Acting For Improvisers with Estes Tarver

Thursday, February 2nd, 7-9:30pm

In this workshop Estes will go over some basic acting principles and comedy principals that will help improvisers and actors learn to feel more physically connected to the scene and the audience. The principles and exercises will also help teach performers to clarify and “punch” jokes so that the audience has that big laugh. And most importantly actors will learn how to develop a strong sense of truth and humor in their work. Will also be a great time.

Prerequisite: Improv 201, or at least 6 months improv experience.

Tuition: $40 / $25 for DSI Company Members

About the Instructor

Estes Tarver is an award wining actor, director, writer, and producer working out of Raleigh, NC. He has acted in NYC, LA, NC, and regionally. Estes has been seen on shows such as Finding Carter on MTV as Sgt. Hall. He can also been seen on such shows as The Detour (TBS Coming this spring), Under The Dome (Tom Tilden), Turn, One Tree Hill, Dawson’s Creek, As The World Turns, The Guiding Light, and appeared in Colin Firth’s Arthur Newman Golf Pro. On stage, Estes has worked off-broadway and regionally with oscar/emmy nominated award-winning directors and actors. He has written and produced award winning film and just finished his first feature film Changeover. He has also produced, written, and directed national brand commercials (Walgreens, Alli, Hasbro…etc). Estes’ students have booked major roles on shows and films such as Disney’s The Lone Ranger, Terminator Genesis, Turn, Sleepy Hollow, Barely Lethal, Triple Nine, Last Vegas, Eastbound and Down, Hunger Games, The Bay (Barry Levinson), Army Wives, Hick, Banshee, Revolution, and have had callbacks to many Feature Films, Disney TV, Nickelodeon, Disney XD, the National tour of Peter Pan…etc. They have also worked on or had callbacks to Broadway shows, been accepted and won scholarships into top college programs (Tisch, UNCSA, Elon), had callbacks to CBS, Nickelodeon, HBO, L & O, etc.

Estes coaches actors at the professional level, taught acting at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and also the North Carolina Theatre Conservatory. He has an MFA in acting from UNC-Chapel Hill and has students regularly acting in stage, film, and television.