Thursday, August 2, 2012

Fall Classes CFCC-Comedy and Public Speakers Class

(NEW)Improv for Communications and Public Speaking
This class develops communication and creativity through the improvisation and comedy experience. Improvisational games have grown outside of the scope of theatrical performance.
At the core, improvisational games are a tool to enhance creativity and communication. Recently, people have begun to use these games in a variety of different fields including psychology, public speaking, corporate businesses, medicine, and education. Improvisational games help people learn through play and are useful to improve team building, leadership skills,brainstorming, focus, spontaneity, and public speaking skills to name a few. Through classroom, group performance opportunities the students will gain: A natural sense of play which unlocks humor and imagination, collaborative and spontaneous art forms which build dynamic problem-solving and social skills, relationships and friendships where it’s safe to have fun, take risks, and receive applause, and an inner trust of accepting the first idea as the right idea and finding out where it leads.
Instructor is Brooklin Green. $68
9/18-11/6 Tu 6p-9p
Wilmington Campus 24 hrs

Stand-Up Comedy
Always wanted to try it? Gain confidence; get feedback, writing exercises, and the open mike experience. This course is focused on getting you to your first open mike. The course will give you an open forum to try out your material, create new material, gain feedback and overcome performance anxiety. We will also research national/regional stand-up auditions and submissions.
Instructor is Brooklin Green. $68
9/20-11/8 Th 6p-9p
Wilmington Campus 24 hrs

Comedy Improv
Be a kid again! Learn the basics of Improv - you may recognize from “Who’s Line is it Anyway”, and the basis of shows like “Saturday Night Live”. This class is beneficial for performers, nonperformers,public speakers, teachers, and anyone who is interested in learning to think creatively and quickly on their feet. This class will also be a fun way for an individual to improve their public speaking ability.
Instructor is Brooklin
Green. $68
9/15-11/10 Sa 1p-4p
Wilmington Campus 24 hrs

Instructor Biography: Brooklin Green

teaches workshops across the U.S. and locally. Her students are constant success stories, from comedy competitions to working professionals. She has a BA in theatre and an MA in communication/ leadership with Gonzaga University. She has been a guest Artist at Texas Thespian Festival for the last 3 years. She is a graduate from the world famous Chicago’s Second City Conservatory. She has appeared in festivals all over the US and has been teaching workshops for various institutions for over 10 years. She currently teaches, performs as stand-up comedian, improviser, and produces an all women stand-up comedy show
called Ovary Action.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Ovary Action

A few years ago, a group of women got together to create an environment for the comedic female voice. Ovary Action an all women’s standup comedy event, was born. Wilmington, North Carolina is considered an artistic area with its theatres, art galleries, and tourist attractions. It is also a college town. Much of the entertainment is geared toward college students, especially when it comes to comedy. Young white males tend to dominate the field of standup comedy. Women entering comedy are considered a minority. This is especially true for women over the age of thirty.

Ovary Action sets out to prove female entertainment stereotypes untrue. Originally, three women at different stages in life(one single with a school age child, one married with young kids, and one single with a grown child) came together to create a comedy show that celebrated the diversity in female comedy and as a result proved that women are "actually funny," to all audiences.

The events began at a small theatre based out of Wilmington, NC. The goal is to maintain a show that not only highlights female stand-up comedians, but also offers an opportunity for women and the community to come together after the show. Ovary offers an amazing opportunity amongst the performers to bond, meet, and support new stand-up comedians. Each woman has so much to offer, but most feel apprehensive about the standard male dominated open mic environment.

“There was no place for women like us to, comfortably, work out our material for a like minded audience…We eventually had enough interest and funny women looking for the same thing and we all found a home in Ovary Action” -Brooklin Green (Ovary Founder). “We wanted to bring in an audience that enjoyed female adult humor”-Carla Cherry (Ovary Co-founder). “It is open for women and men; we get a lot of couples, moms, and single, older, younger and we offer an open mic opportunity to any woman who would like to try stand-up. We support women and their ‘funny’ voices.”- Amy Kennedy (Ovary co-founder).

A typical Ovary Action show consists of both experienced and novice female stand-up comedians. There is always an opening slot of up to five minutes for any women who is new to stand-up or would like to try stand-up comedy for the first time. Ovary Action always provides a supportive environment through the comedians and audience. The show incorporates local business, community, and events. Some previous examples have been wine tastings, psychics, cheese and chocolate vendors. They also had organizational events like voter registration and charities for women’s organizations. Each show includes a table free to fill by the public of information on organizations, businesses and opportunities for women. The show consistently runs forty-five minutes then breaks for ten to fifteen minutes. This allows time for the audience to mingle and talk. Then a guest artist, organization, or local business owner from the community comes to perform or speak briefly to the audience. We have local celebrities, musicians, and public service organizations. They are short events that would be willing to come and let our audience sample their talent, information, or product. Ovary continues by booking outside events privately and for charity. “Ovary became a place for women to find and enjoy their voice, not be forced to fit into anyone else’s”- Cindy Cheatum.

CONTACT us to book Ovary Action for your next event, for interest in sponsoring or participating with Ovary Action. Upcoming shows in Wilmington, NC will be posted soon. We want to see you at OVARY ACTION!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Comments from Ovary Action Supporters

Comments from Ovary members/supporters

Penny Peyrot, Hollywood, CA

What were your first impressions of Ovary Action?
Great idea, great name, Love the concept and the creator.

How did you become involved in Ovary Action?
I met Brooklin in an improv class started cutting her hair and voila

How has Ovary Action helped you?
OVR helped me become a better performer and host which I have parlayed into some hosting gigs in my hometown of HOLLYWOOD CA

What positive aspects did you see at the Ovary action Events?
Got some hairstyling clients and met many great women in a small town, we promoted local female run businesses

What were the highlights of Ovary Action?
The best part was working with other women and the feeling of community and of course seeing people laugh

What was the best part of being involved with ovary?
It is a great platform for promoting business and imparting information and stress relief from laughter

What was the best feedback you received as a part of Ovary from the Audience?

Anything you would like to add about Ovary Action?
I could see OVR get syndicated on local TV

Kirsti Kreutzer
Co-Director, Where's My Midwife?
Wilmington, NC

What were your first impressions of Ovary Action?
- I was impressed with Brooklin's ability to get the word out and with the large crowd for both events at WILD.

What benefits for the community, did you see?
- I saw how well her students did and I saw women who had never performed stand-up get up and give it a whirl! That's huge. I also saw women being given a platform for expressing themselves, which benefits everyone.

How has Ovary Action helped the community?
- By giving women a creative voice.

How has Ovary Action helped you?
- People who came to the Ovary portion of WILD were exposed to the other women's issues we were trying to raise awareness about.

What potential do you see for Ovary action?
- I think Ovary Action is great for a Girls' Night Out; I also like the idea that comedy is therapeutic. Maybe doing a special private show for the Open Gate community?

What positive aspects did you see at the Ovary action Events?
I saw female performers being supported by their community. I saw women gaining confidence in themselves through stand-up, performing in front of a crowd.

What were the highlights of Ovary Action?
- I liked that there was a diverse group of ladies performing. It wasn't all mommy or wife humor.

What was the best part of being involved with ovary?
- Seeing a bunch of strong, funny broads have a good time.

What was the best feedback you received as a part of Ovary from the Audience?
- Someone said their face hurt from laughing!