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    Posted: 07 Nov 2019 at 12:16pm
I'm pleased to share details of 2 upcoming workshops in Dublin with L.A. based actor/improviser, Maura Mannle on Saturday/Sunday 14th/15th December.

Workshop 1:  The Heart of the Character with Maura Mannle & Neil Curran
Saturday 14th December - 10:30am to 5pm
The LAB, Foley Street Dublin 1
Cost:  €70 (or special rate of €100 if taking both workshops)

I know I have a heart because it's breaking ~ The Tin Man, Wizard of OZ.

Where do the really best laughs come from? Terrific connections made intellectually, or terrific revelations made emotionally - Del Close

The moment we walk out on stage, we are stepping into the shoes of a character and desire to see the world through the emotional lens that they do. As improvisers, we are challenged with creating authentic, grounded characters that are almost immediately recognisable when they are revisited again. However, many characters we see on stage often lack the depth to be sustainable over a longer period.

In this workshop Maura Mannle and Neil Curran will take you on a deep dive into discovering the core of character. We will learn how to create deeper connections to the character and in turn a deeper character. We will explore the heat and the weight of character, forming stronger emotional connections to both the character and scene partners.

Fully fleshed characters allow us to gain connections to partners in a scene more easily. With a deep character - more discoveries can happen in the world around them rather than inventing a situation or issue on stage. Let the depth of the character lead you through the scene.

Once you fully understood this character, we can play with putting them in different situations; from callbacks to having other actors play that character.

Learning Outcomes
* Understanding the core of character, the source of our personas on stage
*Utilise deep rooted characters to drive a scene forward
* Find connections in the relationships with your scene partners
* Knowing who you are and knowing what you want
* Engage more authentic and deeper emotional connections
* Gain confidence with taking greater risk in character development

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Workshop 2:  Re-Improvising into Sketch with Maura Mannle
Sunday 15th December - 10:30am to 2pm
The LAB, Foley Street Dublin 1
Cost:  €70 (or special rate of €100 if taking both workshops)

Ever have those magic moments on stage or in class? Whether your character was down right brilliant, or the connection to your scene partner was electric?! That’s the magic of improv. Ever think about re-created that magic?!

In this workshop we will learn how to take those magic moments you improvised to recreate them for sketch writing and performing. One of these approaches is called Re-Improvisation.

What is Re-Improvisation you ask?
Just what you think it is - redoing a scene you had just improvised but doing it with a more mindful lense that second time around. Keeping in mind; What is the premise of the scene? who are the characters? what is the joke of the scene? is there a game? most importantly, is this scene worth retelling? I believe every single improv scene has at least one element in it that is worth exploring more, whether that is a character, a premise, a game, the unique location, a sound, the possibilities are endless, use your imagination. Most characters you see on Saturday Night Live were developed by way of Re-Improvisation.

In this three and a half hour workshop, Maura will walk everyone through specialized warm up exercises with re-improvisation in mind. The core of the class will be improvised two person scenes, Maura and class will then discuss scenes, giving notes on what elements are worth bringing back, heightening, de-heightening for the re-improvised portion. After the re-improvised portions, students are encouraged to write certain scenes, elements of scenes down for future sketches. The final part of the class will be an open Q & A on sketch writing, performing sketches and the world of sketch!

The tool of re-improvisation is vital - gets you in the writer's mind, of how to see characters, how they can live in other worlds, other situations.

If you take the heart of the character workshop - Maura encourages you to bring at least one of the characters you created to class!

Learning Outcomes
* Bring characters from improv scenes and past characters to life in Sketch
* Develop a writer's mind with great awareness and observation of other types of media such as TV and film
* Relieving the pressure of creating a character from scratch when writing.

About Maura Mannle
Maura is a Los Angeles based SAG/AFTRA actor, improvisor, host, writer and producer. Classically trained from the American Conservatory Theater for acting and is a graduate of the world famous Second City Improv Theater for improv and sketch comedy, long form and sketch/TV writing. Maura was trained under Second City Alumni like Frank Caeti (Mad TV), Ithamar Enriquez (Key n Peele), Jamie Moyer (Nickelodeon). She is also an active Improv Utopia Camper! An active and passionate performer, Maura has had the pleasure to perform for over three years on the main stage at Second City, Hollywood, with house sketch ensembles, RUCKUS and house improv ensembles, DESPERADOES. She had the honor of performing with groups as Ithamar Has Nothing To Say, Speed Ant, Hot Tin Roof, at various theaters; iO West Main stage, Comedy Central Stages, The Pit-NYC, UCB, Westside Comedy Theater, and many more.

Maura has been working in the industry for over ten years, starring in national commercials; Adidas, Petco, Chevy, Geico, and more. Hosting for The Basketball Channel, featured writer and actor on comedy shorts for the BBC, Funny or Die, and Buzzfeed, guest starring in popular TV shows; Trauma (NBC), Magic FunHouse (Amazon). Featured in movies like The Knife Fight (Rob Lowe.) Starring in the upcoming Sundance award winning TV show, The Unknown (AMC/SundanceTV), the award winning short film Bum Promises (Winner Golden Remi- Houston World Film Festival). Maura is most proud of writing her own content. She has written, produced and starred in the award winning horror short film, The Sanctuary (Amazon). She is currently writing, producing, and starring in the upcoming comedy series PSAers with writing partner Chelsey Ireland (Silicon Valley).

Maura has been teaching youth and adult creative writing, improv, and acting for over five years. Her in-depth experience and knowledge of directing, writing, performing, and producing sketches, content, and shorts, proves to be an invaluable resource her students. She is passionate about teaching others to find their unique voices and run with them!

Maura Mannle reels and credits
For more videos of Maura

About Neil Curran
Neil has been teaching and performing improv both in Ireland and internationally for many years and his signature show, Neil+1, has been performed in festivals and theatres around the world. Neil is the founder and a director of Improv Fest Ireland and Assistant Director of Improv Utopia Ireland. He is also one of the team behind Dublin's Tightrope Improv nights. He also founded the "Love! Improv Irish Community" group and is a co-founder of No Drama Theatre.

Neil has guested in numerous shows including Orange Tuxedo, improvised musical When X Meets Y, Upstairs Downton, Comedysportz San Jose and Second City Toronto's improv set for "Click, Bait & Switch".

Neil also provides corporate training solutions through improv to many well-known organisations and educational institutes around the world.
For more about Neil:  http://

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