Hard Topics— Alsa Bruno & John Gebretatose (The Unpronounceables)

HUGE Theater, Minneapolis, MN

Saturday, Aug. 31st, 3:00pm to 6:00pm at Hideout Theatre (Upstairs Classroom)

Workshop Details

In this workshop, we will highlight what happens to us as performers when a scene becomes scary, offensive or insensitive and we freeze or lose ourselves. We explore some approaches to get agency back when we find ourselves somewhere uncomfortable, tools for improvising mindfully and finding a proactive voice for you and your show. TRIGGER AND CONTENT WARNING: this class is based on scenes when you find yourself dealing with topics of race or socially and politically charged situations - which means it will include discussions and scenes dealing with race, gender* and other very personally sensitive areas and how to move forward thoughtfully, respectfully and meaningfully when you find yourself there.

Teacher Bio(s)

ALSA BRUNO: Actor. Improvisor. Youthworker. Stunna. Alsa prides himself on using comedy to create space for honest healthy dialogue. He is a distant cast member of the Minnesota-based “Theater of Public Policy”, an ex-writer for news comedy “Minnesota Tonight”, half of the sketch comedy duo “Serendipity”, an experienced actor, a long-time improv teacher/ coach, co-founder of the Black and Funny Improv Festival and is a founding member of one of the hottest improv troupes in the world, Blackout Improv. Alsa is a full time artist, improvising with Bi-Jingo (an international theater-based consultancy) where he is a behavioral coach, performing/ directing/ teaching with Killing My Lobster (the Bay Area’s premier sketch comedy company), and teaching/ mentoring/ program coordinating with the Success Center where he teaches a playwriting curriculum to transitional age youth in the penal system. Performing With a Purpose is a workshop he's been curating for over 10 years and he can't wait to bring it to you. JOHN GEBRETATOSE is an international improv powerhouse, coaching teams, holding improv workshops in theaters, hospitals, corporate workspaces, and schools. John rose from the ranks of a HUGE Improv Theater student, to a HUGE Improv instructor and now also the Director of Diversity and Inclusion. He trained and worked at Brave New Workshop and has been performing stand-up, improv and sketch comedy in the Twin Cities for over 10 years. John is a founding member of one of the hottest improv groups, Blackout Improv. He is the co-founder of the Black and Funny Improv Festival. He is also one of the founding members of the sketch comedy show, Late Nights Minneapolis. He has traveled the world performing, teaching and directing improv.

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