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Starting Scenes

$75

with Bob Dassie

Calendar Feb 8, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Get $10 off with the promo code DASSRIGHT when you purchase before February 1st, 12am.

The primary focus in this class will be on the connection with our partner. We’ll discuss and practice the variety of tools available to us when we inevitably find ourselves at the “start” of the scene. We’ll be looking at the plethora of information we have at our disposal that allow us to improvise with strong and supportive choices.

BOB DASSIE has performed and taught improv all over the world, from New York to Los Angeles, from Singapore to Scotland. Over the years he has been involved with several long-form groups including the improvised musical Baby Wants Candy, The Armando Show and alongside Stephnie Weir in the 2-person WeirDass. Until recently, he performed with Dasariski and Quartet at the IOWest in Los Angeles and has appeared in the fully-improvised play, Stolen House, which premiered in Chicago and had a limited run in New York. Bob has appeared on various screen sizes in shows such as HBO's Funny or Die Presents: The Carpet Brothers, NBC's Community, Comedy Central’s Review, FX’s The Comedians, IFC’s The Spoils of Babylon and in “Casa de mi Padre”. He has also written for Adult Swim’s only satanic dog show Mr. Pickles, the current reboot of the Bugs Bunny cartoon, Wabbit, and again with his lovely wife, for the web series, WeirDass: Eleven Year Itch.

 

Three- & Four-Person Scenes

$75

with Bob Dassie

Calendar Feb 8, 2023 at 8 pm, runs for 1 week

Get $10 off with the promo code DASSRIGHT when you purchase before February 1st, 12am.

This workshop will concentrate on the foundation of scene work and how it applies to more complex relationship-based scenes. Focus will be on sustaining, balancing and making strong choices for the sake of the scene regardless of how many people are on stage. Using exercises that isolate certain aspects of scene work, we’ll break down the elements to generate specific character information, define our environment and create interesting relationships.

BOB DASSIE has performed and taught improv all over the world, from New York to Los Angeles, from Singapore to Scotland. Over the years he has been involved with several long-form groups including the improvised musical Baby Wants Candy, The Armando Show and alongside Stephnie Weir in the 2-person WeirDass. Until recently, he performed with Dasariski and Quartet at the IOWest in Los Angeles and has appeared in the fully-improvised play, Stolen House, which premiered in Chicago and had a limited run in New York. Bob has appeared on various screen sizes in shows such as HBO's Funny or Die Presents: The Carpet Brothers, NBC's Community, Comedy Central’s Review, FX’s The Comedians, IFC’s The Spoils of Babylon and in “Casa de mi Padre”. He has also written for Adult Swim’s only satanic dog show Mr. Pickles, the current reboot of the Bugs Bunny cartoon, Wabbit, and again with his lovely wife, for the web series, WeirDass: Eleven Year Itch.

 

Format: Close Quarters

$125

with Craig Cackowski

Calendar Feb 16, 2023 at 2 pm, runs for 1 week

(At least 1 year's experience recommended)

Close Quarters, developed by Noah Gregoropoulos in Chicago in the late ‘90s, is among the most challenging (and satisfying) improv longforms ever created. Revolving around a series of characters at more or less the same place at more or less the same time, Close Quarters demands strong relationship and character work as well as a high level of concentration and support work from the players on the sidelines. Learn it from original cast member Craig Cackowski.

CRAIG CACKOWSKI is an actor, improvisor and teacher based in Los Angeles. He has been involved with the iO and iO West (RIP) theaters since 1992, and was the three-time winner of the Del Close Award as Teacher of the Year at iO West. He has played numerous improv festivals around the country with his long-running three-man troupe Dasariski (with Bob Dassie and Rich Talarico) and his duo Orange Tuxedo (with his wife Carla!). While in Chicago, he appeared in and co-wrote 5 revues for The Second City, and helped create such improv forms as JTS Brown and Close Quarters. As an actor, he has been seen in recurring roles on such shows as Community (as “Officer Cackowski”), Bajillion Dollar Properties (as “Todd the janitor”), Veep (as “Cliff”) and as part of the ensemble cast of Drunk History. Other film and TV credits include The Mayor, Son Of Zorn, Girlboss, Comedy Bang Bang, Newsreaders, Welcome To The Family, The Mindy Project, How I Met Your Mother, Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Year Of The Dog, 21 And Over, The Kings Of Summer, Murder Bury Win, and Wine Country. He may be heard frequently on such podcasts as The Thrilling Adventure Hour, Spontaneanation and his own podcast Craig’s List, in which he makes Carla watch his 100 favorite movies.ship and character work as well as a high level of concentration and support work from the players on the sidelines. Learn it from original cast member Craig Cackowski.

 

Full Course

Sell It!

$125

with Craig Cackowski

Calendar Feb 17, 2023 at 2 pm, runs for 1 week

(Good for all levels of experience)

Energy, confidence and decisiveness are 90% of the battle in improv, i.e. it’s not so much what you say as when you say it and how you say it. How comfortable you are on stage will have a huge impact on how you’re perceived by the audience. Whether you’re a veteran improvisor or new to the artform, this is the perfect workshop for the performer who needs to practice owning their impulses and delivering them with confidence right away.

CRAIG CACKOWSKI is an actor, improvisor and teacher based in Los Angeles. He has been involved with the iO and iO West (RIP) theaters since 1992, and was the three-time winner of the Del Close Award as Teacher of the Year at iO West. He has played numerous improv festivals around the country with his long-running three-man troupe Dasariski (with Bob Dassie and Rich Talarico) and his duo Orange Tuxedo (with his wife Carla!). While in Chicago, he appeared in and co-wrote 5 revues for The Second City, and helped create such improv forms as JTS Brown and Close Quarters. As an actor, he has been seen in recurring roles on such shows as Community (as “Officer Cackowski”), Bajillion Dollar Properties (as “Todd the janitor”), Veep (as “Cliff”) and as part of the ensemble cast of Drunk History. Other film and TV credits include The Mayor, Son Of Zorn, Girlboss, Comedy Bang Bang, Newsreaders, Welcome To The Family, The Mindy Project, How I Met Your Mother, Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Year Of The Dog, 21 And Over, The Kings Of Summer, Murder Bury Win, and Wine Country. He may be heard frequently on such podcasts as The Thrilling Adventure Hour, Spontaneanation and his own podcast Craig’s List, in which he makes Carla watch his 100 favorite movies.ship and character work as well as a high level of concentration and support work from the players on the sidelines. Learn it from original cast member Craig Cackowski.

 

Payment plan available: $50 deposit plus 1 payment of $75.00, paid every two weeks.

SNL Writers Room (Sat)

$175

with Liz Cackowski

Calendar Feb 18, 2023 at 3 pm, runs for 1 week

(At least 1 year's experience recommended)

WELCOME TO THE SNL WRITERS ROOM

Comedy writer and SNL alumni Liz Cackowski takes students through what a week at Saturday Night Live is like as a writer. From brainstorming to pitching to writing to read-through to notes and rewriting, students will get as much of the SNL experience as can be fit into three hours.

Students will need to submit an original SNL-style sketch prior to class to share and work on.

LIZ CACKOWSKI is a comedy writer and actress. After beginning her career performing at Boom Chicago in Amsterdam and The Second City in Chicago, she was hired as a writer for Saturday Night Live. After three seasons of SNL, Liz went on to write for several sitcoms including Community, The Last Man on Earth, and Girls 5 Eva. Along with fellow SNL alums Emily Spivey and Amy Poehler, she co-wrote and acted in Netflix’s Wine Country. Other on-screen acting credits include:  Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Speechless, and Neighbors 1 and 2.

Sustaining a Scene

$125

with Craig Cackowski

Calendar Feb 18, 2023 at 3 pm, runs for 1 week

(At least 6 months experience recommended)

Sure, your scenework's pretty good. But can you do a 10-minute scene? A 20-minute scene? An hourlong scene? Craig Cackowski shares some of the techniques he's learned about long. slow, patient scenework from his years working with such groups as Dasariski and Quartet.

CRAIG CACKOWSKI is an actor, improvisor and teacher based in Los Angeles. He has been involved with the iO and iO West (RIP) theaters since 1992, and was the three-time winner of the Del Close Award as Teacher of the Year at iO West. He has played numerous improv festivals around the country with his long-running three-man troupe Dasariski (with Bob Dassie and Rich Talarico) and his duo Orange Tuxedo (with his wife Carla!). While in Chicago, he appeared in and co-wrote 5 revues for The Second City, and helped create such improv forms as JTS Brown and Close Quarters. As an actor, he has been seen in recurring roles on such shows as Community (as “Officer Cackowski”), Bajillion Dollar Properties (as “Todd the janitor”), Veep (as “Cliff”) and as part of the ensemble cast of Drunk History. Other film and TV credits include The Mayor, Son Of Zorn, Girlboss, Comedy Bang Bang, Newsreaders, Welcome To The Family, The Mindy Project, How I Met Your Mother, Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Year Of The Dog, 21 And Over, The Kings Of Summer, Murder Bury Win, and Wine Country. He may be heard frequently on such podcasts as The Thrilling Adventure Hour, Spontaneanation and his own podcast Craig’s List, in which he makes Carla watch his 100 favorite movies.ship and character work as well as a high level of concentration and support work from the players on the sidelines. Learn it from original cast member Craig Cackowski.

 

Payment plan available: $50 deposit plus 1 payment of $75.00, paid every two weeks.

SNL Writers Room (Sun)

$175

with Liz Cackowski

Calendar Feb 19, 2023 at 11 am, runs for 1 week

(At least 1 year's experience recommended)

WELCOME TO THE SNL WRITERS ROOM

Comedy writer and SNL alumni Liz Cackowski takes students through what a week at Saturday Night Live is like as a writer. From brainstorming to pitching to writing to read-through to notes and rewriting, students will get as much of the SNL experience as can be fit into three hours.

 

Students will need to submit an original SNL-style sketch prior to class to share and work on. 

 

 

LIZ CACKOWSKI is a comedy writer and actress. After beginning her career performing at Boom Chicago in Amsterdam and The Second City in Chicago, she was hired as a writer for Saturday Night Live. After three seasons of SNL, Liz went on to write for several sitcoms including Community, The Last Man on Earth, and Girls 5 Eva. Along with fellow SNL alums Emily Spivey and Amy Poehler, she co-wrote and acted in Netflix’s Wine Country. Other on-screen acting credits include:  Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Speechless, and Neighbors 1 and 2.





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