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 Core Class schedules:
Level 1 (Session 3): Sundays, 4-6:30 PM, September 8-November 10, 2019 (no classes 9/1, 10/6, 10/27)
Level 3 (Session 1): Sundays, 1:00-3:30 PM, August 18-October 20, 2019 (no class 8/25, 10/6)
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.
“The style this institution evangelizes has allowed me to get out of my own way on a more consistent basis. There’s nothing like doing scene work without breaking, figuratively speaking, a sweat. Or, the realization of ‘wow, that was much easier than normal’ dawning upon you.
Additionally, sure, there is an element of mysticism associated with this art form.But, Tony provides rational, easily understandable reasoning as to why things work as opposed to ‘Yay! Magic!'”
“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 3: 4-6:30 PM, Sundays (September 8-November 10, 2019)
Session 4: TBD (Tuesdays, November, 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.
INTENSIVE: 10 AM-8 PM, Saturday, August 10
Session 2: 7-9:30 PM, Tuesdays (July 30-September 17, 2019)
Session 3: 4-6:30 PM, Sundays (November 17, 2019-January 26, 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: 1:00-3:30 PM, Sundays (August 11-October 13, 2019)
Session 3: 4-6:30 PM, Sundays (February 2-March 22, 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: 1:00-3:30 PM, Sundays (October 20-January 5, 2020)
Session 2: 7-9:30 PM, Tuesdays (November 19, 2019-January 21, 2020)
Session 3: 4-6:30 PM, Sundays (March 29-May 31, 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: 1:00-3:30 PM, Sundays (January 12-February March 1, 2020)
Session 3: 4-6:30 PM, Sundays (June 7-August 2, 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!