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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, Domeka Parker, Jess Lee, Chris Williams, Scott Engdahl, Anatoli Brant, Whitney Johnson, & Aspen Farer.

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IMPROV

One-Time Intro Improv Workshop

Improvisation for teens

Level 1 :: Fundamentals of Improvisation

Level 2A :: Intermediate: Scene-Work

Level 2B :: Intermediate: Ensemble

Level 3A :: Scene Work

Level 3B :: Long Form Improvisation

Level 4 :: Advanced Improvisation

Level 5 :: Advanced Performance Lab

Special workshops


STORYTELLING

Storytelling/solo performance


STANDUP COMEDY

Standup Comedy 1

Standup Comedy 2


SKETCH COMEDY

Sketch Writing 1


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The Brody Theater
PO Box 3835
Portland, OR 97208


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Current Class Offerings


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Improv Workshop with Randy Dixon

Sunday July 26 12:00-3:00pm


Randy Dixon is one of the world's foremost teachers and practitioners of improvisation. Long-time artistic director of Seattle's Unexpected Productions, Randy has created a large volume of original long-form formats, and his teaching influence is worldwide. He is one of the most in-demand teachers in Europe, where he has taught and directed in a dozen countries. Randy is also founder and director of the renowned Orcas Island Project, the international theater collective whose membership spans twelve countries and includes the Brody's own Tom Johnson and Jill Ferris.

Grab your spot in this one-time, three-hour workshop that is sure to bump your skills a notch and expose you to an incredibly insightful and creative improv mind.

Prerequisite: Completion of at least one Brody Level 3 class, or current enrollment in Level 3.

Fee: $60.00 ($45.00 for Brody Ensemble Members)

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One-Night Intro Improv Workshop

Tuesday September 1 7:00-9:00pm

Wednesday September 2 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 Workshop

Improvisation for Teens

Saturdays from 11:00am-1:00pm starting in August-dates and time TBA

Open to ages 13-17: 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. Ideal for teens with some improv or theater experience, as well as total beginners. Over the years The Brody has presented numerous workshops and classes in Portland schools, and we're happy to now offer the full course of study at our facility, with a final class performance on the stage of the city's finest improv theater! The same quality and attention to detail and incremental learning as our adult classes, but tailored for the teen-aged participant.


Instructor: Whitney Johnson. Whitney is an ensemble member of The Brody Theater and Brainwaves. She has a BA in Musical Theater/Opera and an MS in Performance Studies. Whitney has taught theater, communication, and improvisation classes for ten years, including The Young People's Theater Project, The Madeleine School, Sunnyside Environmental School, Stagecoach Inc., Trackers Earth, and is currently Drama Director at Village Home Education Resource Center.

Prerequisite: None, beginners welcome!

Fee: $200.00 for seven 2-hour class sessions plus class performance

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Level 1: Fundamentals of Improvisation

Tuesdays 7:00-9:00pm stars July 14

Wednesdays 7:00-9:00pm starts July 15


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. We also have a teen class for ages 13-17. (see above).


Instructors: Staff (Tuesday), Scott Engdahl (Wednesday)

Prerequisite: None, beginners welcome!

Fee: $200.00 for seven 2-hour class sessions plus free show admissions

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Level 2B: Intermediate: Ensemble

Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00pm starting July 14 (CLASS IS FULL)

Wednesdays 7:00-9:00pm starting July 15 (CLASS IS FULL)h4>

Level 2A: Intermediate: Scene Work

Saturdays from 4:00-6:00pm starting July 18


Level 2 (intermediate) is a 2-class sequence. Level 2A focuses on 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: Kerry Leek (Tuesdays), Domeka Parker (Wednesdays), Janet Scanlon (Saturdays)

Prerequisite: Level 1 or Equivalent Training and Permission

Fee: $200.00 for seven 2-hour class sessions plus free show admissions and option for participation in the "Fire Drill" show

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

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Level 3A Scene Work

Mondays from 7:00-9:00pm starting July 13

Level 3B: Long Form Improvisation

Sundays - resuming in September



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: Domeka Parker (Monday)

Prerequisite: Both Brody intermediate sessions 2A & 2B

Fee: $200.00 for seven 2-hour class sessions, plus performance

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Choose Sundays or Mondays

Level 4: Advanced Improvisation

Sundays from 4:00-6:00pm starting July 12


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


Instructors: Jill Farris (4:00)

Prerequisite: Level 3 improvisation and permission.

Fee: $200.00 for seven class sessions, plus multiple performances

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L4

Level 5: Advanced Performance Intensive

Sundays from 4:00-6:00pm starting September 13


Level 5 takes invited graduates of our first four levels and makes them into a performance ensemble, through three months of 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 the most experienced teacher and director at the Brody, founding director Tom Johnson

The Level 5 session starting in May will focus on an entirely new set of skills for improvising theatrically, spontaneously, and organically. The work will center around the techniques and practices of the Orcas Island Project, the international theater collective of which Tom is a charter member. Now in its tenth year, OIP, which comprises 14 members from 11 different countries, has studied, performed and taught all over the world. Formed by Unexpected Productions artistic director Randy Dixon, OIP utilizes a combination of movement, abstraction, and scene work to create integrated large-cast performances exploring theme, motif and story. Guest teachers will include Mr. Dixon and OIP member Jill Farris, the newest Brody teacher and ensemble member. This is a unique opportunity for exposure to a cutting edge-theatrical approach that has become highly influential throughout the European improv community.


Instructor: Tom Johnson

Prerequisite: Level 4 Improvisation and invitation.

Fee: $295.00 for twelve class sessions, plus multiple performances

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Storytelling

Start date and time 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:Domeka Parker

Prerequisite: none.

Fee: $200.00 for seven class sessions, plus performance

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Standup Comedy 1: Introduction to Standup

Mondays from 7:00-9:00pm starting July 20

Mondays from 7:00-9:00pm starting September 21

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." Choose either Monday evenings or Saturday afternoons.



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Instructor: Tom Johnson & Guest Comics

Prerequisite: None

Fee: $200.00 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 July 18


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 series of month-long intensive workshop sessions--and you can repeat or come-and go. 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. At least 2 of these monthly sessions will be prerequisite to moving up into the Brody Standup Studio, launching soon!


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Instructor: Anatoli Brant

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

Fee: $110.00 for four 2-hour class sessions, plus performance

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Standup Comedy 2

Sketch Comedy Writing 1

Saturdays 11:00-1:00 starting July 11


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. 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: None, beginners welcome!

Fee: $200.00 for seven 2-hour class sessions plus sketch performance showcase

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Sketch Comedy Writing 2

Saturdays 1:30-3:30 starting July 18


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

Fee: $200.00 for six 2-hour class sessions plus multiple shows

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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 refunds to people who enroll and then cannot 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 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:
Fundamentals of Improvisation & Intermediate Improvisation, Standup Comedy & Sketch Writing: 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 one day 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.