Improv 401 Wednesdays 3:15-6:15pm
Improv 401: Harold Workshop
|Prerequisites||Completion of Improv 301 within previous two years|
|Start Date||Sep 18, 2019, 3:15pm|
|Class Size||16 students|
|Sessions||8 sessions, 3 hours each|
|Performances||Oct 20, 2019, 1:30pm
Nov 17, 2019, 1:30pm
The course focuses on playing truthfully, to the top of your intelligence, while practicing agreement and support. Students will be sensitive to the games of their scenes, and connect the scenes into one cohesive piece (the "Harold").
Teachers will offer more individual feedback at this level.
Course meets for 8 sessions, each 3 hours long.
Students will take part in at least two class performances, 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.
Does not meet October 9.
Achilles Stamatelaky, teacher
Achilles Stamatelaky is a comedy writer and performer. He has written for Broad City (Comedy Central), MTV, TBS, Huffington Post, among others. He was the former Associate Artistic Director of UCB Theatre.
Achilles has been writing and performing improv and sketch comedy at The UCB Theatre for over decade. He improvises weekly with his group, Airwolf, which performs at UCB's East Village Theatre every Saturday at 8:30 PM. You can also see him performing regularly in ASSSSCAT 3000, UCB Theatre's long-running flagship improv show.
Previous shows include: Harold Night, Maude Night, Up Late! With Lord Voldemort!, The Kirk Cameron Repertory Players Present: A Harry Potter Musical, The Heisenberg and Friends Breaking Bad Variety Hour, As The Diamond Burns, and Night Late.
Achilles has appeared in commercials for Nickelodeon, Comcast, ESPN, Ally Bank, and others. He has also appeared in various internet videos, The Colbert Report, and Broad City. His comedy writing has been featured on Comedy Central, MTV, and Nerdist. He has performed with independent groups throughout the city and has performed at multiple comedy festivals across the country.
Achilles has been teaching at the UCB Training Center since 2010. He has directed numerous shows and groups over that time. He is also an instructor at The Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU's Tisch School of The Arts, teaching half-hour comedy writing. His dream job is starting point guard for the New York Knicks.