Elective Classes

Drop In Classes

Join us for our weekly Drop In Improv Class on Sundays from 3:30-5:30 pm at The Box Improv Studio. These will start again on Feb 18, 2018




Finding Your Voice_ A Storytelling Workshop 2018 (1)No matter who you are or where you come, there’s one thing each and every one of us has in common: We all have a story to tell. The truth is that we’re hard-wired for human connection, and the act of sharing our stories—and listening to others—is exactly how we do that. This six-week workshop will delve into the most important components of rich, authentic storytelling. We’ll explore how to:

  • Identify your stories and uncover which ones to tell.
  • Construct cohesive stories that are also emotionally impactful.
  • Find your voice (literally) and command a stage.
  • Use your stories to connect and resonate with an audience.

This workshop culminates with an end-of-session performance to celebrate what we’ve learned. What’s your story? We want to help you tell it.

6 Week Course Mondays, April 2,9,16,23,30 May 7 6:30pm-8:30 pm
Student Showcase on May 12 7pm
Location-The Box Theater Improv Studio 2240 University Square Mall, (Near Burlington)

Watch this video to see where The Box Improv Studio is located and where you should park.

Michael Soviero is a trained actor who hails from New York City. After years of doing stand-up comedy and theatrical performances, he stumbled upon storytelling and was immediately hooked. He quickly made a name for himself by winning multiple storytelling events at The Moth, a nonprofit storytelling organization and competition platform. He went on to perform on their Los Angeles stages and eventually became a teacher, leading Moth-based storytelling workshops before moving to Tampa in 2014. Since then, he’s taken an active role in The Box Theater as a member of the Dear Aunt Gertrude improv team and as an improv teacher. Michael is also a lover of comic books and has helped Double Take reboot their Night of the Living Dead series. He credits his grandfather for sparking his passion for storytelling. Today, Michael is creating new stories with his beautiful wife and two gorgeous daughters, Angelina and Giada.

 Marianne Hayes is a longtime freelance writer, storyteller and devoted bookworm. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida, she moved to New York City and eventually pursued a Master’s in Education. She spent years as a public school teacher in Brooklyn, working with children on the autism spectrum while simultaneously publishing her stories as a freelancer. Marianne eventually made the leap to full-time writer in 2014. Since then, her writing has appeared in Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, Forbes, Yoga Journal, Alanis.com and more. Her work is a hybrid mix of news and feature articles, personal essays and poetry.  She also leads storytelling workshops at her local senior center, helping residents find their voice and share their truth. Marianne’s greatest source of love and joy are her husband, two young daughters and not-so-young dachshund

Spoken Word and Poetry

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April 28    2:30-5:30pm  $15 for Workshop/Performance
$5 For Guests to Attend-Seating is Limited.
At The Box Improv Studio

Workshop is 2:30-5:30pm
Dinner Break 5:30-6:00pm
Call Time 6:00pm
Show at 7:00 pm

Words Have Power is a hands-on workshop where students build the skills and confidence to create and perform their own work. Poets “Wally B” Jennings and Victoria Dym, MFA, are experienced and celebrated educators and mentors whose varied teaching methods include original exercises, improvisation, performance techniques, and creative collaboration. The workshop provides a supportive and safe environment where participants can experiment, practice, and polish their work for a performance at the showcase finale. Whether beginners, experts, or somewhere in between students are encouraged to use spoken word and poetry as an instrument through which they can explore and better understand their community, their society, and ultimately themselves. Find your poetic genius with us!