Advanced Improv workshops with UCB’s Billy Merritt and Brandon Gardener
If you didn’t grab a place on the Upright Citizen Brigade Improv 101 and 201 (or even if you did), we have a couple of great advanced workshops with two of our amazing instructors.
Advanced Forms with Billy Merritt
This workshop will introduce several new forms Billy has been working on [The Conversation, Dining Room, and The Hidden Opening form]. While learning these we will discuss what makes a new form work, and how to create a unique one tailored for your group, as well as Advanced Gameplay to really help your form shine.
Wednesday 18th November 7-10pm £30 BUY TICKETS
Intro to the Improvised Play with Brandon Gardner
Learn some of the concepts needed to improvise a play with a discussion of acting and playwriting principals and a focus on a well acted scene. This workshop will combine acting and improv exercises to create improv that is not just funny but also honest and dynamic.
Thursday 19th November 7-10pm £30 BUY TICKETS
About Billy Merritt
Billy Merritt has been a Performer, Teacher, and Director with the UCB Theatre since it first opened in New York. He was a founding member of improv groups The Swarm and The Stepfathers in New York, and The Smokes in Los Angeles. He has developed and performed in numerous hit shows throughout his tenure at the UCB such as The Sunshine Gang, Piledriver, My Dinner with Billy, and Brain Town to name a few. As a teacher Billy has developed many improvised long forms with his students in advanced classes. Such as, The Documentary, Improvised One Acts, and the Ninja. His TV credits include a three year run on MTV’s Boiling Points, Best Week Ever, Reno 911, Law and Order, Workaholics, Happy Endings, Weeds, News Readers, and Parks and Rec. He was the host of “Uncorked” with Billy Merritt, a food, wine and travel show that can still be seen on Hulu. Billy’s voice can be heard on the new Cartoon Network show Steven Universe, and he just finished shooting on American Work’s new movie Search Party.
About Brandon Gardener
Brandon has been a performer and writer at the UCB Theater in New York since 2007 and has been an instructor there since 2009. He has been a member of the UCB house teams Bastian, Let’s Have a Ball, Reuben Williams, Improv Nerds and The Curfew and is a regular at UCB’s flagship show ASSSSCAT 3000. In addition to performing in NYC, Brandon is a member of the UCB TourCo All-Stars with whom he performs and teaches workshops around the world. As a senior teacher Brandon has helped develop the UCB Training Center curriculum and has taught over one-hundred 8 week courses at every level. He has taught Advanced Level classes in Harolds, Scene Work, Improvised Plays and Improv to Sketch. Outside of UCB, Brandon is an active actor, writer and director.