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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

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!

 

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