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Effortless Improv @ The Hive, San Jose!

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The Hive

2160 Tully Rd.

San Jose, CA 95122

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For Beginners to Advanced Students

Quite often improvisers want to bring all the wonderful ideas they have into the scene at once. This usually makes the scene more complicated and wastes 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.

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Marcus Sams is a full-time improv teacher and professionally working actor in San Francisco. He has taught for CSU Chico, Pictoclik Film Festival, Endgames, and currently teaches for Leela, and at improv festivals and schools across the country. He has a degree in Theatre Arts, is a professionally working actor, 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, grounded scene work that is fraught with honest hilarity and, from a theatrical standpoint, technically polished performances.

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:


"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


"...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


“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


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