For improv classes at the big 4, UCB, Groundlings, iOwest, and Second City, is it safe to assume that any teacher teaching you is up to par with the institutions standards? So I won't be paying for someone who is not well-trained in improv...
Also, I know learning from any of these schools is beneficial to an actor, but is there one or two that outshines the others? And if so, care to elaborate?
People will be biased based on where they trained but I think every school has good teachers. Problem with UCB-Los Angeles is they offer a lot of beginning classes so you might get an okay teacher as opposed to auditioning for groundlings and being accepted into of the few level 1 classes they offer
Anyone ever take class with Paul Vaillancourt at iOwest?
Paul is one of the founders of IO West along with Charna. I have not taken class from him but he should be more than "up to par."
It depends how you view it. UCB and ACS are one of two schools that have some sort of fancy accreditation if that's important to you; UCB also has the most heat right now most would say. With that said it's kind of a wash (same level) between the BIG 4. And, it really only matters if you get higher in the Groundlings AND you point it out in your submissions and meetings. If you're just saying you've taken improv classes some agents (out of being too busy submitting and thinking about what they want for lunch) may not realize you're an improv bad ass.
just another actor..
With improv, its common practice to list the instructor's name along with the school. For example
IMPROV The Groundlings, Sean Hogan
At the basic level I don't think instructor matters that much. When you move to intermediate and writing workshops the teachers are better known and it might matter to a few CD's or agents.
I never listed my Improv teachers. I don't think they teach there anymore. That's one of the things, most of the improv schools hire working actors as the teachers and the reality is they get busy and end up not teaching there for that long.
The UCB has a curriculum that is outlined by the school, meaning that a teacher teaching 101 will teach the same thing that another teaching 101 will teach on the same week. If you miss week 2, you make it up by going to another week 2 class taught by another teacher. It is not until the 401 level and above where curriculum becomes more flexible and specialized by the teacher.
It takes a long time to become a teacher at UCB, and they all seem to be on house teams. You can check out a teacher by clicking on All courses open for registration and look at the teachers. Then, go to the performer page, click on the teacher's name, and there will be links to their current shows. Go watch their show and see if you like them. That will make it an informed choice. But the fact of the matter is, teacher really doesn't make that much of a difference at the 101 level. The curriculum does.
You could list IMPROV 1,2,3,4 The Groundlings, Sean Hogan, Tom Hogan, Hulk Hogan, Terry Bollea, depending on how you format your resume, it may work and look good. I have my improv training listed in a similar fashion.
Thanks for all your input guys!
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