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The Power of Song: Letting Your Character Shine!

  • Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte 32 Wallstraße Berlin, Berlin, 10179 Germany (map)

One of the most fun, bold, and empowering improvisers is in Berlin to bring you a workshop that will level up your storytelling, characters, and emotions!

Are you hesitant when the music and the scene just seem to SCREAM for a song to start? Do you want to own those moments with your group, taking the reigns together and using the power of song to drive the emotions to a higher level? 

This 2-day weekend workshop for intermediate/advanced improvisers will empower you to take the stage like you know you can and tell stories in a richer, more dynamic way.

On Saturday we'll explore improvised music and song together. We'll learn song structure, tempo, sing together, and have a blast. Then on Sunday, we'll dive further into using song to really dive deep into emotions, intensify the scene, and show another side to our characters: sung monologues, humming instead of singing, singing badly to fit the character, and more.


- For intermediate/advanced long-form improvisers
- Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte
- Saturday Oct 6 from 10AM - 6PM
- Sunday Oct 7 from 11AM - 5PM
- One hour lunch break each day
- Price: 145 EUR
- Email now for your spot!

About Stacey Smith:

Stacey Smith is a loud Long Islander who recently relocated to Chicago by way of Boston. Stacey performs regularly with The Deltones and The Musical Armando at iO as well as at CSz Theater Chicago. She performed for many years in various projects with The Second City such as Life Hacks, The Really Awesome Improv Show, #DateMe and two contracts onboard the Norwegian Breakaway. She is a former instructor in the A-E Program, Youth&Teen Program and The Wellness Program at The Second City and recently created her own program called S.H.E (Sisterhood. Humor. Empowerment) for female-identifying students ages 8-18. In addition, she also has taught at iO and The Playground Theater and is the former Head of the Training Center at CSz Theater Chicago. Most recently, Stacey was the Comedy School Manager at ImprovBoston where she also performed regularly with ImprovBoston's Mainstage Cast and Music Improv Cast. Stacey is the Creator/Executive Producer of the Chicago Musical Improv Festival.

On a personal note, Stacey blew the Scratch crew away as our instructor at the Copenhagen International Improv Festival - CIIF. She's extremely motivating. So when she said she'd be in Europe for a tour, we jumped on it to make sure we could get a weekend with her. 

Some other testimonials:

"Stacey Smith changed my life! Before taking Stacey's musical improv workshop, I had developed balance issues with just standing on a stage - never mind adding singing and improvisation to the challenge. I was beginning to think I never would work again on the stage personally let alone professionally. The minute I met Stacey, things started to change for me. I felt her energy, warmth, knowledge and I started to feel safe in her presence. Safe and protected. The rest is history. Not only did my balance return that night, she actually got me to improvise and sing in a scene!" – Bonnie Grossman, Bonita City Arts Center

"I love her energy and enthusiasm and ability to make you feel at ease. Stacey has this ability to make you work even harder during class than you thought you could. Her advice is amazing and sometimes it felt like she was reading my mind with how spot on it was." – Paul Szeliski, The Second City Training Center Chicago

"Every day learning from Stacey was pure joy—I haven't had so much carefree fun in a long time, and the hours flew by. Stacey gave wonderful and energetic direction throughout everything to encourage us ("Yeeaass!"), make us feel supported ("You know the words!"), and give guidance along the way ("Now find a strong finish!"). The lessons built upon themselves really nicely, until we were doing full musicals after two days, without realizing we had learned all the necessary tools along the way. Best of all, though, I felt so safe, free to sing my heart out and take chances without feeling self-conscious. I've caught the musical bug and I shall follow it to the ends of the eeearth!" – Digne Glatzel, Scratch Theater, Berlin

The talented Andrés Atala-Quezada will be joining us for the entire weekend as our pianist. Andrés has been performing with Scratch Theater and Foxy Freestyle for years. He's known in the improv world for his flexibility, talent on the keys, and comfort with driving a scene forward using music.

Join us as we bump up our play with the wonderful power of song! To participate, please email ASAP and we'll let you know how to pay. We're excited for you to join!

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