Advanced Character: Consistency and Authenticity with Dave Johnson
Whether you're playing yourself or a mythical vampire queen, do so believably and maintain the character for the duration of the performance.
Increase the range of characters you can play and do so with authenticity and consistency. Whether you’re playing someone similar to yourself or a mythical vampire queen, it’s nice to be able to do so believably and to maintain the character for the duration of the performance.
For developing variety, we’ll focus on low/high status types, straight character/oddball character relationships, animals, and the 4 elements: earth, air, fire and water. For authenticity and consistency, we’ll use acting exercises and focus on realism. For consistency, we’ll practice playing with clear objectives and maintaining (and returning to) any physical, vocal, mental or emotional choices over the long haul.
David Johnson is an actor, improviser, improv teacher, improv director/coach, and a mainstay of D.C.’s improv community. He has a B.A. in Drama, an M.F.A. in Acting, and has been a member of many improv troupes, including: onesixtyone (Washington Improv Theater’s original troupe), Dr. Fantastic, Werewolf Mcbutterbone (Winner of WIT’s Tournament of the FIST), Anant Nag, Dial M for Nasty, and NimprovYC (among others), and is currently working with Topher Belavia in the duo, Calvin. He also has extensive experience acting in scripted productions at theaters such as The Kennedy Center, New Dramatists (NY, NY), Theater Alliance (D.C.), Catalyst Theater Company (D.C.), Center Stage (Baltimore, MD), and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and continues to act in film and on web and t.v. commercials. As a teacher with WIT (’04 – Present), he taught most levels of the curriculum in addition to the self-created, Relax—Improv for Actors and Acting for Improvisers. He has directed or coached numerous troupes, including: onesixtyone, Press Play, Hot and Sweaty, The Lodge, Aboulia, The Charmichaels, Prettier Than You, Commonwealth, Trust Fall, and Request for Protest.