Patterns Are Like Sourdough Yeast Starter…They Keep Things Going and Make More Things Grow – Liz Allen Workshop

Sunday, October 25, 2020

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A workshop with Liz Allen

Inside every aspect of improv — scenes, games, tag outs, walk-ons, etc — patterns exist. These patterns can take root and be the building blocks of every aspect of improv. Through humble pattern-following, a pathway for a larger theme grows inside a long-form, yet it takes practice and diligence to humbly follow a pattern. Improvisers are encouraged to allow patterns to be guideposts, eliminating some of the internal chaos and uncertainty of creating long-form. This class covers how to recognize, trust, maximize, exploit, transform, fortify, and utilize patterns.

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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.