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.

Rachel: Artist Residency in Portland at Siren Theater (Jan 2017)

After a few trips to Portland's Stumptown Improv Festival - I am hooked on that amazing city! I am pleased to announce I will be returning for a month-long stay to work with the incredible Siren Theater! While I am in town, I'll be teaching three 4-week classes, as well 3 one-off workshops. The classes are now open for registration! See below. Feel free to sign up and/or spread the word! I will also be doing some shows!

Portland Performance Schedule:

January 7, 8:00pm - Slide Show @ Siren Theater  
January 13, 7:30pm - Pillow Fight All Ladies Improv Show @ Siren Theater
January 13, 9:30pm North Coast (from NYC) at Broke Gravy Show! @ Curious Comedy Theater January 27 & 28th, 8:00pm - Lone Wolves / Rites: A One “Woman” Show @ Siren Theater

Weekly Classes

These classes all meet 4 times each & have a final performance.

 

Follow the Fun! Improv Workshop

Mondays January 2-23, 2017 from 7pm - 9pm, $135.00
at The Siren Theater

Level: Intermediate, advanced
Let’s follow the fun! In this workshop, students focus on discovery rather than invention. Taking improv from the purest form of “play” and expanding on any moment that we found genuinely fun, joyful or inspiring. Goodbye sweep edits! Using a catalog of seamless edits and pure inspiration, the group will support and lean on each other to build a fast­paced show that rapidly makes us discover that every single part of our show matters ­ and that mistakes are truly the best kinds of gifts. This is a high energy improv experience sure to leave you in hysterics.


Intro to Hip Hop Improv (Musical)

Wednesdays January 4-25, 2017 from 7pm - 9:30pm, $150.00
at The Siren Theater

Level: All Levels ­Beginner to Intermediate to Advanced
New York City’s premier hip hop comedy team, North Coast, is a unique collaboration of improvisational comedy, hip hop, beatboxing, and music. These musical improv classes will get you comfortable and confident with freestyle rapping and will teach you how to weave your rapped verses in and out of your scenes. You’ll get a feel for rhyme scheme basics, creating musical hooks, and up to three different ways to initiate into a hip hop improv song. Good scene work is imperative to good musical improv; let’s drill into the deal of your scene and its characters so you can learn how to set yourself up, find your flow, and rap from a place that matters.

*with live beatboxer accompanist



Intro to Musical Improv 

Thursdays January 5-26, 2017 from 7pm - 9:30pm, $150.00
at The Siren Theater

Level: All Levels ­ Beginner to Intermediate to Advanced
Want to combine your love of music with your love of improv? This class is for you! This musical intro class will get improvisers to find the emotional focal point of their improv scene so that when we sing ­ it’s coming from a place of inspiration. The class will focus on improvised song structures as well as incorporate side-­support and dancing! Your improvised show will have the audience saying, “There is no way this could be improvised!”

*with live accompanist


Saturday Workshops

DIG DEEP
Saturday, January 711AM- 2 PM
Intermediate-Advanced improv student
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Dig Deep: Stop thinking so much in your scene and start listening, reacting and feeling. Invest in your ideas instead of invent new ones. Dig Deep offers students the skills and techniques necessary to listen and gift their scene-partners as well as themselves. By digging into the very first moment of the scene, we will extract characters with a point of view and an emotional grounding. By accepting the gifts we usually pass right by, we’ll embrace in-depth character choices: making comedic moments easy and heightening the scene effortless.  
RESERVE HERE

LADIES ONLY
Saturday, January 1411am-2pm

Varying levels, but some previous improv training required.

Come get an intense improv workout with North Coast's Rachel Rosenthal and your fellow lady improvisers. We will focus on all things improv- scenework, editing, listening, etc.
RESERVE HERE

ADVANCED SCENE WORK
Saturday, January 711AM- 2 PM

Advanced Level. For improvisers who perform regularly.

How often do you get to play with improvisers from different troupes? Get a good improv workout focused on scene work with other fellow improvisers who perform regularly! 
RESERVE HERE


The Siren Theater is located at 315 NW Davis in Portland, Oregon's China Town

Photo: Chelsea Petrakis Photography

Rites: A One "Woman" Show

Rachel Rosenthal spins emotionally-charged nostalgic hilarity in this wittily written, charismatically acted, tightly packed ball-of-awesome.
— James Bruffee, Actor (NYC)

Rites: A One “Woman” Show

The year was 1992 and Rachel was about to become a “woman.”  Travel back in time to fluorescent scrunchies, Boyz II Men hits and Rachel Rosenthal’s own Bat Mitzvah - as she takes us on her journey to womanhood through true stories, bigger than life characters, and obviously - choreographed dances. What does it mean to be a woman?



Press

Previous engagements

Press for Rites: A One "Woman" Show in JewishBoston.com

Press for Rites: A One "Woman" Show in JewishBoston.com

The Peoples Improv Theater (NYC)
ImprovBoston (Cambridge, MA) 
The Siren Theatre (Portland, OR) *January 2017: Click for TICKETS*

 

 

 


This is a semi-autobiographical comedic solo show.

Written & Performed by Rachel Rosenthal
Directed by Blayze Teicher

Hip Hop Improv Comedy Fundamentals (Sept 2016)

NEW CLASS! 

Hip Hop Improv Comedy Fundamentals now open for registration at Reckless Theater! Co-taught by myself and Douglas Widick. 

I took the Reckless hip hop improv class with Rachel, Doug and Kaila, and it was my favorite class I’ve ever taken. I’ve truly never had more fun or felt more free in an improv class. From learning a little hip hop history, to some simple freestyle, to more complex rhyme schemes, and even some beatboxing, it was all-inclusive and a true joy to participate in each week. I give it my highest recommendation, and then call you back and recommend it again.
— Kantad Svendsgaard

Do you ever watch a North Coast show and wish "hey. I want to do that!?"

These musical improv classes will get you comfortable and confident with freestyle rapping and will teach you how to weave your rapped verses in and out of your scenes. You’ll get a feel for rhyme scheme basics, creating musical hooks, and three different ways to get into a hip hop improv song. Good scene work is imperative to good musical improv; let’s drill into the deal of your scene and its characters so you can learn how to set yourself up, find your flow, and rap from a place that matters.

Pre Req: Must have completed at least 2 levels of improv instruction at any theatre.

Dates:
Sundays 3-6pm, September 11th – November 6th
(No class October 9th for Indigenous People’s Day/Columbus Day)
Class show Sunday, November 6th at 7pm
 

Instructors: Rachel Rosenthal & Douglas Widick

This class made me a better improviser. Rachel and Doug have this incredible gift of making you stop overthinking and worrying about the rhyme, and instead focus on simplifying and telling a detailed story. The progress that my peers and I made as rappers was absurd. After learning the elements of free styling in this class, Musical Improv has become a breeze.
— Julie A Feltman, Vern

A Rave Review of North Coast in Portland OR!

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Rachel and some of the North Coast cast performed for the second year in a row at the Stumptown Improv Festival in Portland Oregon.  Check out the Rave Review of North Coast's performance. The title of the review starts with "Holy Shit! North Coast!" so... we think they liked it.

I have a feeling that North Coast is either really popular (and I just don’t know about it because I live really far from New York) or they are about to blow the f*ck up soon. ...if you get a chance to see North Coast, see North Coast!
— The Portland Mercury

The "My Ovaries Exploded" Music Video Proves Just How Dangerous Your #Feels Can Be

Improv performers Rachel Rosenthal and Katy Berry have delivered the ovary-themed summer jam you didn’t know you’ve been waiting for your whole life.
— LARA RUTHERFORD-MORRISON, Bustle

I co-wrote and starred in a  new video that came out last week and it got an awesome write-up on Bustle

"Improv performers Rachel Rosenthal and Katy Berry have delivered the ovary-themed summer jam you didn’t know you’ve been waiting for your whole life. Their music video for the song “My Ovaries Exploded” will have you bobbing your head, rapping along, and possibly also clutching your sides involuntarily. Because emotions? They are violent..."

Continue reading below. 

Upcoming Classes: Level 2 Improv at The PIT

Summer 2016: Improv Classes

I love teaching at the Peoples Improv Theater! I'm happy to announce I am starting to teach Level 2 Improv for the theater. I have 3 different classes currently available for this summer!

Improv Levels 1 & 2 (combined) Summer Intensive

Improv Level 2 - Tuesdays (Daytime)

Improv Level 2 - Tuesdays (Evening)

photo credit: Mark Stetson

photo credit: Mark Stetson

Intro To Hip Hop Improv Comedy Workshop! (DCM Special)

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. Two for one! I can’t recommend this class enough if you’re a person who likes having a good time and becoming awesome.
— Max Ash, UCB Maude Night

DCM IS HERE! 

We are so looking forward to this weekend and hanging out with all of the amazing talent coming in from around the country to participate in the Del Close Marathon at UCB! North Coast has been playing in the festival for many years and will do so again this year on Saturday night! In celebration of DCM, we'd like to offer a workshop to anyone who'll be around this weekend. This workshop is NOT in any way affiliated officially with DCM. If you'd like to take a DCM workshop (and you should!) check out the info here


Intro to Hip Hop Improv Workshop

Saturday, June 25 12-3pm, $40
Recommended Prerequisite:
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 and confident with free-style rapping and scene work. Improv instructors, Rachel Rosenthal & Douglas Widick will help you to really drill into the deal of your scene and your character in order 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) PayPal or Venmo $40 to Douglaswidick@gmail.com,* and
(2) Email Douglaswidick@gmail.com with your full name so we have your email address 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.