Advanced Format: Advanced Harold with Jonathan Murphy
Dive deep into the mother of all formats.
Take your Harold skills to the next level.
We all know the Harold: opening, three beats, group games. This class seeks to help participants develop a deeper understanding of the format, perform better scenes within each section of the format, and learn how to maximize playtime.
Focus areas include really digging down into the deals and dynamics of characters in the first beats; strong and clear second beat initiations that serve as launching pads for scenes that follow the fun in new and exciting ways; and multi-level group games.
The eight-week class will feel more like being part of a two-month Harold team, with lessons tailored to coach specific areas where the group is struggling. Participants should come in with a basic understanding of the Harold format and a desire for targeted feedback.
Jonathan firmly believes in an affirmative classroom environment. He’s witnessed more growth from students when common issues are normalized and not something to dwell on. He loves seeing students discover that their comedic voice comes from openness and honesty, on or off the stage.
He’s big on the fundamentals, especially in class or rehearsals. Making core skills part of the subconscious helps improvisers let loose on stage so they can follow the fun no matter where it goes.
Jonathan completed the WIT curriculum in 2011. From 2012 to 2015, Jonathan was the lead teacher and in charge of curriculum development at the Providence Improv Guild. As Education Director he’s re-built the WIT curriculum twice. He’s always on the lookout for new ways to unlock students’ potential and loves sharing the craft of teaching with others.
He has a knack for figuring out formats, whether playing in them or directing them. But he believes that you obsesses about the structure at first so you can forget about it once the show is live in front of an audience.