Stefan Pagels Andersen
Finding the emotional „game“ in scenes
Sunday, March 8
15 – 18pm
“Improv is not acting it is Reacting”. Every single line given by your scene partner should feed an emotional reaction from you, based on how this makes your character feel.
This workshop will help you train your emotional muscles to make sure you‘re keeping the scene interesting and win the audience.
Through different exercises we will see the importance of reacting emotionally to your scene partner, giving the performance an extra depth and comedic dimension. Making strong emotional choices and being truthful to you character is very entertaining both for the audience and for the improvisers performing it.
This workshop is a real blast to take and will leave the performers with full access to what it takes to be an interesting improviser on stage. It is all in the Emotional Game. The skills from this workshop can also be implemented in every aspect of improvising as well as in sketch writing.
Stefan Pagels Andersen is the Co-founder and Artistic director of ICC Theatre – Improv Comedy Copenhagen, the biggest improv troupe in Denmark and one of the most successful improv schools in Europe. He‘s also the founder of the Copenhagen International Improv Festival (#CIIF) which will celebrate its 5th edition this year.
Stefan has been acting professionally since he was 12 (+20 years!) performed in more than 8 Danish Feature films, several shorts and played theatre at Betty Nansen and The Royal Danish Theater. He’s done improv professionally since 2009. He was at iO Chicago in 2013 taking their world-recognized training programme. After studying at iO he devoted his life to bring Chicago style long-form to Europe. He is the founder of Copenhagen International Improv Festival in 2014. Due to the first Festival’s success, he was invited back to the iO theatre to shadow teach some of the world’s best instructors by iO founder Charna Halpern and learn how to teach the style of iO as the first European ever. He was lucky enough to live at Charna‘s house with her for 2 months and learn so much about improv from her, while walking her dogs. In total he has taken the iO summer programme 3 times. And shadowed the Harold intensive workshop 12 times.
He’s performed at the iO Theater in The Armando Diaz Theatrical Experience & Hootenanny (Chicago’s longest-running improv show) Besides performed with some of Chicago‘s best improvisers, in fall 2014 he travelled around more than 12 cities in Europe with iO performers Lyndsay Hailey, Tara DeFrancisco and Rance Rizzutto, and further 4 cities with the world’s best improv performers TJ and Dave – shadowing their classes and doing shows.
He has since 2016 performed multiple shows and shadowed classes from amongst others :
Craig Cackowski (iO / Second City); Carla Cackowski (iO /Second City / Miami Westside); Jason Shotts (iO Chicago); Colleen Doyle (iO Chicago); Steve Waltien (iO Chicago); Blaine Swen (iO / Improvised Shakespeare)
Adam Cawley (Second City – Canada); Rob Norman (Second City – Canada); Alastair Forbes (Second City – Canada); Connor Thompson (Second City – Canada)
Brian Uretta (UCB NY); Will Hines (UCB LA); Eliza Skinner (UCB LA); Amanda Blake Davies (UCB)
Dave Razowsky (Second City); Jaime Moyer (Second City); Jay Sukow (Second City)
Brian Palermo (The Groundlings)