Special Workshop: Slacker Format w/ Michael Lewis

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Special Workshop: Slacker Format w/ Michael Lewis



Feb. 4

1pm - 5pm

The form has been attributed to the team Beer Shark Mice. It was brought to New York and taught at The Magnet Theater.

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.

In this one day workshop you will learn The Slacker form and on Saturday night there will be a student performance. In the Slacker all scenic transitions are made via tag out—no sweep edits or “cut to”. Every new scene will have at least one character from the previous scene. The Slacker is a unique form that allows for much of the freedom of the Harold along with the opportunity to explore a more linear story. Come to learn to explore characters more deeply and to find new ways to make connections. 



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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