The State of Second Beats – Liz Allen Workshop

Friday, May 7, 2021

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It’s time for second beats, and there are endless options. Now what? Liz will share her opinion about this. Second beats are the unsung workhorses of long-form. They are a platform for patterns, solidifying tone, and expanding characters. But usually, they ‘just happen’ and are under-utilized. Frequently, they’re boring linear repeats of the first beats, mired in plot, or tangents that bear no resemblance to the first beats. But, when second beats focus on character and non-plot aspects of the first beats, then a fulfilling long-form is underway.

In this workshop, Liz shares her techniques on how to approach second beats and their influence on form.

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About Liz

Liz Allen brings a lifetime of improv experience to our Unscrewed Theater workshops. She has performed, coached, directed and written about improv for over 28 years.  All the while, winning award after award and teaching hundreds of workshops.

She has performed and coached across the country – at iO Chicago, Neo-Futurarium, The Second City at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and The Improv Shop in St. Louis.  Liz was honored to coach The Commune, the improv ensemble in Mike Birbiglia’s 2016 feature film Don’t Think Twice.

For three years running, she won the Del Close Coach of the Year Award, now called the Liz Allen Excellence in Teaching Award.  She also co-wrote the book Improvising Better with Jimmy Carrane in 2006.

These days you can find her teaching improv online, and we are honored (and EXCITED!) to offer her workshops.