ACTING AS DISASTER
Oct
21
to Dec 9

ACTING AS DISASTER

Sundays • 2-5pm • 7 Weeks • $265
(Off Nov 25th for Thanksgiving)

TEACHERS: Meera Rohit Kumbhani & Tim Reid

*Class size limited to 12

Pre-requsite: NONE

We will bring in texts and plays by Chekhov, Pinter, Tennessee Williams, and others and interrogate the ways scripts are approached and brought into a rehearsal room. How can we take from those approaches, exaggerate and subvert them, slam them against a wall, and see what spills out? How can we find and exalt the role of the actor, especially the one who always exceeds the role they are given? This is still about serving plots, serving characters, serving the surmised designs of dead playwrights and absent-directors, serving the institution of theater as a cultural archive, but serving it so thoroughly and committedly that we are unrecognizable. Please note: There will be some homework and work between classes.

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INTRO - There Is Game In Everything
Oct
27
to Dec 8

INTRO - There Is Game In Everything

Saturdays • 11a-2pm • 6 Weeks • $230 - SOLD OUT!
(Off Nov 24th Thanksgiving)

TEACHERS: Ian Bratschie & Claire Titelman

Pre-requsite: Some previous performance experience is encouraged.

This class is good for all types of performers from Improvisers and Stand-Ups to Screen Actors to Dancers. This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

PRESENCE • PLAY • GAME • COMMITMENT • AUDIENCE

An introduction to the basic principles of The Idiot. The foundation of The Idiot begins with the establishment of a relationship with the audience. Without an audience The Idiot does not exist. Performers in The Idiot Workshop learn to be present and playful allowing them to improvise organically without having to follow improv rules or formulas. Range is developed through strong commitment to choice, character, self and partner. Performers are encouraged to play from their unique comedy core and to discover the potential for game in every moment. Performers are introduced to physical performance engaging the entire body.

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INTERMIDIOT - Risk, Rhythm and The Little Shit
Oct
27
to Dec 8

INTERMIDIOT - Risk, Rhythm and The Little Shit

Saturdays • 2-5pm • 6 Weeks • $230
(Off Nov 24th for Thanksgiving)

TEACHERS: Kevin Krieger & Amrita Dhaliwal

*Class limited to 13

Pre-requsite: INTRO

Dig deeper into The Idiot.  This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

STAKES • DRIVE • GAME • ENERGY • TENSION & RELEASE

In Intermidiot the search for The Idiot is intensified. Performers discover the strength gained by magnifying flaws into hilarious and memorable character traits. Performers tap into their own sense of the ridiculous in order to riff more freely, taking bigger risks with the audience. Performers are introduced to the the idea of The Idiot as catalyst and Little Shit, gaining insights and acquiring the techniques on how to work a room through stakes, tension and release, energy placement, drive and game.

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INTRO - There Is Game In Everything
Oct
28
to Dec 9

INTRO - There Is Game In Everything

Sundays • 11a-2pm • 6 Weeks • $230
(Off Nov 25th Thanksgiving)

TEACHERS: Amrita Dhaliwal and Gemma Soldoti

Pre-requsite: Some previous performance experience is encouraged.

This class is good for all types of performers from Improvisers and Stand-Ups to Screen Actors to Dancers. This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

PRESENCE • PLAY • GAME • COMMITMENT • AUDIENCE

An introduction to the basic principles of The Idiot. The foundation of The Idiot begins with the establishment of a relationship with the audience. Without an audience The Idiot does not exist. Performers in The Idiot Workshop learn to be present and playful allowing them to improvise organically without having to follow improv rules or formulas. Range is developed through strong commitment to choice, character, self and partner. Performers are encouraged to play from their unique comedy core and to discover the potential for game in every moment. Performers are introduced to physical performance engaging the entire body.

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Hippodrome
Nov
27
to Nov 28

Hippodrome

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hippodrome is an open jam from The Idiot Workshop led by John Gilkey. We invite everyone to come hang out for any or all of it. We’re never quite sure who will get up, but we look to mix people who might not have played together before, try new things, and show what we’re up to. We want to challenge what we do and see all the styles the Idiot thing can take.

Every last Tuesday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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The MURGE
Dec
9
9:30 PM21:30

The MURGE

Live-directed by John Gilkey

LA's underground comedy hit, The Murge has been running in the same small theater in a Los Feliz strip mall for over 3 years. The Murge is a showcase for The Idiot Workshop's unique style of wild and unpredictable comedy. 

Every 2nd Sunday of the month.

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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INTRO - There Is Game In Everything
Jan
12
to Feb 16

INTRO - There Is Game In Everything

Saturdays • 2pm-5pm • 6 Weeks • $230
*Class size limited to 13

TEACHERS: TBA

Pre-requsite: Some previous performance experience is encouraged.

This class is good for all types of performers from Improvisers and Stand-Ups to Screen Actors to Dancers. This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

PRESENCE • PLAY • GAME • COMMITMENT • AUDIENCE

An introduction to the basic principles of The Idiot. The foundation of The Idiot begins with the establishment of a relationship with the audience. Without an audience The Idiot does not exist. Performers in The Idiot Workshop learn to be present and playful allowing them to improvise organically without having to follow improv rules or formulas. Range is developed through strong commitment to choice, character, self and partner. Performers are encouraged to play from their unique comedy core and to discover the potential for game in every moment. Performers are introduced to physical performance engaging the entire body.

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INTERMIDIOT - Risk, Rhythm and The Little Shit
Jan
12
to Feb 16

INTERMIDIOT - Risk, Rhythm and The Little Shit

Saturdays • 11am-2pm • 6 Weeks • $230
*Class size limited to 13

TEACHERS: TBA

*Class limited to 13

Pre-requsite: INTRO

Dig deeper into The Idiot.  This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

STAKES • DRIVE • GAME • ENERGY • TENSION & RELEASE

In Intermidiot the search for The Idiot is intensified. Performers discover the strength gained by magnifying flaws into hilarious and memorable character traits. Performers tap into their own sense of the ridiculous in order to riff more freely, taking bigger risks with the audience. Performers are introduced to the the idea of The Idiot as catalyst and Little Shit, gaining insights and acquiring the techniques on how to work a room through stakes, tension and release, energy placement, drive and game.

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A Very Special Writing Class
Jan
13
to Feb 17

A Very Special Writing Class

Sundays • 11am-2pm • 6 Weeks • $230

TEACHER: Claire Titelman

Pre-requsite: NONE

We're wondering : what would happen if we wrote in the Idiot Workshop. What would we say? What are we thinking when we're not thinking? How can we write that? And how do we say what we've written?

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ADVANCED - Together in Perfect Juxtaposition
Jan
13
to Feb 17

ADVANCED - Together in Perfect Juxtaposition

Sundays • 2pm-5pm • 6 Weeks • $230
*Class size limited to 13

TEACHERS: TBA

Pre-requsite: Intermidiot

Working with multiple players and creating more visual scenes. This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

VERBAL AND PHYSICAL RELATIONSHIPS • STATUS • FOCUS

In the ADVANCED class performers learn to play with stage partners. For The Idiot there is never a fourth wall, so care is taken in order to sustain the relationship with the audience. Rather than create relationships with face to face dialogues, The Idiot uses more subtle elements like physicality, sound and tone. Performers will discover ways to create more visual scenes including the use of tableau, stage pattern, space and architecture. Performers will discover ways to create tension and dynamics through the use of status in their relationships.

Performers will learn to generate comedy through contrast, layers, and juxtaposition in a stage picture with multiple concurrent perspectives. Performers will discover how rhythm plays a key role in the exchange between multiple players and how the throwing and taking of focus drives the scene forward. Performers will explore creative and playful ways to challenge each other including counter-intuitive ways to “yes and” one another.

Total Cost: $230*

*Payment due in full upon registration. If unable to pay, please contact idiot@theidiotworkshop.com for payment options.

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Idiot Dome
Jan
27
9:30 PM21:30

Idiot Dome

Five teams enter. One team wins. 

IDIOT DOME is unlike any other comedy competition you've experienced. Each team is made up of current and former students of The Idiot Workshop. They have only one mission - to be so memorable -- in success or failure -- that the audience votes for them at the end. There is no fourth wall. No rules. The only mandate is to use their Idiot training to take them into the deepest waters of pure idiocy to reign supreme.

The evening is hosted by Joe Mitchell and William Sheets.

Every 4th Sunday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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The MURGE
Nov
11
9:30 PM21:30

The MURGE

Live-directed by John Gilkey

LA's underground comedy hit, The Murge has been running in the same small theater in a Los Feliz strip mall for over 3 years. The Murge is a showcase for The Idiot Workshop's unique style of wild and unpredictable comedy. 

Every 2nd Sunday of the month.

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Hippodrome
Oct
30
to Oct 31

Hippodrome

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hippodrome is an open jam from The Idiot Workshop led by John Gilkey. We invite everyone to come hang out for any or all of it. We’re never quite sure who will get up, but we look to mix people who might not have played together before, try new things, and show what we’re up to. We want to challenge what we do and see all the styles the Idiot thing can take.

Every 4th Tuesday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Idiot Dome
Oct
28
9:30 PM21:30

Idiot Dome

Five teams enter. One team wins. 

IDIOT DOME is unlike any other comedy competition you've experienced. Each team is made up of current and former students of The Idiot Workshop. They have only one mission - to be so memorable -- in success or failure -- that the audience votes for them at the end. There is no fourth wall. No rules. The only mandate is to use their Idiot training to take them into the deepest waters of pure idiocy to reign supreme.

The evening is hosted by Joe Mitchell and William Sheets.

Every 4th Sunday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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The MURGE
Oct
14
9:30 PM21:30

The MURGE

Live-directed by John Gilkey

LA's underground comedy hit, The Murge has been running in the same small theater in a Los Feliz strip mall for over 3 years. The Murge is a showcase for The Idiot Workshop's unique style of wild and unpredictable comedy. 

Every 2nd Sunday of the month.

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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WOM do Vegas
Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

WOM do Vegas

MATINEE Sun. Oct. 7th 2:00PM

Tickets: http://www.cockroachtheatre.com/event/e59f04f5b6eb1b93142ac2b4875cc9bd


An irreverent tribute to feminist performance art of the 1970’s. Blending high energy movement, music, comedy and visual art the four women of WOM create an otherworldly womb-like atmosphere in which to explore young womanhood in the age of a declining patriarchy. It's a comedy show! 

WOM is:
Grace Lusk, comedian
Claire Woolner, misunderstood poet 
Lucia Brizzi, should’ve been ballerina
Meera Koombhani, extraterrestrial genius
Directed by John Gilkey Cirque Du Soleil. A Wet the Hippo production. In collaboration with visual artist Allison Honeycutt. Developed with Celebration Barn Theater

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WOM do Vegas
Oct
7
12:30 AM00:30

WOM do Vegas

LATE NIGHT Sat. Oct 6th 12:30AM 

Tickets: http://www.cockroachtheatre.com/event/e59f04f5b6eb1b93142ac2b4875cc9bd


An irreverent tribute to feminist performance art of the 1970’s. Blending high energy movement, music, comedy and visual art the four women of WOM create an otherworldly womb-like atmosphere in which to explore young womanhood in the age of a declining patriarchy. It's a comedy show! 

WOM is:
Grace Lusk, comedian
Claire Woolner, misunderstood poet 
Lucia Brizzi, should’ve been ballerina
Meera Koombhani, extraterrestrial genius
Directed by John Gilkey Cirque Du Soleil. A Wet the Hippo production. In collaboration with visual artist Allison Honeycutt. Developed with Celebration Barn Theater

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Hippodrome
Sep
25
to Sep 26

Hippodrome

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hippodrome is an open jam from The Idiot Workshop led by John Gilkey. We invite everyone to come hang out for any or all of it. We’re never quite sure who will get up, but we look to mix people who might not have played together before, try new things, and show what we’re up to. We want to challenge what we do and see all the styles the Idiot thing can take.

Every 4th Tuesday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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WOM Infinity & Beyond
Sep
25
7:45 PM19:45

WOM Infinity & Beyond

Join WOM inside extension of Darren Sarkin's Burning Light exhibit at Radiant Space

25$ / Limited seating: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wom-tickets-49658847951

An irreverent tribute to feminist performance art of the 1970’s. Blending high energy movement, music, comedy and visual art the four women of WOM create an otherworldly womb-like atmosphere in which to explore young womanhood in the age of a declining patriarchy. It's a comedy show!
WOM is:
Grace Lusk, comedian
Claire Woolner, misunderstood poet (teleporting via video this night)
Lucia Brizzi, should’ve been ballerina
Meera Koombhani, extraterrestrial genius
Wet the Hippo production. In collaboration with artist Allison Honeycutt. Developed with Celebration Barn Theater

A portion of proceeds from Darren Sarkin's “Burning Light” Installation will be donated to the Wildfire Relief Fund.
About the exhibit: http://www.lamag.com/culturefiles/darren-sarkin/


Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wom-tickets-49658847951

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Idiot Dome
Sep
23
9:30 PM21:30

Idiot Dome

Five teams enter. One team wins. 

IDIOT DOME is unlike any other comedy competition you've experienced. Each team is made up of current and former students of The Idiot Workshop. They have only one mission - to be so memorable -- in success or failure -- that the audience votes for them at the end. There is no fourth wall. No rules. The only mandate is to use their Idiot training to take them into the deepest waters of pure idiocy to reign supreme.

The evening is hosted by Joe Mitchell and William Sheets.

Every 4th Sunday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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INTRO - There Is Game In Everything
Sep
15
2:00 PM14:00

INTRO - There Is Game In Everything

SOLD OUT!!!

Saturdays • 2-5pm • 6 Weeks • $230

TEACHERS: Kevin Krieger and Gemma Soldati

Pre-requsite: Some previous performance experience is encouraged.

This class is good for all types of performers from Improvisers and Stand-Ups to Screen Actors to Dancers. This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

PRESENCE • PLAY • GAME • COMMITMENT • AUDIENCE

An introduction to the basic principles of The Idiot. The foundation of The Idiot begins with the establishment of a relationship with the audience. Without an audience The Idiot does not exist. Performers in The Idiot Workshop learn to be present and playful allowing them to improvise organically without having to follow improv rules or formulas. Range is developed through strong commitment to choice, character, self and partner. Performers are encouraged to play from their unique comedy core and to discover the potential for game in every moment. Performers are introduced to physical performance engaging the entire body.

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The MURGE
Sep
9
9:30 PM21:30

The MURGE

Live-directed by John Gilkey

LA's underground comedy hit, The Murge has been running in the same small theater in a Los Feliz strip mall for over 3 years. The Murge is a showcase for The Idiot Workshop's unique style of wild and unpredictable comedy. 

Every 2nd Sunday of the month.

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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INTERMIDIOT - Risk, Rhythm and The Little Shit
Sep
9
to Oct 14

INTERMIDIOT - Risk, Rhythm and The Little Shit

Sundays • 2-5pm • 6 Weeks • $230

TEACHERS: Ian Bratschie and Meera Rohit Kumbhani

Pre-requsite: INTRO

Dig deeper into The Idiot.  This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

STAKES • DRIVE • GAME • ENERGY • TENSION & RELEASE

In Intermidiot the search for The Idiot is intensified. Performers discover the strength gained by magnifying flaws into hilarious and memorable character traits. Performers tap into their own sense of the ridiculous in order to riff more freely, taking bigger risks with the audience. Performers are introduced to the the idea of The Idiot as catalyst and Little Shit, gaining insights and acquiring the techniques on how to work a room through stakes, tension and release, energy placement, drive and game.

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A Very Special Writing Class
Sep
9
to Oct 14

A Very Special Writing Class

Sundays • 11am-2pm • 6 Weeks • $230

TEACHER: Claire Titelman

Pre-requsite: NONE

We're wondering : what would happen if we wrote in the Idiot Workshop. What would we say? What are we thinking when we're not thinking? How can we write that? And how do we say what we've written?

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Hippodrome
Aug
28
to Aug 29

Hippodrome

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hippodrome is an open jam from The Idiot Workshop led by John Gilkey. We invite everyone to come hang out for any or all of it. We’re never quite sure who will get up, but we look to mix people who might not have played together before, try new things, and show what we’re up to. We want to challenge what we do and see all the styles the Idiot thing can take.

Every 4th Tuesday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Idiot Dome
Aug
26
9:30 PM21:30

Idiot Dome

Five teams enter. One team wins. 

IDIOT DOME is unlike any other comedy competition you've experienced. Each team is made up of current and former students of The Idiot Workshop. They have only one mission - to be so memorable -- in success or failure -- that the audience votes for them at the end. There is no fourth wall. No rules. The only mandate is to use their Idiot training to take them into the deepest waters of pure idiocy to reign supreme.

The evening is hosted by Joe Mitchell and William Sheets.

Every 4th Sunday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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The MURGE
Aug
12
9:30 PM21:30

The MURGE

Live-directed by John Gilkey

LA's underground comedy hit, The Murge has been running in the same small theater in a Los Feliz strip mall for over 3 years. The Murge is a showcase for The Idiot Workshop's unique style of wild and unpredictable comedy. 

Every 2nd Sunday of the month.

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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