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The Brody Theater offers a full course of study in multiple fields, including public performance opportunities for dedicated students. Whether your goal is to perform on the improvised stage, improve spontaneity in your scripted acting, learn the ropes of standup comedy, Become a sketch writer, or simply find a new creative outlet - or inlet - these fun, challenging and rewarding classes are for you.

Students receive free admission to our shows, an important and enjoyable adjunct to class work.

Register online, at the theater, by phone, or by mail. If you need to discuss prerequisite experience for upper level classes or have other questions, email classes@brodytheater.com, or phone us at 503.224.2227.

We also teach creativity and team-building workshops for non-performance/business applications, and can design a program to suit your needs and goals. Contact us if an improv-based experience for your business interests you.

Our teachers: Marilyn Divine, Tom Johnson, Kerry Leek, David Koff, Betse Greene, Jill Farris, Anatoli Brant, Adrienne Flagg, & Aspen Farer.

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IMPROV

One-Time Intro Improv Workshop

Summer Improv Workshops

Level 1 :: Fundamentals of Improvisation

Level 2A :: Intermediate: Scene-Work

Level 2B :: Intermediate: Ensemble

Level 3A :: Mastering the Scene

Level 3B :: Long Form Improvisation

Level 4 :: Advanced Improvisation

Musical :: Musical Improvisation

Level 5 :: Advanced Performance Lab

Special workshops


STORYTELLING

Storytelling/solo performance


ACTING

Fundamentals of Acting


STANDUP COMEDY

Standup Comedy 1

Standup Comedy 2


SKETCH COMEDY

Sketch Writing 1

Sketch Writing 2


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CLASS DEPOSIT or PAY CLASS BALANCE

If you cannot pay in full now, you can reserve a spot with a deposit, which wil be credited toward your full fee. Select class you want to reserve. Balance is due at the beginning of the first class meeting. DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. If you enrolled with a deposit and want to pay your balance here, you can also do that (use the pulldown menu).

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Address for enrollment by mail:

The Brody Theater
PO Box 3835
Portland, OR 97208


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Current Class Offerings


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SPECIAL WORKSHOP: Confidence: a Workshop for Female Empowerment Onstage and Off

Sunday December 11, 12:00-3:00pm


Mariah Munoz of the Brody Theater ensemble teaches an encore of this fun and inspiring workshop for women, using improvisation and other techniques to explore confidence, assertiveness, empowerment and what you can do to claim your place on the stage, in the scene, and in life.

More women more often is what Mariah Munoz is all about. Confidence is an essential part of the equation of professional and personal success. This workshop is designed to promote and inspire confidence on stage and off. Strengthening the sisterhood and bringing women together!


Prerequisite: Women who have taken or are currently in at least Brody Theater Level 1 improvisation, or equivalent training elsewhere with permission. If you have not studied at the Brody, please contact us at classes@brodytheater.com with your prerequisite experience before enrolling.

Fee: $35.00

(nominal online service fee applies)


SPECIAL WORKSHOP: Sketch Show Creation with visiting artist Kevin McDonald from Kids in the Hall

Saturday & Sunday January 7-8 10am-6pm plus Sunday night show


Kevin ran a fantastic sold-out workshop here last year, and this time he's back with an intensive that doubles last year's work! A rare opportunity to learn from and collaborate with one of the top sketch comedians of a generation.

Over two days you’ll be part of an ensemble process of starting with your sketch drafts, and ending with a completed show Kevin will direct and you’ll perform Sunday night. Along the way you’ll learn Kevin’s techniques for sketch writing, editing, rehearsing and directing in an ensemble environment, as was done by The Kids in the Hall, one of the most popular and successful sketch comedy groups and television shows of the last 30 years.

Required: one sketch you have written and bring to the workshop. Also, a laptop or tablet that can access wifi, for writing work that will be done via a google doc shared by the group.

Kevin McDonald founded Kids in the Hall with David Foley, and the group's TV series was a huge television hit starting in 1988. Since "Kids" ended in 1994, he's done numerous reunion shows with the group, and also played many roles in movies: Boy Meets Girl, Agent Pleakley in the Lilo & Stitch franchise, and Harry Potter in Epic Movie. On TV, he's appeared on The Martin Short Show, Ellen, That '70s Show, Seinfeld, Friends, NewsRadio, MADtv, Arrested Development, and Corner Gas. He has also done voice work for various animated series, including Invader Zim, The Angry Beavers, Catscratch, and Clerks: The Animated Series.

Prerequisite: This is a master class, so sketch writing and sketch &/or improv acting experience is required. Participants will be required to bring one example of their best sketch to be workshopped and possibly included in the performance. Intended for participants who plan to do both writing and performing.

Fee: $350.00 (deposit option no longer available. If you enrolled via the deposit, your balance of $250 is due Dec 1).

(nominal online service fee applies)

January 7-8

One-Night Intro Improv Workshop

Tuesday January 3, 7:00-9:00pm

Wednesday January 4, 7:00-9:00pm


This "one-shot" workshop, designed for the beginner or someone who just wants to dip their toe into the waters, will include lots of fun improv games and exercises. No previous theater or improv experience required! This class fills up so grab your spot now! Classes and workshops meet at the Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway in downtown Portland.


Prerequisite: None, beginners welcome!

Fee: $40.00

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Intro Improv Workshop

Level 1: Fundamentals of Improvisation

Tuesdays 7:00-9:00pm starts January 10

Wednesdays 7:00-9:00pm starts January 11

Saturdays 1:30pm-3:30pm starts January 14


This class is an introduction to group improvisation covering spontaneity, group focus and ensemble building, narrative skills, and ways to identify and exploit the patterns and connections between ideas and experiences that help power and integrate our work. This is our entry level class, and is prerequisite to further work in the training program. Open to ages 17 and up.


Instructors: Marilyn Divine (Tuesday), Jill Farris (Wednesday), Adrienne Flagg (Saturday)

Prerequisite: None, beginners welcome!

Fee: $225.00 for seven 2-hour class sessions plus free show admissions

(nominal online service fee applies)

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Level 2A: Intermediate Scene Work

Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00pm starts January 10

Wednesdays 7:00-9:00pm starts January 11

Level 2B: Intermediate Ensemble

Saturdays from 4:00-6:00pm starts January 14


Level 2 (intermediate) is a 2-class sequence. Level 2A focuses primarily on 2-person scene work and 2B focuses on ensemble improvisation. They are offered on a rotating basis, and can be taken in any order. Topics will include scene work, ensemble play, narrative skills, scene-editing and connecting, introductory long form concepts.

Note that both 2A and 2B are now offered each session, so you can take the sequence in whichever order works for you. Both are required before moving to Level 3.

Classes and workshops meet at the Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway in downtown Portland.


Instructors: David Koff (Tuesdays), Betse Greene (Wednesdays), Adrienne Flagg (Saturdays)

Prerequisite: Level 1 (or Equivalent Training AND Permission)

Fee: $225.00 for seven 2-hour class sessions plus free show admissions and option for participation in "Fire Drill"

Students Level 2 and above are eligible to play in our student performance "Fire Drill" on Sunday nights.

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Level 3B: Long Form Improvisation

Sundays from 1:30-3:30pm starting January 8

Level 3A: Mastering the Scene

Mondays - from 7:00-9:00pm starting January 9



Advanced level work in various aspects of improvisation. Level 3A focuses on advanced scene work and 3B focuses on longform ensemble play. They can be taken in any order. Both are required before moving on to Level 4.

Classes and workshops meet at the Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway in downtown Portland.


Instructors: Kerry Leek (Sunday), Adrienne Flagg (Monday)

Prerequisite: Both Brody intermediate sessions 2A & 2B

Fee: $225.00 for seven 2-hour class sessions, plus performance

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Level 4: Advanced Improvisation

Sundays from 4:00-6:00pm starting January 8


Level 4 combines all the skills you learned in Level 3A & 3B to work, and brings you to a higher level. In addition to your class work, you will perform four or five times in the Sunday Diabolical Experiments shows or our Thursday night 7:30 student showcase.


Instructor: Kerry Leek

Prerequisite: Level 3A & 3B improvisation.

Fee: $225.00 for seven class sessions, plus multiple performances

(nominal online service fee applies)

L4

Level 5: Advanced Performance Intensive

Sundays from 4:00-6:00pm starting January 15


Level 5 takes invited graduates of our first four levels and makes them into a performance ensemble, through intensive class work and multiple full-length prime-time performances at the theater. Participants are also eligible to play in "Micetro" and sometimes other Brody Theater shows. You'll get the most thorough experience in intensive scene work and long form improvisation, and rigorous enriching instruction from one of the most experienced teachers and directors at the Brody. Teachers for this class rotate from session to session but include Tom Johnson, Kerry Leek and Jill Farris. Teacher for the next session: Jill Farris


Instructors: Jill Farris

Prerequisite: Level 4 Improvisation and invitation.

Fee: $225.00 for seven class sessions, plus multiple performances

(nominal online service fee applies)

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Musical Improvisation

Sundays, 1:30-3:30pm, starts TBA


In this class, students will learn fundamentals of using music in improvisation. We will learn song structure, style and genre and vocal technique, and practice putting songs into improvised sets. Some improv experience required (Brody level 1 or equivalent.) This course will involve singing and movement, however students do not need experience in song or dance to participate.


Instructor Kathryn Durkin brings 20 years of improv and musical theater experience - in Chicago she studied with the Second City conservatory and music programs, and has helped develop musical improv groups in Chicago and Portland.


Instructor:Kathryn Durkin

Prerequisite: Our Level 1 improvisation, or permission

Fee: $225.00 for six class sessions, plus performance

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Standup Comedy 1: Introduction to Standup

Mondays from 7:00-9:00pm starting November 7

This workshop will help you develop skills and experience as a standup comedian. We'll focus on writing, performance style and mechanics, point of view, and more in a supportive environment. Performance opportunity in our open mics and a special show by workshop participants. Tom Johnson is founding director of the Brody Theater, has been a stage comedian for almost 30 years, and has worked professionally all over the country, recently touring with Bob Odenkirk of "Breaking Bad" and "Mr. Show."


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Instructor: Tom Johnson

Prerequisite: None

Fee: $275.00 for six 2-hour class sessions, plus performance

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Intro to Standup

Standup Comedy 2

Saturdays from 4:00-6:00pm starting Nov 12


So you have gotten your feet wet in standup, done some open mics-- now what? If you want to get serious about comedy, this class will increase your comic presence onstage and improve the quality of your material. Standup 2 is a 5-week-long series of intensive workshop sessions. Learn to shorten the joke "take off" time, speak clearly and from a real place. Take a forward step in writing compelling material fully expressing you as an artist. Develop strong stage habits, learn how to control the room and shoot down your "inner critic". Learn the power of positive critique among peers.


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Instructor: Anatoli Brant

Prerequisite: Introduction to Standup Comedy or standup experience and permission.

Fee: $175.00 for five 2-hour class sessions, plus performance

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Sketch Comedy Writing 1

Saturdays 1:30-3:30pm starting January 14


In this fast-paced class, students will spend seven weeks working on idea generation, character and point-of-view, leaving with an understanding of how to write a well-structured, dynamic sketch. Participants will emerge with three polished sketches that they've rewritten and seen up on their feet. Weekly homework assignments require access to a computer, the internet and a printer.


Instructor Aspen Farer is a long-time Brody ensemble member who also teaches screenwriting and directing in the film program at the Art Institute of Portland.

Instructors: Aspen Farer

Prerequisite: None, beginners welcome! You'll need access to computer, internet, printer

Fee: $250.00 for seven 2-hour class sessions plus sketch performance showcase

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Sketch Comedy Writing 2

Saturdays 1:30-3:30pm starting November 5


Sketch Writing 2 kicks it up a notch! Participants not only work on writing sketch comedy at a more advanced level; they also prepare and produce a multiple-show run of a new sketch revue presented at the Brody. You'll work at writing, promoting, directing, and all the facets of creating a show all the way from blank pages to curtain calls. Out of class work is required.


Instructor Aspen Farer is a long-time Brody ensemble member who also teaches screenwriting and directing in the film program at the Art Institute of Portland.

Instructors: Aspen Farer

Prerequisite: Sketch Writing 1 plus instructor approval based on completion of assignment and progress in level 1. You'll need access to computer, internet, printer

Fee: $250.00 for seven 2-hour class sessions plus sketch performance showcase

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Fundamentals of Acting

Day and time TBA.


Learning to act is both fun and challenging. The challenge lies in tapping into your capacity to effectively communicate emotions. The fun lies in the experience of using your imagination as the avenue to overcoming those challenges. In this class you'll learn the fundamentals of acting, developing characters, memorizing lines, performance savvy, active listening, harnessing your voice, and identifying hidden meaning in scripted work.


Whether you are an improv student looking to feel more natural on stage, a sketch writer learning about characters, or a complete novice who has always wanted to learn to act, this class is for you!


Instructor:Staff

Prerequisite: none.

Fee: $200.00 for six class sessions.

(nominal online service fee applies)


Storytelling

1:30-3:30pm Starts TBA


Explore the art and power of Storytelling and Solo Performance work through facilitated exercises, practice & feed-back. Students of all skill and experience levels are welcome. We will explore various approaches to solo work, using each to develop our storytelling skills and to define our own personal style. We will write, review and edit scripted work. We will develop material through the use of improvisation, free-writing and a variety of other exercises. Students will learn to tap into, trust and follow their impulses to create a body of work.


Students interested in improv, stand-up, storytelling, acting and performance art will benefit from the practice and the collective energy of creating, exercising and strengthening their lone performance muscles in a creative and supportive community of like-minded storytellers.


Instructor:Tom Johnson

Prerequisite: none.

Fee: $225.00 for six class sessions, plus performance

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Class Cancellation Policy & Enrollment Deferral


Delaying or cancelling enrollment:

Please read this section carefully. Our classes fill up and we often have to turn people away. We cannot simply give full refunds to people who enroll and then do not attend the class.

For all multi-week classes:
If something comes up and you cannot join a class, contact us as soon as possible, preferably at least 48 hours before the class starts, to defer your enrollment, keeping your payment on account to enroll in a future class. If you contact us at least 48 hours before the first meeting there is a $30 deferrment fee. From less than 48 hours before the first class to two days after the first class the fee to defer is $75. Later than 48 hours after the first class meeting the fee is $100. For the one-night intro improv workshop, you can defer enrollment to a later edition of the workshop at no charge if you contact us at least 48 hours before the workshop to make the change. 24-48 hours prior there is a $10 rescheduling fee.

If instead you decide to cancel your enrollment:
For all six and seven-week classes: 10 days or more prior to the first class meeting, there is a $30 cancellation fee; 1-9 days prior: $50. No refunds for cancellation less than 24 hours before the beginning of a class.

All other classes and workshops: 10 days or more prior to the first class meeting: $25 cancellation fee; 6-9 days prior: $40 cancellation fee. One to 5 days before the class or workshop: cancellation fee is 50% of the workshop cost. For workshops costing less than $50 cancellation fee is half the workshop cost, if you cancel more than 24 hours prior to the event.

Your payment, less any cancellation fees, will be refunded within 30 days. No refunds for cancellation less than 24 hours before any class or workshop start time.