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Dojo: Sacred place where the human spirit is polished through hard work.

Welcome to the Comedy Dojo. This is the place where actors and improvisers come to train for work in television, film and the theatrical stage. This will involve working in the areas of spontaneity, narrative, character and story. All of the above will fall under the "Dojo Technique".

After years of study in improvisation, acting on stage with the Second City Main Stage, The National Lampoon Show, and as a founding member of The Improv-Olympics first Harold Team. And after moving west to Los Angeles and auditioning and being cast in such shows as Carol Burnett, Seinfeld and The Marty Short Show, after appearing in Bonnie Hunts wonderful film "Return to Me", it became very clear to me what is lacking in today's improvisational schools,.....ACTING!

"Barnes is passionate about using his talents to help young people develop their love for the stage." POCONO RECORD Read Full Article

-"All Characterization or "acting" comes from an exaggerated of intensified rendition of yourself called by another name." ELAINE MAY.

Here at the Comedy Dojo I have successfully put together an acting technique you can take from the classroom to the stage to the audition and onto the set.

-"The concentration of the actor is what lures the concentration of the audience." MARIA AITKEN.

Students focus on techniques from Elaine May, Stanislavsky, Michael Shurtleff, Maria Aitken, Keith Johnstone, Del Close and Viola Spolin. Then students work these techniques inside the various improvisational forms such as games, scenes, and long forms.

-" The magical, the creative if..the imagined truth which the actor can believe as sincerely and with greater enthusiasm than he believes practical truth". STANISLAVSKY.

Here in Hollywood we need to be working on our character needs, wants and objectives through improvisation, it is the best way to explore character and to do that we need a technique, this technique is what we exercise at the dojo to strengthen our acting muscles.

-"What makes us laugh is the playing of one emotion immediately and unexpectedly against another." MICHAEL SHURTLEFF.

We also provide students with the opportunity to take your training onto a weekly industry supported cabaret showcase stage.

-You went out on stage to respond as a character in a situation and the absolute top thing you did was not go out there to be funny." SHELLEY BERMAN

Here at The Comedy Dojo the student gets the complete journey from study to exposure, all to ensure your preparation for the acting role. "Our goal is your dream."

Chris Barnes,
Comedy Dojo.