The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge is offering new summer arts classes for teens and adults.
Instructor: Betty Mujica and T.C. Matherne of the Leather Apron Theatre Company
July 12th, 19th, 26th, and August 2nd – 6:00pm-8:00pm – (informal presentation on Friday, August 3 from 6:00pm-7:30pm)
Ages 18 and up
Price: $100 – 4 session package
In a 4-week session, we will focus on listening, studying body language, and understanding and embodying the point-of-view of someone unlike ourselves through written and improvised exercises. We’ll learn how to initiate 2 person scenes and collaborate with our improv partners. The class will culminate in a recital for friends and family!
- Improv 101 – A brief explanation of improv.
- “Up and Down” Warm Up Exercise – Using word association to practice listening and retaining detail.
- Character Study – Participants will be asked to create a description of a made-up character, including an occupation, a list of likes and dislikes, and a general mood of that person.
- 2-Person Scenes – We will run a set of 2-person scenes using the characters created above to flex our listening & reaction muscles.
The founder of Leather Apron Theatre Co., T.C. has performed and taught improv nationwide for over 6 years. He trained in Chicago at The Second City, iO, and Annoyance theaters. After moving back to Baton Rouge in 2015, he felt like something was missing from the performance community and started a small improv group in the back room of Whole Foods. In October 2016, LATCo began putting on monthly performances, featuring guest monologists, local stand-up comics, and performance artists. Since then, LATCo has created a loyal following, drawing business to the local bars where they perform and exposing new people to improv.
The creative director of LATCo, Betty has trained at Station Theater in Houston, TX, iO in Chicago, and The New Movement in New Orleans. After moving back to Baton Rouge in June 2016, she was looking for a creative outlet and was connected with T.C. After joining LATCo, she saw the growth potential of the group and their audience’s interest in wanting to perform. As someone who had to leave Baton Rouge to discover improv, she feels passionate about creating a space in our community for people to learn this art form without having to move.