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Workshops

With Rachel & Dave

Currently Being Offered:


+ Find the Game & Heighten the Game

+ Relationship Scenes

+ Acting for Improvisers

+ Graduate Level Improv Classes

+ Team Communication

  1. +Private Coaching

  2. +...and more!

COACHING & COMMUNICATION FOR BUSINESS

This workshop will teach you and your work team the skills, temperament, level of support and polish you need to think on your feet and communicate effectively in any situation. Collaboration, creativity and confidence, being comfortable in your own skin, having fun and success with your colleagues and clients are just a few of the benefits of this dynamic workshop.


HOLDING ON TO YOUR CHARACTER

Learn how taking care of yourself can not only free you up to play but can be the best thing you do for your scene partner. Until you determine a character, the audience will forgive you for any “experimenting” you do; but once you establish that character, it’s your responsibility to stay true to it in the context of the scene. Is it difficult to get started in character in a scene? Do you wish you had some ideas on how to stay in a character once you find them? This class will explore many different ways to approach character with a focus on becoming more aware of your choices. Find characters at the beginnings of scenes as well as ways of holding on to them throughout a scene.


AUDITIONING FOR IMPROV SHOWS/THEATERS

This workshop will teach you the skills, temperament, level of support and polish you need to get hired and noticed in an audition where your improv skills are the focus. Wether you are interested in pursuing a career at Second City or Boom Chicago, thinking of troupe auditioning at iO or ColdTowne or would like to be cast in an improvised show elsewhere in Austin, the insight into how you are perceived by the auditioners can be immeasurable. Dave has been witness to thousands of improv auditions at where he has helped recruit, hire and direct hundreds of actors and improvisers. If possible, bring a headshot and resume for review.


TURNING YOUR IMPROV INTO SKETCH

How do you take a really good improv scene and turn into a really good sketch? How do you take a really bad improv scene with a really good nugget of an idea into a really good sketch? How do you take 10 mediocre sketches and develop a really good show? By Listening, Collaborating, Killing the Baby, Following the Joke and Feeling the Beats, all while avoiding Screwing the Pooch. Dave has written, directed and performed sketch shows at Second CIty and Boom Chicago with some of the best Prime Time TV, Late Nite TV and Web-based sketch writer/performers working today.


FINDING THE GAME

How do you know what is funny about your own scene work? About others’ scenes?  This class will help you laser in on what is funny about your improv scene and where the possibilities lay for what to do next AND help you articulate that point. What if you know what’s funny about your scene...then what? What do you do with that information? This class will also teach you about patterns, games and how to recognize that plateau where the scenes starts to get boring and everyone is waiting for something good to happen.


HEIGHTENING THE GAME

How do you walk into a scene?  When and How should you walk into someone else's scene? Should you Walk In or Tag Out or Sweep Edit?  Do you Freeze up when you know you need to turn on the juice? This class will help you laser in on what is funny about an improv scene and where the possibilities lay for what to do next AND help you articulate that point. This class will also teach you about patterns, games and heightening past that plateau where the scenes starts to get boring and everyone is looking at you holding the ball.


FIND THE GAME & HEIGHTENING THE GAME

How do you walk into a scene? When and How should you walk into someone else's scene? Should you Walk In or Tag Out or Sweep Edit? How do you know what is funny about your own scene? This class will help you laser in on what is funny about your improv scene and where the possibilities lay for what to do next AND help you articulate that point. What if you know what’s funny about your scene...then what? What do you do with that information? Do you Freeze up when you know you need to turn on the juice? This class will also teach you about patterns, games and heightening past that plateau where the scenes starts to get boring and everyone is looking at you holding the ball.


RELATIONSHIP SCENES

Put the relationship back in your relationship scenes. This class focuses on two-person improv scenes and how to get to the juicy details and playful funny parts of the scene while heightening the truth and the funny with confidence and delight. We will use drills and exercises to help you get more connected, uninhibited and engaged with your scene partner. You will become a better listener and receiver, truth teller and delicious revealer.


COACHING/ DIRECTING IMPROV

This workshop will teach you the skills, temperament, level of support and polish you need to coach an improv troupe. If you have started coaching or thinking about throwing your hat into the ring, this workshop will teach you about patience, giving notes, taking notes, creating a lesson plan, leading warm-ups and exercises, honing your communication skills and time management.

For more information on these and other classes,

you can email us here.

Dave Buckman has directed improv and sketch troupes and taught workshops all over the world including theaters and festivals in Washington DC, Chicago, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Cleveland, Chapel Hill, Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta and Houston and has coached dozens of troupes in Austin including The Foolish Mortals, Nice Astronaut, Journey to the Big Water, Girls Girls Girls, Bad Font, The Smoking Arm, Array, The Glamping Trip, Improv for Evil, Collective Alibi, Patio Talk, Bad Font and many many others.  He has also led leadership and communication workshops for corporate clients such as AMD, SHI, Austin Film Festival, qui Restaurant, Olamie Restaurant, Hewlitt Packard, Keller Williams and hundreds more.


Rachel Madorsky has taught and facilitated workshops to teams and organizations nationally for over 20 years including Whole Foods, The University of Texas School of Law, The State Bar of Texas, Case Western Reserve University, and many others. She has been featured on The Learning Channel and recently presented a workshop on Applied Improvisation for Business at SXSW Interactive. 

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Rachel Madorsky and Dave Buckman have trained, taught and performed at some of the world’s leading improvisational comedy institutions. They have over 30 years of teaching experience between them.

RELATIONSHIP SCENES

3 HOUR WORKSHOP

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 26  2p - 5p

Put the relationship back in your relationship scenes. This class focuses on two-person improv scenes and how to get to the juicy details and playful funny parts of the scene while heightening the truth and the funny with confidence and delight. We will use drills and exercises to help you get more connected, uninhibited and engaged with your scene partner. You will become a better listener and receiver, truth teller and delicious revealer.


COMEDY PROJECT ALLIANCE

6622 Wilson Mills Rd, Cleveland, OH 44143

CLASS MAX: 16 people  COST $40

3 Hour Games Workshop--$40

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Dave Buckman has directed and performed at some of the world’s leading improvisational comedy institutions. After years of studying and teaching improv in Chicago, Dave served as Artistic Director of Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, where he was fortunate to work with and direct some of the funniest people working in television and film comedy today.  He culminated his run in Europe with directing “Boom Chicago: RockStars” the second stage-swap with The Second City’s Main Stage in its 50 year history, After Europe, Dave worked as a director and teacher at The Second City in Chicago and Cleveland, directing Cleveland’s 2003 Main Stage revue, “Who’s yer Baghdadi?”.

Since 2005, Dave has been living in Austin, TX with wife and creative partner, Cleveland’s own, Rachel Madorsky, teaching and performing with their award-winning troupe The Frank Mills. Dave also performs regularly with BrainTrust and with Rachel and Dave.

Dave has taught at those theaters as well as festivals in Washington DC, Chicago, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Cleveland, Chapel Hill, Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta and Houston and has coached dozens of troupes in Austin. He has also led leadership and communication and team building workshops for corporate clients such as AMD, SHI, Austin Film Festival, qui Restaurant, Olamie Restaurant, Hewlitt-Packard, Keller Williams and hundreds more.  

He is also a producer for The Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival and The Austin Sketch Festival and works as Executive Producer of ColdTowne Theater.