So You Want to Coach Improv with Jeff Griggs

iO Theater - 3rd Beat Room

Sunday, October 20, 2013 - Sunday, December 8, 2013
3rd Beat Room 1501 N. Kingsbury St. ChicagoIL  60642
Sunday, October 20, 2013 - Sunday, December 8, 2013
3rd Beat Room 1501 N. Kingsbury St. ChicagoIL  60642

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What's Included

This is a workshop designed for new coaches, old coaches and those improvisors who want to be coaches. There are skill sets that need to be learned so that you can confidently present a proper learning environment to those people who are paying you for your improvisational wisdom. We will spend 8 weeks improving and honing your improv coaching and teaching techniques and skills. Among other things we will dedicate time to: • Rehearsal and class preparation. • Side coaching. • Building a strong group dynamic. • Giving notes. • The difference between coaching individuals and coaching "teams". • Sharing your improv perspective to others Jeff Griggs is the author of the book Guru; My Days With Del Close and is a longstanding member of the IO team Deep Schwa and a member of the 3 person traveling team, Aphasia. He has coached prominent improv teams Cook County Social Club, Switch Committee, Ralphie's Rug, Basic Eight, Uncle Elaine, Sturgis and HoneySlide. He teaches at the IO Training Center and the Second City Training center and has taught at The Chicago Improv Festival, The Seattle Improv Festival, The Toronto Improv Festival, The Orlando Comedy Festival, Millikin University, Columbia College, The Dirty South Improv Festival, The Finland International Improv Festival, Tokyo Improv Theater, Barcelona Improv Group and the Illinois Theater Teachers Association Convention.

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.






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3rd Beat Room 1501 N. Kingsbury St. ChicagoIL  60642
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