The Greenwood Lake Public Library, located at 79 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake, will host a free, four-session comedy improvisation workshop beginning on Thurs., May 2 to Thurs., May. 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Students will learn the basic rules of improvisation, play group games, and develop original characters and scenes, presented and guided by the Rising City Arts Theatre Group. This program is open to adults as well as teens in high school.
Since launching in 2010, Rising City Arts’ mission has been to “offer a unique place to explore and enjoy the art of theatre. We serve children and adults of all ages with high quality, innovative theatre and acting-based classes, workshops and in-school residencies taught by some of New York’s finest acting teachers. Our approach to the craft builds smart actors with a greater awareness of self, community, confidence, and artistic potential. We continually seek to grow in connection to what drives our creative spirit.”
Dina Ann Comolli-Samargian, executive director and co-founder of Rising City Arts, has incorporated a variety of techniques she practiced at Harvard’s American Repertory Theater into the workshop. In the past, Dina has taught acting for kids with City Lights Youth Theatre, the Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Westchester Conservatory for the Performing Arts. Additional in-school collaborations include work with Counseling in Schools, Arts to Grow, the Creative Arts Team’s ELTA program, Queens Theatre in the Park’s CASA program and Project Liberty, among others.
Off Broadway, she appeared in The Rise of Dorothy Hale and regionally she starred in Twelfth Night at the Summer Theatre of New Canaan and the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival as well as Mofo with the Hat at The Kitchen. Some of her TV credits include Law and Order: SVU, Fringe, I’d Kill for You and School Spirits. Dina is also private acting coach and a Nia Green Belt Instructor.
To register for this workshop, visit the Library, call 477-8377, ext. 101 or visit www.gwllibrary.org.