Beginning Improv: Creating Ensemble for Native Performers
Dates: Sundays, October 24 ‒ December 12 | 10 a.m. ‒ noon CDT
Location: Classrooms 1 and 2 (in person at the Guthrie)
Class Fee: Free
Instructor: Ernest Briggs (White Earth Band of Chippewa)
Capacity: 15 participants

Using community and acting techniques, we will learn the fundamentals of improvisation: conceptual agreement, character creation, team building and active listening in order to create intelligent and honest scene work. This class places a strong emphasis on ensemble building and creating a community of artists while building confidence and doing great scene work that is way more than comedy. All ages welcome.

Course Objectives:
● To develop, understand and perform the fundamentals of improvisation
● To understand the importance of ensemble and community in arts creation
● To develop the confidence to trust your instincts in a situation

HEALTH AND SAFETY NOTE: Masks and proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test are required to attend a class at the Guthrie. Please visit to learn more about our current health and safety policies. As city, state and CDC guidelines continue to change, we will keep you updated on our policies so you know exactly what to expect when your group visits the Guthrie.

If you have questions or concerns, please email Rebecca Noon at

This class is supported by Arts Access funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
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