Clarity in Scenework (July 31st) with Steve Waltien

iO Theater - 2nd Beat Room

Friday, July 31, 2015
2nd Beat Room 1501 N. Kingsbury St ChicagoIL  60642
Friday, July 31, 2015
2nd Beat Room 1501 N. Kingsbury St ChicagoIL  60642

This camp has passed

What's Included

So often when our scenes stall out or we feel stuck on stage it is the result of us as performers feeling like we have missed something or we're not clear on what our partner is trying to convey. We're afraid we don't have enough information to react or that we'll do something wrong. We forget that we always have the tools to make the situation and relationship clear for each other and the audience. Once the audience and the players know the world they're looking at, they are free to play and explore in that world. Even advanced players find themselves minutes into scenes where they've just been talking haven't established the basics. When the scene starts to drift or hits a slow moment, they have nothing to fall back on. In this workshop we'll touch base with basic techniques to clarify with confidence and get those scenes going again.

About This Organizer

Founded in 1981, iO (Formerly ImprovOlympic) is the world famous flashpoint of comic creativity that spawned an entire generation of America’s best and brightest entertainers. Over 5000 people have trained and performed at iO’s Chicago and Los Angeles theaters, including some of the most recognizable names in show business; Mike Myers, Chris Farley, David Koechner, Adam McKay, Tina Fey and many, many more.

Charna Halpern held a belief that improv was capable of more than the short games and competition-style shows that dominated the scene through the 1970s. It was then that she met legendary director and improv luminary Del Close. Their shared vision for a deeper, more robust form of improvisation based on trust and agreement would be rounded into shape and set in motion when they developed the Harold at iO (then ImprovOlympic). With Del serving as the mentor and Charna the guide, longform was born and the two would change the face of improvisational comedy.


It was Del’s belief that performers needed to have the utmost respect for one another- that if they treated each other like geniuses, poets and artists, they could become that on stage. This philosophy and the famous “yes, and!” notion that agreement is vital on stage helped iO establish itself in the community, and with that the Chicago improv scene was born. In short order iO grew from a ragtag nomadic group of comedic artists into a nationally recognized artistic institution, a destination for the world’s most talented comedians to study and experiment and work. In 1995, iO moved into its current location on Clark Street in Chicago and iO West opened in Los Angeles in 1997. Charna and Del would co-author “Truth In Comedy”, hailed by Bill Murray as “The most important group work since they built the pyramids,” and considered by many to be the bible of improvisational comedy.






Organizer Info

  • iO Theater

Map & Direction

2nd Beat Room 1501 N. Kingsbury St ChicagoIL  60642
Get Directions

Discuss This Activity