Mastering Object Work with Jack Novak
Take your object work to the next level. Make the environment your scene partner, and learn to project environments you never thought possible in improv onto the stage.
In this workshop, we will focus on achieving real specificity. And we won’t just work on keeping your objects at the same point in space, or creating resistance so your objects actually have weight. We will also look at new techniques you might not have considered, and how we can use them to increase the number of options available to us.
The joy of improv is in stepping onto a bare stage, with nothing but a few chairs, and then discovering whole new worlds. Improv isn’t too far off from mime, if you think about it—mime is the art of telling a story with your body, and the only difference might be that mimes (traditionally) don’t talk. Pantomime is a skill that is vital to both improvisers and mimes for creating objects and environments out of thin air, and if you’re reading this, chances are that you’ve seen someone employ bad pantomime (or, as we usually call it in improv, “object work”) in a scene. In this workshop, we will focus on the skill of pantomime, and examine how to better employ it in improvised scenes.
Jack started teaching improv in high school, when he started an after school improv club that is still running to this day.
Since then, he has studied improv in Chicago at The Second City, The Annoyance Theatre, and One Group Mind.
He holds a degree in theatre from Northwestern University, where he was a member and director of the long-running improv/sketch comedy group Mee-Ow.
Along with improvising, Jack is a local actor, playwright, and teaching artist. In addition to teaching adult students at WIT, he has taught drama and improv to kids ages 3 to 18 through Imagination Stage and InterAct Story Theatre, among others.