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Duos Improv


with Chuy Zarate & Asaf Ronen

Calendar Oct 7, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

This class is for pairs of improvisers who are already performing as a duo, or would like to. (We’ll have a Duos Class in January for those looking to be matched up into Duos.)

Team-taught by two of Austin’s most prolific improvisers, you’ll learn how to build a two-person set that spotlights you both and explores beyond what you thought possible. Learn to develop rhythms, formats and techniques that you can apply for the entire lifespan of your partnership. By the end of this class, you should be so in sync with your partner that your scenes will flow like water.

6 WEEKS, October 7 - November 18 (no class on Nov 11th)
Showcase on Sunday, November 19 @ 6:30


ESTEVAN J. (CHUY) ZARATE is an actor/director/coach from San Antonio TX that has been improvising for audiences for 33 years. He is a member of The Big Bash at The Hideout Theatre, The Known Wizards (Merlinworks faculty troupe), Stool Pigeon at ColdTowne and more duos than he can count. He teaches all styles and formats being that he has a very eclectic tool belt to reach into. If there is a scenario to be performed in, he has probably performed it. With specialties in improv singing and grounded/character-driven scenework, Chuy has coached hundreds of kids, teens, students and adults for years to multiple successes.

ASAF RONEN is the author of Directing Improv: Show the Way By Getting Out of the Way. He regularly performs, teaches and produces in Austin, was Education Director at The Institution Theater for eight years and is currently the Conservatory Director at ColdTowne Theater. He is also a Producer and Education Director of Austin’s annual Out of Bounds Comedy Festival. He has taught and performed improvisation in Canada, Great Britain, Norway and in twenty-eight of these United States with such groups as the B. Iden Payne Award winning Confidence Men (improvised plays in the style of David Mamet) and imp (mostly silent improv). He was also producer on TRUST US, THIS IS ALL MADE UP, a documentary on legendary improvisers TJ & Dave that premiered at Austin’s South by Southwest Festival in 2009 and helped develop the improvised film Days of Delusion with director Scott Myers. In 1999, Asaf founded the improv website, of which he is Editor-in-Chief.

Payment plan available: $50 deposit plus 2 payments of $87.50, paid weekly.

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