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Process with Michael J. Gellman
Two-Day Workshop
Thursday (4/28) 6:30 - 10:30 pm
Champion Studio, 257 West 39th Street, 14th Floor
Friday (4/29) 6:30 - 10:30 pm
Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor
$155 ($25 per day to audit)                                                                

Veteran director, actor, improviser and master instructor Michael J. Gellman leads an exploration of the acclaimed improvisation techniques he has developed and used to create long scenic pieces and one-act plays. Building on the basics, participants in this workshop will delve into emotional honesty, maintaining a point of concentration within a scene, connecting to your partner onstage, and exploring and heightening to advance story. Based on the work described in his book Process: An Improviser’s Journey by Michael Gellman and Mary Scruggs, this course is designed for any actor/improvisor who has never worked with Mr. Gellman before or those who wish to dive into a refresher on technique.  This workshop is a prerequisite to advanced work with Mr. Gellman.

Limit: 16 Students

Requirements: None

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Intro to The Exploratorium with Michael J. Gellman
Sunday (5/1) 1:00pm - 5:00 pm (4 hours)
Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor 

Meet Michael J. Gellman and sample his approach to improvisational acting.  Improvisation is the Jazz of Theatre. It is, very simply, acting without a script. An Exploratorium is an opportunity for both the students and the workshop leader to make discoveries in the art and craft of improvisational performance and story creation. This FREE 4-hour workshop will allow students to gain practice with their tools, learn new techniques, and enhance their acting skills.

You will explore longer performance formats, (such as Harold or improvised film), as well as sampling other tools developed over the years by Michael.

This FREE workshop is for actors, improvisers who perform on a regular basis, and improvisational actors.  When you apply, please tell us a couple of places where you have played and/or studied.  Actors, don't be discouraged if you have never improvised before.  Your acting credits count! 

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Improvisation for Actors with Michael J. Gellman
Monday (5/2) 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Nola Studios, 244 West 54th Street, 10th Floor
$75 ($25 to audit)

Improvisation has been for centuries a theatre created by actors for actors.  Modern day Improvisation began as a playful method of training actors through the creation of story and the actors’ imagination. Let’s get back to the fun of exploring the actors craft for performance. Let's rediscover the playfulness within the play

Focusing on the tools necessary for performance (character, emotional and physical truth), actors will explore methods used to create unique and truthful characters.  With the understanding that exciting and inspired performance comes from the ground up and character is the DNA of this craft, performers will discover a strong method for acting with and without a text.

Actors will discover many of the tools and techniques developed over the past 60 years at the Second City, and explored in the book Process: An Improviser’s Journey by Michael Gellman and Mary Scruggs. Participants will be able to apply the skills developed in this workshop to auditions, text work, play development and improvisational performance.

Limit: 12 Students

Requirements: Please submit your headshot and acting resume.

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Michael J. Gellman is a former Senior Faculty Member at The Second City – Chicago. He is an Alum of the Second City Main Stage and was a resident director there for 25 years. He is also an Adjunct Faculty member at Columbia College teaching in Comedy Studies and co-author of the book Process: An Improviser’s Journey, published by Northwestern University Press. He is also the Artistic Director of The Process Theatre Group. He has taught, directed, and/or performed with Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Gilda Radner, Catherine O'Hara, Chris Farley, Steve Carrell, Steven Colbert, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Dave Pasquesi, Charna Halpern, Mick Napier, Ali Faranakian, and Armando Diaz among others.

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