This class aims to light your improvisation on fire.
It will help remind you what you love about improv, slap you out of whatever fear is holding you back, and cut out the naysaying voices in your head that cloud your inspiration.
We will look at how we sometimes censor or bail on our choices out of a need to make the ‘right choice’ when improvising.
Instead, let’s agree that there is no right or wrong choice, only a weak or strong one, then see what happens when we give ourselves the freedom to simply trust and commit to whatever comes up.
We will marry a sense of playful abandonment with actionable techniques to start scenes boldly, live in the present, heighten emotions via specific and surprising choices, and employ context (who, what, where, when, why, etc.) without getting stuck in our heads about it.
This class will move quickly, keep you on your feet, and challenge you with personal feedback. Let’s bring the whimsy to your make-em-ups!
Philip Markle has taught improv and acting internationally for over 16 years, from Berlin to Bali.
He moved to NYC in 2013 to launch the theatre and training center of The Annoyance Theater NY, where he taught, performed, and acted as its Executive Director until Fall 2016.
Philip graduated from Northwestern University and trained in Chicago at comedy theaters such as The Annoyance, iO, and Second City.
He independently teaches writing and improv classes in NYC, as well as through Tom Todoroff’s acting studio. He has performed in and produced hundreds of shows of all kinds, and regularly performs, writes, and directs in NYC.
Philip has musically improvised with Baby Wants Candy in Chicago and BLANK: The Musical Off-Broadway in NY and is the creator of national-touring musical improv show Happy Karaoke Fun Time.
He executive produced, wrote, and acted in the digital shorts series “The Annoyance Presents” on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Philip has written a one-man show, Sparkle Hour, which he has performed worldwide and was featured in the 2013 NY International Fringe Festival to rave reviews.