Level 301: Creating Characters

Level 301: Creating Characters

Make good scenes great with the right kind of characters. A character without consistency is a crazy person. A character without action is just a silly voice. And a character without reaction is a like playing with a wall! This class will push deeper into point of view and behavioral games in order to create exciting, believable and helpful characters. You’ll learn more advanced techniques for telling stories and initiating, maintaining, and enriching scenes. Prerequisite: Level 101 and 201.

mikeheadshotMichael Harris has been the Artistic/Executive Director of BIG since 2010, and performs as a member of Evan the Loyal. He has performed at Improv and Comedy Festivals from NYC to Chicago and Philly to Austin. Michael has created/directed numerous BIG shows including: BIG’s Election Night Extravaganza & (Almost) Anyone Can Draw, both with Economist Cartoonist KAL; BIG’s Holiday Shows and Scripted, BIG’s Sketch Shows. He has taught BIG’s 100, 200 & 300 level classes as well as creating two new 300 level courses, and helping develop BIG’s residency curriculum for Young Audiences of Maryland. Michael has taught improv workshops for Johns Hopkins University & Hospital, Howard County Public Schools, and numerous local companies and non-profits. A member of the faculty at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in D.C., Michael has taught Improvisation, Commedia dell Arte, Voice & Movement, and various performance projects at the school. He has performed in plays at The Studio Theater, Signature Theater, and the Kennedy Center amongst other locations, and is a member of Actors’ Equity.

  • Dates: 7 Mondays, May 8 – June 19 (7-9pm) + 1 Student Showcase, on Saturday June 24th (Time TBD)
  • Cost: $225
  • Location: Bolton Street Synagogue (212 West Cold Spring Lane)