Directing an Unscripted Play with Prescott Gaylord
Saturday February 23rd
2:00p at TNM Main Stage
Learn the methods and tools used in creating “Unscripted – A Full Length Play in Two Acts.”
Honed over several runs in the past 4 years, you will learn the essential tools for creating a dramatic narrative in play format. Focus will remain on contemporary genres, but all tools can be applied to just about any genre. Focus will be on direction, but no improv direction experience will be necessary for the class.
Covered tools will include: Story arc, rising action tools, improvised acts of hubris, falling in love, climaxes on demand, using guest stars, using improvised tech-set-props, and dramatic resolutions.
Practice schedules will also be distributed.
The workshop will be about 1/3 discussion and 2/3 practical. All students in the workshop will both direct and be directed. Some improv ability and knowledge is necessary.
Prescott Gaylord is the former Artistic Director of the Baltimore Improv Group, and creator of ‘Unscripted – an improvised play in two acts,’ a show that has enjoyed 3 sold out runs in Baltimore over the past 3 years.
He has directed large and small scale improvised projects in Baltimore and other cities including ‘The Movement’ (with The Collective), ‘Skinesthesia’, Improvised Burlesque (with Gilded Lily Burlesque), ‘Secrets’ (with various actors), ‘A Graveyard Bride,’ and Political Improv (with KAL).
He currently performs with Lekker and Evan the Loyal, and coaches projects and classes with the Baltimore Improv Group. He has performed in and directed shows in improv festivals in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Austin, New York, and Chicago.