Merrie Greenfield originally hails from New York, where she nursed a life-long love of performance and comedy. She earned her BFA in Theatre Acting and Directing, and was appointed the first female artistic director of one of America's oldest continuously-performing college sketch comedy troupes.
After performing short-form improv (often under duress), she avoided formally studying and performing improv until she found the Torch after returning to Arizona a few years ago.
Continuing with the concepts of Level I this class will build on the idea of working as an ensemble to create a cohesive group mind. The class will focus on discovering themes and patterns that will strengthen the performance. Students will learn to make strong choices at the top of the scene that will develop strong character wants and create emotionally rich relationships that will give them confidence on stage.
Semester runs eight weeks and is followed by a student performance at The Torch Theatre or online.
This session is online and will require access to the internet. Many internet providers offer free internet services. Click here for options.
All students must complete Torch Level 1 before beginning this class. he Torch welcomes students with training at other theaters, but all students going through the Torch's Level 1 - 6 track are required to start with Level 1, even if they've had outside training. We've come to realize classes are most successful when everyone is building on the level before, as designed, and every student is on the same page with our vocabulary and philosophy.
"They create a safe and structured environment which encourages taking chances to try new things."
"The instructors are wonderful at not only teaching but at providing class notes and performer specific constructive critiquing as well."
"Torch Improv level 2 was a great way to broaden my knowledge of improv fundamentals."
"I learned many new tools and ideas."