Coaching: Effectively Leading an Ensemble

iO West

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - Wednesday, October 5, 2016
iO West 6366 Hollywood Blvd. Los AngelesCA  90028
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - Wednesday, October 5, 2016
iO West 6366 Hollywood Blvd. Los AngelesCA  90028

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What's Included

In this three-hour two-week workshop, we'll focus on coaching strategies designed to benefit both new coaches and veterans. We'll focus specifically on: setting and managing team expectations, exercises and games that focus on collaboration and ensemble building, and how to develop and cultivate your own coaching philosophy. Both nights of the workshop will conclude with a show performed by an IO ensemble and a round of notes given by the instructor. You'll get the full coaching experience from rehearsal to show. Workshop participants will learn from the two of the best coaches at IO. Mike McLendon is a veteran of IO and UCB Harold teams and Orpheus Roy and coaches current IO Harold team Max as well as many indie teams at IO and UCB. Charlie McCrackin is a member of The Reckoning and a veteran player and coach of many Chicago Harold teams. He currently coaches IO Harold teams Pockets and HeyDay.

About This Organizer

The LA branch of Chicago’s famed ImprovOlympic, iO West boasts dozens of L.A.’s best improv and sketch comedians as alums. Based on the work of director Del Close and co-founder Charna Halpern, iO pioneered the long-form improv style known as Harold, and created a story-based approach to improvisatory acting. iO West classes include seven levels of advanced improv training, as well as sketch and television writing programs, and students can also enroll in shorter workshops in subjects ranging from storytelling to commercial audition and beyond.  

L.A.'s premiere improv and sketch comedy venue, the iO WEST Theatre (formerly Improv Olympic), features the best improv and sketch comedy in Hollywood, with shows on two stages, seven nights a week! Celebrity guests perform with veteran improvisers every week. iO WEST's 99-seat, two-level Mainstage theatre includes a full bar, cocktail service, and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. The Andy Dick Black Box is “the lab in the back:” an experimental space that is open to all ages. Additionally, iO WEST offers improv classes, writing classes, and much more. Our alumni feature the best and brightest actors, writers, and directors in the entertainment industry, including: Emmy-winner, Tina Fey, as well as Amy Poehler, Vince Vaughn, Adam McKay, Mike Myers, Jack McBrayer, Seth Meyers, Chris Farley, Andy Dick, Andy Richter, as well as numerous writers and performers from Saturday Night Live, MADtv, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Late Night With Conan O'Brien, 30 Rock… not to mention the most promising talent of tomorrow.

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