Freestyle Love Supreme opens Academy to offer improv comedy training

There’s a new school in town for aspiring comedy improvisers.

And it comes courtesy of the hip-hop musical comedy troupe Freestyle Love Supreme, best known for what its co-creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and director Thomas Kail have gone on to accomplish on Broadway. Now they’re ready to train the next generation at the Freestyle Love Supreme Academy.

From their announcement:

“Freestyle Love Supreme has now transformed our unique blend of improv, storytelling, and hip-hop into a hands-on 8-week class. We tested a beta version of this course last Fall and it was met with rave reviews. After some finishing touches, our premiere FLS Academy class is now accepting applications from YOU.”

Current teachers include seasoned freestyle facilitators Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan and Andrew “Jelly Donut” Bancroft. Guest teachers may include Anthony “TwoTouch” Veneziale, James “J-Soul” Iglehart, and Arthur “The Geniuses” Lewis.

Their introductory class, Foundations of Freestyle, includes seven 3-hour classes and culminates in a live performance on the eighth and final week. Held at Ars Nova Theater, the sessions cover a range of topics including beatboxing, word flow, improv skills, and telling your authentic truth through music. Cost: $550. Once students complete Foundations of Freestyle, they will be invited to audition for additional offerings, set to launch mid-2019.

Applications are due THIS FRIDAY MARCH 1, for classes starting Sundays March 17 and Mondays as of March 18.


Sean L. McCarthy

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