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Level 2: Introduction to Scenework

Learn the basic structure of comedic scenes and work on using "yes, and…" to discover and heighten the funny.

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About the class

This class will help students take the basic elements of the IMPROV YOUR LIFE™ philosophy learned in Level One and apply them toward building great scenes that engage an audience. Students will leave this level with an understanding of how to make strong initiations, establish who/what/where, heighten the funniest choices and edit scenes.

Students will learn and practice techniques for starting scenes, enhancing and enriching scenes, finding yourself when you feel lost, and creating characters that are completely unique. There will be a final graduation performance at The PIT for friends, family and others.

(Please note all instructors are subject to change without notice)

Prerequisite: Level 1: Introduction To Improv

Meridith Grundei

Meridith C. Grundei is a New York newbie, actor, director, improviser, educator and voice-over artist. She holds an M.F.A. in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University in Boulder, CO and is a member of Actors Equity and an Associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Meridith’s recent directing credits include Bite-Size, an evening of micro-theatre with Off-Center at The Denver Center and MOVE, an evening of unique theater with the Naropa MFA in Boulder, Co.

Meridith has performed with many companies throughout the United States including: Sweet & Lucky, FRANKENSTEIN (Denver Center for the Performing Arts), Taming of the Shrew (Colorado Shakespeare Festival), FAITH (LOCAL Theatre Company), The Misanthrope (American Conservatory Theatre), iO Chicago, Baby Wants Candy, ABOUND (Sprung Movement Theatre), Strawdog Theatre Company, House of Yes (square product theatre), God’s Ear (Recipient of the 2011 Camera Eye Award for Best Actress in a Drama), The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen, Messenger #1(Nominated as Best Actress in a Comedy for the 2012 Culture West, True West Awards), Failure…A Love Story, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play and Spirits to Enforce (The Catamounts).

Meridith was an Associate Faculty for The Second City Training Center in Chicago, IL. She was a company member with Playback Theatre West and she was Adjunct Faculty at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado in the undergraduate program and continues to work as a Guest Director and Instructor in the Masters Program. In 2013 Meridith was invited as a Guest Artist to work at the CounterPulse in San Francisco, CA. where she collaborated with war veterans and performers for an original performance for ECHOTHEATRESUTCASE. She has taught improvisation at the Omega Institute in Upstate NY and is now working on her own project with the working title, The Father Project.

Class Schedule
  Tue 02/18/20   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Tue 02/25/20   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Tue 03/03/20   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Tue 03/10/20   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Tue 03/17/20   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Tue 03/24/20   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Tue 03/31/20   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Tue 04/07/20   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
  Sat 04/11/20   6:00pm   The Striker Stage 123 E 24th St (b/t Park & Lex) New York, NY 10010