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Magnet Theater
Improv for Teens
Improv for Teens with Elana Fishbein
10:30-2:30pm -
Begins: Jul 10, 2017
Ends: Jul 14, 2017
Show: Jul 14, 2017
(5 Spots Left)
Price: $299
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Class Description

In this course, participants will explore the fundamental principles of improvisation through exercises in agreement, commitment, spontaneity, and collaboration. We'll be focusing on developing group mind, creating unique characters, and exploring the most important tenet of improv (and life), “Yes And!” This experience will require students to take creative risks, tap into new forms of self-expression, and operate as a member of a supportive ensemble. Participants will walk away with a fundamental understanding of long-form improvisation and the skills to perform grounded, hilarious, improv scenes. This class will culminate with a final performance for friends and family. Open to students ages 12-18.This class will include a supervised mid-day lunch break. Students, please bring your own bag lunch.

Instructor: Elana Fishbein

image descriptionElana Fishbein is a performer and instructor at the Magnet Theater in New York City. She can be seen performing with her house team Ariana Grande, the Armando Diaz Experience, Magnet Theater TourCo, and her solo improv show, Pepita (Winner of Inspirado: the only improv competition in the world). She has been featured at the Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Eau Claire, Edmonton, Omaha, Philadelphia, and Women in Comedy Festivals. Her two-woman play, Sisters Three, was a New York Times Critics Pick.

Elana has written and performed for The Truth Podcast and appeared on BBC America’s Almost Royal, Absolutely Mindy! on SiriusXM Radio, as well as in the original musical comedies Girl Camp and Nightfall on Miranga Island. She is a member of Story Pirates, a non-profit arts-in-education organization that takes stories written by kids and adapts them into hilarious sketches and songs. Elana is featured in the documentary short, LMAO, about the therapeutic potential of laughter and comedy.

Elana directs the Magnet Theater Youth Program and has taught improv for corporations, non-profits, and educational institutions all over the United States, Canada, Scandanavia, South Africa, and more. She also co-created two professional development workshop series for teachers: “Beyond Winging It: Improv in the Classroom” and “Play.”

Elana earned her M.A. in Educational Theater from NYU and her B.A. in Drama from Vassar College. Her favorite succulent is jade.