Howdy! Welcome to YES&HM Improv!
For the moment, I am putting together private improv classes for people who want to practice, work on new skills, and experiment outside of a rigorous class environment. They're designed to help you develop your skills, understand improv more deeply, and self-assess more accurately where you are in your training and what is next. These workshops are invite-only and smaller in size so I can work with students of similar experience more in-depth. I focus on CHARACTER-BASED improv, EMERGENT improv and the CLAP-IN FORMAT (for longform) as opposed to more premise-based approaches.
I will be using the techniques and methods I have learned from my own training in both LA and NYC, as well as the processes I have developed over the last 15 years teaching all over the US and abroad. While my training began at THE GROUNDLINGS, I have created my own curriculum and perspective on improv which compliments and hopefully fills out a wider picture of what improv is and can be.
I will offer OPEN CLASSES & DROP-INS which I will announce on this site, as well as to the mailing list that I have. If you'd like to be on that list, please fill out the form below. Easy breezy.
In addition to those workshops, I will also be holding workshops for women in all fields called BUSTING THE GOOD GIRL which is based on my talk GOOD GIRLS AREN'T FUNNY. The workshops are geared toward women in any field who wish to bust their "Good Girl" on stage or off. Through discussion, inquiry, and exercises we will delve into what our Good Girl is, how she works in us all, and how she effects what we do and how we think. We will also, simultaneously identify and strengthen the part of us that is NOT our Good Girl...the FUCK IT. The free part that lives in us all. Already. Which is bold, inclusive, fearless, full of ease and inspiration and limitlessness. That wants ALL women to succeed and values women (including ourselves) for something deeper than what culture currently values us for. And when we start changing VALUES...we start making change happen.
Also, if you have a group of improvisers that you'd like to workout with, I am also teaching that way. Just contact me when you have a group of at least 6 players and we can discuss options.
Improv is an incredible, under-used and wide-reaching tool that teaches all of us invaluable lessons that we can take into classes, onto stages, and out into the world. Quite frankly, it can make you a better person leading a more connected life...if you let it.
IMPROV WORKSHOP SERIES & DROP-INS
HOW IT WORKS
Descriptions and info is listed there and also in the section below.
If you're interested in a workshop, click the button and send an email. You will be contacted re: next steps. I keep the workshops small so everyone gets more personalized attention.
Payment is required before the class via VENMO or PAYPAL for you to be considered booked in the class.
If you need to cancel, you can do so up until 24 hours before the class and use the class credit toward another class (meaning no refunds) - within 24 hours unfortunately you are not able to move the class or get a refund. However, you can get someone else to take your spot.
I will be traveling over the next several months so stay tuned for classes - fill out the form below or let me know if there's a class you're interested in.
EMERGENT SCENES WORKSHOPS
Intermediate & Advanced improvisers
EMERGENT IMPROV teaches students to pay attention to what is happening, not what's in their heads - not where you write plot, invent story and come up with a lot of exposition quickly - but to pay attention to what is happening BETWEEN all of the players. And within yourself. To find the deepest thread or current and learn to stay connected to that. There are no suggestions, games, or set structure. Students must learn to trust what they feel to be "true" in order to know how to move. It's a muscle that you can learn to listen to to guide you, one you can trust and follow. It keeps you grounded, connected, and 'honest'. The goal is to relax, stop pushing, stop writing and let whatever needs to happen next EMERGE. And it does.
SCENE WORK ADVANCED ASS-KICKING
For students who want to turbo-charge their scenes, characters, and overall confidence in making choices. Break bad habits, remind yourself of the good ones, and learn new ones. Leave with a more fine-tuned ability to self-assess where you are and where you need to go.
CHARACTER IMPROV BOOT CAMP : 3-CLASS SERIES
Intermediate & Advanced improvisers
Students who have some experience with creating characters for improv but need practice bringing them to life and making them truly improvisable. Students will work on how to think about characters for improv from all stages of the process: creating them, embodying them, trusting them, and improvising as them.
BUSTING THE GOOD GIRL WORKSHOP SERIES
For women of all backgrounds and industries. You needn't have seen the talk, GOOD GIRLS AREN'T FUNNY, to participate.
You can sign up for one workshop or the entire monthly series (and save some $$).
Through discussion, inquiry, and group exercises we will delve into what your "Good Girl" is, how she works in both you and us all, and how she effects what we do and how we think. We will also, simultaneously identify and strengthen the part of us that is NOT our Good Girl...the FUCK IT. The free part that lives in us all. Already. Which is bold, inclusive, fearless, full of ease and inspiration and limitlessness. That wants ALL women to succeed and values women (including ourselves) for something deeper than what culture currently values us for.
PRIVATE GROUP INSTRUCTION
This option is for a group of students (preferably with a similar level of experience) who self-organize and create their own class. The goals of these classes would be:
• to have every student continue to develop and become a stronger, more confident, and consistent improviser
• get clarity what their strengths and weaknesses are, what they need to work on, and then spend focused time working on it
• to see habits, see defaults, and see concrete areas that they need to take on
It would be treated like a class series with a weekly time slot and feedback at the end based on how each person did in relationship to what they and I decided they needed to work on.
Class sessions would be 3 hours and there would be a 4-class minimum. There needs to be at least 6 students at each class and a maximum of 12. 8-10 is ideal.
I'm really excited about doing these kinds of classes -- I did them in London and it worked really well to have people select who they'd like to work with in a focused class setting.
Contact me for more details.
Holly discovered improv at The Groundlings School and became a Main Company member in 1996. She is a senior instructor there, she directs the Main Company shows as well as performs in a variety of improv shows there including THE CRAZY UNCLE JOE SHOW which she founded, WIGPROV with Drew Droege, THE HORN SECTION and SUPPORTING CRYSTAL which she also helped create.
Holly moved to NYC in 2000 for many years and began her own character-based improv school there, IMPROVOLUTION, which is still running in the West Village. She’s taught improv at HB Studio, Pace University while living there and has taught at UCLA and abroad in London and Copenhagen.
She started her own drop-in improv studio in LA in 2015, THE LOWBAR, with friends and fellow Groundling instructors Tom Blank and Roy Jenkins.
She has her own corporate education company, iMERGENCE, and has also developed a talk and workshop series focused on women’s and girl’s empowerment in the field of comedy and performance, GOOD GIRLS AREN’T FUNNY. She has worked extensively with both groups and individuals on leadership training and team dynamics, creating the conditions for greater autonomy, creativity, ownership, and innovation.
Besides her training in sketch comedy, directing and improv at The Groundlings, her training also includes many years with Second City’s Jeff Michalski and The Empty Stage’s Stan Wells where she was immersed in a variety of styles and philosophies on improv.
Her degree is in both psychology and sociology (UCLA); she has studied organizational development, collective creativity & innovation, and leadership development - for women especially.
She has lived in a lot of places but is proud to be from St. Louis which makes her addicted to Ted Drewes Frozen Custard and an enormous, die-hard Cardinals fan.
Stay goal-focused. Stay positive. "Yes, And" is a philosophy you can create with and also live by the more you practice it.
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