Advanced Scene Study with Mark Chalfant
Get your ego out of the way so that you can agree with your scene partner and feel something on stage
Spend six weeks building up the feels. When you’re doing a scene, no one cares that your wine is “divine” or even that the house is on fire. Those are just the circumstances of the scene. The audience just cares about your reaction, and what that says about you.
Immediate agreement to what’s happening will get you off the ground. Knowing what your character cares about will allow you to fly.
In this class students will explore different tactics to short-cut to clear and compelling emotional play at the root of your scenes. Game and pattern can get lots of laughs. Game and pattern grounded in authentic emotion can get not only more laughs, but deeper reactions as well.
Sharing a student’s discovery in improv is one of Mark’s greatest joys, which is why he has been a lead instructor in WIT’s training program since 1999. Emotional honesty and storytelling sensibility are his main jams. Mark’s teaching is informed by his experience coaching and directing dozens of WIT ensemble projects, and facilitating training sessions for WIT@Work. Mark has studied improv nationwide (in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Portland) and has pursued theater training all over DC (Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Theatre Lab). Among those with whom Mark has studied are: Keith Johnstone, Barbara Scott and J. Raoul Brody, Matt Besser, Charna Halpern, Mick Napier, Jay Rhoderick, Todd Stashwick, Shira Piven, and Rebecca Drysdale.