Adult Classes

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We are thrilled to announce that ACT will be hosting the Asheville School of Improv for upcoming adult classes. All Asheville School of Improv classes are taught by Tom Chalmers. Tom also co-teaches acting class for adults, Essentials of Acting with Kim Mako.

Current/Scheduled Classes:


Current/Scheduled Classes:


Improv I: The Basics of Inspired Improvisation

Taught by Tom Chalmers
Ages 18+
Nov 7 – Dec 12 | Mondays 6:30-8:30pm

This class will be offered in person on the ACT Mainstage, following all the recommended protocols for safety and sanitation. Limited to 10 students. For ages 18+.

This course covers the fundamentals of improvisational acting with an emphasis on comedy; such as listening, commitment, intuitive reaction, as well as recognizing and capitalizing on emerging patterns.

Final showcase to be held on the Mainstage on Tuesday, December 20th at 6:30 pm.

**If the class if full, we encourage you to sign up for the waitlist. If there is enough interest, we may add an additional class for the session.**

Registration opens 9/14/2022. Tuition will be $180– Scholarships are available.

NOTE: If applying for a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Application INSTEAD of filling out registration. If your application is approved, we will be in touch with you to register.

Register now!



Improv II: Beyond the Basics – Learning to Fly

Taught by Tom Chalmers
Ages 18+
Nov 8 – Dec 13 | Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm

This class will be offered in person on the ACT Mainstage. Limited to 10 students. For ages 18+.

PREREQUISITE: Improv I or extensive improv experience (*must be pre-approved by instructor)

Improv II reinforces all of the skills learned in Improv 1 by applying those skills to advanced scene work, character creation structures, and at times intentionally conflict-filled scenarios.

Final showcase to be held on the Mainstage on Tuesday, December 20th.

**If the class if full, we encourage you to sign up for the waitlist. If there is enough interest, we may add an additional class for the session.**

Registration opens 9/14/2022. Tuition will be $180– Scholarships are available.

NOTE: If applying for a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Application INSTEAD of filling out registration. If your application is approved, we will be in touch with you to register.

Register now!


 

Rotating Curriculum:

 


The Essentials of Acting

Taught by Tom Chalmers and Kim Mako

This online course is offered as a primer in the craft of scripted performance, exploring the steps to submitting audition tapes, sustaining connected scene work through a screen, and creating three-dimensional characters on a two-dimensional medium. Learn how people see you and what you convey when you are on stage, and now on screen. Armed with that awareness, learn how to best choose and deliver the monologue to land you the parts that are perfect for you. If given material to audition with, learn how to break down the sides, how to discover the beats of the scene, and how to offer varied options. And when you land the part, learn how to attack the script, build the arc of your character, and establish the thoughts behind the lines. This course will culminate with a streamed showcase of the best work created in the class.

This class has been offered in the past, but is not currently part of our schedule.


Physical Comedy: Being Funny In & With Your Body

Taught by Tom Chalmers
Ages 18+

This course covers the spirit and techniques involved in creating and performing physical comedy, and will teach many of the tools used to build a bold physical comedy bit, such as trips, stumbles, falls, takes, doubletakes, slow burns, and more. Final showcase to be held on the Mainstage.

This class has been offered in the past, but is not currently part of our schedule.


  • About the Asheville School of Improv

    The Asheville School of Improv has emerged as the central training ground for aspiring improvisers in the Asheville area. Led by esteemed instructor Tom Chalmers, the Asheville School of Improv offers classes that cover the fundamentals as well as the finer points and far-reaching possibilities of performing in an improvised format. More and more people from more and more places are saying “yes” to The House of “Yes And,” from those focused on a future as an improv comedian, to aspiring actors seeking to expand their skills, to interested individuals who are intrigued by the challenge of the sport of spontaneity.

    Launched in 2016 , the Asheville School of Improv grew out of the former Asheville acting conservatory, NYS3, which had been offering improv classes since 2012, all taught by one teacher, Tom Chalmers. A graduate of Columbia University, Tom has been absorbing, performing, and advocating improv comedy for over thirty years. While at college, Tom spent summers in Chicago studying with Second City and Improv Olympic, where he learned under improv legend, Del Close. Tom chose to stay in New York where he trained with The Groundlings East / Gotham City Improv. He was a student, performing company member, teacher, and eventually Artistic Director. While in New York, Tom also trained with the Upright Citizen’s Brigade and Burn Manhattan. Tom’s former students have gone on to work on such shows as Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons, and Family Guy, as well as several successful feature films. Tom has been an instructor at NYU, a guest lecturer at Columbia, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Warren Wilson College. Tom takes all the best ideas and approaches from all the people and programs that he has worked with and blends them together to define his supportive yet demanding style of teaching

 


Other Information

Email is the best way to reach us. If you have questions, please contact Education Director Amanda Klinikowski or Box Office Manager Cassandra Marcelo.

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