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Level 3

Longform
Improvisation
Performance

Available Online

During COVID-19, online courses will count towards graduation

José Gonzalez


José Gonzalez is a Phoenix native who received his start in acting & performance under bree williams (lower-case letters intentional). In addition to being the co-director of Galapagos, José occasionally partakes in solo performances and has a couple of other improvisational projects in the works. José helped develop & produce the Barrow Gang's Scattershot Tour & Hovercraft, a musical improv duo, and is an Associate Producer of the Phoenix Improv Festival. José performs with Galapagos and the musical duo Dangerville.

What's included in the course

  • Longorm Formats
  • Basics of Harold
  • Scene Beats
  • Advanced Openings
  • Group Games

About the course


Students will tackle fully improvised performances by learning Harold, the approach and structure created and developed by Del Close, the father of modern longform improv. Further study of techniques and approaches to scenework and group play will be undertaken while students learn all about openings, group games, and first, second, and third beat scenes while weaving those elements into a dynamic performance exploring characters, relationships, and themes.

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.

  • "Instructor is very supportive and encourages us to be playful."
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The Torch has multiple scholorship opportunities for members of marginalized communities. We encourage students to apply for any scholarship they may be eligible for. If none of our scholarships are available to you, please contact us if you need assistance joining our program.

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