Position Play with Jeff Hawkins & Brian James O’Connell

By special arrangement with The Torch Theatre and ImprovMania, Jeff Hawkins & Brian James O’Connell of BillyHawk (iO West, Pack Theater, numerous festivals across the country) is teaching a special workshop at ImprovMANIA (250 South Arizona Avenue, Chandler)!

Position Play
In this workshop, you will learn that all scenes can be seen as one of four basic scene types. You will learn that each scene type has a built in set of rules that makes them work. You will learn all four scene types as well as how to listen for scene type and your position/character in that scene all in the first lines of a scene. Knowing what type of scene you are in and what your position is in that scene makes scene play relatively easy.

Date & Time: Saturday, October 22nd2pm to 5pm
Tuition Cost: $40
Prerequisite: Torch Level 1 or ImprovMania Level 1 or equivalent performance experience.
Location: ImprovMANIA – 250 South Arizona Avenue, Chandler

10954545_788523451240182_1940470287833728566_nJeff Hawkins is an acolyte of Miles Stroth, Del Close’s “War Chief” of the tribe of improv. You may have seen him play with Hawkinstroth or with Brian James O’Connell in BillyHawk. He currently plays with a few indie groups around Los Angeles. If you look closely, you can see him on Season 2 of HBO’s Enlightened or a 3 am rerun of “1000 Ways to Die.” Jeff is also a co-host of the pro wrestling podcast, Shake Them Ropes.

Brian 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). 430198_237316939694172_2056797689_n 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: $40


Event Details

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.