Improv characters are microwaved rather than slow cooked like in scripted plays, so you can create, do and find many more through your physicality. This workshop uses a variety of physical exercises for the improviser to immediately develop a wide range of characters. These exercises also include finding the characters voice and exercises to incorporate a variety of characters in the same walking environment.
About Jonathan Pitts
Jonathan Pitts is an award-winning international improv theatre artist from Chicago with over 30 years experience. Hes a creator, director, improviser, producer, and teacher, and hes also the Founder and Executive Director of Chicago Improv Productions. He co-founded the Chicago Improv Festival and produced it for 20 years. He created and produced the College Improv Tournament for 10 years. He was Teen Comedy Fests executive producer for 7 years. Hes also the founder and producer of Chicago Podcast Festival for the past 2 years.
He has taught and performed internationally in 12 countries, as well as all over America. Hes performed in over 1,250 improvised shows. He has created the improv shows, The Make Em Ups, "The Oracle", "The Silent Movie", Solo Plus One, Stopwatch, and Storybox Unscripted Theatre. He taught at The Second City for 16 years and hes a contributing writer to their book on improvisation. He taught story-based improv at Piven Theatre Workshop. Hes also taught at 25+ American cities at regional improv fests and improv theatres.
For 3 consecutive years he was selected by New City magazine as one of & "Chicago's Top 50 Theatre Players" and hes been interviewed about improvisation in books, newspapers, online posts, podcasts, radio, and TV.
Jonathan's teaching philosophy
My teaching philosophy is to help every improviser become a more intuitive theatre artist and to face artistic challenges with creativity, braveness, openness, a sense of exploration and a sense of humor.