Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

Advanced Songwriting for Improvisors

 Diana DiCostanzo

Diana DiCostanzo

Tired of the same old verse-chorus songs? Want to spice up your songwriting skills? Come to Advanced Songwriting for Improvisors and learn how to challenge your song structure habits and to create songs with unique and distinct melodies. Taught by Diana DiCostanzo (creator of Un-Scripted's Improvised Musical Theatre Class and Un-Scripted Performing Alum) and accompanied by David Norfleet, Diana will teach you how to think like a true composer/lyricist and be able to create beautiful songs and melodies spontaneously.

Diana DiCostanzo is a New York City based actress, improvisor, and singer-songwriter. She studied Theatre and Music at Emerson College and has studied improv at various schools across the country, including ImprovBoston, EndGames Improv, Un-Scripted, and The Annoyance (NYC). Together with Jacob Russell-Snyder, she developed the Improvised Musical Theatre Class for the Un-Scripted Theater Company in 2013 and was their lead instructor until moving to NYC. In NYC she teaches independent workshops on Improvised Musical Theatre in addition to producing and performing in long form narrative improvised plays. She is also part of the improvised musical duo “Bookends: A Musical Journey,” with whom she has performed at the New York Musical Improv Festival and the West Coast Musical Improv Festival (2017). Now she is thrilled to be returning to the WCMIF for the second time to bring back this fun and rewarding workshop!

Make sure to also check out Diana's show Bookends: A Musical Journey with Pitch, Please on Saturday, July 21st at 7:00 pm!

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Jul
21
2:00 PM14:00

Can You Kick It? Yes You Can! Vol 1: Rhymes and Bars

 A Tribe Called Yes

A Tribe Called Yes

"Can You Kick It? Yes You Can! Vol 1: Rhymes and Bars" is a beginner level improv workshop to open the door to getting comfortable doing improvised rapping. The focus will be on getting comfortable rhyming, and using exercises, games and mental skills to achieve that. Then the class will work on utilizing rhythms and beats, provided by your instructor/DJ, as a structure to put your lyrics on. Finally we'll work on including your newfound skills into some scenework, rather than just using them as a standalone exercise. By the end of the class you should feel more comfortable jumping into a game or MC circle/cypher and laying down some bars.

A Tribe Called Yes (Seattle) is bringing their immersive hip-hop improvisational experience to headline the 2018 West Coast Musical Improv Festival! This troupe brings together actors, musicians, and MCs to tell the story of underdogs on a freestyle trip to fame and misfortune. Every show begins with a live DJ firing up his turntables as soon as the audience enters the auditorium and can’t stop (won’t stop) until the audience has experienced a story about the feuds, fame, and family that shaped the world of hip-hop.

Make sure to also check out their Sunday, July 22nd workshop (Vol. 2), and their West Coast Musical Improv Festival performance with Dystopia! The Musical on Saturday, July 21st at 9:00 pm!

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Jul
22
10:00 AM10:00

Yes, A-Ca And: How to Be Your Own Musical Director!

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The biggest obstacle for music improv is finding someone to back you up. If you know how to create your own sound, it won’t be! Join LA-based musical improv team Pitch, Please for an a cappella workshop, and learn how to be your own musical director. Participants will learn how to find a soundscape for a scene, practice beat box skills and "earning your song." It’ll be a-ca awesome!

Pitch, Please! creates a fully improvised, a cappella, one-act musical out of thin air. Armed with a single suggestion from the audience, Pitch, Please! delves into scenes, songs, dance breaks, heartbreaks and character breaks all without the help of a piano. When it comes time to sing, the improvisers on stage create all the accompaniment they need with their own vocal cords, laying down bass lines, melodies, harmonies, ooo’s, ahhhhhh’s, and beats on the spot. If you liked Pitch Perfect, you’ll love Pitch, Please! If you hated Pitch Perfect, your opinion is wrong.

Make sure to also check out their show with Bookends: A Musical Journey at the West Coast Musical Improv Festival on Saturday, July 21st at 7:00 pm!

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Jul
22
2:00 PM14:00

Can You Kick It? Yes You Can! Vol 2: MC Style

 A Tribe Called Yes

A Tribe Called Yes

"Can You Kick It? Yes You Can! Vol 2: MC Style" is an intermediate level improv workshop intended for participants who feel at least a little bit comfortable and have had some experience with improvised rhyming and rapping. It is meant to be a continuation of the Vol 1 workshop, but can be taken alone as well if you already know some basics. The workshop will be focused on some initial rap warm ups, but then will transition into creating a voice and a character for your own MC character. Your instructor will also be your DJ and your guide through the styles of several real life MCs. After briefly discussing the styles of those MCs you will try to adopt their styles, and then eventually find a style and voice that fits your own original character. Improvised rapping is more than just the ability to rhyme, and by the end of this workshop you should be able to make your MC characters stand out, be dynamic and feel real in a scene.

A Tribe Called Yes (Seattle) is bringing their immersive hip-hop improvisational experience to headline the 2018 West Coast Musical Improv Festival! This troupe brings together actors, musicians, and MCs to tell the story of underdogs on a freestyle trip to fame and misfortune. Every show begins with a live DJ firing up his turntables as soon as the audience enters the auditorium and can’t stop (won’t stop) until the audience has experienced a story about the feuds, fame, and family that shaped the world of hip-hop.

Make sure to also check out their Saturday, July 21st workshop (Vol. 1: Rhymes & Bars), and their performance with Dystopia! The Musical on Saturday, July 21st at 9:00 pm!

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Jul
22
2:00 PM14:00

The Tagline Format: Solos, Duets and Point of View Songs

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Spend an afternoon learning the ins and outs of the Tagline format! Discover the differences between a Tagline format and a Verse/Chorus format. Learn how to use a Tagline song to create tight solo songs as well as impressive duets and point-of-view songs. Make up songs that sound as if they were written!

Jacob Russell-Snyder is an improvisor and musical director from the Bay Area. He has a BA in Theater from UC Irvine and a Masters in Theater Education from Emerson College in Boston. He has made up musicals from coast to coast and most recently can be heard on the podcast Off Book: The Musical Improvised Podcast from SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Festival 2018.

Make sure to also check out his troupe The Kickapoo Community Players perform with American Immigrants in the West Coast Musical Improv Festival on Friday, July 20th at 9:00 pm!

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