Sunday 7/2 4:00 pm

$60 +fees

Villainy: Being Bad Onstage

Learn how fun it is to be bad. In this workshop, Kareem Badr and Valerie Ward from PGraph will teach you how to play downright evil characters on stage that the audience will love to hate. It’s easy enough to play a 2-dimensional bad guy, but for true evil to shine in all its dark glory, your characters must be rooted in truth, and be unique individuals.

Learn to:

  • create a fully fleshed out origin for your villain

  • react properly to evil actions done on stage

  • make your monsters more human

  • treat dark moments with the respect and patience they deserve

Special Guest Intensive - Playing the Villain - Pgraph


Kareem Badr is an actor, writer, and improviser based out of Austin, TX.

Kareem’s stage credits include Salieri in Amadeus, The Actor in The Woman in Black (Penfold Theatre), and Nazrullah in Heartland (for both Vortex Rep and Luna Stage in NJ), for which he was awarded the B. Iden Payne for Lead Actor in a Drama. He is one of the owners of The Hideout Theatre and co-authored “Do It Now”, a book of essays on instinctual narrative improvisation, with his award-winning improv group Parallelogramophonograph.

His fiction podcast script “Curtains” won the Austin Film Festival script competition in 2020.

Valerie Ward has been a fixture of the Austin Improv scene for over 20 years. She has traveled the world teaching and performing and co-authored “Do It Now,” a book on narrative improv, with the rest of her ensemble, Parallelogramophonograph. She is as comfortable playing the upper crust of 17th-century French society as she is doing off-the-cuff abstract performance art with her absurdly funny trio “Echo Lake.” She also has a fiercely analytical story brain, which she put to good use in creating and directing shows such as “A Bedtime Gorey,” “The Dahl House,” and “A Deed So Dark.”