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Hudson Valley Community College Offers Improvisational Theater Course at Colonie Central Starting March 18

MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013

Introduction to Improvisational Theatre, a three-credit, college-level course, is being offered by Hudson Valley Community College at Colonie Central High School beginning March 18 and running through May 10, 2013.

The course will be held Monday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8:50 p.m.

“Introduction to Improvisational Theatre” (THEA 170), introduces students to the fundamentals of improvisational acting. Theatre games and exercises, intended to free students from the anxiety and mental blocks associated with performing without any prior preparation, will be utilized. Students will work in groups to develop the communicative and cooperative skills needed to confidently participate in the various styles and forms of improvisational theatre. Finally, this course will allow students to develop the skills of listening, observation, impromptu thinking and expression that are necessary for effective interpersonal communication in work, school, and social situations.

Instructor Joshua Sperber has taught “Introduction to Improvisational Theatre,” “Creative Writing: Stage and Screen,” as well as public speaking classes as an instructor at Hudson Valley. He also has served as both an actor and a director for several local improv troupes, has performed stand-up comedy at venues throughout the Northeast, and has had plays produced in the Capital Region. Sperber holds degrees in English, dramaturgy and educational theatre.

To register for the course, contact the Office of Continuing Education, Summer Sessions and Workforce Development at 629-7339.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,500 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.

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