Contact me if you're interested in having me teach a workshop in your city, college, theater or festival. This is my workshop menu. I can also tailor these for a particular group, or coach your group. If you're interested in something that is not on the list, let me know that too.
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YETI (Yourself Eyes Tension Information) is a method of approaching scenework that moves you out of a thinky space and into an intuitive space. Built on skills that people use everyday, YETI will push you to get in and stay in the moment, discovering fascinating and deeply funny scenes quickly and naturally. Borrowing from ViewPoints, Meisner technique, The New Movement, and over 15 years of improv experience, this approach will appeal to beginners and experts who want a more grounded theatrical experience on stage.
Optimal Class Size: Up to 16 (3 hours) | Beginner and experienced players welcome
A lot of improv training is dedicated to the holy two-person scene. But often we find ourselves in three to eight person scenes! Do you panic when you hear, “Everybody get in here!”? This workshop presents tools to make strong choices in group scenes then delight in discovering how to use those choices to support the scene’s evolving singular focus. I will focus on group scenes (over group games), so these skills will translate easily to Harold, the Onion, or Helga’s Zany Made Up Long Form!
Optimal Class Size: Up to 16 (3 hours) | Basic scenework skill required
Monoscene is a form that takes place in real-time a single location. This workshop will familiarize you with the form as well as how to use it to push players to make bold choices, to move scenes toward action, and revel in the consequences of those actions. By doing this repeatedly, we will deepen characters and build tension–a recipe for satisfying comedy! Optimal Class Size: Up to 14 (3 hours) | Basic scenework skills preferred
The body and voice are the actor’s instrument. Flexing these muscles can allow improvisers to push their fun limits while doing a lot less work on stage. Through a series of acting exercises exploring topics like actions and tactics, intentional movement and viewpoints, we will explore how basic theatrical tools and terminology can expand the look and feel of your improv.
Optimal Class Size: Up to 12 (2 hours); up to 14 (3 hours) | Some improv experience
If you think shortform is easy, hacky, or gimmicky, you may be confusing the medium with the message. Discover the art of shortform as a framework to create performance games that challenge and inspire you and your group. Learn how to string these games together into a fully engaging performance including a killer setlist, hosting and audience interaction.
Optimal Class Size: Up to 14 (3 hours), ideally with a performance | Some shortform experience preferred
Any of these workshops can be adapted to a specific team. If your team is interested in more organic and theatrical play, I can tailor a YETI workshop for you. I can design/customize 2-3 short form games tailored to highlight a strength or focus on an improvement area of your team and workshop them with you. I can also teach you a form, or workshop pain points in your form with you.
Brian Gray hails from the burgeoning comedy metropolis of Pittsburgh, PA where he has been improvising since 2002. Brian performs with Irony City Improv, Iguanatron, and the Arcade Comedy Theater house team Kill Screen. He designed and teaches Duo Improv and Improv Pop-Up Night, a monthly beginner drop-in, at Arcade Comedy Theater as well as The Softer Side of Software, a soft skills class that uses applied improv at Carnegie Mellon University, and he has taught workshops in Austin, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. He hosts Talking Shop: an Improv Podcast and is the Community Programming Director of the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival. brianmgray.com.