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Magnet Theater

Improv for Teens

Improv for Teens

Saturdays 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Begins:
Sep 27, 2014
Ends:
Nov 15, 2014
Class Size:
16
Instructor:
Elana Fishbein
Price:
$249
Classes are non-refundable and non-transferrable after completion of registration.

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.

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Instructor: Elana Fishbein

Elana Fishbein is an actress, improvisor, and teacher based in New York City. She writes and performs for The Truth Podcast and has appeared on BBC America’s Almost Royal, as well as in the original musical comedies “Girl Camp” and “Nightfall on Miranga Island.” She is also a member Story Pirates, a non-profit arts-in-education organization that takes stories written by kids and adapts them into crazy, hilarious sketches and songs. Her one-woman clown show, “Eleanor Is Sibling-Challenged,” has played for audiences of all ages.

Elana has been performing improv at the Magnet Theater since 2005 and can be seen with Featherweight, Kiss Punch Poem, the Armando Diaz Experience, Magnet Theater TourCo, and her solo improv show, Pepita. She has also been featured at the Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Eau Claire, Edmonton, Omaha, Philadelphia, and Women in Comedy Festivals. She is the co-creator and director of the political comedy show, “The Great American Sketch Show.”

In addition to being an instructor and Director of the Youth Program at the Magnet Theater, Elana has lead workshops for corporate, non-profit, and educational organizations such as Bon Appétit Magazine, LinkedIn, the Edelman Group, Young Women’s Leadership Network, 92nd Street Y, University of Notre Dame, and the Sivuyiseni Intermediate School in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. 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.

Session Schedule*

  • #1 - Sep 27, 2014, 3:00 pm
    at Training Center - Room B - 259 W 30th Street, bet. 7th and 8th Ave, 2nd floor.
  • #2 - Oct 4, 2014, 3:00 pm
    at Training Center - Room B - 259 W 30th Street, bet. 7th and 8th Ave, 2nd floor.
  • #3 - Oct 11, 2014, 3:00 pm
    at Training Center - Room B - 259 W 30th Street, bet. 7th and 8th Ave, 2nd floor.
  • #4 - Oct 18, 2014, 3:00 pm
    at Training Center - Room B - 259 W 30th Street, bet. 7th and 8th Ave, 2nd floor.
  • #5 - Oct 25, 2014, 3:00 pm
    at Training Center - Room B - 259 W 30th Street, bet. 7th and 8th Ave, 2nd floor.
  • #6 - Nov 1, 2014, 3:00 pm
    at Training Center - Room B - 259 W 30th Street, bet. 7th and 8th Ave, 2nd floor.
  • #7 - Nov 8, 2014, 3:00 pm
    at Training Center - Room B - 259 W 30th Street, bet. 7th and 8th Ave, 2nd floor.
  • #8 - Nov 15, 2014, 3:00 pm
    at Training Center - Room B - 259 W 30th Street, bet. 7th and 8th Ave, 2nd floor.

Show Schedule*

  • #1 - Nov 15, 2014, 6:00 pm
    at Magnet Studio Theater - 259 W 30th Street, bet. 7th and 8th Ave, 2nd floor.

*subject to change