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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

Acting for Improvisers


STANDUP COMEDY

Standup Comedy 1

Summer Standup Workshops


SKETCH COMEDY

Sketch Writing 1

Sketch Writing 2A

Sketch Writing 2B


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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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Master Sketch Writing Workshop with Keven McDonald of "Kids in the Hall"

Saturday, December 9, or Sat-Sun Dec 9-10


A sketch comedy legend returns to the Brody! ENROLLMENT ENDS MONDAY!


Kevin McDonald, a founder and star of the seminal TV sketch show, The Kids in the Hall, returns to the Brody for two days of sketch writing workshops and a performance of student work. This is a rare opportunity to work with and learn from one of the top sketch writers and performers of a generation. Kids in the Hall was a TV hit from 1988-1994, and Kevin has gone on to rack up a huge resume of film and TV credits as a writer, actor, and voice artist. Kids in the Hall continue to perform together in numerous reunion shows and tours.

Learn from Kevin the basics of sketch comedy and comedy writing. Then learn the Kids in the Hall method of writing comedy sketches through improv. You’ll spend the day starting from improvised scenes then working with Kevin until each scene has been transformed into a fully developed comedy sketch. 10am-5:30pm. Cost of this workshop is $225.

Up for a more intensive and varied experience? Enroll for the deluxe two-day event! You’ll be given some homework, come back Sunday, and spend the day developing students’ premises into full sketches, which you’ll perform in a show that night at the Brody, hosted by Kevin, who will also perform with the Brody improv ensemble. 10am-5:30pm plus performance at 7:30pm. Cost for the two-day event is $325.


Prerequisite:Improv experience beyond the introductory level.

Fee: $225.00 for Saturday only / $325 for full 2-day intensive plus performance

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One-Night Intro Improv Workshop

Tuesday January 9, 7:00pm

Wednesday January 10, 7:00pm


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 16

Wednesdays 7:00-9:00pm starts January 17


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), Devin Harkness (Wednesday),

Prerequisite: None, beginners welcome!

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

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Level 2A: Intermediate Scene Work

Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00pm starts January 16

Wednesdays 7:00-9:00pm starts January 17

Level 2B: Intermediate Ensemble Work

Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00pm starts March 2018

Wednesdays 7:00-9:00pm starts March 2018


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 (Tuesday), Devin Harkness (Wednesday)

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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3A: Advanced SceneWork

Mondays from 7:00-9:00pm starts January 15

3B: Long form Improvisation

Mondays from 7:00-9:00pm starts March 12


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: Mike Karras

Prerequisite: Both Brody intermediate sessions 2A & 2B

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

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Mondays

Level 4: Advanced Improvisation

Sundays from 4:00-6:00pm starting January 14


Level 4 combines all the skills you learned in Level 3A & 3B, 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 and our Thursday night Supernova student showcase.


Instructor: Nathaniel Hadley

Prerequisite: Level 3A & 3B improvisation.

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

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L4

Level 5: Advanced Performance Intensive

Sundays from 4:00-6:00pm starting January 14


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: Tom Johnson


Instructors: TBA

Prerequisite: Level 4 Improvisation and invitation.

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

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NEW CLASS! Acting for Improvisers

Saturdays 4:00-6:00pm starting January 20


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. With instructor Adrienne Flagg, a highly experienced actress and director as well as a veteran member of the Brody faculty, you'll be doing scene study and character analysis in scripted plays, and scene and monologue preparation using traditional play analysis. Rehearsal techniques are combined with the vibrant skills of the improviser. Learn to deepen character, heighten relationships and craft the arc of a character while maintaining the presence and spontaneity.


Whether you are an improviser student looking to feel more natural on stage, a sketch writer learning about characters, or a relative novice who has always wanted to learn to act, this class is for you! LIMITED TO 10 PARTICIPENTS.


Instructor:Adrienne Flagg

Prerequisite:At least Level 1 improvisation at the Brody, or equivalent improv class work elsewhere and permission (contact classes@brodytheater.com for permission if necessary).

Fee: $225.00 for six three-hour class sessions.

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Standup Comedy 1: Introduction to Standup

Mondays from 7:00-9:00pm starts January 15

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

Sketch Comedy Writing 1

Saturdays 1:30-3:30pm starting January 20


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 and director of our sketch program, and also taught 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 staged reading performance showcase

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Sketch Writing 1

Sketch Comedy Writing 2A: Writing Intensive

Saturdays 1:30-3:30pm starts January 2018


Sketch writing 2A kicks it up a notch! Participants will work on writing sketches at a more advanced level, with emphasis on working together as a writing team. This course culminates in multiple staged readings to refine a unified body of sketches. This work will then be produced as a sketch revue in Sketch 2B the following session.


Instructor Aspen Farer is a long-time Brody ensemble member and director of our sketch program, and also taught screenwriting and directing in the film program at the Art Institute of Portland.

Instructors: Aspen Farer

Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Sketch Comedy Writing 1 and instructor approval. Students completing Sketch 2A will be offered priority enrollment in Sketch 2B the following session.

Fee: $250.00 for seven 2-hour class sessions plus staged reading performance

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Sketch 2B: Sketch Production for Stage and Video

Saturdays 1:30-3:30pm starts Early 2018


Participants in Sketch 2B will work together to produce a multi-show run of a new sketch revue at the Brody. You will have the opportunity to participate in many roles and aspects of show production, including production of at least one broadcast-quality video sketch to be featured in the final show and on the Brody’s sketch comedy channel. This class does not focus on writing: the scripts polished in Sketch 2A will provide the content for our production.

Instructor: Aspen Farer

Prerequisite: Sketch Comedy Writing 1 and instructor approval. Priority enrollment for students who have just completed Sketch 2A the previous session. Note: the cost of this class includes a production fee to cover the gear, crew and post-production needed for videos. Video production will be of one or two sketches chosen from the body of work being developed for the performance run.

Fee: $300.00 for seven 2-hour class sessions plus shows and video production work.

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Storytelling

Sundays 1:30-3:30pm Starts TBA early 2018


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. Limited to eight students.


Instructor:Tom Johnson. Tom is the founder and artistic director of the Brody Theater.

Prerequisite: none.

Fee: $250.00 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.