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Advanced Study: Improvised Play

  • Durham Fruit & Produce Co 305 S. Dillard St. Durham, NC, 27701 United States (map)

This six week class offers a deep dive into the creation of an improvised play. Actors will learn how the principles of committed scenework can inform a narrative structure. Each resulting performance will feel like opening and closing night of a fully realized, new play!

Note: There is no class the week of July 4.

Prerequisites: Students are required to have taken Mettlesome's 201: Game of the Scene or have equivalent experience in theater or improv. Students wishing to apply for an exception (ie who have documented prior, relevant experience) may do so by emailing hello<at> 

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Jeris Donovan has performed, taught, and directed improv for over twenty years. She studied improv at the renowned Second City in Chicago, Improv Olympic-Chicago, and Annoyance Theater, and taught all levels of improvisation at the Improv Olympic West conservatory in Los Angeles where she created and directed countless shows. She is a founding company member of Moonlight Stage Company where she heads their comprehensive improv program, teaches master classes for each age group, and coaches and tapes professional actors for work in TV, film and commercials. Jeris is a Meisner trained actor and applies this method in her improvisational instruction. 

Jeris recently directed the debut production of The Setup, an improvised play collaboration between Mettlesome and Bulldog Theater Company.

Earlier Event: May 29
301: Longform Improv - The Harold
Later Event: June 18
201: Game of the Scene