Dates:  July 21, 2018

           Time:  Saturday 2pm - 5pm

            Graduation Performance:  6:30pm

             Ages:   18+

Michael Lewis returns to Blacktop! And, he's revealing the secrets to the improv format, The Slacker. Learn how to create your own Slacker. This one-day workshop gives you the tools to create or be part of an amazing show!

The Slacker is a longform improvised form built around the use of tag-outs to transition to new scenes and no restrictions with regard to the order of tag outs or the number of characters one might play. The form is exceptionally flexible and is well suited for a wide range of team sizes, styles of play, time constraints and even stage sizes.



About Michael Lewis:

Michael Lewis, improvising over 20 years ago with the Hermit Colony in Bakersfield, California, and founded Empire Improv in 2007. He taught his first improv class in the summer of 1996 at ComedySportz Bakersfield. Since then Michael has created the three-level curriculum for Empire Improv where he continues to teach. He has continued teaching improvisation for The LA Improv Festival, California Improv Festival, Blacktop Comedy, Made Up Theatre, Reno Improv, University of Nevada Reno, and Truckee Meadows Community college.

As a performer with Empire Improv, he spent four years performing the Slacker with Hostel Greetings, which has become perhaps his favorite improv form. He has been able to improvise Shakespeare style with the Backstreet Bards, Spontaneous Shakespeare Company, and continues to perform with Made Up Shakespeare. An alumnus of iO West he performed with The Award Winning Documentary and The Improvised Documentary helping to develop improvised documentary form. He has been on iO West Harold teams, cage match teams, and performed at Magnet Theater: New York, PIT: New York, Comedy Spot: Sacramento, Reno Improv, Blacktop Comedy: Rocklin, and Made Up Theatre: Fremont. He also continues to perform in the successful duo show Party of Two with improvisers from all over.

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