For Beginners to Advanced Students and Actors to Non-Actors
Often improvisers want to bring all the wonderful ideas they have into the scene all at once. This makes the scene more complicated and waists time, resulting in the audience watching the improvisers figure out what the scene is about. We turn to invention when we want to get a laugh or when we don’t know what the scene is about. Inventing things that are not in alignment with the energy already present forces us to justify our choices which then puts us in our head. The Fix: Operate from the heart! Use your feelings to navigate the scene instead of your brain!
In this class we will learn to use and trust our most valuable asset. We will learn how to get out of our own way and how to let the scene effortlessly emerge. We will work on presence, listening at a deeper level, and the difference between the facts of the world and the assumptions in our head. Great for any actor, improviser, or artist looking to trust their inner wisdom.
As an actor this type of training is invaluable.
Check out the 4 Major Benefits of Improv Training as published by Backstage!
Marcus Sams is a full time improv teacher and professionally working actor in San Francisco. He has taught for Pictoclik Film Festival, currently teachers for Leela, Improv w/Marcus, and at improv festivals and schools across the nation. He has a degree in Theatre Arts and his improv has been forged by the teachings of David Razowsky, Susan Messing, Joe Bill and Mark Sutton as well as many nationally known teachers. His teaching style combines theatrical craft, systematic approaches, empathy training, and leading with the heart. This combination yields truthful and grounded scene work that is fraught with honest hilarity and from a theatrical stand point, technically polished performances.
Sams has performed in over 47 shows in national improv festivals and in 2016 had the honor of opening for Joe Bill and Mark Sutton's BassProv at the Chicago Improv Festival's Secret Show. He has taught for The Gainesville Improv Festival 2011, The California Improv Festival 2014 & 2016, Improvaganza - Hawaii Festival of Improv 2015, and for the San Diego Improv Festival 2016, the OC Improv Festival 2016 and the San Jose Improv Festival 2016.
In October of 2014 he opened a duo class called Two Play in San Francisco. The goal was to train duos in the improv craft and the business to get them into festivals. After their first show, two of his duos have gotten into 6 improv festivals in the past year. Due to the classes popularity in October of 2015 he opened a second section of the class which sold out and he is officially training 10 duos.
He believes that improv is theatre and that it can have all the cathartic elements of scripted theatre when commitment to craft is pursued vigorously.
For more information about the instructor please visit: http://improvwithmarcus.html
What students say:
"...He creates a fun and safe environment to learn. He is always willing to take questions and help you best understand concepts. He will push you to be a better performer and has a good eye for assessing what you need to work on to hone your craft. I consider myself lucky to get to work with him. If you get a chance to take a workshop you will not be disappointed and you will be better for it.“
Erin D. - Leela Performing Improv Ensemble/HR Manager
"Working with Marcus is a truly inspiring experience. He comes to every class with an amiable zest that makes you want to get down to business. Unlike any other instructor I've worked with, Marcus' instructions and explanations are clear, concise and, most important to the working player, immediately useful. From the moment Marcus starts addressing you, it is clear that he is working with you, not just throwing information at you. He asks you if what he said makes sense, listens carefully to your response, and instructs accordingly."
Jonathan - San Francisco Improviser/Stand Up
“I have been a student in classes taught by Marcus Sams for the last 6 months. He is an engaging teacher of improvisation, models concepts he's teaching and gives student-specific feedback on skills students are developing. He makes sure the class is interactive which helps students new to improv begin to let go of fears and the inner critic and have fun. Personally, I like how Marcus gives clear objectives that actors want to reach, keeping in mind what the audience is thinking, how the scene will play out and how to keep going if something doesn't work. His space object workshop was very beneficial to me as I haven't yet had the opportunity to work deeply in that area in drop-in classes. I find that ideas discussed in Marcus's classes resurface regularly in my daily life and keep me conscious of human interaction, relationships, and physicality that help with my scenes when I return to class. I have grown as an improviser and as a more confident human being through studying improv with Marcus.”
Sandra L. - SF Improvisor/School Teacher