Special Guest Workshops

We work with some of the best teachers in the world to bring interesting and unique workshops from some of improv’s top minds. Previous teachers include Neil Casey, Anthony Atamanuik, Shannon O’Neill, Will Hines, Kevin Hines, Ari Voukydis, Betsy Stover, Drew DiFonzo Marks, Heather Anne Campbell, Connor Ratliff, Michael Delaney, Billy Merritt, Chelsea Clarke, Brandon Gardner, Dyna Moe, Anthony Apruzzese, Lydia Hensler, John Timothy and more!

Current workshop details

Zack Willis

Zack is an actor, writer, musician, and comedian. He performs at UCB since 2011 and has been a teacher there since 2013. He performs every Saturday night and the UCB Theatre with his group Women and Men. He can also be seen performing with UCB’s musical improv team, Rumpleteaser. We’re very excited to have him over in London.

 
SAY YES TO YOURSELF with Zack Willis

Jan 5, 2018 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM £25
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3178130

 

SAY YES TO YOURSELF with Zack Willis
This workshop will help players with a little more experience listen to their own choices, own them, and heighten what they’re already doing. We often fly through our scenes and either miss or forget all the fun choices we’ve made on the way. This workshop will offer some tools and ideas for making sure you use the whole buffalo.
Jan 5, 2018 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3178130

 

Zeke Nicholson

Zeke is on the amazing UCB LA improv and sketch team White Women, an all black, all male comedy group that breaks barriers (or reinforces stereotypes) and Cardinal Redbird a team of Hollywood superstars turning real-life industry horror stories into laughs. He has also written and performed sketches for Comedy Central and Funny or Die and has just wrapped up on the first season of AP Bio, a sitcom dropping in March on NBC.

 
DITCHING THE DETACHMENT with Zeke Nicholson

Jan 11, 2018 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM £30
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3163376

 
CONTROLLED CHAOS with Zeke Nicholson

Jan 12, 2018 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM £30
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3163385

 
SITCOM WRITING BASICS with Zeke Nicholson

Jan 13, 2018 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM £30
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3163392

 

DITCHING THE DETACHMENT with Zeke Nicholson
Improv is all about finding the funny, but the truth is we often sacrifice the best version of our scenes in the interest of getting to a quicker and thinner laugh. This workshop will focus on grounding, commitment, and acting, in the interest of organic exploration, rather than arbitrary invention that ultimately prevents our scenes from fully evolving. At the end of this, you will win a damn Oscar in every scene (BAFTA? Full disclosure, I’m American).
Jan 11, 2018 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3163376

 

CONTROLLED CHAOS with Zeke Nicholson
Many improv scenes and sets can be technically correct yet still somehow suffer from not being dynamic enough. This workshop will focus on methods to introduce a little bit of chaos into your scene work, making unexpected and bold choices that keep the improviser ahead of the audience, and fostering a greater sense of play. Its important to be able to stay on the rails, but its also important to jump out of the cart and fall down the mountain every now and again.
Jan 12, 2018 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3163385

 

SITCOM WRITING BASICS with Zeke Nicholson
Do you want to write Drama for television? Okay, good luck, I don’t know how to do that. I can, however, help you if you want to write comedy! This workshop will cover topics ranging from basic sitcom structure, pitching in a writers room, punching up jokes, and making your characters come to life. You’ll come away armed with a number of tools to go tackle that pilot you’ve been meaning to write!
Jan 13, 2018 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3163392

 

Lydia Hensler

Lydia is from UCB NYC’s  superb weekend team Grandma’s Ashes and a regular at Asssscat – one of the longest running (and best) improv shows in New York. You can also catch her on Take It Personal and The Female Gaze, a super-sized parody of The View that unites a diverse group of women to boldly voice their opinions and answer the most essential feminist question: do we have enough chairs for everyone? Lydia is a former cast member of UCB’s Character’s Welcome and writes and performs her own original characters.

 
KEEP MAKING CHOICES! with Lydia Hensler

Jan 22, 2018 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM £30
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3163396

 
JOYFUL GAME with Lydia Hensler

Jan 23, 2018 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM £30
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3163399

 
CRAFTING A SHOW with Lydia Hensler

Jan 24, 2018 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM £30
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3163402

 

KEEP MAKING CHOICES! with Lydia Hensler
This class will be about making bold fun choices and sustaining them throughout the scene. This is good for anyone who feels like they get stuck after a couple minutes into a scene, or for anyone who’s ever silently begged for an edit in their head. Learn to play in a way where you feel fearless and never want to leave the magic you’ve created.
Jan 11, 2018 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3163396

 

JOYFUL GAME with Lydia Hensler
This class will focus on the fundamentals of creating and discovering “game”. What is game, what tools do you need to play game and how to let joy be your guide in developing game based scenes.
Jan 12, 2018 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3163399

 

CRAFTING A SHOW with Lydia Hensler
This class is for more experienced performers who perform regularly with teams and practice groups. In this class we’ll be looking at the show as a whole piece and building a magical world beyond a collection of scenes or the structure of a form. How do we go beyond what we’ve done and take it to the next level.
Jan 13, 2018 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3163402

 

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