Level 101: Introduction to Improvisation
Students will explore the fundamental principles of improvisation through exercises in agreement, commitment, spontaneity, and listening. No prior performance or improv experience are necessary. Classes build upon one another, allowing novice improvisers to grow and be challenged at a comfortable rate. Sessions are designed so students will build a strong foundation as a confident performer. You will amaze yourself with your newfound skills at the last class performance in front of your friends and family!
Session 1 Instructor
Michael Hartwell is Baltimore-based educator, improviser, and facilitator. He is the Education Director for the Baltimore Improv Group, a Teaching Artist for Young Audiences of Maryland, and an adjunct faculty member at Johns Hopkins University, teaching improv to science and engineering students. He has taught improv to adults and children since 2013. Prior to his current work, Michael was a Teach For America corps member and Baltimore City Schools middle school teacher for ten years. He is a member of BIG’s main stage troupe Gus, along with special projects PUMPS and After School Grandma. Outside of improv and education, Michael is an avid reader, dog lover, music snob, certified Master Gardener, and uniformly disappointed Buffalo Bills fan.
Session 2 Instructor
Kelly Lloyd was born and raised in New Jersey, and found herself living below the Mason-Dixon line after completing undergraduate and graduate school in Baltimore. In 2010, Kelly spent a year in Charleston, South Carolina where she began her improvisational theater training. After moving back to Baltimore, Kelly continued her improv education and became an official BIG member in 2012. Kelly is a member of BIG’s main stage troupe, Training for Prom, as well as special project troupes, The Bully Union: Local 128, Same Team, and Impromptune. She has participated in a handful of improv festivals from Providence to Austin and has been a cast member in featured BIG shows such as Unscripted, The Movement, and the sketch comedy show, Scripted