Das2019: Musical Improv Intensive with Katy Berry & Jon Bander
Saturday, June 29 | 11:00 am - 5:15 pm
This workshop will take your musical improv skills up to 11! First we’ll go over song structures, taking scenes into songs and different song structures to create a full-length narrative musical (opening number, protag song, antagonist song, etc). Then we’ll put it all together and start creating musicals ON THE SPOT! We’ll also include tips and tricks for bringing out your most unique, powerful characters and the best way to sing memorable improvised GENIUS!
This workshop will include live accompaniment.
Musical improv workshop or performance experience encouraged.
Katy Berry is a New York based comedian, writer, singer, voice over actor, and freestyler. She studied writing at The New School in New York City, improvisation at The Magnet Theater, and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCB).
Over the past six years Katy has traveled the world performing with musical improv legends Baby Wants Candy, and New York’s premier hip-hop improv team North Coast. Katy’s alter-ego, Pussy B. Furious, is a 9-time rap battle champion at UCB’s Battlicious and her song “Don’t You Spit on my Pussy” won Best Music Video at the Magnet Comedy Film Festival.
When not performing live, Katy tries to create more opportunities for women to perform hip-hop improv and launched her own free class for women improvisors in 2018. Her comedy videos and writing have been featured on Vulture, VH1, Reductress, Studio360, Bustle and more. For more of Katy’s work, visit katyberrycomedy.com.
Jon Bander is a 16-year veteran improv comedian and actor living in New York City. He teaches and performs improv, musical improv and characters at both the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and Magnet Theater in NYC, and at theaters/festivals internationally.
Jon has also performed at the prestigious “Just For Laughs” Montreal comedy festival and worked for The Second City aboard a cruise ship. His television credits include TBS’s “Search Party” and the Netflix shows “Master of None” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and too many digital videos. Jon’s been lucky enough to study with improv royalty like TJ Jagodowski, Dave Pasquesi, Armando Diaz, Mick Napier and Susan Messing to name just a few.
Most people call him Bander. Feel free to do the same.
This workshop is part of Das Improv Festival 2019