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NCCAF MASTER CLASS - The Viewpoints & Improv for Actors with Eric Hunicutt
Friday, February 15, 2013 from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EST)
Our festival features MASTER CLASS instructors from all over North America teaching the Art of comedy, sketch, standup, improv and storytelling.
The Viewpoints & Improv with Eric Hunicutt
FRIDAY 2/15 1030AM - 430PM
Our job onstage is to listen, to respond, to say "yes"... and in the process, to remain present, to support our partners, to heighten and explore, to use the space, to play the Game - this juggling act can become overwhelming and trap us in our heads. Often, we spend way too much time and energy analyzing our own scenes, trying to decide what the "right" choice is. In many ways, we say "no" to our impulses, our inspiration, or we ignore what's right in front of us. This workshop offers actors a chance to experience their scenes in a whole new way, physically as well as emotionally, through the use of Viewpoints.
About Viewpoints: The Viewpoints are a vocabulary and a practice that examines what happens onstage (and in our everyday lives). By exploring the individual Viewpoints, performers can better understand components of space, time, and movement in their work - can become more responsive, more intuitive, more present in the scene itself. Viewpoints is a practice, not a methodology. It supplements what each actor already brings, it doesn't seek to replace anything, but does offer a clear view of individuals' process and habits (helpful and harmful alike). Viewpoints expands the actor's ability to receive, to listen, to act on instinct; it offers a glimpse of more possibilities in every character, relationship, and scene.
This workshop offers an introduction to the vocabulary of Viewpoints and utilizes Viewpoints-based exercises as a process for developing character, discovering relationship, and exploring physical space in improv. This is a great class for any performer at any level - from the experienced improviser who is growing bored with their work, to the beginner who feels overwhelmed by all the responsibility in their scenes.
Eric Hunicutt is a working actor, director, writer, acting coach, and teacher currently living in Los Angeles. A professional actor for 20 years, Eric's work has ranged from Shakespeare at Lincoln Center to sketch comedy in dive bars, as well as work in television, film, theatre, and hundreds of improv shows - including over ten years as a member of the acclaimed improv ensemble the Reckoning. He has trained and worked at iO Chicago, iO West, UCB, Second City, Comedy Sportz, Steppenwolf West, and many others. Directing credits include webisodes, short films, commercials, and productions at Katselas Theatre Company, Casa 0101, The Second City (LA & Chicago), Spoleto Fringe (Charleston, SC), Comedy Central Stage (LA), Upright Citizens’ Brigade Theaters (NYC & LA), and two productions as a Guest Director at the University of California at San Diego, where he taught undergraduate acting as a Guest Faculty member in the Department of Theatre & Dance. Eric currently teaches in Los Angeles at Steppenwolf Classes West, Warner Loughlin Studios, The Art of Acting Studio, California State University's Summer Arts intensive, iO West, and is a private acting & audition coach. He is a proud alumnus of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a native tarheel. Currently, Eric performs weekly at the iO West Theater in Los Angeles. For more, visit erichunicutt.com
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Produced by DSI Comedy Theater and Zach Ward; NCCAF was created in 2001 to showcase Chicago-style improvisation and educate Carolina audiences.
Over the last 13 years, NCCAF has proudly showcased the entire comedic arts, improv acts, sketch artists and standup comics including Louis CK, Emo Philips, Bryan Tucker (SNL), Chris Tallman (Reno 911), "JJ" Walker, Douglas Sarine (AskANinja), Charlie Todd (Improv Everywhere), Anthony King (UCBT), Eddie Brill (Late Show), MC Chris, MC Frontalot, Josh and Tamra, Bassprov, Jill Bernard's Drum Machine, Death by Roo Roo, Dual Exhaust, The Reckoning and more.
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