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KCIF 2018 | The Ripple Effect w/ Bobby McCosky

August 19, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Skill Level: All Levels
Heightening in improv can be a tricky thing. We usually think we can just raise the stakes of our scene by being overly emotional or tagging in as Abe Lincoln. Sometimes these tactics work, but often, they are predictable, or come across as false and undercut the authenticity of scenes.Effective heightening is to think of the consequences of this scene to the world around it. How does your scene about painting your house gold affect your neighbors? Your Homeowners Association? Your city?By thinking of this scene as a stone being thrown into the lakes of possible improv scenes, what are the ripple effects of this stone?  How do our other scenes ripple out and connect to this scene afterwards? In this class, you’ll be given the tools to think about these things without getting to caught up on the plot of this scene, and more on the consequences.
Bobby McCosky is an improviser, actor, and instructor out of Kansas City,MO. He is the former head of the KC Improv Company’s training center, where he instructed hundreds of students over various levels of improv. He is also a member of indie teams That’s No Movie, and Babies, as well as a founder of the film production company Bird in the Middle. Bobby has had long term coaching from improviser’s from around the country over the last 5 years, and considers himself an amalgamation of various schools of thought. He can teach UCB style game play, the movie format, the Harold, as well as individual classes focused on specific topics like heightening, playing the “straight-man”, and more.
If the workshop is sold out and you’d like to be put on the first-come-first serve waiting list, send us your contact information at KCImprovFest@gmail.com and include the name of your workshop in the subject line.


August 19, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


The Buffalo Room
817 Westport Rd
Kansas City, MO 64111 US