Playing Game FAST and FEARLESS with Brandon Zelman and Nicholas Guastella
Make strong choices sooner. Commit to perspectives harder. You get more time to play the fun of the scene.
In this workshop we’ll learn how to play game rapidly and from the GUT, without compromising the natural rhythm of good scenework. How do we lean our weight into scenes without toppling into crazytown?
We’re going to go over straw manning tactics to shore up logic gaps quickly and efficiently. We’ll hit simplifying complex ideas at the top of scenes to distill strong perspectives. We’ll drill scene structure so we can ignore the clockwork and get to the fun.
Brandon is an Actor/Improviser. He is a member of UCB Theatre NY’s Harold Team, Promises, Co-Host of Cage Match and Indie Cage Match at UCB Hell’s Kitchen. Editor/Producer UCB Digital Team, Cardinal Goose; Co-Host of the “Who’s That Pokémon?” podcast; Less Than Rent Theatre Company Member; Actor/Director with The Story Pirates; Founder/EVP of Business Lunch Productions; Other Improv Teams include Brief Dragon, Moosha Boosha, UCBT’s The Trial, Improvised Gilmore Girls, Doorman, Hamford, Big Kitten. Nick and Brandon have known each other since they were a couple kids in Brooklyn, and have shared tag team titles in the UCBW comedy professional wrestling league. www.BrandonZelman.com
Nicholas is a Director/Improviser/Writer. He is a member of UCB Theatre NY’s Lloyd Team, Dog People, Co-Host of the UCB Diversity Jam, and Creator/Director of Improvised Gilmore Girls at the People’s Improv Theater. Nicholas has excelled as a competitive improviser, having won Indie Cagematch and participated in UCB Cagematch. Nicholas regularly sits in with UCB mainstay shows such as MegaPlex: The Improvised Movie and Cheating on Harold. He’s directed everything from sketch shows to youth Shakespeare. Nick and Brandon have known each other since they were a couple kids in Brooklyn, and have shared tag team titles in the UCBW comedy professional wrestling league.