(8008) Improv 101 Sundays 3:15-6:15pm Achilles Stamatelaky
Improv 101: Improv Basics
- All experience levels start with Improv 101
- Sundays 3:15-6:15pm
- Start Date
- Sun January 27, 2013, 3:15pm EST
Students will learn the fundamentals of long-form improvisation including: agreement, active listening, playing characters, playing truthfully and to the top of your intelligence and group mind.
Understanding the fundamentals will be achieved through exercises and scene work in class, seeing improv shows at UCB Theatre and reading the UCB Comedy Improvisation Manual.
Students are required to see at least 2 improvised shows at UCB Theatre before the end of the course.
Course meets for 8 sessions, each 3 hours long.
Students will take part in a class performance, generally held at UCB Theatre.
Class Size: 16 Students
Important! Improv 101 students enrolling after February 3, 2014:
Improv 101 students are required to acquire the Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual by class #2. The Manual can be purchased for non-refundable $25 at UCB Theatre, UCB Training Center NY, UCBstore.com or Amazon.com.
Achilles Stamatelaky, Teacher
Achilles has been studying and performing improv and sketch at The UCB Theatre for almost a decade. He is a veteran performer of UCB's Harold Night improv show, performing with the groups T.R.U.C.K.S., Whorenado, Penthouse Riot, and Standard Oil.
Currently, he is on the weekend improv team Airwolf, which performs at UCB's East Village theatre every Saturday at 8:30 PM. He was also a founding member of the improv group Hot Lather, which created UCB's popular long-running improvised soap opera As The Diamond Burns.
Achilles is a writer for (212), which performs a brand new sketch show every month at Maude Night, and a writer for the BETA team Scraps, which produces video content for UCBComedy.com and UCB's YouTube Channel. His sketches have been featured on Splitsider, NY Magazine's "Vulture Blog", and Roger Ebert's blog.
He has appeared in other shows at UCB including One Night Stand, The Hogwarts Improvisation Society, and CageMatch among others. He has also created two sold out Harry Potter-themed shows for UCB: Up Late! With Lord Voldemort! (2007) which was featured in The Gothamist and NY Magazine's "Vulture Blog"; and The Kirk Cameron Repertory Players Present: A Harry Potter Musical! (2010 and 2011), which was featured in TimeOut NY, The Huffington Post, and WNYC. He also directed, produced, and wrote for The Heisenberg and Friends Breaking Bad Variety Hour (2013), a sold out Breaking Bad-themed show.
Outside of UCB, Achilles has studied at The Magnet Theater with Armando Diaz and independently with Christina Gausas. Achilles has also worked as a writer's assistant for the Onion News Network and developed a pilot for Sirius Satellite Radio. He has also performed throughout New York City with dozens of independent improv groups.
He has written for YouTube's Official Comedy channel and Plume Publishing's Coloring For Grown-Ups Series. He has appeared in commercials for Nickelodeon and ESPN, various internet videos, and appeared on Comedy Central for The Colbert Report and Broad City.
Achilles is an instructor at the UCB Training Center. He hopes to own a really big TV one day.
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