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FEBRUARY 4 - MARCH 25, 2013

This class will hone the skills of the more advanced improviser. The class will explore narrative and address individual strengths as well as areas that need improvement. Students will learn to sustain a more complex narrative using all of the skills learned in previous classes. Focus will be on long-form improv forms, especially Harold. Performance at end of class.

Prerequisite: INTERMEDIATE IMPROVISATION class or approval from the instructor
Maximum 12 students
Mondays, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Cost: $200

Claire ZickCLAIRE ZICK moved to West Hartford from Seattle where she was an ensemble member at Unexpected Productions, Seattle's first and most reputable improv theater company. She performed weekly in Seattle Theatresports™ and long-form shows such as Harold, Spoken, Blank Slate, Fakespeare, The Melanie Game, Campfire, A(n) Improvised Christmas Carol , Black Eyed Blonde, Impressionistic Horror, and improvised versions of movie genres. She was also the Assistant Artistic Director and only female member of Sisters of Sal, a long-form improvisational comedy troupe that won Seattle CageMatch and performed with Ryan Stiles. She has studied improv at Unexpected Productions, Magnet Theater, and UCB Theatre. Her instructors have included Randy Dixon, Matt Smith, Jill Farris, Armando Diaz, Christian Capozzoli, Keith Johnstone and Mick Napier. Locally she has been seen in Vanities , Isn't it Romantic, Arsenic and Old Lace and Lend Me a Tenor as well as other scripted and improv productions in theaters around the state.

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Internship Program Young Adult (Ages 18 and up)

Playhouse on Park offers internships for young adults who are interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts. This year the following internships are being offered:
• Performance
• Business Office
• Marketing
• Development
• Literary
• Education
• Stage Management
• Costume
• Production

Interns will receive a stipend of $100 per week for 10 weeks of work.
Please visit our Internships Page for information and application form.


See our Summer Sessions page

Dawn LovelandDAWN LOVELAND is the Director of Education at Playhouse on Park. Aside from teaching their classes for  grades K – 8, she has directed several shows for young audiences including GO, DOG. GO!, HOMEROOM, and IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE. She also currently teaches Creative Dramatics through the Bridge Family Center. Dawn’s additional credits in arts education include teaching, directing, choreographing and stage managing. Locations include Surflight Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Asylum Hill Learning Center, Middleground Theatre, Camp Acting Manitou, The Hartt School Community Division, and Simsbury Department of Continuing Education. Dawn is a graduate of Middlebury College with a BA in theatre, focused on directing.

Playhouse on Park is now offering private acting coaching.  Individual sessions allow students to improve their acting technique, gain confidence onstage, and perfect audition monologues.  If you are interested in scheduling any private lessons, please call the Playhouse on Park box office at (860) 523-5900 ext. 10.  
Each session is one hour long.
Fee: $45 per session 
Instructor: Sean Harris

SEAN HARRIS is an actor and educator. On the Playhouse on Park stage he has appeared in THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) and ART. Other Theatres: Florida Studio Theatre, Shakespeare on the Sound, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, and the Roxy Regional Theatre. His NYC Theatre credits include DINNER WITH FRIENDS(Tom), HAMLET (Laertes), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING(Claudio), and BLOOD WEDDING(Bridegroom).  Film/TV: Saturday Night Live, The Early Show, Table One, Captain Karaoke, Being Michael Madsen. Sean has his BA in Acting and Directing from DeSales University and an MFA from the New School for Drama/Actors Studio. He has been an acting teacher and director for over ten years and is currently the Director of Theatre at Hall High School in West Hartford, which was recently selected to represent the United States as part of the American High School Theatre Festival in Edinburgh Scotland.

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