Reactor Workshops

Unique and inspiring improv workshops from our talented guests

Workshops will open for public registration on March 20, 2019

Friday April 19, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Crowd Work for Improvisers

What happens when we bring the same kind of attention and eagerness to play to our audience as we do our scene partners? How can we safely engage our audience members in that play? And what new forms become possible if we start our process of discovery and creation with the assumption that anyone, or everyone, could be involved?
Drawing on techniques from the world of clown and bouffon, we’ll explore the tools for audience interaction in improv. The workshop emphasizes safety, intention, and discovering original games/interactions that are genuinely fun and engaging for everyone.

This is an intermediate to advanced workshop. To register, you should have *minimum* 50 hours of improv experience & instruction. If you have questions about your level, contact jess@kinkonauts.com 

Taught by Travis Bernhardt (Unscriptured)

Travis Bernhardt is a magician, improviser, and clown from Vancouver, BC. His solo improv comedy show Unscriptured won Pick of the Fringe at the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival, and his hybrid improv/clown duo Chris & Travis also won in 2017. He’s been selected for the Toronto and Edmonton clown festivals, for Improvaganza in Edmonton, and the Vancouver International Improv Festival, and has performed with Instant Theatre in Vancouver since 2014. He’s trained in improv, clown, and bouffon with Alistair Cook, David MacMurray Smith, Deanna Fleysher, Nathaniel Justiniano and Giovanni Fusetti
Saturday April 20, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM

Does your improv start out strong, but sag in the middle or fizzle at the end? Learn to attack the stage with relentless energy and fearless hustle from the high energy members of Casually Dope! This rep-focused workshop will  give you actionable strategies for finding the funny in your sets and ways to enhance it. You’ll work on making every moment count and riding the scenic wave to improv nirvana.

This is an intermediate+ workshop. To register, you should have minimum 50 hours of improv experience & instruction. If you have questions about your level, contact jess@kinkonauts.com 

Taught by Ti Coleman and AJ McCombs

Ti Coleman

Ti Coleman got his improv start taking classes at Washington Improv Theatre (WIT) and hasn’t looked back since. He is now a veteran performer and instructor at Baltimore Improv Group, and performs with one of their flagship groups, Casually Dope. Ti is an expert storyteller and a teaching artist at Creative Alliance and Arts4Learning.

 

AJ McCombs

Alan J. McCombs joined the Baltimore Improv Group in 2014. McCombs trained with BIG as well as in workshops in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and in Philadelphia. McCombs was a founding member of Casually Dope, a BIG special project formed in 2013 as Minority Re’port. McCombs also performs with Local Spot and directs and performs with After School Grandma and Fade to Black. McCombs has performed in a variety of festivals across the country including the San Diego Improv Festival, the Boston Comedy Arts Festival, and the Del Close Marathon. McCombs has performed with independent Baltimore-area troupes, including Doomhilda and Thighmeat as well as producing the Caucus mash up program.

 

Saturday April 20, 2:00 PM-4:30 PM

This workshop is full.

This workshop will focus on duo scenes and making the most out of being affected by and playing off of your scene partner. With exercise focused on listening and reacting to every minute move of your partner this workshop will have you making rich specific emotional scenes off of simple offers.

This is an intermediate to advanced workshop. To register, you should have *minimum* 50 hours of improv experience & instruction. If you have questions about your level, contact jess@kinkonauts.com 

Taught by Kirsten Rasmussen

Kirsten Rasmussen is a world-renowned comedic performer and instructor. She is an alumna of The Second City Toronto Mainstage where she wrote and starred in three smash-hit revues. She was featured in Now Magazine’s 2018 article “Ones to Watch”  for her work as a director and for her talent in Second City’s first all female-identifying sketch revue She The People. She has taught all over the continent including at: Second City Training Centre (Toronto), Camp Zip Zip (Montreal), Hitchhikers Improv (Regina), VIIF (Vancouver), Rapid Fire Theatre (Edmonton), Bad Dog Theatre (Toronto) and Siren Theatre (Oregon). You can catch Kirsten travelling and performing with her two comedy duos: K$M (with Matt Folliott) and The Bloody Marys (with Leigh Cameron). Follow her on Twitter @KikiRazzle.

Saturday April 20, 2:30 PM-4:30 PM

Learn to use your own experience to inform your improv, creating authentic scenes by tapping into your own life journey. We will guide you in using your experiences and beliefs to create genuine improv. Designed for members of currently underrepresented groups such as POC, women, older players, queer, and gender-non-conforming players to use your life experience to fuel scenes. Don’t think about being different as being a handicap in improv; think about it as your secret weapon for attacking stages. This safe and supportive workshop creates space for everyone to be included

This workshop is open to all levels of players – no previous improv experience is required.

Need financial assistance to take this workshop? Contact sara@kinkonauts.com to learn about scholarships.

Taught by Ti Coleman and Rasheed Green, with support from other members of Casually Dope

Ti Coleman

Ti Coleman got his improv start taking classes at Washington Improv Theatre (WIT) and hasn’t looked back since. He is now a veteran performer and instructor at Baltimore Improv Group, and performs with one of their flagship groups, Casually Dope. Ti is an expert storyteller and a teaching artist at Creative Alliance and Arts4Learning.

Rasheed Green

Actor/comedian Rasheed Green spends his free time performing improv, sketch comedy, and in plays around Baltimore and Washington, D.C. He has been performing with Baltimore Improv Group since 2013 as a member of the troupes Photobomb, Casually Dope and Aftermath. Rasheed is a frequent and emcee of various community events most notably the annual Baltimore LGBT Pride Festival/Block Party.

Sunday April 21, 11:00 AM-1:30 PM

This workshop is full.

This workshop is inspired by the great screwball comedies of the 1930s and 40s, such as, It Happened One Night, The Philadelphia Story, The Awful Truth and more. Famous for their firecracker leading ladies (Katherine Hepburn, Irene Dunne etc), slapstick physical comedy and rapid fire dialogue, these comedies satirized traditional romance stories. We will play around in the genre and explore farce, challenging and flipping gender roles, status and of course, fast talking and apply them to modern satire. Watching a screwball movie prior to the class is recommended.

This is an intermediate to advanced workshop. To register, you should have *minimum* 50 hours of improv experience & instruction. If you have questions about your level, contact jess@kinkonauts.com 

Taught by: Leigh Cameron

Leigh Cameron is an alumna of The Second City Toronto’s Mainstage cast where she wrote and performed in three hit revues. In 2017,she co-wrote and performed in 32 Short Sketches About Bees, which won numerous  awards including Patron’s Pick at the Toronto Fringe Festival, Best New Comedy at The Second City, and the My Theatre Award for Outstanding Sketch/Improv Production. As one half of sketch & improv duo The Bloody Marys, Leigh has toured across Canada and the United States. Leigh recently directed the award winning sketch revue Generally Hospital for the 2018 Toronto Fringe. You can hear Leigh’s voice in the Canadian Screen Award-nominated Shuyan Saga, and as Harriet in the upcoming series The Remarkable Mr. King.

Sunday April 21, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
If you’ve ever been told you can’t sing, time to prove the naysayers wrong! Musical Theatre makes space for the voice of the character, no matter how that character sounds. Even further, improvising musicals works with your voice, sound and range, not imposed by sheets on a page or a pre-existing melody. No matter your level of musical improv experience, this workshop will help you find your song and give you the tools to make up show tunes that will have the audience laughing, crying or humming along. First we’ll give you the tools to make up songs, then we’ll examine song types found in musicals and vocal qualities that come from character. Finally, we’ll explore simplicity and will touch on finding your song in a scene.
Participants should wear comfortable clothes they are able to move in.
This is an intermediate workshop. To register, you should have minimum 50 hours of improv experience & instruction. This workshop is open to students with any level of musical improv experience. If you have questions about your level, contact jess@kinkonauts.com 

Taught by Byron Martin and Curtis den Otter

Byron Martin is an Edmonton-based actor, improviser and the Founder and Artistic Director of Grindstone Theatre . He is the director of The 11 O’clock Number! The Improvised Musical, which has toured internationally. Byron is a graduate of the MacEwan Theatre Arts Program and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland MA Musical Theatre Program. Byron has worked as an actor for The Citadel Theatre, Alberta Opera, Edmonton Actors Theatre, The National Theatre of Scotland, The Citizens Theatre (Glasgow), Trunk Theatre, Malachite Theatre, and Theatre YES to name a few.  He is the recipient of Theatre Alberta’s Community Service Award, voted VUE weekly’s Champion of the Arts and was nominated for Outstanding Artistic Director at the Mayors Celebration of the Arts, and as an actor was nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Outstanding Achievement in Theatre for Young Audiences at the Edmonton Sterling Awards. Directing credits include Here Lies Henry, The Adventures of Chucky and Reggie and Urinetown, The Musical (Grindstone Theatre).

Curtis den Otter: Hailing from Edmonton, Curtis den Otter is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and actor with a deep love of music and improvisational theatre and a keen interest in inspiring that same love in others. Curtis performs as a regular accompanist for (and is an erstwhile cast member of) Grindstone Theatre’s weekly improvised musical, The 11 O’Clock Number. Past musical theatre credits include the Musical Director for Wise Fool Players’ production of Seussical and the co-writer/co-director of several KaRAR Productions performances—including their 2017 version of Cinderella.