Michael Lewis is smart. Lewis is also a veteran improviser who loves to teach. That's why we called him, and asked him to come teach a class. Are you looking to become a better improviser? Looking for a special improv workshop? Lewis is coming to Blacktop Comedy and he's offering a Improvising Shakespeare class next Saturday, Aug. 22nd. It's a three hour class you want to take!
You might not know you want to take the class, but you do! Michael Lewis has worked with some of the best improvisers in the country. In fact, he has worked with Blaine Swen of Improvised Shaekspeare Company.
Yes. That amazing Improvised Shakespeare Company. The Improvised Shakespeare Company that performs in iO in Chicago, and tours nationally performing at prestigious theaters like UC Davis Mondavi Center.
But, don't just take my word for it. Here is some more information about the class.
Improvised Shakespeare Workshop
Come and learn to improvise with the styles and themes of The Bard—from the simple eloquence of his language, to keeping thee, thine and thou straight. Shakespeare doesn't have to be scary and difficult. Discover how much fun this underutilized but fabulously entertaining form can be. Improvising Shakespeare style works to get improvisers out of their heads by focusing on letting their emotions lead them. The focus on flowery language helps to teach performers to let there words get ahead of their brains, and from their, they will discover they are capable of things they had no idea they could do.
An alumnus of iO West (formerly Improv Olympic West), Michael studied and performed there for five years. While at iO he performed with Harold teams G.U.S. and Pit Boss as well as The Award Winning Documentary. He was on two retired Champion teams of the iO West Cage Match, first with The Backstreet Bards and then with Blaine is Obviously Gay. Michael spent two years as an artistic advisor for Major League Improv, teaching several workshops for them. For two years he worked as an artistic consultant for iO Chicago's wildly successful Improvised Shakespeare Co. He ran Empire Comedy of Reno, creating the class curriculum and teaching Levels 1, 2, and 3. Last spring he began teaching improvisational theater at University of Nevada Reno through the theater department. He has performed with Police Cops! and Empire's house teams, Like a Banshee and Hostel Greetings.