Philip Markle: Musical Improv: Finding the Form

Contact: Kitchen Rules Theatre (Email)

This class will focus on Musical Improv’s form and structure.

You will learn how to create fully improvised songs both as a group and as individuals, that feature catchy choruses and compelling, rich verses with distinct melodies and lyrics.

The class will also explore how to frame satisfying one-act narratives through plot and character, and the components that go into turning musical improv into a theatrical experience.

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.

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