Advanced Improvisation: Dipping Into Chekhov’s Well

Class Detail

In this class, Daniel Blinkoff and Mike McShane will explore Improvisation as a kinesthetic exchange of energy and offers. The training is based on the idea that improvisers are funnier and cleverer if they are not trying to be. Daniel and Mike incorporate techniques from various places of study to develop a comprehensive language of structure that the ensemble can rely on to build a long form narrative. This class is a more in-depth discovery of Chekhov and will culminate in a public performance on Friday, May 1, 2020. All students must be approved to enroll in this class.

  • Regular Tuition: $450 due on February 14, 2020
  • Installment plan: $475. First payment due February 14, 2020; second payment due March 31, 2020.
  • If we have not received your total or partial tuition payment by February 14, you forfeit your spot in the class.

Course Instructor

Daniel Blinkoff

At ANTAEUS: Hedda Gabler, Macbeth, American Tales, Pera Pelas. Other Theater: Sondheim UnScripted, The Western UnScripted, Chekhov UnScripted, Shakespeare UnScripted (Impro Theatre); The Belle of Belfast (Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA); The Children (The Theatre @ Boston Court); Opus (FountainTheatre - StageSceneLA Award: Best Actor); Major Barbara, An Italian Straw Hat (Garland Award: Best Actor), The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, School for Wives, Nostalgia, A Christmas Carol (South Coast Repertory); A Distant Shore (Center Theatre Group). TV/Film credits include: With Honors, Crossing the Bridge, Rockabye, Close to Home (recurring), Charmed, NYPD Blue, Law & Order. Mr. Blinkoff received his MFA from The Yale School of Drama.

Course Instructor

Mike McShane

Mike McShane was one of the regular cast members of Whose Line is it Anyway and has performed and taught improvisation for Pixar, Savannah College of Art and Design, and many workshops in the United Kingdom. He is a semi-regular with The Comedy Store Players in London, and has performed on Broadway and the West End in London in La Cage Aux Folles, Little Shop of Horrors, The Pocket Dream and One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, the world premiere of The Tailor Made Man and, most recently, the hit production of Assassins on the West End. He was a company member of The American Conservatory Theatre and The California Shakespeare Festival, and The Antaeus Company, where he has been in their acclaimed productions of Cousin Bette and the The Seagull. He has been seen on television in Seinfeld, ER, Malcolm in the Middle and The Drew Carey Show, as well as many other sitcoms and episodics in the U.S. In the U.K. He has guest starred as the evil Julius Grayle in Doctor Who and was a guest star in the pilot of Bluestone 4-2, and will be seen in FX TV's Wayward Pines. In film, he portrayed Friar Tuck in Robin Hood; as Professor Keenbean in Richie Rich ; as Harold Vilmes in Drop Dead Gorgeous; Office Space, and many other films. You can hear Mikes’ voice in A Bug’s Life, Vampire Hunter D, Spawn- The TV series, King of the Hill and many other animated films. He is also a member of Impro Theatre, where he devised Shakov, using a single suggestion with Shakespeare and Chekov as a starting point.