The Dramatic Improv Training Center
The Core Curriculum:
What will I learn at the Dramatic Improv Training Center?
Theatre Momentum’s classes will teach you the skills to create performances that are believable, seamless, and smart. You will learn how to treat improv as a powerful tool to create instant theatre. To find meaning in every movement and expression. To mine your own personal experience to flesh out your characters. To explore your environment and subtle turns of language and staging that are heavy with meaning. TM also allows performers more stage time to develop characters and dialogue worthy of a scripted play, with actors creating characters they can keep for an entire 45 minute performance. This is a unique experience that no other theater in the country provides.
All classes are limited to 15 students apiece.
All students will receive free passes to any Theatre Momentum production while you are a student.
Each level is 8 classes of 2 hours apiece.
PLEASE NOTE: To sign up, your must have at least 6 months of improv/acting experience, so that all fundamentals are already covered. Please do not apply for our classes if you do not have this level of experience, as it will hinder the class to have to cover fundamentals along with regular class work. If you are unsure, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can answer your questions.
The class schedules:
Session 1, Level 1: Sundays, 1:00-3:30 PM, February 17-May 5, 2019 (no classes 3/10, 3/17, 4/7, 4/21)
Session 2, Level 1: Tuesdays, 7-9:30 PM, May 28-July 16, 2019
Session 3, Level 1: Sundays, 4-6:30 PM, August 25-October 27, 2019 (no classes 9/1, 10/6)
Each Level: $150
All 5 Levels: $600 (discounted from $750)
Payment plans available
Hear what our students are saying!
“Theatre Momentum classes are the real deal. Insightful, to the point, with a focus on specificity and honest reaction. Tony helps find the easy way to living truthfully in imaginary circumstances.” -Allison A.
“As a performer I always felt like a twin separated at birth. In the back of my mind I knew something was missing but I couldn’t figure out what. For me it turns out it was dramatic Improv. Theatre Momentum and Tony Rielage have introduced and reunited me with the wonderful world of acting-based dramatic Improv. And now I couldn’t go back if I tried. It is some of the most rewarding work I’ve done.” –Ben S.
“Tony is the toughest Improv teacher I ever had. I’m looking for that!” –Larry K.
“Theatre Momentum is a great place for improvisers of all levels. As someone that came to Theatre Momentum with very little improvising experience, I was welcomed with open arms and open minds. The director, Tony Rielage, has a keen eye for finding your strengths and weaknesses, and utilizes exercises and games to help strengthen your relationships and your environments in your scene work. Theatre Momentum’s style is grounded in reality, and while some might feel it limits your choices, I feel it is refreshing to be able to take your time with scene partner and develop honest relationships with profound struggles.” –Brenton P.
Level 1: Improv and Physics
Start here and dive into Dramatic Improvisation. Students will learn about the connection between strong scenework and the physical environment in self, scene partner, and environment. Learn to be vulnerable and off-balance, get out of your head and into the moment, and use your environment to feed rich and engaging scenes.
Session 1 [FULL]: 1:30-3:30 PM, Sundays (February 17-May 5, 2019)
Session 2: 7-9:30 PM, Tuesdays (May 28-July 16, 2019)
Session 3: 4-6:30 PM, Sundays (August 25-October 27, 2019)
Level 2: Realistic Characters and Relationships
Students will focus on developing rich, three-dimensional characters with multiple facets. Personal experience and other sources will help them to develop characters with depth, dimension, and history. Students will learn tools to craft dynamic relationships with their scene partners, without getting lost in plotting.
Session 1: 1:30-3:30 PM, Sundays (May 12-July 21, 2019)
Session 2: 7-9:30 PM, Tuesdays (July 23-September 10, 2019)
Session 3: 4-6:30 PM, Sundays (November 10, 2019-January 19, 2020)
Level 3: Improv as Writing
Students will focus on treating their improvised scenes like they were fully scripted. They will learn tools that focus on compelling language, storytelling, planting seeds, themes, and subtext.
Session 1: 1:30-3:30 PM, Sundays (July 28-September 29, 2019)
Session 2: 7-9:30 PM, Tuesdays (September 17-November 5, 2019)
Session 3: 4-6:30 PM, Sundays (January 26-March 15, 2020)
Level 4: Extended Scenework and Show Structures
This level will focus on integrating the work of the previous three levels into long scenes and dramatic show structures, including TM’s signature forms, Fugue, Porch Play, and 2-Act dramas.
Session 1: 1:30-3:30 PM, Sundays (October 13-December 15, 2019)
Session 2: 7-9:30 PM, Tuesdays (November 12, 2019-January 14, 2020)
Session 3: 4-6:30 PM, Sundays (March 22-May 17, 2020)
Level 5: Show level
Utilizing all the tools of the previous 4 levels, students will build their own show structure from scratch, developing something unique to their class. These shows will perform for the public, for 4 weekends at Theatre Momentum.
Session 1: 1:30-3:30 PM, Sundays (January 5-February 23, 2020)
Session 2: 7-9:30 PM, Tuesdays (January 21, 2020-March 10, 2020)
Session 3: 4-6:30 PM, Sundays (May 31-July 26,2020)
About the Instructor:
Tony Rielage is the Artistic Director and Founder of Theatre Momentum. He has been performing, directing, and producing improv theatre for over 26 years. He has trained at iO Theater, the Annoyance Theatre, and the Playground Theater, and founded TM’s precursor workshop, Workshop-in-Progress. He is Theatre Momentum’s head instructor, and firmly believes that the best improv is about vulnerable human beings acting naturally, bravely, and honestly.
Questions? Email us at email@example.com!
Theatre Momentum is offering a new class!
Get a sneak peek!
Theatre Momentum is adding to our curriculum with our newest class, “Get That Job”. Get a sneak peek!
We’ll be accepting 10-12 students for a weekly class (Saturdays, 2-4 PM), at a drastically reduced rate ($10/class).
The class will run for 6 weeks, and the feedback of our sneak-peek students will be essential in shaping the class.
About the class
Auditions are the coals over which thespians must traverse. Cold reading, cold sweat.
This class will provide you with a number of techniques that establish a certainty of character and the tools to deliver a crafted first read and the ability to expand that in many directions. We will use one and two minute monologues and dialogues to develop interesting, challenging audition material that demands to be listened to.
Great! Send in your headshot and resume for our instructor to look over. We do want a base level of experience for all our students, so the instructor will review your resume to make sure everyone is on the same page, experience-wise. Sign up here!
How much does this whole thing cost?
To take part in the Sneak Peek class costs $10/class for the 6 weeks of instruction, or $7/week, paid up front. This is not a drop-in class series, so you are expected to show up for/pay for all classes in the series.
What time are classes?
All classes are 2-4 PM, Saturdays, March 16-April 20, 2019
Who’s the instructor?
Buddy King, ensemble member, will be running every workshop. His bio is below.
I have more questions!
Great! Email us and let us know what you have questions about. We may update this webpage if further clarification is required.
Meet the Instructor!
Buddy King (Ensemble Member)
Buddy King is a long time professional actor and teacher who has studied and worked with Charles McGaw, Eugenie Leontovich, Patrick Henry, Del Close and Viola Spolin. Having both auditioned for producers and auditioned actors for producers he has identified the qualities that identify just what makes a performer “extraordinary” and castable.