Check out these unique classes and workshops. These provide a special opportunity for you to try something new and learn from and with a variety of experts!
Improv Workshops with Paul Brittain
Paul Brittain—actor, writer, and previous cast member of Saturday Night Live—will be teaching at Verge in June.
Join us for the following improv workshops for adults!
Saturday, June 15, 1-4 pm: Grounding Your Two-Person Scenes
This workshop will focus on two-person scenes- the most important building block of all long-form improv. We will work on playing real, believable characters and making emotion-based choices. By listening to what your scene partner is giving you and what your gut is telling you, the words and the scene choices will flow more organically. With this focus we can get out of our heads and perform simpler, more satisfying scene work.
Sunday, June 16, 1-4 PM: Character Development
The workshop will focus on making strong choices for yourself that will help carry you all the way through the scene. We’ll do exercises aimed at actively making choices about character, point of view, and emotion. Strong choices not only help you, but your scene partner can more quickly relate and react to your well defined choice. Playing this way helps create memorable scenes and characters, enjoyable in their own right and especially valuable in a long-form.
Workshops will meet in Unit G. Tuition is $75 per workshop. Scholarships available but limited.
Brittain will also perform his solo show. Click here to learn more!
Kids in the Hall Method with Kevin McDonald
Kevin McDonald, co-founder member of the hit sketch comedy troupe Kids in the Hall, is coming to Bozeman! As a professional comedian, writer and director, McDonald has a lot to share!
Practice the Kids in the Hall method of writing sketches through improv!
To learn more about Kevin McDonald read below and listen to his podcast.
Saturday, July 13, 10am-5:30pm
You will play games that encourage you to think naturally about writing and performing at the same time. You will improvise and analyse scenes, developing and revising your ideas.
By the end of the day, we will have 4 to 7 completely new sketches.
The Saturday workshop is required for folks interested in the full weekend, and is also a great opportunity for folks who are interested in dipping their toe in the proverbial pool of comedy.
Sunday, July 14, 10am-5:30pm (Followed by an evening performance with Kevin McDonald)
With McDonald's guidance, you will work in groups to develop completed sketches to perform Sunday evening for friends, family, and the Verge community!
Tuition: $180 for Saturday, $250 for both Saturday and Sunday. Scholarships available but limited.
Both workshops are open to teens and adults.
Saturdays with Annie & Levin
Play with Professional Improvisors for an afternoon… or five!
This winter, Annie and Levin O’Connor will share their wealth of experience as improvisors and teachers. For all experience levels, these stand alone workshops will develop your skills, introduce you to new concepts, and expand your understanding of improv and of yourself as a performer! Each Saturday focuses on a specific topic. These workshops are Saturdays from 1-5pm in Unit G. Tuition is $75 per workshop. Scholarships are available!
Upcoming dates and topics to be determined.
Meet the instructors…
from the past…
The following workshops and classes have been offered before at Verge. Let us know if these excited you! With enough interest, we can bring them back or add them to our regular rotation!
Character Creation through Mask Exploration
Exploring WHO WE ARE within the Family of Humanity!
Participants in this class will be led in a productive, safe environment to develop their own sense of creativity and risk-taking, enabling them to create full characters while also developing their innate acting skills.
Participants use 30 professionally created character masks to develop their ability to breathe new life into your character work by making surprising, insightful, and more deeply investigated choices through the creation of masked characters, the archetypes of humanity.
All experience levels are welcome and encouraged to participate!
Science of Laughter
An immersion in physical theater through the absurd logic of the Clown.
Clowning is not exclusively about red noses, white faces and "clown costumes". Comedy and clowning evolves as our society does, and helps us to understand not only our society but our true human nature.
In The Science of Laughter, the students are invited to discover and explore those elements that makes something "funny". What makes people laugh? Timing, contrast and conflict, accidents and many other elements that are always present in daily life, but we don't pay much attention because we are focused on looking good, being smart, and acting cool.
Guided by Paúl Gomez (MA in Physical Theater from Academy Dimitri and founder of 406Cirque/Bozeman Cirque School) the students will be sailing the waters of physical theater, flowing through the currents of comedy and overcoming the waves of stage freight.