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How to Teach Improv
Sharing the magic of improv with new students is one of the most rewarding aspects of improv. But it can also be one of the most daunting. This workshop covers how to prepare for a class, design the workshop, run exercises, watch a scene, and how to give notes kindly but directly.
Students will: teach each other exercises and get feedback on their teaching, develop a workshop outline and learn to revise it. The class will also discuss how to handle difficult situations, the difference between teaching a workshop and coaching a group and close with a Q&A session.
Students are expected to be experienced improvisers (>60 hours of classes and performing) and bring pen/pencil and a notebook.
Taught by Vinny Francois
Vinny Francois has over 20 years of experience as a professional improviser in both English and French and is an award-winning instructor. A founding director of the Montreal Improv Theatre, he has performed in more shows and venues across Canada than he cares to count. He was the Executive Producer of Mprov: The Montreal Improv Festival, runs Camp Zipzap, an improv camp for adults in Quebec and has been published in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He currently performs with Kevin Pinkoski in the duo “Classic”, recently appearing at the Big Pond Improv Festival in Burlington, VT.
He has co-produced four improv shows for the Montreal Fringe Festival and directed the tragic improv show “It’s Not You, It’s Me” in Canada, the US and the UK. He has appeared in improv festivals in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Austin, Ottawa, Toronto, Victoria, Winnipeg & Vancouver (Best Workshop, 2016) and was the inaugural Ensemble Director for the Improvised Play Festival in 2017 (Austin, TX). Vinny has also performed and held workshops across Europe, North America, and Australia/New Zealand.
Vinny is excited to share the thrill of doing improv with anyone willing to learn.