History of the Program:
The Youth and Teen Improv Program was developed by Larissa Neilson and Kim Potter. After Laughtrack Theater went dark in 2011, Larissa expanded the original program to include more sessions and training for students. Looking for a home for the new program she presented the idea to Aaron Pughes. After reworking the focus of the program and making changes to expand the age range, Larissa brought the program back to Aaron. The next month the Summer Youth Program was launched. Since it's launch the program has been featured on air, radio and print multiple times.
About the Instructor:
Larissa DLG Franzen
Larissa DLG. Franzen is one of the foremost improvisers in Hawaii. Larissa has been playing steadily in Hawaii of the past 8 years starting in 2007, been training improvisers in Hawaii since 2009, and has been a prevailing force in the Hawaii improv community.
Larissa began her career studying in Honolulu with the foremost improvisers of the time, and trained with some of the best improvisers from Chicago and New York. She has studied improv through Second City master improviser Jeff Griggs and Chicago Improv Festival Executive Producer Jonathan Pitts. Larissa is constantly expanding and sharing that knowledge, as she believes that everyone has the right to play.
Improv Theater for Teens:
Think Fast’s newest education program is dedicated to provide a positive experience for teens from 13-17 years old, building on exercises and lessons from our adult Unscripted Theater Classes, Hawaii's most successful improv program. Each month we focus on skills teens will need both on stage and off!
The Teen Improv Classes build confidence, communication, teamwork, and listening skills, classes are kept fun and engaging by using games to teach these essential skills! Whether nervous talking to others or right at home center stage, this class was designed support teens!
Enrollment is monthly allowing for vacations and time off without being unable to continue the following month. The cost is $40 a month.
About the Instructor:
David Bachler was one of the first student to join the Think Fast Improv cast. He has become a performer known for his larger than life characters.
David has been seen on musical theatre stages across Oahu, in Cabaret and Legally Blonde at Diamond Head Theatre, and in Next to Normal and Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein at Manoa Valley Theatre. He has done commercial work for Outrigger Hotels and co-starred in Parenthood: The Musical for BabyCenter.com.
Mr. Bachler found his roots in performing back in high school where he studied drama for 3 years. He has also studied and performed with Olympic Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Pacific Northwest Ballet.