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NYMIF: Musical Improv Power Up with Jon Bander & Dan Reitz
This workshop is the musical improv equivalent of a Super Mario mushroom. We'll focus on improved scene-song connection, techniques for creating powerful characters, and character wants that make songs that write themselves. By the end of the workshop, you will take your skills to the next level and blow your own mind! But you will still be the same size as you were.
Jon Bander performs every Friday night with Premiere: The Improvised Musical. He also teaches Character 101 at the UCB Theatre and is a former member of UCB team Characters Welcome. Otherwise, he does character bits and standup at various NYC theaters, bars and basements.
Jon was selected to perform in the New Faces: Characters showcase at the 2015 Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. He has also worked for The Second City Theatricals aboard the Norwegian Dawn cruise ship. Jon has also performed and taught workshops at festivals and cities across the country. He's been fortunate to study with improv luminaries like TJ Jagodowski, David Pasquesi, Armando Diaz, Mick Napier and Susan Messing to name a few.
Outside of improv, Jon has appeared in bit parts in the Netflix shows Master Of None, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and The Characters. He has performed off-off Broadway in PharmaBro: An American Douchical, 8 Million Protagonists, POPE! An Epic Musical and NY Fringe Festival hit musical Nightfall On Miranga Island.
Most people just call him Bander. Feel free to do the same.
Dan Reitz is the musical director of the musical improv shows Baby Wants Candy, Your Love Our Musical, Vern, and Blank! the Musical. His credits include Off Book, North Coast, Premiere: The Improvised Musical and Musical Megawatt. He has taught musical improv comedy around the world including at Princeton University, The New York Film Academy, Sarah Lawrence College and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Full Session Schedule
Mar 14, 2020, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
at The Magnet Training Center
(22 West 32nd Street, bet. Broadway and 5th Ave., 10th floor)
- This class does not include a performance.