Workshops

JUN IMAI

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Born in Tokyo, Japan, Jun Imai lived in California for 8 years and is the Asian Region Representative for the International Theatresports Institute’s Board of Directors. He has studied acting with various teachers, specifically Method Acting with Frank Casaro, Artistic Director of the Actor’s Studio, and improvisation with Keith Johnstone, creator of Theatresports. He has had the pleasure of being the simultaneous interpreter for method acting and improv workshops led by Keith Johnstone, Roberta Wallach, Lyn Pierce, Dennis Cahill, Shawn Kinley, Steve Jarand, and Mark Lamb.

Jun has been coaching and directing improv since 1995 and since 2005 he has directed and produced shows at the Tokyo Comedy Store, in Shibuya, Tokyo. With a cast of over thirty talented improvisors, TCS is one of Japan’s premiere improv groups. He tours Japan regularly and has taught improv, acting, and mask work in six cities this year.

In addition to directing at TCS, he teaches impro, scripted acting, and mask workshops through his own company, in the moment, ltd., and for Tokyo talent agencies. He has worked with both new and well-known film and television actors in Japan.

Workshop: Zen Improv

According to Keith Johnstone, impro resembles Zen. We will explore being here and now: moment to moment. Free yourself from ‘successes or ‘failure’; good or bad and right and wrong. Move from impulse, without thinking, unifying the mind, heart, and body. Become one with others…and the world.

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CHRIS WELLS

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Chris has been a Tokyo resident since 1994, when he became a founding member of the Tokyo Comedy Store, where he directs Improvazilla, Tokyo’s longest-running monthly improv show, and teaches intro and long-form workshops. He has a BA in Psychology, but years on speech team led him to become a narrator. He is heard around the world on NHK World, in Japan’s national museums, and by passengers of Shinkansen, telling them when the next train for Kyoto or Sapporo departs in a soothing voice.

 

 

Workshop: Punching Up

A way to proactively exploring humor about and with minorities and ethnic groups with your fellow improvisors before it comes up in a show.

Everyone has a different sense of humor, but dealing with stereotypes can be a touchy issue for any improv troupe. How do we develop a common philosophy that isn’t based on presumptions before the issues come up during a show? And how do we keep it funny? More an exploration than a lecture, we’ll approach the subject through activities, scenes, and discussion. “Punching Up” is a term used to describe using satire against the powerful in society, as opposed to “punching down”, which is mocking those in a weaker position in society. What sort of comedy do we want to do? And how can we walk the line and represent all kinds of people in our work in the best way?

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