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Instructor: Jennifer Pielak
Music Director: Peter Abando
Musical Improv is a rapidly growing art form and is exactly as it sounds – creating a musical on the spot. This means – scenes, songs, dance, music – all created spontaneously in the moment. It requires emotional expression, collaboration, and a willingness to go big. A series of exercises, musical improv games, and improvised musical scene work create a through introduction to musical improv.
Skills you will learn: Spontaneous song creation, new ways to organically use your voice, improv rhyming, improv dance, group collaboration, emotional expression through music, dance & song as well as musical and song theory.
I’m terrified. Is this workshop for me?
Yes. Jennifer and music director Peter create an extremely safe environment to work in. We won’t make you do anything you don’t want to do, and understand that using your voice and musical improv can be a very vulnerable experience.
I’m not a singer. Is this workshop for me?
Yes. Jennifer and Peter work on an “everyone can sing” philosophy, and will challenge you on your belief on being “not a singer”.
Is it actually possible to improvise a musical?
Yes. Take the workshop and you will see!
About Jennifer: Jennifer Pielak is an actor, musical improviser and coach who has been performing all her life and teaching and directing for 9 years.
She has trained as a performer in Vancouver and Chicago and has her BA in Psychology and Philosophy from UBC.
Jennifer is known as one of the top musical improvisers within Canada and teaches classes in Vancouver.
She co-founded, performed with and was Artistic Director of local musical improv group – Off Key Improv – for 4 years. She has performed improv at the Vancouver International Improv Festival, the New York Musical Improv Festival, the rEvolver Theatre Festival, at Improv Boston, Second Storey Theatre, The Improv Centre on Granville Island, with the Fictionals Comedy Co, Instant Theatre and Table23 Comedy. Her latest theatre credits include Love Musically, BroadWHAT?!, Connected: The Musical (which she also co-wrote), Dogfight (won an Ovation Award for Best Musical), Take 5 and playing Katniss Everdeen in Hunger Games The Musical and Catching Fire The Musical.
As someone who loves to spearhead ambitious projects and create constantly, Jennifer loves to collaborate with performers who like to dream big. She jumps into her classes with energy, focus and a drive to help inspire her students move beyond what they think is possible.
Who is this workshop for: Singers, actors, improvisers, musical theatre nerds, drama teachers, shower singers. karaoke stars, creative types, bad singers, people who are terrified of trying it, people who think this would be the greatest thing.
“You brought such talent and energy to the room and the students were blown away – as was I.”
David C Jones, Workshop with Studio 58 Students
Sunday, April 30th, 2017 Full
10:00am – 3:00pm