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Master Classes

ImprovBoston regularly hosts nationally acclaimed improv instructors, directors, performers, authors, playwrights, and actors as part of our Master Class Series. Our goal is to provide ongoing opportunities for our students, cast, and wider community to experience a variety of talent and perspectives.


COMING IN NOVEMBER with James Robilotta and Shaun Fisher, North Coast

Freestyle rapping + Beatboxing + Improv = Minds Blown!  

Seriously, you want to take this class.  These guys are awesome to watch and so much fun to play with.  Join us for one of these workshops for $40, or if you're really hard core, come to both for just $70!

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 19, 11:00AM - 1:30PM (Register now)

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 19, 2:30PM - 5:00PM (Register now)

Call us at 617.576.1253 and we can register you both with the discount! Space is limited so register now.

NorthCoast Freestyle Workshop

Have you always wanted to learn to freestyle rap and beatbox but always felt embarrassed to try? Or maybe you've always wanted to learn how to beatbox? Or perhaps you have gotten pimped into rapping in an improv scene and froze? Or perhaps you have seen a North Coast (New York's premier freestyle rapping/beatboxing/longform improv team) show and wonder how we do what we do? No matter what your reason may be, come to these workshops and we will teach you how to spit with the best of them, beatbox like a champion, and how to weave it all together with the fun and "rules" of improv. At a core level improv and hip-hop go hand in hand. Whether you are dropping a beat into a mic or initiating an improv scene, the same principles apply... you need confidence, you have to listen, and you have to react. Workshops will be taught by Shaun Fisher and James Robilotta. Shaun is the beatboxer for North Coast and UCB trained. James has been taking improv classes at the UCB since the fall of 2007 and is a paid freestyle rapper in NYC.

Come to this workshop and you will leave:
1. feeling more confident in your rapping skills
2. knowing the basic fundamentals of beatboxing
3. the different between want and game (fun, interesting, and repeatable pattern)
4. how to get from a scene into a rap
5. having a better understanding of what a longform improv show incorporating rapping and beatboxing looks like

James Robilotta started performing improv and stand-up comedy in 2004. Originally from Sayville, NY, James started consistently performing improv while at graduate school with Clemson University’s troupe “Mock Turtle Soup”. Since moving back to New York in 2007 he has studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and the Magnet Theater under Will Hines, Chris Gethard, Charlie Todd, Zach Woods, Eric Tanouye, Rebecca Drysdale, Armando Diaz, Charlie Sanders, Michael Delaney, John Lutz, Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, Gavin Speiller, Billy Merritt, Curtis Gwinn, Michael Martin, and Eliza Skinner. James is the founder of the freestyle-rapping, beatboxing, always fresh, long-form team “North Coast”. When he is not holding it down with North Coast, he can be seen performing improv regularly throughout New York City on “Veal”, “Extreme Chain”, “Space Camp”, and “#Klepper”.

Shaun Fisher, A Florida State graduate, recently moved to New York and has been blowing up the improv scene as beatboxer for New York’s only freestyle/improv group North Coast. Currently taking classes at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Shaun intends to continue his studies and pursue as many comedic avenues as possible. Similar to Edward James Olmos, Shaun was born in Miami.


Previous Master Classes have been taught by Amy Poehler (Saturday Night LiveParks and Recreation), Joe Bill (Annoyance Theater, BassProv), Mark Sutton (Annoyance Theater, BassProv), Christina Gausas (Late Night with Conan O'Brien), Jeff Griggs (author, Guru: My Days With Del Close), Keith Johnstone (author of Impro, creator of TheatreSports), Mick Napier (Second City), Adam Felber (Real Time with Bill Maher), Jonathan Katz (Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist), Dave Razowsky (Second City), Jill Bernard (ComedySportz Minneapolis, HUGE), Zach Ward (DSI Comedy Theater), Bill Arnett (ImprovOlympic, Chicago), Bob Dassie (ImprovOlympic, Los Angeles).


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