Everyone can act. Everyone can improvise. Anyone who wishes to can play in the theater and learn to become ‘stage-worthy.’
– Viola Spolin
Improv for Actors will focus on the specific techniques of improv that apply most to the craft of acting. Students will learn how to accept offers and turn them into full fledged scenes by incorporating scene work and object work. Students will focus on theory and foundation that will be put into practice via exercises.
Improv training isn’t just useful for actors, its also helps hone and develop a skill-set that can make you a better listener in your everyday life. In fact, improv is 100% about listening first, then responding honestly and realistically to what you’ve heard. Improv helps actors be better auditioners and better performers. It helps them live in the moment while remaining truthful to their work.
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Dates: Thursdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18, & 25
Time: 6:30 pm – 9 pm
Location: Mosser Casting, 3583 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Cindy Jackson has been an actor and improviser for over 20 years performing in Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. Cindy studied improv and performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City and The Second City in Toronto and Chicago along with Arcade Comedy and Steel City Improv Theatre, both in Pittsburgh. Cindy also studied comedic performance with Richard Kline. She can be seen playing opposite Dana Ashbrook in Lightweight, Robert Englund in Kantemir, Stu Stone in Gearheads and Will Smith in Concussion. She just wrapped a film in Washington, D.C. and co-starred on The Outsiders, a TV show filmed in Pittsburgh. Cindy graduated from West Virginia University where she studied theatre and spent 6 years developing immersive theatre pieces along with other devised & new works while performing as a stand up comedian and emcee for many events held on the WVU campus. Cindy also toured with the pre-Broadway (Tony and Emmy Award winning) cast of Brass Theatre and performed with the World Champion Star of Indiana Drum & Bugle Corps from Bloomington, Indiana. She has be seen locally onstage with barebones productions (Streetcar Named Desire), Bricolage Theatre (STRATA & BUS 10) and No Name Players (Brewed). She is currently developing a performance art piece based on actual 9-1-1 calls. Cindy spends her weekends producing 3 minute films with the Pittsburgh based filmmaker group 3X7 Films. She teaches acting and scene study for the Carnegie Arts Initiative and does monologue and audition prep for many private students. Cindy is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.