enough of this bio and want more? Visit her website at www.alexandra-dickson.com
Sebastian Conelli’s three-hour workshop will focus on how to use your emotions to find the “game” of the scene. Rather than just saying weird things we will explore how to become a weird person with our emotions. Creating an emotional point of view for the characters we play.
Sebastian performs with the Law Firm every Friday at 10:30 at UCB Chelsea, The Friday Night Show every Friday at 8:30 at The Magnet Theater and is an actor on UCB Digital Team, The Council. Sebastian was a former member of Harold Team Slamball and The Enemy (2014 UCBNY Cagematch Champions). Sebastian has been in videos for IFC, Nicktoons, CH2, Above Average and Late Night with Seth Meyers. If you see his mother please tell her he is a good man.
Learning to play in character! In this workshop, we not only focus on what a character does that's funny, but also why they do it! By digging into their point of view and the emotional kernel of this behavior, we can heighten organically, and create characters we know how to play in any longform. Great for people who like to improvise in character and those who want to develop new characters for their repertoire.
Inessa Frantowski is a Los Angeles based performer/writer/Canadian and friend to all. She is a Gemini award winner and a two-time Canadian Comedy award winner. An alumni of the Second City mainstage in Toronto, she wrote and starred in four record breaking revues. She is currently a member of Squadron, UCB’s Saturday Night sketch revue in Los Angeles. She also directs for their house sketch, Maude, teams and performs in the Canuck Collective at the Second City. Inessa plays Reneeon the International Emmy nominated series, The Amazing Gayl Pile on Amazon Prime, for which she won an Indie Series Award and appeared on American Princess on Lifetime! Or if you just need a bit of advice from Inessa, you can check out @inessacomedy
Shannon O'Neill teaches a style of organic improv that forces you to be in the moment. This three-hour workshop will focus on the beginning. Openings, edits and into the start of scenes. Ideally, students in this workshop have been exposed to a few or all of the following openings, pattern game, scene painting, sound and movement, invocation & documentary, but if you haven't, it's okay, your brains will just hurt a little bit more.
Shannon O'Neill has been performing at UCB for almost two decades. She can be seen every Friday night performing with The Stepfathers, and every Sunday night hosting and performing in UCBT's longest running show, ASSSSCAT 30000. You may recognize her from Broad City, High Maintenance, Difficult People, The Chris Gethard Show, Neon Joe Werewolf Hunter, Man Seeking Woman, or feature film Women Who Kill. Rolling Stone called her "effortlessly funny" and the Hollywood Reporter called her "A very good Shannon O'Neill." Follow her on the tweets and grams - @spotastic
Accessibility Note: This space is accessible via a flight of stairs. If this is an issue for you, please email email@example.com and a new location for the workshop will be used.
Meet The Faculty
The Assembly's Longform Program is taught by some of Canada's premiere longform improvisers. Classes are taught workshop-style, with each instructor teaching their specialty.