What is a long-form, really, and why do we do it? Liz will share her opinions about this. Understanding the guts of form helps improvisers feel confident knowing when and how to initiate transitions, pattern-fulfillments, edits, callbacks, and new ideas, while inside a form. Understanding the guts of form avoids common freak-outs, such as “we’re failing up here, oh, god, what should I do?” which often leads to forced misguided moves that grind the form to a halt.
This workshop covers Liz’s views and tips towards understanding how to navigate long-forms so that each experience is a fulfilling expression of group voice.
Liz Allen brings a lifetime of improv experience to our Unscrewed Theater workshops. She has performed, coached, directed and written about improv for over 28 years. All the while, winning award after award and teaching hundreds of workshops.
She has performed and coached across the country – at iO Chicago, Neo-Futurarium, The Second City at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and The Improv Shop in St. Louis. Liz was honored to coach The Commune, the improv ensemble in Mike Birbiglia’s 2016 feature film Don’t Think Twice.
For three years running, she won the Del Close Coach of the Year Award, now called the Liz Allen Excellence in Teaching Award. She also co-wrote the book Improvising Better with Jimmy Carrane in 2006.
These days you can find her teaching improv online, and we are honored (and EXCITED!) to offer her workshops.