Level 305: Acting for Improvisers

Level 305: Acting for Improvisers

The dirty secret of improv, the one many improvisers won’t even whisper to themselves at night, is that improv is acting.  Acting for Improvisers will focus on “living truthfully under imaginary circumstances.”  We will be slowing down to explore character creation and motivation using scripted scenes and monologues as well as fully improvised scenes.  This course will require some work outside of class, and full engagement in class, with the commitment to play scenes for truth before laughs.  The class will culminate in a showcase combining scripted scenes and fully improvised dramatic scenework.

tavish-forsyth-instructor-headshot-210pxTavish Forsyth is a Baltimore-based actor, writer and educator. He graduated Stevenson University with a degree in Film, Video & Theatre and has studied performance with the Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Powerhouse Theater. Through his studies of scripted theatre, Tavish serendipitously found his love of improv. He joined the Baltimore Improv Group in the fall of 2014, admiring their diverse sense of humor, commitment to education, and profound artistic legacy. Tavish is a previous member of the house troupe, WICK, and BIG’s rotating ensemble troupe The Caucus. He also manages the independent troupe Hot Sauce Sandwich, and regularly produces comedy shows at his alma mater. As an educator, Tavish volunteers with AmeriCorps, tutoring students at Sparrows Point High School in a college preparatory program; coaches chess in several Baltimore schools with the Silver Knights Chess Club; and teaches improv with BIG University. He likes comedy that is gritty, patient, and honest with a hint of the absurd. 

  • 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)