Improv+the Industry: a new master class

A Work in Progress held its first master class 7 years ago with the Worcester Shakespeare Company, to an eager crowd of about 40 students ages 10-18. There was a snowstorm that day, but the workshop went on as scheduled, and we were surprised to see the tremendous turnout despite the weather! As the students interacted with the professional actors and learned not only about performing, but about Shakespeare… we knew that master classes would become a staple offering.

Master classes are a chance for students to engage with professionals in all areas of the arts. Typically, these professionals are local… but this time, L.A.-based actor Gregory Hoyt will be with us! A Massachusetts native, Greg will be leading a workshop covering all things improv… and the industry. Students ages 12+ are encouraged to attend as they will not only be challenged as performers, but will learn a bit about what it takes to be an actor in L.A., NYC, and beyond!

Gregory Hoyt is a professional actor and improviser with many TV, Film and Theatre credits to his name including J. Edgar, Rampage, Patriots Day, Life With Dog, Surviving Theater 9, The Adult Swim Golf Classic, The Lafayette Escadrille, The Millionaire’s Unit, Heroes, Hart of Dixie, Greek and Campus Ladies.Gregory is a founding member of Foreign Study, a Los Angeles based production company that focuses on creating short form improvisational comedy content. 

In 2018, Gregory starred in the film “Surviving Theater 9” which was selected to World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.In 2017, Gregory originated the role of Seth Laurie in the Theatrical World Premiere of “The Engine of Our Ruin” by Jason Wells with the L. A. Times saying: “Gregory Hoyt stands out as a naif diplomatic assistant who is more stoned than savvy.” Gregory has starred in over 75 National / International commercials and has performed in hundreds of Improv shows throughout the country.He has appeared onstage in Los Angeles at the Groundlings Theater, U.C.B. Franklin, the Elephant Theater, the Victory Theater, ACME Theater, Center Theater Group and the Ahmanson Theater. Gregory has a B.A. in Theater from UMass Amherst and he currently teaches Improvisation and Acting at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theater in Los Angeles.

This Master Class will be held on Thursday, January 2 from 2-4 at Trinity Community Church in Norwood. Those of you in the Attleboro/North RI area: it will be worth the trip! It is for ages 12+ (suggested. Graduates/alumni and friends welcome!). For more details and to register, click here.

As always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions!


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