IMPROV SKILLS WORKSHOP MENU
Below is a sampling of workshops taught by Karla Dingle. These offerings can be done as a one day workshop for 2-4 hours or can be explored further in courses ranging from 2-8 sessions. Customized workshops can be created to address organizational needs and skill levels as well.
Get ready to explore the world of dramatic improv and leave the laughter and humor alone. Use real situations to delve into what happens when life is complicated and people get real. It’ll be messy, emotional and vulnerable. This workshop will challenge you to listen to your heart and your tummy.
We’ll focus on heightening both the scene and your reaction through elevating the intensity with the assistance of the emotional wheel. In the end, we’ll search for the WHY in your scene to help sustain the authenticity of the performance and sharpen your senses.
Do you enjoy playing with game but sometimes struggle to find one, or get your scene partner on the same page? Then, this is the workshop for you! You’ll learn how to find your character’s game first. Then, you’ll use that game to challenge your partner’s game. When that is accomplished, it’s all about repeating and heightening and using your game to establish the dynamics of that relationship. Some of the tools used in this workshop will be honorifics, emotional noises, pet names and more.
Come to this workshop for experienced performers, that debuted at the 2022 Improv Ireland Festival with 2 sold out sessions, You will leave understanding that improv is about playing, agreement is about creating the relationship and justification is about finding the game. Once you’ve got all 3 intertwined you can play the game longer as well as rest it and return to it.
Game of the Relationship
Do you want to create stronger connections on stage? Do you want to establish better relationships? Then come stretch yourself in this workshop.
This practical workshop for experienced improvisers was first taught for The Improv Boost in Chester, England. You’ll focus on your character stating one of these three statements to their scene partner to ground the scene, define the relationship dynamics and create emotional responses. You'll find that the connection and intimacy will follow these statements as you explore what your character is feeling.
I Want! I Need! I Feel!
Creating a “back story” for your character generally refers to the process of inventing details about the history of the character’s life. You’ll discover a character who is three-dimensional and more lifelike; rich in personality, experiences, world-views and opinions – one an audience can identify as a real person. And make choices that allow a character’s backstory to grow as the scene develops.
Improvise Your History
Impact means to have a strong effect on someone or something. This is what improv should be all about. We'll explore words, actions, silence, noises and repetition to make sure our scene partner has plenty to play with and react to.
You'll use statements that elicit a response and put the characters name as a punctuation to get your point across all while establishing what the relationship dynamics are!
Explore different types of touchstones from vocal to tactile to physical. Do you find yourself drifting in your scene? You start off with a strong choice but let do of it as the scene progresses? You need a touchstone! A touchstone in scene work is something you keep returning to in order to maintain choices, emotions, relationships and dynamics throughout your scene.
Do you often think that scene looks amazing, let's join? Or I have a great idea, let me come on stage and share it? Then, this 2 hour online class is for you. We'll figure out when to walk on, when to walk off and when to just stay off stage and watch.
Walk On! Walk Off!
“What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” ― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
Let’s play with names in our improv scene and discover what it does to develop characters and relationships! We’ll play with proper names, pet names, honorifics and use repetition to help remember the names you’ve given your scene partner.
What's In a Name?!
Sometimes what’s NOT said is more powerful than what IS said. In this workshop, improvisers will explore AND exploit the unknown or unsaid as their characters navigate through scenes. Discover how secrets and lies add depth and definition to scene work. Create strong dynamics through working to keep the secrets and lies unsaid.