In this course, students will study Blackout Improv’s seminal form Swag-Hat, not only for the purpose of polished performance, but as a vehicle for social justice and express personal identity. Swag-Hat is a performance piece that involves both personal reflections and improvised scenes covering a wide of topics. Through scene work and through sharing personal narratives, students will explore their own identity and their place in the world, and look for ways to express it through improv. Throughout this course students will be receiving feedback from John and Molly in real time. All experience levels are welcome.TRIGGER AND CONTENT WARNING: this class is based on scenes dealing with topics of race or socially and politically charged situations – which means it will include discussions and scenes involving race, gender and other very personally sensitive areas and how to move forward thoughtfully, respectfully and meaningfully when you find yourself there.
About your instructors:
Molly Ritchie has taught acting and improv workshops across the country. She is the creator of the improv shows Family Dinner and Attenborough, and was a founding cast member of several Minneapolis improv groups including Show X, Splendid Things, and The Mess.
John (he/him/his) rose from the ranks of HUGE Theater students to become an improv instructor. He trained and worked at Brave New Workshop, and has performed stand-up comedy in the Twin Cities for over eleven years. He is a co-founder of renowned Twin Cities improv troupe Blackout Improv and a founding member of Late Nights Minneapolis With Joe Rapp.
Over the past few years, John has become a leading light in efforts to change the face of American improv, making it ever more welcoming and representative of the communities around it. He has lead and facilitated diversity and inclusion programming for improv theaters all over the world with a mission of uplifting all voices.
John has taught improv workshops internationally, coached improv groups, and currently teaches at HUGE in addition to heading up diversity and inclusion programs. He is the co-founder of the Black and Funny Improv Festival as well as the Twin Cities chapter of Our Cities on Our Stages.