Improv 301: Harold Structure
- Must have received written notice that you have successfully completed Improv 201.
- Thursdays 3:30-6:30pm
- Start Date
- Thu August 1, 2013, 3:30pm EDT
If you took Improv 201 in January 2010 or later, you cannot enroll in this course until you receive written notice that you have successfully completed Improv 201. ONLY if 10 days have passed since your graduation performance and you have not received this information, please email the registrar at [email protected] for NY classes or [email protected] for LA classes.
This course introduces students to the long form improvisation structure known as "The Harold," developed by Del Close.
"The Harold" is a series of scenes inspired by a single suggestion that fit together into one cohesive half hour piece. Students learn how to 1) perform openings, 2) create scenes inspired by an opening 3) perform "group games," 4) second and third beats (returning to scenes later in the piece).
Course meets for 8 sessions, each 3 hours long.
Students will take part in a class performance, generally held at the UCB Theatre.
Students required to see at least 2 improvised shows at the UCB Theater before the end of the course.
Class Size: 16 Students
Ryan Karels, Teacher
Ryan Karels is the representative comedian for all of North Dakota (Huffington Post, 2011). He is a member of Grandma's Ashes and played on Harold Night with Decoster, Creep and Filth. He is one of KROMPF. Past shows at the UCB include RADIO ROGUE, THE OL' FACTORY, INTELLECTUAL YOGA, YOUR FAVORITE THING, AFTER SCHOOL SUPER POWER HOUR and THEATRE ROBOT MAGIKA. He directed NEIL CASEY'S SENTIMENTAL IRISH CHRISTMAS, THE KIRK CAMERON REPERTORY PLAYERS PRESENT: A HARRY POTTER MUSICAL!, videos with Diamonds Wow!, at Maude night with High Treason, and Stone Cold Fox: YOU PROBABLY THINK THIS SHOW IS ABOUT YOU. He has taught improvisation at LIU CW Post, Williams College, and at the Williamstown Theatre Festival since 2006. Ryan appeared in THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED (2011) and on ROYAL PAINS (2012). He is an Artistic Associate of Les Freres Corbusier, HELL HOUSE, HEDDATRON, BOOZY, THE FRANKLIN THESIS, was in the original Off-Broadway cast of GUTENBERG, THE MUSICAL!, and once rode a horse on Conan. He graduated from Yale where he learned to love linear editing machines.