workshop description This three-hour intensive focuses one of the most over-looked and under-utilized aspects of improv comedy: object work. Improve your technique and become a better improviser! DATES 2017 dates coming soon! May 12, 2015 (7-10pm) SOLD OUT! January 20, 2015 (2-5pm)SOLD OUT! April 26, 2014 (2-5p) SOLD OUT! March 22, 2014 (1-4pm) SOLD OUT!
a woman's work
workshop description This women-only improv workshop will focus on long-form improvisers finding her voice, creating a strong point of view, creating truthful and unique characters (of her own and other gender), being confident, bold and having fun. The women-only requirement is designed to create a safe, supportive environment where women of all ages and experience levels can play fearlessly without worrying what she looks like or apologizing for her choice. This is an awesome opportunity to meet other dynamic female performers from around the city.
dates 2017 dates coming soon!
mondays september 12, 19, 26, october 3 from 7-10pm sold out!
Improv Extras (aka i.e.)
workshop description the work we will do is supplemental to any classes you may currently be taking. The goal is for you to continue to work on and expand your skill sets, hone your "yes, and"-ing and get personalized coaching to take your work to be next level.
We will work on... -Intensive work on object work that will focus on technique and connecting the object work to relationship -Open honest connections -Character development -Emotional IQ (EQ) in scene work -When to speed up, when to slow down -Each student will receive detailed, personal feedback
Q: Have you graduated from all of the classes you can, but still looking to stay sharp for commercial auditions or upcoming team auditions? Q: Not currently on a team and still hoping to connect, have fun in a consistent and safe environment? Q: Enrolled in a class and looking for an extra coach to enhance your class experience?
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level 4 class: advanced longform (the pit)
class description This class will help students further their understanding of the IMPROV YOUR LIFE™ philosophy. Students will explore new ways to utilize techniques to give them more ownership of how their scenes are united into a show. Because of the unique nature of this class, students have an opportunity to work with an evolving curriculum based on the desires of the students in it.
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Level 2 class: intro to scene worK (THE PIT)
class description An eight-week course where students learn techniques for initiating scenes, enhancing awareness of themselves as performers and becoming members of a long-form improv team. Students learn how to create unique character, grounded scenes and clarify, simplify and repeat "the game." Each class is three hours and has a one-hour graduation show performed on the main stage!
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level 1 class: intro to improv (the pit)
class description This class incorporates movement-based exercises, scenework and group exercises to explore the primary fundamentals of improvisation, making you more confident, trusting and graceful on stage. Learn how to say "yes, and…," make positive choices, initiate and commit to scenes, heighten, use tag-outs and walk-ons, and deliver real-life monologues. The class emphasizes creating a rich environment for your scenes, committing to your decisions and your scene partner and beginning with the body as inspiration. There will be a final graduation performance at the PIT for friends, family and others.
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"Meg is an exceptional improvisor and a true master at object work. Her smart, thoughtful exercises and feedback opened my eyes to just how huge a role an object (imaginary or otherwise) can make in bringing true meaning to a scene and making it successful. I highly recommend that any improvisor (or actor for that matter) take this important class. Thanks a million, Meg!" -Jane a.
"I really liked the slow, relaxed pace of the class. Everyone was supportive and it was a really enjoyable, as well as helpful 3 hours. We got the opportunity to take the time to use our imaginations and explore object work on a basic level. Thank you!" -Erin S.
"I enjoyed learning different perspectives of how objects give a greater importance on stage. It is hard to imagine an object while improvising but taking the time to concentrate on it helped my imagination create an invisible solid object. It was fun overall to practice without the pressure of being on stage. It was helpful to see other improvisors practice because I took some of their movements and mimic them/incorporated them to my movements." -Laura O.
"meg is great. she is straight forward in her teaching, funny and inspiring. i never felt intimidated to approach her if and when i had questions and concerns." -mark g.
"i loved my class. i expected to have fun and learn a lot, but i didn't expect to feel so comfortable in my own skin and meet so many people. improv has always scared me, but in this class i learned how to 'follow the fear.' the confidence i gained started with a great teacher. meg is beyond wonderful. she explains things so thoroughly, which put me at ease from the very beginning and fostered a relaxed environment where making connections and having fun were most important. i felt completely prepared for the student performance!" -sasha "meg is a brilliant and extraordinary instructor. i actually wish i could take her for later levels. i think she should get to teach levels 3, 4, 5...whatever she wants. her encouragement and influence has done wonders for me." -adam
I am available to coach your improv team. i have coached dozens of teams from pit, magnet, ucb, 10k, Armory, the tank, q.e.d. Find me on Facebook for rates/ availability!
Meg coaching a 10,000 Hours rehearsal. Photo by Julia Morales
corporate improv training/coaching
Meg and Happy Anderson are professional actors with over 25+ years of combined improvisational comedy, theater and business training experience. Business is no joke and neither is improvisational comedy or acting. The same skills we use as actors on stage to create a show without a script, perform confidently in front of a sold-out show, or nail a high-pressure audition are the same skills that business people use to achieve success in the boardroom, on a high-stakes conference call, or during a public presentation.
Anderson Business Consulting is a husband-and-wife led team of actor-improvisers who thrive teaching others how to build confidence, foster communication and improve their business skills. Our custom-designed Workshops are built to maximize the skills your employees at your company or non-profit organization already posses and enhance the knowledge they need to succeed. You team will learn to think on your feet, create quickly and work together as a team when the pressure is on!