Deconstruction Intensive with Brian James O’Connell

Brian James O’Connell of BillyHawk, iO West, and the Pack Theater is teaching a special intensive at The Torch Theatre just for Ghostfest!


Created by legendary iO Harold team The Family, and under the direction of Del Close himself, The Deconstruction is the single most important longform ever created as it contains every single possible permutation of scene approach and thematic development.  An understanding of The Deconstruction is essential for the artistic, intellectual and technical development of an improvisor. Quite simply, an improvisor’s understanding of the “work” will never be the same after being exposed to “Decon”; whether you perform shortform, improvised Shakespeare, or are merely a writer looking to improve your understanding of character and structure, learning these skills will radically improve your understanding of improvisation and raise your level of play.
If the Harold is algebra, The Deconstruction is calculus.   Once you learn calculus, everything else seems like simple math.

Date & Time: Friday, October 21st – 10am to 5pm
(six hours of instruction with an hour-long break for lunch)
Tuition Cost: $75
Prerequisite: Torch Level 3 or intermediate-level improv experience.
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bocBrian James O’Connell is a working actor, writer, director in Los Angeles and a graduate of the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts (David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, Jody Hill, Dane DeHaan and Jeff Nichols).  A regular performer and teacher at the iOWest Theater in Los Angeles, Brian also currently teaches as part of the Core Faculty at the Pack Theater.
His comedy troupe, Dr. God recently completed their first feature film project BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS (starring Fran Kranz, Pedro Pascal). which O’Connell directed (his third feature as a director) as well as co-writing the script. BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS was the Opening Night Premiere at Slamdance and will be released theatrically by Scream Factory! in 2015.
With his internationally touring improv duo Billyhawk and iOWest’s legendary improv group Dr. God, Brian has performed and taught in festivals in Denver, Phoenix, Toronto, Philadelphia, Austin, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chapel Hill, NC. Well-respected as one of Los Angeles’ premier improvisers, Brian is famous for his encyclopedic knowledge of minutiae and his insane recall ability and memory.
BOC also serves as the Director of Camp Outreach and is a board member for the non-profit Camp Improv Utopia, the premiere improv, acting and training retreat in the country.

Tuition: $75

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TERMS & CONDITIONS: Payment is requested a week before the date of your workshop to SECURE your spot. All payments are due by electronic invoice e-mailed to you and payable online. All payments without 24 hour cancellation notice are non-refundable. If you select in person at the Box Office - you are responsible to make your payment a week before the class begins. If payment isn't made by your own initiative you will forfeit your spot.
TERMS & CONDITIONS: Payment is requested a week before the date of your workshop to SECURE your spot which can be done in person during Box Office hours or by having an invoice e-mailed to you. If you have not made your payment to secure your spot and the workshop generates a wait list - payment will be required by invoice withing 24 hours, otherwise, your spot will be forfeited. Paying in person at the Box Office is your own responsibility - if you miss the deadline an invoice will be sent and 24 hours is given to complete payment. All payments without 24 hour cancellation notice are non-refundable. Missing more than the first 10 minutes of a one day workshop may result in dismissal with no refund.