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The Drop-In: Improv Edition

  • Local 506 506 West Franklin Street Chapel Hill, NC, 27516 United States (map)


Come practice your skills or experiment with new ones at The Drop-In. Each week the most experienced local artists and teachers will guide you through a fun, low pressure practice. It's sure to inspire creativity, new friendships and return visits.  Everyone is welcome!

This Week:
Back to Life, Back to Reality with Ashley Melzer
Tired of watching two people stand 2.5 feet apart and try to be clever? Tired of being one of those people? Come shakeup your scene work in this workshop focused on base reality! The best improv scenes are as familiar as they are surprising. The only way to achieve that is to root your scene work. We'll practice making clear initiations, using your environment, and taking your scenes back to reality.

Ashley Melzer is an improviser, writer, photographer, and filmmaker based in Durham, NC. Born in North Florida, she received her Bachelors in Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California and then a Masters in Folklore from UNC-Chapel Hill.  Her work has been featured in Indy WeekWondering SoundPaste MagazineeMusicThe Carrboro Citizen, and the Southern Foodways Alliance. From 2014-2016, she served Associate Producer of the NC Comedy Arts Festival and Associate Artistic Director at DSI Comedy. She's worked with Hopscotch, Moogfest, Groove Productions, Thornapple Films, Southern Cultures Journal, The Southern Oral History Program and more.

Ashley is a founding partner and stakeholder of Mettlesome. She directs Hush Hush, performs with Golden Age, and serves as executive producer of Clarified Butter. She also produced the debut sketch show, Two Months In - An Original Sketch Comedy Revue.

Ashley has studied with Rachel Mason, Aaron Jackson, Ben Rameaka, Paula Pazderka, Harrison Brookie and more. 

Follow along on Twitter: @ashleymelzer

Earlier Event: September 17
The Drop-In: Improv Edition
Later Event: October 1