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101: Intro to Improv

  • Okay Alright 401 West Geer Street Durham, NC, 27701 United States (map)

Learn the basics of long-form improv. Students will cover scenework principles like "yes-and" and active listening. Over this six-week period, we'll build the groundwork for comedic improvised scenes that'll jumpstart your love of improv.

Classes every Tuesday August 27-Oct 1. Class show Oct 4.

Please read our Lab Policies before signing up for a class or workshop. 

photo by kevin patrick robbins.

photo by kevin patrick robbins.

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 sketch shows, Two Months In - An Original Sketch Comedy Revue and Bump in the Night - A Spooky Sketch Comedy Revue.

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

Follow along on Twitter: @ashleymelzer

Earlier Event: August 19
201: Game of the Scene
Later Event: October 9
201: Game of the Scene