MENELAOS PROKOS


 
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About

Menelaos Prokos is a theatrical improviser based in Athens, Greece. His improv brain, though, developed in Austin, TX. He is the founer of ImproVIBE, the country's first improv school and theater. During the years of ImproVIBE's operation he's been teaching students, performing shows, training instructors and developing courses for all levels. He is also the producer of Mt. Olymprov, Greece's International improv Festival. He is heavily involved in applied improvisation, working with companies and people from all around the world. He has taught/performed all over Europe, as well as the USA and Colombia. His teaching primarily focuses on acting natural, adding fun and realism that comes directly from the heart, and pushing the students towards enjoying everything they do on stage. He strongly believes in creating emotional improv with a purpose that goes beyond the quick joke and has impact, not just for the audience but for the performers as well.


Workshops

Fuck Up!

Duration: 3 hours
Times: Thursday Morning
Level: General
Participants: 14
Price: 45€

Stop being afraid of major blunders on stage. Embrace the utter destruction of any scene and treat all mistakes as gifts. This workshop focuses on two things: 1) How to handle a situation where things are going absolutely horribly wrong in a scene and there seems to be no way whatsoever of saving it. 2) Messing everything up on purpose right from the top of the scene and seeing what comes out of it. Throw yourself and your teammates a massive curve ball, and enjoy the mayhem that comes from it.
 

 

This Is What I Want

Duration: 3 hours
Times: Saturday Morning
Level: General
Maximum Participants: 14
Price: 45€

If we kinda want to do it, the audience kinda wants to see it. Why not play passionately and with determination, while at the same time offering the audience a passionate experience? Be part of the life you are creating on stage, rather than feeling the obligation to just go along. Many times we see improvisers on stage being flimsy, unsure of the motives for their character, ending up making choices that don’t really make sense. That is because they do not know what their character actually WANTS! That makes the character seem unnatural, making it hard for the audience (and the players) to connect with what they are witnessing. In this workshop we work on our strongest desires in every moment, both as improvisers as well as the characters we bring to life on stage. We learn to always stand firmly on our feet, knowing what we want and how this will affect all our future choices.

 

15 in 30

Duration: 2 hours
Times: Wednesday Afternoon
Level: Intermediate
Maximum Participants: 11
Price: 35€

This is an improv adaptation of a show by the NeoFuturists in Chicago called "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind". The idea is that we perform 15 scenes in 30 minutes STRICT! 15 numbered A4 papers, all different colors, are hung up on a clothes line at the back of the stage. Each paper has a suggestion written at the back and all suggestions are taken before the show starts by a member who does not play. Once the show starts, the improvisers go against the clock to manage to do these 15 scenes in 30 minutes. Each scene ends with a key word that the entire cast shouts out at the same time. It's like a vocal swipe. The rehearsal for this show will focus on getting the ensemble together, taking them through the format and showing them what it's like to have fun with the scenes, while keeping the clock in mind, but without caring whether at the end of the 30 minutes we will have managed to do all the scenes or not. It's a high-energy, fun show, which great variation from scene to scene.

* This workshop culminates in a mixer team performance

 

Being an A$$hole

Duration: 3 hours
Times: Friday Morning
Level: Advanced
Maximum Participants: 16
Price: 45€

Supporting your teammate can come in a lot of different shapes and forms. What if one of them was by making their life (or your own) hell on earth? Learn how to get super-inspired and have new levels of fun on stage through torturing yourself or your partner. Always while respecting and taking care of yourself and others. Learn how to be playful about it and you'll have the audience rolling on the floor laughing.