The James Gangl Masterclass: Making Killer Choices

The James Gangl Masterclass: Making Killer Choices


This Masterclass focuses on answering one question: Why?  Why did I just say that? Why did I just do that?  Why must this scene be watched?  

As improvisers we aren’t able rewrite the scene later.  We get one chance to make our scenes awesome and so everything that happens, must have a purpose.  By exploring “The Why” students will arrive at what their scenes are about and find the joy of playing in a scene underpinned with truth.
This class provides techniques to initiate a scene quickly while instilling the confidence to continue the scene indefinitely.  Whether you’re a verbose wordsmith, or can find and play the game of the scene with finesse, this class aims to identify your unique strengths and build upon them.  Without edits, students learn to “turn” the scene naturally.  With more turns, comes more intensity, and with more intensity, comes a greater payoff.

James Gangl is a comedian, writer, storyteller and arborist. 
James won the Ed Mirvish Award for Entrepreneurship and a Canadian Comedy Award for Best One Person Show for Sex, Religion & Other Hang-ups. James went on to perform the show as part of the United Solo Festival on Broadway in New York City.  His most recent solo show In Search of Cruise Control was held over at the Edmonton Fringe as Best of the Fest.

James performed with The Second City Theatricals cast aboard the Norwegian Dawn, is a member of The Bad Dog Theatre Company, teaches improvisation at the legendary Second City in Los Angeles, and was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award as Best Male Improviser.  He is currently a member of the Melrose Poetry Bureau, writing poems about the socks and love he has both cherished and lost.

James won the Kari Award for Best Actor in a Commercial at the Bessies and his recent TV credits include Workin’ Moms (CBC), Saving Hope (CTV, ION), Odd Squad (PBS, TVO), Dark Matter (SyFy, Space) and Annedroids (Amazon, TVO). 

James also writes for Odd Squad, was a regular contributor to Definitely Not The Opera (CBC Radio), is a StorySlam Champion of The Moth and appears on RISK! Storytelling.  

James is neat, tidy, and if you need your hedges trimmed, contact him. 

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