Horror Improvised with Brian Jones
Thursdays, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
September 10 – October 29, 2020
Schedule: 8 sessions ending in student performances October 30 & 31 at 7 PM
Class dates: September 10, 17, 24 and October 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
Class length: 2 hours (16 hours total) + 2 performances
Class size: 8 students maximum
Prerequisite: Must have completed Performance 3 at BATS or have Coach/Head of School approval. If you’re not sure whether you’re eligible, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with previous improv experience.
Learn to improvise full-length plays that bring suspense, tension, scares, and excitement. In this class, we’ll draw from multiple horror genres including ghost stories, 1980’s slasher, cautionary folktales, and psychological dramas.
We’ll use examples from some of the most prolific writers of suspense to expand an improviser’s long-form skill set to include detailed narration, scenes with tension, and the ability to improvise stories that embody the relatable protagonist in a fantastically unrelatable situation.
This class will explore all aspects of ensemble storytelling, building a story using the camera frame, and letting sound and music live as an additional unseen improviser adding suspense and emotion.
The class will end with two virtual shows of Horror Improvised!
Brian Michael Jones is an actor in Los Angeles. He has performed regularly with Impro Theatre, improvising countless full length plays over the last 15 years. His most recent TV/Film work includes Penny Dreadful, American Housewife, Will and Grace, and the upcoming Netflix feature film Mank. In addition to his TV/Film work, he improvises and puppeteers with Brian Henson’s Puppet Up and with Disney’s The Muppets. As a teacher he has taught a variety of improv classes including, Character, Storytelling, Spacework, Genre, and Puppetry. As a director he has coached and hosted shows for the Pepperdine Improv Troupe, Impro Theatre’s Shakespeare Unscripted, Stephen King Improvised, and Rom Com Improvised, and Los Angeles TheatreSports.