Improv class

David Razowsky

YOU: A Workshop

Two-day master class. Second City veteran David Razowsky teaches "YOU," showing students the life-changing awareness of “You ... being on stage with you.”

June 2-3 register now
  • June 2-3, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (one-hour lunch break each day)
  • 16 students maximum
  • Tuition: $395
  • Prerequisite: Beginning Improv or equivalent
  • All classes are 18 and over. Once payment is made, there are no refunds, exchanges or cancellations.

COURSE INFO

David Razowsky is the respected improv teacher and director whose signature work is to get the actor to set aside all of the unnecessary elements of improv training and replace them with a life-changing awareness of “You ... being on stage with you.” Razowsky feels that, contrary to popular improv belief, the most important person on stage is YOU. YOU get to notice what happens, YOU get to be aware of what’s inspiring you, YOU get to follow what energizes you, and YOU get to celebrate the surprises that YOU create.

With the YOU workshop you’ll enter the world of personal awareness and presentness, of the excitement of knowing what to do the moment the moment arrives! YOU are in charge, and this workshop will be a study of--and a practice of--you connecting to you. YOU are the boss of YOU. This is the work that Razowsky’s most excited to share with you.

The “YOU” workshop will focus on ...

  • Owning calm self-awareness at the beginning of your scene, immediately leading you toward strong points-of-view.
  • Building strong characters instantly and effortlessly through the “presentness” with your movements.
  • Letting go, moving on. The moment feels like it’s over…now what? You will always know what’s the “now” about your scene.
  • Group Scenes Reduced. A group scene doesn’t have to be a confusing or feared clusterfunk. Get yourself into that scene! Razowsky’s workshop will show how the art of the three-person (+!) scene is simple once it’s broken down, leading you to stronger, challenging, surprising, and easy long-form scenes. Start it out right, heighten it, move it forward, and keep it moving. Come join us: we need you!
  • Operation Cooperation. Are you helping your partner smoothly fly through the scene, or are you not aware? If you’re there to be your partner’s “Hype Man,” you’re the perfect partner. The finest of scenes start with two actors working with one mind…the scene’s mind! Make the stage your “cooperating room!”

This will all lead up to you being a strong, confident, courageous actor, producing scenes that will most surprise ... you.

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

David Razowsky is the former artistic director of the Second City Los Angeles, and the host of the award-winning podcast ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky. His teaching and performing has taken him all over the world, from the US to Australia, Ireland, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, the UK, and New Zealand, where he recorded a TEDx Auckland Talk. As an actor at The Second City David worked with Martin Short, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Rachel Dratch, Chris Farley, Amy Sedaris among others. He’s directed The Second City Mainstage, The Second City Hollywood, The Second City Detroit, and The Second City National Touring Company. He is a consultant for Dreamworks, a teacher for Steppenwolf Theater, adjunct faculty for California State University, and has directed two productions for Amsterdam’s Boom Chicago Theatre. David’s a member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company and performed in their Kennedy Center run of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged.

David Razowsky’s approach to improvisation: “I have a simple approach to improvising: Your present awareness is the only thing you need to create compelling, smart, truthful, and surprising scenes. Period. No games, no preconceived premises, no ideas, no ego. All that matters is now. The actor’s level of improvisation experience doesn’t matter, for all you need to bring to my workshop is your present presence. All you’ll leave with is your joy and excitement and confidence. And after all, what more do you need?”