Grounded Not Boring with Josh Nicols
Duration: 1 class session
We often work so hard to be funny. We treat funny like it is the finish line in improv. It only makes things harder. Being a real, relatable human on stage makes the audience lean forward and connect. Every style of improv can benefit from realistic choices. In this workshop, I give you the tools and tweaks for your play that make your scenes consistently interesting and yes, funny.
Josh Nicols is a founder of Spectacles Improv Engine in Fullerton Ca. He is the director of The Orange County Improv Festival and founder and former director of the The Improv Cup. He has been performing improv for 24 years and coaching/teaching for a decade. Josh seeks out opportunities to learn from improv's greatest luminaries. He has studied under instructors from iO West & Chicago, The Annoyance Theater, Groundlings, Second City, UCB & The Pack Theater. Josh is the creator of Spectacles Improv Engine's unique focus based curriculum. He teaches with a concentration on organic, in-the-moment improvisation which can help build confidence on stage and off. He directed the improvised play The Awkward Party which was recognized as the 2017 Best Play in the OC by OC Weekly Magazine.
He has proudly taught as a Master Teacher at Camp Improv Utopia, Off The Cuff in Cedar City, The Torch in Phoenix, Finest City Improv in San Diego, For The City of Rancho Cucamonga, The Jewish Federation and Family Services, Crittenton, Agile Project Management and The Coup De Comedy Festival.
"Josh is a very insightful, compassionate and knowledgeable teacher. He makes all students feel valued and encouraged. He is an incandescent light and his teaching style is relaxed and sharp. I recommend Josh as a devoted and intelligent leader." - Juliette Saunders, M.A., Educator
"Without his patience I wouldn't be where I am today. His training and teaching has been the basis of all my improv, any success I've had is directly because of him." - Joey Shope
"There's definitely not anyone I've met who cares MORE about spreading improv and teaching people how to both improvise and enjoy it for the artform that it is. He has found the sweet spot for giving people constructive notes that make us still feel supported and give us a goal to work on. I believe he has something to offer everyone from brand new learners to seasoned improvisers because of his fundamental understanding of improv basics up through deep improv theory are top notch. Whether someone needs to learn stage picture, bring a brick, or just wants to talk improv for 4 hours with a guy who knows his stuff, he is always a good guy to bounce thoughts off of regarding improv. I've never had a note from him that I didn't end up agreeing with (right away or eventually) and that's something I really respect. I hope more people get to learn from Josh because people need to see how simultaneously rich and accessible improv is. I see him teach it every week, and the lessons I've learned from his classes have reached into every area of my life. Confidence, Listening, Status, and Teamwork are all skills that I've improved heavily since taking his classes. He was the right teacher to get me to stick with improv and I really appreciate that the most." - Cody P. Student
This workshop will be located at the Boys and Girls Club across from Curious Comedy Theater from 12-3pm on Sunday June 24th.
$35 pre-sale, $40 at the door.