Intro to Musical Improv with Travis Ploeger

Learn the foundations of the improvised musical from one of the nation's most influential musical improv director/accompanists.

This six-week class will teach the basics of song improvisation, culminating in a class “cabaret” performance night. Topics to include: recognition and initiation of song structure (verse/chorus and tagline songs), emotional integrity, and music theater technique.

While participants must be comfortable singing in public, previous music theater experience is not needed (though helpful).

ABOUT TRAVIS

Travis Charles Ploeger is the director/accompanist for WIT’s most senior company ensemble: iMusical.

He has written and performed music for other WIT projects including many of their 48-Hour Film Festival entries. A New Yorker for over a decade, he was the music director and pianist for Chicago City Limits (both resident and national touring companies) from 1998 until 2006. He was also a founding member of I Eat Pandas, with Eliza Skinner and Glennis (McMurray) McCarthy. He is a veteran of the stages of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and the People’s Improv Theater.

He is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music, a season ticket holder of the Minnesota Vikings, a passionate Washington Nationals fan… and has either accompanied or music directed in excess of 1,500 performances of improvised musicals… and counting. Follow him on Twitter here.

Prerequisite:
Level 5: Harold or with permission from Education Director.
You should be comfortable singing in public. Previous musical theater is not required, but it is helpful. Please reach out to the Education Director at classes@witdc.org with any questions.
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Mondays with Travis Ploeger

7PM - 9:30PM (6 Classes at 2.5 hours)
Dates: 8/28, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/16
*No class 9/4 for Labor day and no class 10/9
Room: 108E
Showcase: 7pm TUES 10/17 at Source -1835 14th St NW

CentroNia
1420 Columbia Rd NW

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Mondays with Travis Ploeger

7PM - 9:30PM (6 Classes at 2.5 hours)
Dates: 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 8/7, 8/14
*No class 7/31. Class on 7/3 will be at Source - 1835 14th St NW Washington D.C. 20009
Room: 108E
Showcase: 7pm TUES 8/15 at Source -1835 14th St NW

CentroNia
1420 Columbia Rd NW

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Mondays with Travis Ploeger

7PM - 9:30PM (6 Classes at 2.5 hours)
Dates: 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 6/5, 6/12, 6/26,
*No class on 5/29, 6/19
Room: 108E
Showcase: 7pm TUES 6/27 at Source -1835 14th St NW

CentroNia
1420 Columbia Rd NW

SOLD OUT

Travis Charles Ploeger

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