WORKSHOP: The MEAT w/Josh Simpson & Jake Jabbour

A two-part workshop (4 hours)
Saturday, June 17, 2017 @ 12pm-2pm, 2pm-4pm
Cost: $60

Two part workshop with Josh Simpson and Jake Jabbour. Every student will get 2 hours with each instructor focusing on the complementary themes framing your scenes to understand them & playing them out.

Framing – Improvisers will learn to create a shared playable world through explicit declarations and ownership of unusual behavior. This workshop will provide practical ways to give your scene partners gifts they can universally play with in any relationship or situation.

Playing – The playing portion of the workshop will show players different ways to have fun once they are on the same page with their scene partner. Big choices, bold moves and playful approaches that will help the improviser get the most out of themselves and their scenes.


Josh Simpson and Jake Jabbour are performers at the UCB Theater in Los Angeles and co-hosts of The MEAT Improv podcast featuring the best improv comedians from LA (and now the entire country!) They also host Shapeshift Improv, a monthly show that pushes teams and performers to do new, experimental forms.

Josh has been performing in LA for a decade and teaching at the UCB Theater for 5 years. He’s worked for Funny or Die and Team Coco, and appeared on CONAN, Reno 911! And The UCB Show on Seeso as Kitty Katt Williams.

Jake writes and performs at the UCB theatre, and has been an educator in Los Angeles for the last seven years. Jake co-created and co-hosts the long running late night talk-show We’re Gross with Gilli Nissim at the UCB Theatre in Los Angeles.

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WORKSHOP: Storytelling w/Giulia Rozzi

Saturday, May 6, 2017 @ 1pm-4pm
Cost: $65

10 student cap
To sign up –> email and pay cash/check in person on day of OR pay below via Eventbrite!


Take your personal experiences and turn them into an entertaining, engaging, and funny performance!  Whether you want to perform in front of an audience or simply get better at telling a good story – this one day workshop will introduce you the art of comedic storytelling and help you get more comfortable being yourself as you share stories about yourself.

Through verbal and written exercises we’ll find what stories to tell, work on point of view, character, and finding the truth in the tale. Each student will be coached on a story (or two) and receive guidance and feedback from the instructor and other students. The goal is for students to leave class with a stronger stage presence, increased confidence, improved delivery and more ideas for stories to tell.

Students should bring a notebook, pen/pencil. and any story ideas they may already be working on to class. ( It’s okay if you don’t have any ideas yet.)


Giulia Rozzi is a comedian, writer and actress that’s been seen on Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central, The Jim Gaffigan Show, TruTV, Lifetime and Vh1. She’s a MothGrand Champion, a TEDx speaker, and the co-host of Hopefully We Don’t Break Up podcast. Her album True Love was recently named one of SiriusXM’s top comedy albums of 2016. the More at

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WORKSHOP: Object Work w/Townsend Hart

WORKSHOP: Objection: Object Work (Mime Basics For the Improviser)
w/Townsend Hart (Richmond, VA)

Date: Saturday, September 3
Time: 12-2pm
Place: The New Movement
Cost: $30


Learn fundamental mime techniques to increase your skills in physical storytelling and creating environments within your scenes.

In this workshop, you will learn exercises exploring the technique taken from a graduate level mime class.  Each student will be given ample time to exercise this skill individually as well as with a partner.

The class will build from silent duo scenes focusing purely on object work to improv scenes and exercises focused heavily on movement and object work. The instructor will coach and guide focused heavily on the movement of each scene.

This class is helpful for any level improviser.

To sign up, email TNM Austin Conservatory Director Lisa Friedrich and pay cash/check/CC in person on day of OR pay below via Eventbrite!

WORKSHOP: Silence & Emotion w/Jim Zarling (3 Weeks)

WORKSHOP: Silence & Emotion w/Jim Zarling (Richmond, VA)
A 3 week course culminating in a show!

Dates: Saturdays –  1/9, 1/16, & 1/23 + show on Sunday 1/24
Time: 2-4pm
Place: The New Movement, Red Room
Cost: $100 (for any student who has at least a beginner’s level experience in long form improv)

This workshop will have you starting scenes by focusing on emotion and movement. Scenes start as soon as you are on stage and are interesting even without words. By taking your time and focusing on your emotion, you will find your scenes can carry more weight and have more staying power.

Over the course of the workshop we will focus on starting your scenes with strong emotions and allowing that emotion to guide your scene. You will also learn about discovering scenes, rather than creating them. Instead of coming on stage with an idea for a scene come out and see what develops between you and your scene partner.

Jim Zarling is a multi-talented performer who brings together a mixture of stand up and improv comedy to the stage that results in a unique comedy experience that is fast-paced, off-the-cuff and always hilarious. He has traveled around the country with Richmond’s Coalition Theater, performing at the Boston Improv Festival, The Del Close Marathon and the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival. As a standup comic he has opened for Jared Logan, Myq Kaplan, Tig Notaro and Todd Barry.

To sign up, email TNM Austin’s Conservatory Director Amy Jordan and pay cash/check/CC in person on day of OR pay below via Eventbrite!