A major stumbling block for improvisers is our own natural inclination to try to “fix” or “change” our partners. Consequently, our scenes struggle because we’re not focusing on “owning” our own choices/wants/POV.
In this workshop, we’ll focus on exercises that identify the energy we’re creating in our scenes; and that prioritize vulnerability over defensiveness, a concept of improv that seems easy on paper, but can be difficult to put into practice.
Jason Shotts is originally from Chicago and started performing improv at the iO Theater in 2003. Currently living in Los Angeles, he can be seen performing as one-half of the improv duo Dummy, winner of the iO Theater’s Del Award for Best Improv Show in 2013 and 2014. He’s also the co-host of LIVE from the HOLLYWOOD ROOM!, a variety show at Second City Hollywood.
He’s been teaching improv since 2006 and was awarded “Best Teacher” at the iO Theater in 2011 and 2013. He recently started teaching classes at Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica, CA.
In addition to teaching and coaching improvisers and improv groups all over Los Angeles, he travels around the world teaching and performing at improv theaters and festivals. He’s traveled to London, Edinburgh, Rome, Copenhagen, Oslo, Warsaw, Wrocław, Krakow, Bremen, Mannheim, Beijing, San Francisco, New York, San Diego, Denver, Austin, Houston, Washington DC, Phoenix, Tucson, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Atlanta, Miami and Chicago.
For more information, please visit jasonshotts.com
“I’ve learned to be a more versatile player. I have learned the ability to take the reins in the scene and not have to wait for the other person to make things happen. Jason has a clear pedagogy and his improv philosophy is pithy and distinct. I have taken his classes multiple times and each time I walk away with new golden improv nuggets.”
“Jason really gives you a workable comedic formula that is in a language you can understand. He really sets you up for successful scene work. I’ve taken his classes multiple times and my choices are stronger.”
“His teaching style and methods are straightforward and really help flex muscles needed for great scenework. Jason gives great personal notes and pays attention to what each person needs to improve on and pushes them toward that.”
“The best part of Jason’s class is the personalized attention on individual struggles. He pinpoints each student’s needs and gives a little nudge, leading to scenes which are easy and fun to play. Jason’s lessons fill the gaps between different schools and philosophies. I’ve learned so much about the different elements of scenework and I feel confident to be able to play with anyone because of Jason’s advice.”
“I make better choices as an improviser and have become a stronger player since studying with Jason. Run, don’t walk to take class with Jason Shotts!”