Announcement: Joining The Brooklyn Comedy Collective

Thrilled to announce I am going to be joining the team at The Brooklyn Comedy Collective!

The Brooklyn Comedy Collective was created in 2018 by Philip Markle and Annie Donley to produce theater that fosters and encourages risk-taking from a diversity of voices, financially rewards artists, and inspires students to approach performance from a place of joy and fierceness.

That's the kind of team I can get on board with! 

They have taken up a residency at Brooklyn's Brick Theater in Williamsburg. Walking into the space the other night - seeing the black floors and and brick walls, I got that feeling I used to get in the old ImprovBoston space waaaay back when (2002-2008). This is where improv is made to be performed. 

My first class (Level 2) starts June 3rd - and  anyone with improv experience is automatically eligible to sign up right now.  Come by and see a show at BCC soon!

Comedy Cake Interview with Meg Reilly & Rachel Rosenthal of North Coast!

Comedy Cake Interview with Meg Reilly & Rachel Rosenthal of North Coast!

NORTH COAST’s residency at the Caveat, New York’s newest and undeniably unique speakeasy, is currently in full swing. The NYC improv theater team are bringing audiences weekly performances of their hip-hop musical ANYBODY throughout the month of March and you should be jazzed to check it out. Here is an interview with Rachel Rosenthal and Meg Reilly about the latest run of shows!

Improv + Vermont + A Huge House = SkiProv 2018!

Improv + Vermont + A Huge House  = SkiProv 2018!

Grab your skis, a light winter jacket, and your best bits, and come join us for SkiProv 2018!  Join ~15 fellow Improvisers in Killington Vermont for a fun filled weekend of skiing (or hot tubbing, if that's more your thang!), community building, and improv! It's going to be the MOST fun weekend and you don't want to miss this.

North Coast's ANYBODY in a Limited 5 Show Off-Broadway Run!

Last month in my newsletter, I mentioned heading Off-Broadway with Blank! The Musical (more info on that extended run coming soon!) Well, now North Coast is getting in on the fun. You can read all of the details on Broadway World

I can't emphasize enough how much this show and opportunity means to me.

I'm about to come up on my 7 year anniversary with North Coast.  Unlike any other project - this team has my blood, sweat and tears in it. I've helped build this team from the bottom up. From an indie improv group scrounging for free rehearsal space... to a touring improv company... now here we are: trying to bust into the professional theater space. If this run goes well, it could mean A LOT for the future of this team. Also - not for nothing - it's one of the greatest shows I've ever been a part of. What I love about Anybody is that the shows have heart in addition to humor.

ANYBODY: An Improvised Historical Hip Hop'era

ANYBODY, North Coast's improvised historical hip-hopera, is coming to the historic Connelly Theatre in the East Village for a limited 5-show run this September!  

I will personally be in these performances:
Wednesday, September 20 @ 8:00pm
Friday, September 22 @ 8:00pm

Podcast alert! Listen to my interview on Reckless Conversations

I recently sat down with Richard Krysztoforski & Will Huebner at Reckless Radio (of Reckless Theatre!) to discuss my improv career from Age 11 to present! And, What a fun interview! Huzzah.

As per usz, I shout out to ImprovBoston (Will Luera!), Big Bang, Improv Foundry (Matt Fisher!), Curtain Call and the Half Pint Players, Corporate Improv, Barcelona Improv Group (Noah Levin!), David Byrne and obviously North Coast! I also talk for some reason about taking a boat from Japan to China.

Happy listening! And Please share!

I perform at Reckless Theatre every Thursday night at 8:30pm with my house team, Nemesis. Come on by!

You can also listen on Itunes, Stitcher and wherever you find your podcasts!

Big Bang Gets a Great Review at their Stumptown Debut!

They were so funny, I forgot to take notes.
— Portland Mercury
Rachel Rosenthal was at the top of her game - per usual...
— Portland Mercury

I've been going to the Stumptown Improv Fest for the past few years with North Coast - but his year, Big Bang joined me and we made a splash! The Portland Mercury seemed to enjoy the show a lot - as did the audience! Can't wait to head back next year!

Take a Class with me at Reckless!

As you may have heard (read here!), I am no longer teaching at The PIT. But I am happy to announce, my first class with Reckless Theatre has been announced!

INTRO TO THE ART OF IMPROV

New to Improv? No experience? No problem.

Intro to the Art of Improv welcomes you into the wonderful world of improvisational comedy, teaching you to play with confidence and connect with your teammates. This class provides a safe and environment to learn and grow, even for those who have never been onstage before.

North Coast: Comedy Tour to Europe!

It's the #NoCoEuroTowe've all been waiting for... 

This coming Friday, 4 lucky North Coast cast members set off for Europe on a two-country mini tour! And, I'm one of them. Eeek!! We will be heading to London, England to teach 12 hours of workshops (yes, you read that right) and perform 2 shows.

 

North Coast in London Shows

Saturday April 1
7pm:  Show at the Miller Pub
96 Snowsfields, London SE1 3SS (tube: London Bridge)
Facebook event

 

Sunday April 2
6pm: Show at The Horse & Stables
22-124 Westminster Bridge (tube: Waterloo)
Facebook event / Website Link

 

North Coast in Reykjavik!

After that... we are off to Reykjavik, Iceland for the Reykjavik International Improv Festival!  I'm not sure when our set is, to be honest, but if you have friends in the area - just tell them to hit me up and I'll get them the scoop. I'm super honored to be teaching a scenework workshop while I'm in Iceland, and North Coast will be doing a workshop as well!

I cannot wait. Let's do this, Europe!

Header Photo credit: Giancarlo Osaben

North Coast Classes Now Open!

Introducing: North Coast Classes

I've been teaching Hip Hop improv classes with North Coast for the past few years. We've taught private workshops in NYC, as well as teaching 8-week courses at Reckless Theatre, Magnet Theater, and at festivals across the country. Well, we are proud to finally announce the opening of North Coast Classes!  A bunch of hip hop improv fun - all under one roof. We'll be offering everything from Beatboxing to Freestlyling Drop-Ins to "Hip Hop Improv for Musical Improvisers. I am just thrilled! 

 

We currently have two classes open for registration, including an 8-Week Intro to Hip Hop Improv with yours truly (Wednesdays 7-10pm, starting April 26th) and an Intermediate Hip Hop Improv class with Doug Widick! Click the button below for registration info and details!

 

NEW Intro to Hip Hop Improv Workshop - March 26th

Intro to Hip Hop Improv Workshop

Sunday, Mar 26th 6-9pm
$40 Early Bird Special
(thru 3/19) / $50 Week Of
Pre-requisite: 
At least one level of long-form improv at any theater. 

This 3-Hour musical improv workshop will get even the most beginner performers comfortable with free-style rapping and scene work. Improv instructors, Rachel Rosenthal & Douglas Widick will guide you through the basics of free-styling - showing you how to stop forcing the rhyme, and instead to gain access to the rhymes that have been in your catalogue since you were a kid. Also learn how to drill into the deal of your scene to create musical hooks that easily inform you and your scene partner, making it that much easier to find that perfect nugget to rap about! Learn how to set yourself up, find your flow, and weave your rapped verses in and out of your improv scene work.

Considered musical improv trailblazers among their peers, Hip Hop Comedy team, North Coast was named one of the “Top 10 Comedy Shows″ by Time Out NY. The have been featured on MTV and VH1 as well on as stages across the United States and Canada. This class is taught by cast members, Rachel Rosenthal and Douglas Widick.

 

How to Register: 2 Easy Steps!

  1. Fill out the application here
  2. Follow the steps in the email you'll receive after your application is accepted!

Location: We will confirm the workshop location with you via email before the class.

(SOLD OUT) Intro to Hip Hop Improv Workshop (3 hour)

I honestly don’t have enough good things to say about this class. I was fortunate enough to have Rachel Rosenthal and Doug Widick as my teachers and those two are wonderful people who are obvious hip-hop/improv heads. The class, without a doubt, made me a better freestyler and a better improvisor.
— Max Ash, UCB Maude Night

Intro to Hip Hop Improv Workshop

Sunday, Mar 5th 6-9pm
$40 Early Bird Special
(thru 2/26) / $50 Week Of
Pre-requisite: 
At least one level of long-form improv at any theater. 

This 3-Hour musical improv workshop will get even the most beginner performers comfortable with free-style rapping and scene work. Improv instructors, Rachel Rosenthal & Douglas Widick will guide you through the basics of free-styling - showing you how to stop forcing the rhyme, and instead to gain access to the rhymes that have been in your catalogue since you were a kid. Also learn how to drill into the deal of your scene to create musical hooks that easily inform you and your scene partner, making it that much easier to find that perfect nugget to rap about! Learn how to set yourself up, find your flow, and weave your rapped verses in and out of your improv scene work.

Considered musical improv trailblazers among their peers, Hip Hop Comedy team, North Coast was named one of the “Top 10 Comedy Shows″ by Time Out NY. The have been featured on MTV and VH1 as well on as stages across the United States and Canada. This class is taught by cast members, Rachel Rosenthal and Douglas Widick.

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How to Register: 2 Easy Steps!

(1) PayPal or Venmo $40 to Douglaswidick@gmail.com,* and
(2) Email Douglaswidick@gmail.com with your full name so we have your email & details on file for confirmation. 

Location: We will confirm the workshop location with you via email before the class.
* If you aren't able to pay online but would still like to register, send us an email & we'll work out another payment option.
*Price increases to $50 on 2/27.

Portland Mercury Interviews Rachel about her Artist Residency at Siren Theater

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For the month of January 2017, I am doing an Artist Residency at The Siren Theater in Portland Oregon. I've just begun teaching classes this week - and the shows start this weekend! It's incredible to be working in a brand new city bursting with improv talent. (They have had new improv theaters open here every year I've been here!)

Before I arrived, I chatted on the phone with Arts Writer, Suzette Smith, all about Hip Hop Improv, beatboxing, traveling for work, and of course, "having sex with windows."  

Portland Mercury: Can you teach me to sound like a Beastie Boy in four weeks?
Rachel: Maybe like a Beastie Child.

For a list of all upcoming shows and classes in Portland, go here.