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  • Theatre Exile’s Spring Workshop Series: Actors’ Improv™: Using Your Truth To Inspire Unscripted Performance with Bobbi Block

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    05/20/16 - 05/21/16
    5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Headlong Studios

    5/20 – 5:30-8:30pm – Headlong Studios – 1170 S Broad St

    5/21 - 12-6pm – Headlong Studios – 1170 S Broad St

    Whether the idea of improvising a scene scares or excites you (or both!), this workshop is for you. Learn a honed technique to easily create compelling unscripted scenes andmonologues for performance. Just as writers are advised to ‘write what they know,’ students will learn to improvise by drawing upon their own experiences, using emotional memory and substitution. Students will be delighted by the ease with which they createunscripted scenes in just one session. The second session will dive deeply into the work, melding the actor with the spontaneous playwright. We will practice the skills of deep listening, being present, creating a strong emotional point of view, integrating silence and physical contact with your scene partner, and developing the dramatic arc of a scene. Our scenes and monologues will be prompted by the questions asked in Exile’s 2016 season; vulnerability, intimacy, revelation, and honest response are our goals. This is a fun, freeing, supportive environment to explore the art of performingunscripted theater – take a leap and join in!
    Workshop Fee: $100
    Bobbi Block has been performing, teaching, directing and producing theater in Philadelphia for 20 years. She is the Founder (2006) and Producing Artistic Director of Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater (, which practices the Actors’ ImprovTM approach offered in this workshop. She improvises withComedySportz Philly, which she co-founded over twenty years ago and for which she was Education Director for fifteen years and Artistic Director for two. In addition, Bobbi performed with Philly’s first longform improv group, LunchLady Doris for twelve years, and with interdisciplinary improv group Playback Philadelphia for four years. In 2007, Philly’s Live Arts Festival invited Bobbi to direct LEAP: The Actors’ Improv Experiment, for which she trained a company of Barrymore-award nominated veteran scripted actors in their first unscripted show. Bobbi is the recipient of the Philadelphia City PaperAward ”Actress Who will Lead Improv to the Promised Land.” In addition to her Masters in Theater, Bobbi has trained with the country’s top improv gurus in Chicago and NY, including training at UCB, Second City, and IO. Bobbi teaches Improvisation at Temple and Drexel Universities, and has taught her Actors’ Improv™ workshops around the globe, including Brazil, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
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