Liz Allen Workshops – April/May 2021
The Guts of Form
Friday, April 30. 6-9pm MST
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.
The State of Second Beats
Friday, May 7. 6-9pm MST
It’s time for second beats, and there are endless options. Now what? Liz will share her opinion about this. Second beats are the unsung workhorses of long-form. They are a platform for patterns, solidifying tone, and expanding characters. But usually, they ‘just happen’ and are under-utilized. Frequently, they’re boring linear repeats of the first beats, mired in plot, or tangents that bear no resemblance to the first beats. But, when second beats focus on character and non-plot aspects of the first beats, then a fulfilling long-form is underway.
In this workshop, Liz shares her techniques on how to approach second beats and their influence on form.
Cavalcade of Characters
Friday, May 14. 6-9pm MST
You’ve created these characters, now what do you do with them? Liz will share her opinions about this. Improvisers often get bogged down in characters as long-forms progress. Some characters are over-used, and some are forgotten, and this can be frustrating. Most forms don’t pause for players to get their bearings, so the cavalcade of characters has to be captured and maximized while staying in the moment. This is a challenging aspect of improvising.
In this workshop, Liz offers tools for keeping track of, managing, and connecting characters inside a long-form.
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.