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Frequently Asked Questions

Requirements

Don't I have to be funny to do Improv?


Actually, you don't. At least not any funnier than you already are. There are plenty of classes out there that will teach you gag improv, quick games designed to give folks a laugh from watching people deal with outrageous situations. The Actors Improv Workshop has a different approach, we focus on learning improv as a way to enhance our ability to get in the moment and stay there, to listen effectively (part of being in the moment), and how to respond honestly in a way that allows the story of the scene to progress.




Don't I have to be quick on my feet?


If you've watched a lot of short-from, gag improv you may think you know the answer already, but SURPRISE... the answer is no. You are going to be learning and practicing skills, and when you first learn any new skill there's a break-in period where you're going to be in your head and you'll feel like you're moving too slowly. That's natural, it's like when we learned to type on a keyboard; you have to learn where to put your hands, feel the home keys, then train your fingers to get used to where the next letter is without looking at it first. Then you can start to get faster, but don't expect that to come quickly... or flawlessly (I hit backspace as often as almost any key on my keyboard). Learning skills is a process, dedicate your time and energy and you'll get better.




Do I have to be an actor?


You don't need an actor to be an improviser. We all improvise every day from the minute we wake up to the moment we fall back asleep at night. We pay attention to the world around us and we respond appropriately (hopefully) to what's in front of us. BUT... To be in the Actors Improv Workshop, you do need to be an actor. The workshop was established to provide actors a place to work on improv skills that help actors. We choose exercises that make us listen, or to help us learn to connect with the other actor in the scene, we focus on the improv skills that serve us as actors.




Why do you want my headshot and resume?


We established the Actors Improv Workshop to serve actors who wanted to develop their improv skills in support of their chosen field. Submitting your headshot and resume serves two purposes; it demonstrates that you are an actor serious about your craft, and it also gives us a chance to see you and learn a little about you.




What if I'm just starting out and don't have a resume?


Since your goal is to become an actor, you should start collecting the things you'll need to be successful. This is a great place to start! Go online, find a sample template that you like, and then write it up. If all you have is an elementary school play where you were a tree, put that down. But establish your resume right now and all you'll need to do in the future is udpate it when you start collecting credits. If you don't have any credits at all, send in that resume with your name on top and all the categories you're going to fill and let us know that you're just starting out. It's not about your experience, it's about your intent, you are an actor and you are ready to learn.




Can I send a selfie from my phone for a headshot?


Since you should never submit for any acting job with a selfie, we say no to that idea. Have a friend take a good head and shoulders picture of you with your phone, do it with portrait orientation and make sure its color. Don't use any filters on this, the headshot should be what you look like, that is what you actually look like, not you with a glamour filter that makes you look like a different person. If you are just starting out, this is a good rule of thumb for submissions: Look professional. Not suit-and-tie professional, just serious about making a profession out of this professional. Also, you shouldn't buy headshots just for one class, buy headshots when they're marketing you to agents and casting directors.





The Workshop

How long is a class?


The workshop starts at 6:30 pm and runs for three hours. We start right away with warmups at 6:30 pm so if you had questions for an instructor or wanted to catch up with each other then please come early and get that wrapped up before we start. We want to respect your time, so we'll close the class up at 9:30 and let you get on your way.




Where is the workshop held?


You can find the Actors Improv Workshop at 427 E Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs. We're located on the second floor of the building in the Theater space. Climb the stairs to your left then it will be at the first right turn. You can learn more about our venue at http://cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com




How many classes are there in a month?


The schedule is four (4) Thursdays a month, so plan for that on your calendar. Every once in a while, there will be five Thursdays in a month, that fifth night means we have a little flexibility to play with. Sometimes we'll have to take it off, sometimes we'll just invite everyone to come in and play that night.




Who are the instructors?


Steve Sladaritz founded the Actors Improv Workshop in 2019 and he runs the show. When Steve decided he needed to act he started out looking for an improv workshop because he read that if you don't have anything else on your resume, have improv training. His search for training led him to audition with Improv Colorado, and he's been playing with them since 2013. He started acting in theatre in 2014, and is now represented in Denver, CO and Albuquerque, NM for film and television. See more about Steve on his IMDb profile. Nicole Goeke joined the workshop as a coach and instructor shortly after it opened in May. She and Steve have been working together since they shared a stage in the premiere of "Italy" at The Funky Little Theater Company in January 2016. Nicole started out her acting career at UCCS in Colorado where she majored in Communication and Minored in Theater arts. She's a Dinner Detective player, and also uses her acting and improv skills to help train police and EMT emergency responders. See more about Nicole on her IMDb profile.





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