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Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, 2018

About the Play/Event

Run: Feb. 16 — Feb. 17, 2018 Friday and Saturday at 8pm


The LBP Studio Collaborative Season offers outside, local theatre companies and performing arts organizations the opportunity to produce their own shows in our Studio Theater.


Company: The Upperclassmen

Tickets: $8


Like peanut butter and chocolate, or the saxophone and 1980s soft rock, some things just belong together. THE LONG BEACH SKETCH/PROV FESTIVAL celebrates two great tastes together – sketch and improv comedy – from some of the funniest and most original troupes performing today in a two-night extravaganza of absurdity.

On Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018,  Long Beach Sketch/Prov will offer three comedy workshops as part of the Festival.  If interested, please RSVP to Payment will be taken the day of by cash or check.

The Work Shops:

“Silence. Space. Storytelling. Connection.”
12:00 P.M.-2:00 P.M.
Connecting and telling stories come to us much easier when we slow down. In this workshop, learn the power of silence and how to use the space around us to connect with our scene partners in an improvised story. We’ll learn how to give focus, develop presence and awareness, and even discover the time to speak. Discover skills that are as relevant in our workplace and relationships as they are in improv storytelling.
About the Instructor
Lauren Baumbauer is a director and manager for Modjeska Unscripted Theater in Lake Forest, CA. Having studied extensively at Spectacles Improv Engine in Fullerton and the Impro Studio in Los Angeles, Lauren’s teaching focuses on narrative storytelling and discovering unique forms of improvised expression.
“Etch the Sketch”
12:00 P.M.-2:00 P.M.
Comedy sketches are tricky beasts to wrangle, especially for such a short time. For this workshop, students are asked to bring in a 2-5 page first draft of a sketch and/or 1-2 pages of ideas and premises. We’ll derive our lessons from these, focusing on character, how to write for performance, and how to adapt sketches for both stage and film.
About the Instructor
Chris Mertan is a writer, director, and member of The Upperclassmen, host troupe for Long Beach Sketch/Prov. Over the decade, he has produced and staged countless sketches for both stage and screen in the greater Orange County and Long Beach area. Chris hold a degree in writing from UCSD, and specialized in drama and film.
“Character Study”
with Special Guest Instructor Andy Goldberg
3:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.
Character counts, especially since it’s one of the foundations of great improv. Great characters yield great results, and in this workshop, we’ll explore the tools that help craft memorable characters to get these results. As useful for the actor and writer as for anyone simply looking to think on their feet a little better, “Character Study” shows that you can think creatively with confidence.
About the Instructor
Andy Goldberg is an actor, educator, and founder of Off the Wall, LA’s longest-running improv troupe. He is also the author of Improv Comedy, the seminal textbook originally published by Samuel French, and has either taught or performed with Robin Williams, Larry David, Bonnie Hunt, Fred Willard, Tom Hanks, Bryan Cranston, and hundreds more.



Established in 2010, the Upperclassmen is one of America’s only (barely) functioning comedy and improv troupes that keeps a lawyer and registered nurse on retainer.

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