Advanced Study: 100% Organic Improv with Mark Chalfant

Let intuition be your guide.

“The unknown is where we go to find new things and intuition is how we find them.” – Viola Spolin

In this eight week elective we’ll explore an approach that centers discovery, intuition, and physicality. Agreement, mischief, pattern, and thematic exploration will also be central to the play. Class is likely to explore absurdism and surrealism, body-centered play, and styles beyond a purely comedic focus (though there will be plenty of laughter!).

The class will explore shaping a show as inspired by its content and will have its own format for the showcase.

If you’re a student who rigidly clings to rules, format, or premise-based play, be prepared to set those tendencies aside in this class. If you’re a student curious to explore a wide emotional, physical, and tonal range in improv this is for you.

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.

Completion of Level 5: Harold or permission from the Education Manager
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IN-PERSON Elective - spring 2024
Advanced Study: 100% Organic Improv

7PM - 9:30PM (8 Classes at 2.5 hours)
Dates: 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15
NO Class 7/4
Showcase: August 17: 5PM Block @ Sitar Arts Center

The VIVA School of Dance
1923 Vermont Ave NW Suite T002


Mark Chalfant