Solo Performance - Andrea Kittelson - Writers Room

iO West

Sunday, June 15, 2014 - Sunday, July 27, 2014
iO West 6366 Hollywood Blvd. Los AngelesCA  90028
Sunday, June 15, 2014 - Sunday, July 27, 2014
iO West 6366 Hollywood Blvd. Los AngelesCA  90028

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What's Included

Instructor: Andrea Kittelson -- This seven-week course walks writer-performers step-by-step through the process of crafting an innovative solo show that showcases each writer-performer’s unique strengths. While the class is appropriate for actors who want to tell their own stories, this class is not limited to autobiographical narrative or to an abstract display of multiple characters. There are so many possibilities within the genre that are fully explored. There is an emphasis on metaphor, symbolism and other literary and theatrical devices that heighten and explore chosen themes. The course begins the participants taking an inventory of their own skills, exploring objectives, zeroing in on themes, becoming familiar with a variety of structures and exploring and using what makes them and their show unique. The course culminates with a showcase either on the Main Stage or in the DCT wherein every writer-performer presents either all or part of what they create. This class is limited to ten participants. No submission or audition is necessary, but enthusiastic exploration is. While the class is primarily geared for performers who want to write their own solo shows, the class is open to playwrights who want to craft solo pieces for others. The cost is $300, which includes the book “How to Put on Your Own One Person Show,” personalized attention and the culminating showcase. " I signed up merely to force myself to do a one-woman show, something that had terrified me for years. This was the first outlet I had that really gave me the opportunity to literally utilize everything I love to do: Writing, Acting, Improvising, Singing and Songwriting! And I did it all in one fabulous evening, surrounded by friends and family, and “This Life Chose Me: A Ninja Musical” became one of my greatest personal accomplishments to date. I will get the opportunity to re-perform it in Scotland for the world’s largest arts festival, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August, 2013"

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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