Breaking Your Shell! - An Improv Workshop For Writers

Taught by Sean Blodgett

$319.20 $399
Class Schedule (4 sessions):
Monday, Jan 3RD 3 - 5PM PST
Monday, Jan 10TH 3 - 5PM PST
Monday, Jan 17TH 3 - 5PM PST
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Class hosted by: Sean Blodgett

Owner at Creative Motion Entertainment

Sean Blodgett began his career as an actor working on MONK alongside Tony Shalhoub, MAD MEN with Jon Hamm, PARKS AND RECREATION with the Chris Pratt, iCARLY, BOSTON LEGAL, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, and many more. As an actor, producer, director, editor, content creator, social media director, and more Sean has worked in entertainment and multimedia for over 25 years and amassed countless experiences behind and in front of the camera. A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Sean began his career as an actor working on MONK alongside Tony Shalhoub. Over the years, he's appeared in TV shows, movies, and commercials for high-level companies, including LIBERTY MUTUAL, HONDA, and OSCAR MEYER. Sean's work in live entertainment serves his storytelling eye with an understanding of how to bring concepts, characters, and ideas to life, whether scripted or improvised. He has maintained his number one status at Universal Studios Hollywood Voicing/Improv/ Puppeteering Donkey (from SHREK) for over 14 years, developing DONKEY LIVE! for Universal Studios Singapore. With his company, Creative Motion Entertainment, Sean has served as producer, shooter, and editor for many ads, streaming series, music videos, corporate videos, and all types of media productions. Sean is currently in post-production on the short documentary film FREE WILL: DETAINED IN DUBAI. He is writing a dystopian short film entitled AGAINST HUMANITY and developing a streaming series called CHOOSE NEXT, about the afterlife. Full Bio »

Summary

This class is limited to 15 writers

Payment plans available - contact edu@stage32.com

It is not easy to move from writing in isolation to performing a pitch or coming up with on-the-spot ideas in a room full of people, especially if you're an introvert. Just the thought of extroverted communication is enough to make your hands shake or make you turn back around to your computer screen.

But, did you know that learning improv to help you break out of your shell can help build your confidence and take that anxiety away?

Improv will help you break through the fear and limitations that set in when it's time to adjust your script, your pitch, or even how you sell yourself. It's about more than being able to craft jokes in the moment. It creates an environment where barriers, limitations, and roadblocks can subside. This way, you can access a new set of mental tools by trusting, listening, and responding with creativity and opportunity. Tools you can use in writing, a writers' room, or networking.

We have created a special, private virtual group that can help you, in just four weeks, to have all the skills you need to feel more confident in your communication and charm any pitch meeting or writers' room with your training in improvisation. There's no need to worry as you enter a small, encouraging group setting that is a safe space filled with open-minded people who want the same skills as you!

Taking you through your improvisational journey is Sean Blodgett, a multi-hyphenate with over 25 years in entertainment. In addition to appearing in popular series like MAD MEN and PARKS & RECREATION, Sean has developed live shows for Universal Theme Parks, including DONKEY LIVE!, and has held the number one performing, improvising, and puppeteering spot for the character from SHREK for 14 years. In these roles, Sean has perfected the ability to stay creative, think on your feet, adapt to vast crowds, keep energy high to charm the masses, and bounce back from negativity.

Whether you're writing by yourself, in a writers' room, or trying to network at a festival with thousands, Sean will show you how improvisation can help both your storytelling and relationship-building skills as you start a successful writing career. In addition to making a connection with one of the greatest live performers around, you'll have access to Sean via email outside meetings, build relationships by networking with the others in the sessions, and acquire advanced tools from Sean's many years of experience.

 

"I always used to get nervous in a room before working with Sean! My writing and pitching skills are so much better and I'm in the middle of the room instead of a fly-on-the-wall at parties."

-Emilie P.

What You'll Learn

Session 1: The Basics of Yes and…

  • What is improv (and why is it helpful for writers?) The great ‘yes and…’
    • Improv is not about being funny
    • Improv is about honesty, vulnerability, and listening
  • Tools for Improv
    • Relaxation, Concentration, Imagination
    • Meditation (listening to what’s around)
    • Learning to listen, match and respond
  • Improv Exercises
    • Warm Up
    • Getting the juices flowing
  • Assignment: Meditate for at least 5 minutes daily

Session 2: Set the tone then listen, respond, match (and take nothing personally)

  • Check-in from the assignment
  • Discussion topic: Learning to listen
    • Listening without judgment
    • Responding with an agreement
    • Offering a consideration
  • Discussion topic: Energy
    • Reading energy
    • Matching energy
  • Improv Exercises
    • Pitch circumstances
    • Art of using the yes and…
  • Assignment: Film a pitch of your latest project and work on a 30-second and 2-minute versions

Session 3: Relationships

  • Check-in from the assignment
  • Improv warm-up
  • Share your rehearsed pitch
  • Exercise: The great ‘tell me about yourself’ moment
  • Discussion: The art of risk
  • Improv workout: Meeting new people
  • Assignment: Write and rehears your elevator pitch
    • Who are you?
    • Why do you love writing?
    • What are you working on right now?
    • What do you celebrate about yourself?

Session 4: Performance

  • Check-in from assignment
  • Perform rehearsed intros
  • Discussion: Tough meetings, adjustments, and letting go
  • Final Thoughts and Explorations

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Sessions will be 2-hour group Zoom meetings with Sean. You will be held accountable to take the lessons from each week and move your work forward.

 

PLEASE NOTE: This exclusive Stage 32 class is limited and will be booked on a first come, first served basis. The opportunity to work this closely and for this long with an expert in the field is an incredibly unique and valuable opportunity. If you are interested, please do book quickly. Once the spots are gone, they’re gone for good.

  • Payment plans are available - please contact Amanda at edu@stage32.com for more information

 

"I always used to get nervous in a room before working with Sean! My writing and pitching skills are so much better and I'm in the middle of the room instead of a fly-on-the-wall at parties."

-Emilie P.

About Your Instructor

Sean Blodgett began his career as an actor working on MONK alongside Tony Shalhoub, MAD MEN with Jon Hamm, PARKS AND RECREATION with the Chris Pratt, iCARLY, BOSTON LEGAL, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, and many more. As an actor, producer, director, editor, content creator, social media director, and more Sean has worked in entertainment and multimedia for over 25 years and amassed countless experiences behind and in front of the camera. A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Sean began his career as an actor working on MONK alongside Tony Shalhoub. Over the years, he's appeared in TV shows, movies, and commercials for high-level companies, including LIBERTY MUTUAL, HONDA, and OSCAR MEYER.

Sean's work in live entertainment serves his storytelling eye with an understanding of how to bring concepts, characters, and ideas to life, whether scripted or improvised. He has maintained his number one status at Universal Studios Hollywood Voicing/Improv/ Puppeteering Donkey (from SHREK) for over 14 years, developing DONKEY LIVE! for Universal Studios Singapore.

With his company, Creative Motion Entertainment, Sean has served as producer, shooter, and editor for many ads, streaming series, music videos, corporate videos, and all types of media productions. Sean is currently in post-production on the short documentary film FREE WILL: DETAINED IN DUBAI. He is writing a dystopian short film entitled AGAINST HUMANITY and developing a streaming series called CHOOSE NEXT, about the afterlife.

Schedule

SESSION 1: The Basics of Yes and… - Monday, January 3rd – 3pm-5pm PST

SESSION 2: Set the tone then listen, respond, match (and take nothing personally) -Monday, January 10th – 3pm-5pm PST

SESSION 3: Relationships - Monday, January 17th – 3pm-5pm PST

SESSION 4: Performance -Monday, January 24th – 3pm-5pm PST

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Q: What is the format of a lab?
A: Stage 32 Next Level Classes are typically 90-minute broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.

Q: Do I have to be located in a specific location?
A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class.

Q: What are the system requirements?
A: You will need to meet the following system requirements in order to run the webinar software: Windows 7 or later Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later.
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Q: What if I cannot attend the live lab class?
A: If you attend a live online class, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class. If you cannot attend a live class, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A. Plus, your instructor will be available via email throughout the lab.

Q: Will I have access to the lab afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of the lab, you will have on-demand access to the video recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like!

 

 

 

 

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Testimonials

“Sean is a master not only at Improv but at creating a safe space for everyone to be themselves, push past boundaries to let their true creative being shine. I’m a better creative and person for having worked with Sean! Whether it’s being a better communicator, being comfortable in your own skin or pitching producers and investors your work, he has a gift for bringing out a person’s best.”

-Sara T

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