Electives and other classes

Throughout the year, Dallas Comedy House offers various specialty workshops that cover a wide range of topics. See below for current workshop offerings.

 
Master Class: Stage Combat - Basic Moves and Falls with Ashley H. White
60.00

Master Class: Stage Combat - Basic Moves and Falls 
Saturday, October 20th | 2:30-5:30pm
No pre-requisites required

In this workshop, we will cover the basics of staged violence and develop a toolkit for use when staging (and improvising) future scenes. Moves covered will include slaps, punches, chokes and shoves. The class will conclude with staged falls and tips and tricks to falling and fighting safely. We will end with a fun bit of choreography, including a sequence that can be added to anyone's toolbelt for a quick and believable moment of violence onstage. Due to the nature of a physical class, this workshop will move at the pace of the students. 


About Ashley H. White
Ashley H. White is an award-winning director, fight & intimacy director, and teaching artist, with over fifteen years of professional theatre experience. 

She is the founder of SCDallas (est 2012), Dallas' only open resource for Stage Combat & Movement Instruction, and acts as the group’s President. SCDallas has over 600 members, is host to an annual Regional Workshop (The Lonestar Smash), and mounts regularly scheduled “Fight Nights” and workshops. 

She is an Artistic Director of the award-winning IMPRINT theatreworks, coined “Dallas’ Hottest New Theatre Company” by Broadway World. She also works as a freelance director around DFW. 

As a fight & intimacy director, she works all over, most recently choreographing the fights for Angels In America Part II: Perestroika by Tony Kushner at Uptown Players in Dallas, TX. 

Ashley has been recognized for her directing and fight & intimacy direction, most recently winning three outstanding direction awards alongside one special citation award for outstanding fight & intimacy direction from the DFW Theater Critics forum in 2018. She also won a special recognition column award for Outstanding Fight & Intimacy Direction earlier this year. 

Learn more at www.ashleyhwhite.com

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Master Class: Staged Intimacy - Performance Practices, Consent, and Staging Intimate Moments with Ashley H. White
60.00

Master Class: Staged Intimacy - Performance Practices, Consent, and Staging Intimate Moments w/ Ashley H. White
Saturday, October 27th | 10:30am-12:30pm
No pre-requisites required

This workshop will cover three important parts of staged intimacy: Direction, Performance Best Practices, and Consent. We will discuss how to properly navigate potentially vulnerable and intimate moments onstage, reading and understanding cues for verbal and non-verbal consent, and best practices for staging intimate scenes. We'll end with a bit of light choreography and focus heavily on communication - as choreographers, as producers, as performers, and as teachers.


About Ashley H. White
Ashley H. White is an award-winning director, fight & intimacy director, and teaching artist, with over fifteen years of professional theatre experience. 

She is the founder of SCDallas (est 2012), Dallas' only open resource for Stage Combat & Movement Instruction, and acts as the group’s President. SCDallas has over 600 members, is host to an annual Regional Workshop (The Lonestar Smash), and mounts regularly scheduled “Fight Nights” and workshops. 

She is an Artistic Director of the award-winning IMPRINT theatreworks, coined “Dallas’ Hottest New Theatre Company” by Broadway World. She also works as a freelance director around DFW. 

As a fight & intimacy director, she works all over, most recently choreographing the fights for Angels In America Part II: Perestroika by Tony Kushner at Uptown Players in Dallas, TX. 

Ashley has been recognized for her directing and fight & intimacy direction, most recently winning three outstanding direction awards alongside one special citation award for outstanding fight & intimacy direction from the DFW Theater Critics forum in 2018. She also won a special recognition column award for Outstanding Fight & Intimacy Direction earlier this year. 

Learn more at www.ashleyhwhite.com

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Master Class: Musical Improv with Leslie Collins
200.00

Workshop: Musical Improv with Leslie Collins
Four Part Series: Saturdays & Sundays November 10-18 | 10:00am-1:00pm
Some improv experience required

Have you ever wanted to learn how to put your thoughts into a song on the spot? You can by learning musical improv! This four week workshop will teach you about song structures, musical styles and the basics of musical storytelling. Whether you are an experienced singer or not, you will have a blast in this class with lots of positive feedback and encouragement. 


About Leslie Collins
Leslie has been performing improv, musical improv and sketch comedy for over 15 years.  She trained with incredible teachers from the Upright Citizens Brigade, The Peoples Improv Theater, Second City, Groundlings and the Magnet Theater.  

Leslie continues to work professionally in theater and musical theater having performed at such great theaters as Goodspeed, Casa Manana, Flat Rock Playhouse and Theater Under the Stars, to name a few.  Leslie directs musicals, solo shows and teaches improv and musical improv currently in NYC, LA and Dallas, TX  Her directing projects have appeared all over the US and Canada in festivals, from small scale plays to full scale musicals. She teaches corporate improv workshops all over the U.S (Google, Saatchi & Saatchi-NY, Western Union, Nabisco) and is a corporate role player with Peers and Players.

As a performer, she has performed on many house teams at various improv theaters in NYC. Upright Citizens Brigade on the MAUDE sketch team (LOVER), musical improv at the Peoples Improv Theater (HELLO), The Magnet Theater (LEGEND & Premiere), The Annoyance (Tourist Trap) and with Baby Wants Candy (Edinburgh Fringe 2016, & Tour co.)

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