Top of the Scene To You with Jordana Mishory

Make the first moment count, and the rest will fall into place.

We usually try to reduce the importance of the first line of a scene. “It’s just a place to start,” you might hear. And while that is true, everything you need for a successful scene can be found in those first moments if they are fully committed to.

In this workshop, you will practice different ways to organically initiate a scene. And just as importantly, we will work on how to respond to an initiation.

Thoughtful initiations require good listening from a scene partner. You should know what your scene partner wants from you as the improviser. We will work on techniques to be more open and ready to truly play with someone’s idea and kick off a scene from the word go.

We will also work on making choices at the top to help yes-and the initiation.

Participants should be prepared to work hard (while still having fun!) and have a desire for targeted feedback.

During the day, Jordana works as WIT’s operations manager. At night, Jordana teaches advanced classes at WIT and performs with House Ensemble Uncle Gorgeous, Featured Ensemble The Hypothesis, and indie teams Galbraith & Mishory and I Wrote That.

Jordana was a cast member in The Heist, an improvised drama about a bank robbery gone wrong, as well as WIT’s POTUS Among Us 2016. She previously played with long-time indie stalwarts Cake Bagel, Jos. A. Banksy, and WIT Ensemble Love Onion, and directed Hellcat.

She has performed at festivals across the country including the Del Close Marathon and the Chicago Improv Festival — as well as at The Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage New Play Festival. Jordana completed the WIT curriculum and trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York. She has spent enough money on workshops over the years to presumably purchase her own private island. (She assumes, having no idea how much private islands cost).

Jordana is a strong advocate of side-coaching with an intense focus on believable emotions and strong deals. She is a stronger advocate of having the most fun you’ve ever had in your entire life while on stage. She spends most of her time in scenes trying not to giggle at her hilarious troupemates.

Level 2: Scene Dynamics, or permission from the Education Director
Top of the Scene to You with Jordana Mishory

7PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday, May 13th



Jordana Mishory