Improv Nation's New Team Is Performing for the First Time on July 9th

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The new team of Improv Nation along with other indie improv troops are performing on July 9th at The Producers Club for the first time.

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Improv gives the actor an added bonus of something new every time they step on stage. If I can make the audience laugh, that's all that matters. With a supportive environment, you can conquer any situation thrown at you, real or not.

The new team of Improv Nation along with other indie improv troops are performing on July 9th at The Producers Club for the first time. Their dedication to the art for is almost intoxicating. "Improv gives the actor an added bonus of something new every time they step on stage. If I can make the audience laugh, that's all that matters. With a supportive environment, you can conquer any situation thrown at you, real or not," says Jordan Zolan, Improv Nation leader and one of the teachers of the Improv Nation training center.

Tickets for the event are on sale on their website now. The ten dollars ticket permits admission for one show along with one Producers Club Special Cocktail or soft drink. If someone wants to spend the whole evening with friends just laughing, there is an option to purchase twenty dollar tickets that lets them come and go from six pm to midnight as they please with two Producers Club Drinks Special or soft drinks.

Improv is the art of "winging it." Actions, dialogue, scenarios, and characters are all collaboratively created by those performing. The key word there: Collaboratively. Improv actors rely not only on their own skills but those actors around them. They all must create a scene one phrase, gesture, and action at a time and pay close attention to what others are doing around them. If one of them is out of "sync" then the rest of the world they created for the audience falls apart. It is amazing to see how they spontaneously come up with a hilarious situations with just one word thrown at them.

Improv actors gain control of situations that not only help them within the acting world but also in the world we all live in. The first and only thing people see at an improv show are the actors. They conquer one of the biggest fears in the world: stage-fright. By throwing away fear, actors gain the confidence to go out there and do whatever it takes to make the audience laugh. Another key to improv is being open to accept rejection. Not everything goes well in life and not everything goes well on stage. After all, we are only human. By being open to accept rejection, the actor can learn from the mistakes made, turning them into things to learn, and move forward.

They also offer classes run by Improv Nation Training Center. After finishing the course, there are a few ways to get involved with improv.These classes are not only for seasoned actors but people who want to improve their skills set, whether they work in management, accounting, journalism, teaching, etc. All things taught during these classes are beneficial for anyone. There can be a lot of confusion when it comes to picking a class but the main thing to focus on is the teacher. Is this person a professional? Are they seasoned enough to be teaching? If the answers are "yes" then the first step to picking a class is complete. Joining a troupe is an option, but that's for individuals who have had experience in the art and it's a big commitment for those who are still unsure.

The teachers are more than qualified (one of them being apart of the first troupe to ever perform improv at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in the '70s) but they also go above and beyond the normal routine. During the eight week long classes, students not only train under highly trained professionals, get to perform the entire eight weeks in the heart of Times Square, but also get to have a DVD copy of their performances for personal use or to get a head start on their acting reel.

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