The Art of Noticing

As improvisers, we talk a lot about “being in the moment,” but most of the time we’re so busy looking for "offers" (or coming up with our own ideas) that we don’t notice what’s happening right in front of us. In The Art of Noticing, Tracy will give you tools and techniques to help you stay present while connecting to what truly inspires you most. Your scenes can become effortless, playful and more often than not, hilariously surprising. Scene work has never been this easy!

In this class students will explore:

 

  • Replacing Invention with Discovery
  • Having a strong point of view
  • Expanding your emotional range and depth
  • Building trust in yourself whether or not you trust your scene partner
  • Taking the spotlight when it’s yours and knowing how to give it
  • Being an investigator of a scene rather than an architect
  • Mining a moment for all its worth
  • Keeping a scene alive until its final conclusion
  • Playing with commitment and abandon
  • Having a crazy good time onstage!

When: TBA late 2017 or early 2018
Where: CSz Arena, 1963 NW Kearney St.
Cost: $240. Limited to 14 people.

Tracy Burns has been teaching and performing internationally for over 25 years. She teaches acting, improv, performance analysis and visual storytelling at Pixar, DreamWorks, Blue Sky Animation, Cinesite, The Third Floor and other animation studios and production houses. She was named one of the top improv instructors in Los Angeles by Backstage magazine. She was the director of the improv program at Pepperdine University for 13 years and has taught at Disney, California College of the Arts, Chapman University, Cal Tech, S.F. State, Middlesex College in London and the University of Central Florida, among others. She’s facilitated workshops for Google, General Motors, Telltale Games and Women in Animation. Tracy was a founding member and co-artistic director of London Theatresports and was the artistic director of Los Angeles Theatresports. She has also taught numerous comedy groups in England, Germany and Holland. She was a core member and instructor for the award-winning improv group Impro Theatre. She has also taught and performed with many other groups such as BATS (SF), Second City, ACME (LA), The Comedy Store Players (London), On Your Feet, Brody Theater, The Siren Theater and ComedySportz.

 

Bringing More Character to Your Characters with Tracy Burns

This class concentrates on building a character from the ground up. Working
primarily from the body, participants learn how to create 3-dimensional characters
in a short about of time. Using gestures, rhythms, ticks, quirks, postures and other
physical and vocal attributes, students can quickly create a character and keep it.
Inhabiting a character that is grounded and consistent yet still evolving becomes
second nature and playing multiple characters that are clear and distinct becomes
easy. Tracy creates a safe and supportive environment so that each student can
expand his/her physical and emotional range in order to create characters that are
full, rich, alive and fun to play.

When: Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm - January 25 through March.
Where: CSz Arena, 1963 NW Kearney St.
Cost: $240. Limited to 14 people.

Tracy Burns has been teaching and performing internationally for over 25 years. She teaches acting, improv, performance analysis and visual storytelling at Pixar, DreamWorks, Blue Sky Animation, Cinesite, The Third Floor and other animation studios and production houses. She was named one of the top improv instructors in Los Angeles by Backstage magazine. She was the director of the improv program at Pepperdine University for 13 years and has taught at Disney, California College of the Arts, Chapman University, Cal Tech, S.F. State, Middlesex College in London and the University of Central Florida, among others. She’s facilitated workshops for Google, General Motors, Telltale Games and Women in Animation. Tracy was a founding member and co-artistic director of London Theatresports and was the artistic director of Los Angeles Theatresports. She has also taught numerous comedy groups in England, Germany and Holland. She was a core member and instructor for the award-winning improv group Impro Theatre. She has also taught and performed with many other groups such as BATS in S.F., Second City, ACME Comedy Theatre and ComedySportz.

CSz 402: Turn up the Heat with Tracy Burns

Turn Up The Heat is an exciting workshop for improvisers (and actors) looking for the challenge of going deeper into their work. Participants learn to take risks onstage and raise the stakes in a scene by exploring sexuality, intimacy and their own vulnerability. Working from the body instead of the brain, students connect viscerally with one another while playing with wild abandon. Players have a chance to bond with each other in ways they may never have before. The class concentrates on working more truthfully, which allows the improviser the freedom to do dramatic scenes while also giving more depth to comedic ones.

In this class students will explore:

  • Being in your body
  • Working from a physical and emotional place rather than an intellectual one
  • Building a tight ensemble
  • Finding the humor organically in a scene
  • Creating dynamic tension in a scene (and breaking it in a satisfying way)
  • Learning that your own vulnerability is your greatest asset
  • Discovering things that are blocking you in your work and removing them
  • How to be more powerful onstage