Creating characters who matter to each other (and the audience) is one of the most important skills in improvisation. Compelling relationships are the heart of any improv scene—whether it's in a long-form piece or short-form game. We'll play with different ways to create characters (from your head, your heart, and your whole body) and a variety of ways into relationships (from emotional responses to spacial relationships to game moves). In addition, we'll explore other elements of scenework: objects and environment, and emotions and dialogue. ComedyCity classes, like our Major League Improv shows, have short-form improv games as their foundation. Using games lets students explore and master skills and techniques they can use in short- and long-form improv. Plus, games are fun...and if you're INSTRUCTOR: Jared Brustad, Director of Operations/Referee/Mr. Voice/Performer at ComedyCity, as well as Producer/Emcee/Belt Bedazzler for Improv Thunderdome In 1996, I successfully auditioned for the Lighten Up Improv Company (co-founded by Trish Berrong) and started performing with the KC Theatresports League, and not too long after that, coaching and running tech for the very first KC High School Improv League. In the 17 years I've been doing this, I've performed with Lighten Up, Funny Outfit, ComedyCity, Straight Man, Holy Cow, and The Trip Fives, and the Thunderdome teams Temporary Sanity and Slightly Erotic. I’ve performed in numerous, let’s say seven, improv festivals in KC, and one in Austin, TX. Background & Influences: I/ve been privileged to have taken so many workshops and classes from some of the top name instructors improv has to offer: Armando Diaz (Magnet Theater, Upright Citizens Brigade, iO), Mick Napier, Joe Bill and Mark Sutton (Annoyance Productions), Dan O’Conner (Improv Theatre), Dan Izzo (Improv Inferno) and Del Close (iO Chicago). Teaching philosophy: Don’t try and be funny. Just be yourself. You’re good at improv. You do it every day.