Del Close Marathon Workshop Saturday 3:30-6:30pm

Del Close Marathon Workshop: Special Marathon Workshop

Prerequisites May require previous UCB class experience. See course description below for details.
Scheduled Saturday 3:30-6:30pm
Start Date Jun 30, 2018, 3:30pm
Price $55
Class Size 12 students
Sessions 1 session, 3 hours
Prerequisite: Completed or currently enrolled in Sketch 101, Improv 201 or out-of town performer.*

SPECIAL DCM WORKSHOP: Musical Characters with Jon Bander

Some characters talk, and that's great, but some characters SING!  In this workshop, students will incorporate musical ability into their characters, focusing on gameplay and grounding in both character and song and how to mix them optimally.  Students will bring in pre-written characters (or at least pitches), and any instruments they play, to create or further develop characters through in-class analysis and both improv and musical improv exercises.  Students will also view and discuss examples of what makes musical characters great (or terrible)! Use your full range of talents (or just musical enthusiasm!) to bring strong, loud, FUN musical characters to life!

Some in-class writing/singing may be required.

* You must be listed on the DCM website as a performer in a group from out of town to enroll.  The registrar will check for your name and if you are not listed when you enroll, you will be removed from the workshop and lose $55.

Jon Bander, teacher

Jon Bander is an actor and comedian living in New York. He is a current Character 101 teacher and former member of Characters Welcome at UCBT. He also performs musical improv with Premiere: The Improvised Musical and Warm Blooded at the Magnet Theater. Otherwise he does character bits and standup at various NYC theaters, bars and basements.

Jon was selected to perform in the New Faces: Characters showcase at the 2015 Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. He has also worked for The Second City Theatricals aboard the Norwegian Dawn cruise ship. Jon has also performed and taught workshops at festivals and cities across the country. He's been fortunate to study with improv luminaries like TJ Jagodowski, David Pasquesi, Armando Diaz, Mick Napier and Susan Messing to name a few.

Outside of improv, Jon has appeared on TBS's "Search Party" and the Netflix shows "Master Of None", "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "The Characters". He also performed off-off Broadway in 'PharmaBro: An American Douchical", "8 Million Protagonists", "POPE! An Epic Musical" and NY Fringe Festival hit musical "Nightfall On Miranga Island".

Most people just call him Bander. Feel free to do the same.

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