Dates: This workshop is Two Days, Saturday 8/21 & Sunday 8/22, both days from 1 to 3pm EST.
PLEASE NOTE: This class will be conducted online through Zoom! Enrolled students will be emailed a Zoom link earlier in the evening of the event. For the best experience you should have a steady internet connection and a quiet space. The experience is best on a laptop, desktop, or large iPad – ideally you won’t have the device in your hand so that you can stand up and move around and still be on camera.
Instructor: David Johnson
Prerequisites: No prior experience needed. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
There are infinite varieties of characters out there and I love finding new ones to play. The goal of this workshop is to give you ways to keep creating new characters spontaneously whenever you so wish. We’ll use physicality, animals, mimicry and voice to feel our way into characters we’ve never played before, trusting that we can put aside our rational minds for a moment and let our bodies lead the way.
Dave Johnson is an actor, improviser, and acting and improv teacher/coach with a B.A. in Drama and an M.F.A. in Acting. He has taught theater and improv since 2004 for numerous clients, such as Washington Improv Theater (where he is the most senior teacher, ’04 – present), Washington College, Mount St. Mary’s University, NextStop Theatre Co., Comedy Sportz, Chinese Menu Comedy, Richmond Improv Festival, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, Coalition Theater, Unified Scene Theater, and Fairfax County Public Schools. As an acting and improv coach since 2005, his clients have included many individuals and improv groups, including onesixtyone, Press Play, Hot and Sweaty, The Lodge, Aboulia, The Carmichaels, Prettier Than You, Commonwealth, Tiovivo, Oh That Baby, and Boom Crunch. He has also been a performing member with onesixtyone (Washington Improv Theater’s original troupe), Dr. Fantastic, Werewolf Mcbutterbone, Dial M for Nasty, NimprovYC, and Calvin (among other improv groups). He has extensive acting experience in scripted productions at theaters such as The Kennedy Center, New Dramatists (NY, NY), Theater Alliance (D.C.), Catalyst Theater Company (D.C.), Center Stage (Baltimore, MD), and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (among many more) and continues to act in films, on stage, and in web and TV commercials.