There’s sketch, improv, writing, acting, music, and badminton. Those are the seven forms of comedy.
— T. J. Miller (who broke BETA's mini-blinds)

IMPROV LEVEL 1
FUNDAMENTALS

Dates: 

Thursdays| 7 PM - 10 PM | sTARTING July 18, 2019
iNSTRUCTOR: Pam Swift-Brooks
lOCATION: 3708 Main St, Houston, Tx 77002

8 weeks | 24 classroom hours
With an end of class recital after week 8!

The PERFECT Class FOR ALL!  Actors, writers, comics, BUSINESS TYPES, and NORMAL FOLKS.  This class is about the foundations of scenic improvisation. Students will practice supporting each other with agreement, building creatively by listening for patterns, and making choices on stage with confidence. Whether you want to be up on stage performing or not, this is the perfect class for you!

*** In order to pass Level 1 improv, you must have your teacher's approval and no more than 2 absences.  Attendance for the 1st and last class is very strongly recommended.***


 

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Intro to Standup

Dates: Tuesdays | 8pm - 10pm | Starting June 4th, 2019
Instructor: Janan Araujo-Siam

8 weeks | 16 classroom hours
With an end of class showcase TBD week of August 6th.

Class Dates:
Tuesday June 4th 8:00 - 10:00pm
Tuesday June 11th 8:00 - 10:00pm
Tuesday June 18th 8:00 - 10:00pm
Tuesday June 25th 8:00 - 10:00pm
Tuesday July 2nd 8:00 - 10:00pm
ONE WEEK BREAK
Tuesday July 16th 8:00 - 10:00pm
Tuesday July 23rd 8:00 - 10:00pm
Tuesday July 30th 8:00 - 10:00pm
SHOWCASE Week of August 6th*

No experience necessary. You don't even have to be funny.  

Whether you are beginning stand-up comedy as a career, a fun side gig, or you're already in this hellish choice of a job, this class is for you. This is also a great class if you're just curious about stand-up or you want to try it out as an exercise in character building! Together, we'll plunge into the world of being alone on a stage with everyone expecting you to be amazing and pretending that this is no big deal.

This course will cover joke writing techniques, stage presence practices, and how to be self-led in everything you do as a stand-up comedian. We'll uncover anything holding you back from excellence and comfort on stage and integrate it into your voice as a comedian so that you leave feeling empowered in your human quirks rather than discouraged by them.

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Janan Araujo-Siam

A walking stereotype, this half-white half-Palestinian, yoga teaching Muslim lesbian named Janan picked up comedy when she realized she loved making people laugh and, more importantly, the attention. Her humor is drawn from a deep self-awareness of human flaws and triumphs and she's guaranteed to make some sort of liquid escape your body. It's usually tears of laughter. Usually.

She's had many years of experience teaching in a variety of subjects and is excited to utilize all this experience to deliver an excellent course on stand-up comedy.

Students are allowed (though not encouraged) to miss up to 2
classes in this course. If a student misses more than 2 classes,
he/she will not be permitted to continue to further advancements
of any stand-up comedy courses offered by BETA until Intro to
Stand-Up is completed.

Students are required to be on time to every class. Missing more
than 30 minutes of any class will count as a missed class.

Location
BETA Theater
Upstairs at 3708 Main St, 
Houston, TX 77002

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IMPROV LEVEL 2
SCENE WORK + TOOLS

Wednesdays| 7 PM - 10 PM | sTARTING May 29th, 2019
iNSTRUCTOR: Hudson Rains
lOCATION: 3708 Main St, Houston, Tx 77002

8 Weeks and a RECITAL | 24 Classroom Hours

Level 2 will fine-tune skills from level one and leverage them into sustained scene work. We will focus on grounded, two-person scenes and introduce Scene moves and mechanics that make up longer formats. Improvisors will begin learning to find game and play it out in their scene work.

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IMPROV LEVEL 3
APPLIED TOOLS

Sundays| 5 PM - 8 PM | sTARTING April 7th, 2019
iNSTRUCTOR: Hudson Rains
lOCATION: 3708 Main St, Houston, Tx 77002

8 Weeks and a RECITAL | 24 Classroom Hours

Level 3 takes the tools learned in 2 and applying them to complete long form sets. Improvisors will learn the timing, mechanics and game of a long form improv show. Starting with a suggestion and an opening, students will utilize improv mechanics to heighten themes and games discovered through scene work. The class will culminate in a recital of a 25 minute mix-tape set.

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IMPROV LEVEL 4
group work: claSsic long form

8 Weeks and a RECITAL | 24 Classroom Hours
Instructor: TBD

working in an ensemble is the focus of Level 4. Students will be taught the structure of the harold, the most traditional and established  long-form improvisation format. students will learn to find the game of each scene and play it out in several iterations and forms. individual creativity will be harnessed to serve the piece. each performer is an important voice in a cohesive group. the harold will open up the possibilities of thematic exploration while teaching the humility of ensemble play.

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IMPROV LEVEL 5
improvising theater: advanced long-form

8 Weeks and a RECITAL | 24 Classroom Hours

improvisation is a form of theater, and, at beta, we treat it seriously. Level 5 will ask students to attempt technically difficult formats, styles and longer sets.


Improv to Sketch

TBD
iNSTRUCTOR: TBD
lOCATION: 3708 Main St, Houston, Tx 77002

8 Weeks and a Show | 24 Classroom Hours

If you've ever wanted to take your improv skills and create work to perform repeatedly, this class is for you. It's the heart of what BETA is all about.

This class will focus on grounded, 2 person, single location, improvised scenes to mine premises and create sketches. Taught by BETA's Founder, Jeromy Barber, we will work create and develop a fully produced sketch show. Many sections of the class will be taped. All development, scripting, casting, and rehearsal will occur during class. All material for the class and show will be created in the class utilizing improv and table writing sessions. There's no need to come to class with already written material. No homework required.

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