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Jenn Scott

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As a teaching artist, Jen Scott loves creating a safe space where students can open up as much or as little as they like, and take the risk that is the right size for them in that moment. Most of the class is spent with the students up and doing exercises: working as a group, moving from one game to another. She tries to keep my explanations short and concise, and will try to customize the curriculum to fit the interests of the students.

Any age can explore the skills taught by improv theater in a single hour workshop, and high schoolers and adults can also flourish in a longer residency. You don’t have to be funny, you don’t have to be quick or clever, you don’t have to be “theatrical”: just say yes to what’s in front of you, and truly interesting things can happen.

More About the Artist

Jen performs improv regularly at HUGE Theater, and also does scripted work: recent stage credits include Uprising Theatre, Mystery Cafe’ Inc., HennepiJen approaches art-making with the same tools used by improv theater: active listening, eye contact, risk taking, starting with agreement and cooperation, having agency within your choices. She loves creating a safe space where students can open up as much or as little as they like, and take the risk that is the right size for them.

Although Jen often focuses on improv, theater, memoir, or music, she has facilitated residencies and workshops of all shapes and sizes. Past workshops/residencies have included:

 – Intro to Improv (kids or adults)

 – Improv for Team Building and Community (teens or adults)

 – Sketch Comedy (teens)

 – Make a Newscast (kids or teens)

 – Make a Podcast (any age)

 – Found Object Puppetry Open Mic (kids)

 – Writing and Directing a Musical (in six weeks)

 – Flash Memoir for 55+

 – Finding Your Story

 – Memory Cafés

 – Facilitated or Curated Conversations

 – And others… Let’s brainstorm!

Regarding improv, any age can explore the skills taught by improv theater in a single hour workshop, and high schoolers and adults can also flourish in a longer residency. You don’t have to be funny, you don’t have to be quick or clever, you don’t have to be “theatrical”: just say yes to what’s in front of you, and truly interesting (and funny!) things can happen.

Along with improv and theater classes, Jen has been facilitating prompted memoir classes for adults since 2017. The community created by the writing and sharing of our stories is incredible. These classes are absolutely perfect for adults of any age, and possibly high school students too!

For over 20 years, Jen Scott has worked as an actor, improviser, performer, director, teacher, playwright, storyteller, producer, and musician in the Twin Cities. She performs regularly in scripted and improvised theater, while producing live performances that bring artists working in different mediums together.

Jen was an artist-in-residence at Pillsbury House + Theater for over 6 years, and has also taught for HUGE Theater, The Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, Circus Juventas, the Brave New Student Union, Park Square Theatre, and others. For over 12 years, she was the music director for Chicago Avenue Project, a program that pairs youth with professional actors, directors, and playwrights. She is dedicated to informal science education, and has written and performed for both the Bakken Museum and the Science Museum of Minnesota. Jen is also a singer-songwriter: her first album should be out early 2024. Additional info on her can be found at octoberdandy.com.

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Program Offerings

Residencies

Improv

Students can take the size risk they want to in the moment while working on “getting out of their heads”. And luckily, it’s fun! Any age can explore the skills taught by improv theater in a single hour workshop, and high schoolers and adults can also flourish in a longer residency. You don’t have to be funny, you don’t have to be quick or clever, you don’t have to be “theatrical”: just say yes to what’s in front of you, and truly interesting things can happen.

Each session will consist of warm ups, introduction of exercises and games, and practice!

  • Session 1: Intro to Improv
  • Session 2: Make a Statement
  • Session 3: Characters and Listening
  • Session 4: Space Work and Scene Work
  • Session 5: Games and Exploration / Performance

Finding Your Story

Our stories are important! Build a practice of writing and sharing, all the while creating community. Each session will consist of go-rounds (quick icebreakers), 30 minutes of “flash” writing from a prompt, and then sharing what we’ve written. There is no pressure for any of the writing or sharing to be perfect: we just would love to hear your story.

These prompts are just samples; it’s all very customizable to the students!

  • Session 1: Intro to Flash Memoir: A Significant Adult From Your Childhood
  • Session 2: Your Relationship to Music
  • Session 3: “Your Grandma’s Kitchen” (A space you loved as a child. Or, just the opposite, a place that was scary.)
  • Session 4: I Can’t Believe I Once/Something I shouldn’t have done/Something I’m glad I did
  • Session 5: An Unexpected Event, or An Event That Unexpectedly Changed Your Life.
Workshops

Intro to Improv

A sampling of improv exercises, introducing the idea of “Yes, And” while practicing active listening, reacting vs. planning, eye contact, and working with your body.

Create a Character

A sampling of different theater and improv exercises, focusing on creating characters working from your body!

Found Object Puppet Open Comedy Mic

This workshop is both hands-on art activity and performance! The first half of the workshop is devoted to creating puppets out of found objects and art materials, while the second half is an open mic just for the puppets. Knock knock jokes are absolutely encouraged.

Improv Sample from Jen Scott on Vimeo.

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