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.
Meisner Technique for Improvisers
8-week class on Thursdays 7-10pm, starting August 1- September 19th. Click here for more details!
The Core Class schedules:
Level 1 (Session 3): Sundays, 4-6:30 PM, August 25-November 3, 2019 (no classes 9/1, 10/6, 10/27)
Level 2 (Session 2): Tuesdays, 7-9:30 PM, July 30-September 17, 2019
Level 3 (Session 1): Sundays, 1:00-3:30 PM, August 11-October 13, 2019 (no class 8/25, 10/6)
EARLY BIRD PRICING!
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Each Level: $120 (usually $150)
All 5 Levels: $500 (usually $750)
Levels 2-5: $480 (usually $600
Levels 3-5: $360 (usually $450)
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 (August 25-November 3, 2019)
Session 4: TBD (January, 2020)
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 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: 1:00-3:30 PM, Sundays (August 11-October 13, 2019)
Session 2: 7-9:30 PM, Tuesdays (September 24-November 12, 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: 1:00-3:30 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 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: 1:00-3:30 PM, Sundays (January 12-February March 1, 2020)
Session 2: 7-9:30 PM, Tuesdays (January 28, 2020-March 17, 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.
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Theatre Momentum is offering a new class!
Theatre Momentum is adding to our curriculum with our newest class, “Meisner Technique for Improvisers”
We’ll be taking 8-10 students for an 8-week class on Thursdays 7-10pm, August 1st – September 19th.
MEISNER TECHNIQUE FOR IMPROVISERS:
Every improviser seeks the same things in their performance: authenticity, spontaneity, truthfulness, connection, vulnerability. But do you know how to recognize those states when you’re in them? Do you know how to truly live those places in your own scenes, or are you just “going through the motions” of being real? Do you know how to recognize your own bad habits, or are you coasting on tricks?
This intense and profoundly personal class starts with the human being – your blocks, your emotional freedom, your sense of truth – and will help you learn to:
- Find and break down your own individual blocks to honest and spontaneous expression
- Push the limits of your ability to respond to your partners in a deep, truthful way
- Open up to possibilities of real emotional connection you never knew you had
- Discover how to consistently get out of your head and respond in the moment
This course is designed with the dramatic improviser in mind, but the skills learned can be equally helpful with grounded moments in comedic improv, or in scripted acting. We will be using the Meisner Technique repetition exercises along with unique dramatic improv scene-based exercises during class.
The goal of this class is to intensify the impact of your performances and allow you to express the full and unvarnished range of human emotion while on stage. It is designed to push you hard but not to break you, and is taught with awareness of and sensitivity to the impact on the human being inside the actor. Students are expected to attend all classes and rehearse once a week with a partner outside of class.
For a deeper dive into exactly what Meisner Technique is about, read this interview with master teacher William Esper (founder of the Esper Studio in Manhattan, one of the premier Meisner schools in the country).
Great! We ask that students have a minimum of 6-9 months of training or performance in either improv or scripted acting, as this intensive class is most effective with a base of performance experience to build from.
Not sure if it’s right for you? Try a FREE INTRO WORKSHOP!
Come get a taste of the Meisner Technique for Improviser curriculum and see how it sparks your interest at one of our FREE INTRO WORKSHOPS. No experience or commitment necessary!
Sunday, July 7th 1:00-3:00pm
Saturday, July 27th 1:00-3:00pm
Spaces are limited, so please sign up in advance! (You do not need to take a workshop to take the class – it’s just there if you want it!)
How much does this whole thing cost?
The class costs $180 for 8 weeks of instruction. You can reserve your place with a 50% deposit, with the balance due prior to the first day of class. This is not a drop-in class series, so you are expected to show up for all classes.
Discounts are available for Theatre Momentum ensemble members and alumni, current students, and interns. Email for details!
What time are classes?
All classes are 7-10 PM, August 1st – September 19th.
Meet the Instructor!
Allison Asher (Ensemble Member)
Allison Asher has been teaching Meisner Technique for a decade, having trained in the discipline during her MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University with instructors who studied themselves directly under Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York and William Esper at Rutgers University.
She has worked locally as an actor (Rites and Sacrifices, Idle Muse; Akvavit Theatre), and dialect coach (Genesis Theatrical Productions; Idle Muse Theatre) as well as in regional theatres in Texas, New Hampshire, and California for over 20 years. She has studied improv and scripted acting at iO, the Annoyance, Second City, the Hideout Theatre and the Institution Theater in Austin. Texas, the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Stella Adler Studio in New York, and the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia, among other places.
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!