Relax: Acting for Improvisers with Dave Johnson
Work less and let the scene come to you. Invest in emotional honesty and you will be more engaging on stage.
Relax focuses on achieving emotional honesty and vulnerability within the imaginary worlds of improvised scenes. The idea behind the class is this: the less we try to be entertaining and the more we react honestly, the more likely it is that an audience will feel entertained. Relax also hones some basic skills of both improv and acting: playing believable characters, listening, and collectively discovering a scene in the moment with your partner(s).
Relax… and let it happen.
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.