Workshops

XFest workshops are for performers who want to punch up and improve their performance craft. Workshops are open to performers of all gender identities and expressions unless otherwise specified in the description.

 

Wednesday, May 30

The Baltimore Improv Group and XFest, a comedy festival featuring gender minority performers, is offering a free Introduction to Improv workshop on Wednesday, May 30 for high school aged LGBTQ youth. Led by improvisers of Casually Dope, Rasheed Green and Ti Coleman, the workshop is designed to introduce participants to the basics of improv. Through simple, fun and supportive games, participants will explore basic concepts like playfulness, listening and agreement – all in a safe and comfortable group setting geared specifically toward young LGBTQ people who are new to improv. Space is limited. The workshop will be followed by a free show featuring Baltimore Improv Group’s Queerprov.

Saturday, June 2

Keisha Zollar (Improv) – Social Justice improv (Parts 1 and 2)

10am – 1pm and 2-5pm
$100 for Parts 1 & 2 (Two Workshop Sessions).
$100 for Parts 3 & 4 (Two Workshop Sessions).

Parts 1 & 2 on Saturday June 2

Parts 3 & 4 on Sunday June 3

(it is highly recommend you take both parts, and you must sign up for Day One in order to participate in Day Two).

This 4 part improv workshop is focused on playing to the top of your social intelligence.  This master class is an exploration of power and grounded emotional reactions in scene work.  We will explore social justice, punching up, power in comedic relationships, playing with truth and political integrity.  

It is highly recommended that you take parts 3+4 on Sunday to get the full benefit of the workshop.

Keisha Zollar is an actor-writer-comedienne who has been seen on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, A&E’s new show Black and White, Comedy Central, Nightcap on PopTV, Middle of the Night, The Today Show, CollegeHumor, TVLand, Funny or Die, IAF.tv, Above Average, MSNBC, MTV, and UCBComedy. She is also in the TriBeca Film Festival award winning film Women Who Kill, the documentary Thank You Del that premiered at SXSW, and the Emmy award winning online series {THE AND}. Keisha is currently a recurring character on the new HBO show, Divorce, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Molly Shannon, Tracy Letts, Thomas Hayden Church and more. She has been featured by Glamour magazine, Fast Company, Paste magazine, etc, and has written for Bitch Flicks, FemSplain, and more. Keisha’s podcast The Soul Glo Project can currently be found on the new NPR1 App and is currently in developing a new podcast for the Forever Dog Podcast Network. Here Snapchat series for Comedy Central with Caroline Martin called Black Women The Truth Is Out There dropped in February of 2017. She can be seen regularly at UCB with Astronomy Club and Dr. Snake, the PIT and PIT Loft with Gas Station Horror, and Electoral Dysfunction. More at www.KeishaZollar.com

Future Wives (Improv) – Improv for Bad Bitches

3pm – 5pm

$45


As female improvisers in the male-dominated New York comedy scene, Future Wives understands how easy and common it is for women to feel brushed aside or steamrolled in scenes. We’ve created a workshop for female improvisers that strengthens skills and builds confidence to remind participants that everyone in every scene can make the same amount of choices. This workshop focuses on following your gut, getting out of your head and having as much fun as possible on stage.

Future Wives is a New York-based, super silly trio who understand that life is a balancing act between comedy and slumber parties.

 

Sunday, June 3

The Cast – IMPROVISING PLAYS
10am – 1pm:

$45

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In this workshop, we will delve into narrative improv by working toward improvised plays. We’ll exercise and strengthen our ability to create compelling characters and relationships, commit unflinchingly, and tell an engaging story, with an emphasis on finding a balance between familiar tropes and discoveries unique to a piece or scene.

Social Justice Improv (Part 3 and 4) – Keisha Zollar

10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm
$100 for Two Sessions 

You must take parts 1+2 before signing up for parts 3+4

This 4 part improv workshop is focused on playing to the top of your social intelligence.  This master class is an exploration of power and grounded emotional reactions in scene work.  We will explore social justice, punching up, power in comedic relationships, playing with truth and political integrity.