‘Learning to design your wings on the way down’

• Improvisational acting students to perform what they learned
By Randi Somers
Homer Tribune

HOMER TRIBUNE/Randi Somers - Martty Zeller instructs Flex School students in the art of improvisation.

HOMER TRIBUNE/Randi Somers - Martty Zeller instructs Flex School students in the art of improvisation.

Martty Zeller is teaching improvisational acting at the Art Barn every Thursday through October, daytimes for Flex School students and evenings, 5:30 to 7 p.m. for other students.
The Flex students plan to stage an improv play at the Art Barn after the training is completed.
The six classes started Sept. 13. They introduce, explore and expand the skills of improvisational acting “Using play, humor, exercises and games, participants are learning the elements of long and short form improvisational theater and comedy including creativity, spontaneity, listening, trust and character/story building. In addition to real life applications we will also work on performance improvisation,” Zeller said.
According to his printed material, Zeller has been an improvisional performer and teacher since 1985. He was the founder and artistic director of Fresh Produce Productions (a Homer-based improvisation troupe), and from 2000 to 2010, he performed with and was the artistic director for the Blue Door Theatre in Spokane, Wash.
He is on the Washington State Arts in Education Commission roster and has directed and written numerous formats for improvised presentations. He has also adapted improv techniques for consultative and therapeutic forums to work with traditional and alternative students of all ages, as well as teachers, mental health clients and staff, businesses, performers and writers.
“Improv closely resembles the experience of jumping off a cliff and learning to design your wings on the way down,” he said.
It involves taking suggestions from the audience and making up the play as they go along, elaborating on or redirecting each other’s off-the-cuff lines.
During an earlier session with Flex students, Zeller reminded players to not to make their improv too difficult for the others, after one of the students said “I’m riding a camel.”
The 90-minute Thursday classes are held at the Art Barn at 1060 East End Road.
The fee for is $15 per class for drop ins. To register, call Martty at 235 6589.

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