Teen Improv Summer Program (Ages 13-18)
In this two-part summer program specially designed for teen performers, students will learn improv basics and have the opportunity to join a teen-only improv troupe that will perform monthly. Taught by HIT veterans and experienced educators Brad Austin and Ali Campbell, each student will gain critical one-on-one instruction geared toward improv performance and how these perspectives translate to valuable communication skills for any stage of life. We understand that teens often have many family and social commitments throughout summer break, so we've slated our courses for mid-week afternoons to accommodate students' often hectic schedules.
The first part of the summer program consists of improv basics-- taking a "Yes, And" philosophy, making bold decisions, interacting with scene environments, collaborative decision-making (AKA "Groupmind"), and how to craft memorable scenes out of thin air. This session is an intensive course that incorporates perspectives from the across the improv universe. It is intended to give students a basic toolbox and a broad sense of the many possibilities a background in improv can open for them. Session 1 will conclude with a class show, with date a time TBA.
Following a two-week break, students who wish to continue their improv education will have the opportunity to refine their skills in a team environment. In this session, teens will learn some of the finer points of performing with and promoting their very own improv troup. Students will get an introduction to foundational long-form formats, basic scene editing strategies, and how to recognize and expand upon thematic patterns from scene to scene. In this time, troupes will be formed that will have the opportunity to have regular performances the last Sunday of each month, with the first performance at 3:00 pm August 28th. Brad and Ali will be available to coach troupe practices twice a month thereafter.
About the Instructors
Brad and Ali have been improvisers for three years, having both been part of the HIT's earliest days. They have performed on separate teams and are original members of Solo Sleepover, which morphed from a house team to HIT favorite with its own distinct brand of hilarity. Ali teaches Spanish at Bishop McDevitt High School and has a firm grasp on the cultural dimensions of humor. Brad is a professional cartographer and data analyst for the PA Department of Agriculture, with an extensive background in social geography and environmentalism. He has also taught previous teen classes at the HIT. With their experience performing together and working with teens from a variety of backgrounds, students are sure to get some unique perspectives they won't find anywhere else.