Quite often improvisers want to bring all the wonderful ideas they have into the scene all at once. This usually makes the scene more complicated and waists time, resulting in the audience watching the improvisers figure out what the scene is about. We turn to invention when we want to get a laugh or when we don’t know what the scene is about. Inventing things that are not in alignment with the energy already present forces us to justify our choices which then puts us in our head. The Fix: Operate from the heart! Use your feelings to navigate the scene instead of your brain!
In this class we will learn to use and trust our most valuable asset. We will learn how to get out of our own way and how to let the scene effortlessly emerge. We will work on presence, listening at a deeper level, and the difference between the facts of the world and the assumptions in our head. Great for any actor, improviser, or artist looking to trust their inner wisdom.
Instructor: Marcus Sams
Marcus Sams is a full time improv teacher and professionally working actor in San Francisco. He has taught for SF Acting Academy, Pictoclik Film Festival, and currently teachers for Leela, Improv w/Marcus, and at improv festivals and schools across the nation. He has a degree in Theatre Arts and his improv has been forged by the teachings of David Razowsky, Susan Messing, Joe Bill and Mark Sutton as well as many nationally known teachers. His teaching style combines theatrical craft, systematic approaches, empathy training, and leading with the heart. This combination yields truthful and grounded scene work that is fraught with honest hilarity and from a theatrical stand point, technically polished performances.
Sams has performed in over 34 shows in national improv festivals and in 2016 had the honor of opening for Joe Bill and Mark Sutton's BassProv at the Chicago Improv Festival's Secret Show. He has taught for The Gainesville Improv Festival 2011, The California Improv Festival 2014 & 2016, Improvaganza - Hawaii Festival of Improv 2015, and for the San Diego Improv Festival 2016, the OC Improv Festival 2016 and the San Jose Improv Festival 2016.
In October of 2014 he opened a duo class called Two Play in San Francisco. The goal was to train duos in the improv craft and the business to get them into festivals. After their first show, two of his duos have gotten into 6 improv festivals in the past year. Due to the classes popularity in October of 2015 he opened a second section of the class which sold out and he is officially training 10 duos.
He believes that improv is theatre and that it can have all the cathartic elements of scripted theatre when commitment to craft is pursued vigorously.