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January 2020


Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism Exhibition

The Sculpture Center
Nov 29, 2019 - Jan 10, 2020 Various times | The Sculpture Center | Hone Your Craft
Crafting Democracy demonstrates the ways in which craft is employed as a tool of expression that gives voice to people who seek an active role in democracy. This exhibition shows how objects of material culture can provoke and engage everyday citizens, including those of marginalized identities, as productive tools in deliberative democracies; craft can also aid those wanting their voices to be amplified through the process of making.

Improv 1

Michael Busch
Jan 06, 2020 7-9 p.m. | Mahall's, 13200 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107 | Hone Your Craft
This course is an introduction to long-form improvisation, based on the style developed by The iO Theater and The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. We will start with a focus on the fundamentals - agreement, listening, and support - as well as the thing that should come across in every scene: the fun. We will also get into things like establishing the reality of the scene, connecting with your scene partner, and heightening based off game/premise.‚Äč
This class is designed for beginners up to those with some longform improv experience.
Each week we will develop your group and individual skills through scene work and exercises.
The class ends in a graduation show.
RATE: $200, 8-week course. Schedule: Mondays 7-9pm beginning 01/06/2020. You must attend at least 6 classes to advance to Improv 2.

Improv 2

Michael Busch
Jan 07, 2020 7-9 p.m. | Terrymore Inn, Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107 | Hone Your Craft
In this course we will build on the fundamentals from Improv 1 to create full shows of interconnected scenes - building a world with your own rules. Part of the fun of improv is that it can grow as weird and crazy as you like, but it needs to start from a seed of reality.
Through scene work and exercises you will learn to focus your performance and build shows based on the core idea, or game of the scene. Listening for the unusual thing and creating your world around it. You will also heighten your writing skills and learn to think quicker on your feet.
This class is designed for performers who have taken Improv 1 or have taken similar classes elsewhere.
Each 8 week course will end in a class show for your friends, family, and future fans. RATE: $200, 8-week course, Tuesdays 7-9pm, Begins 01/07/2020.
To sign up for Improv 2 you must take Improv 1 or get approval - please email michaelbuschclasses at

Sketch Writing 1

Michael Busch
Jan 08, 2020 7-9 p.m. | TBD (Lakewood area) | Hone Your Craft
In this 8-week course you will learn: Proper script formatting, Ways to generate ideas, Tips on the writing process, How to confidently pitch, Writing/revising sketches, Practical experience in a writers room setting.
At the end of the 8-week course you will have 4-5 finished sketches. This class is for both experienced comedians and people just starting out - as long as you have a desire to write your own material, you are welcome. You will be required to write outside of class.
Through Michael's experiences working with various groups and shows at The Upright Citizens Brigade, running writers rooms for digital companies, and pitching shows and ideas to networks and companies such as Maker Studios and Comedy Central, I'll bring you tips and skills to help you succeed whether you're in New York, Los Angeles, or right here in Cleveland.

Inlet Dance Theatre presents Dominic Moore-Dunson's "The 'Black Card' Project"

Inlet Dance Theatre
Jan 17, 2020 7:00 PM | Akron Civic Theatre | Community
The Black Card Project, created by Inlet Dance Theatre's Dominic Moore-Dunson in collaboration with Kevin Parker, is an evening length dance theatre production examining the narrow definition of the black identity. Described as a mixture of "an old school Saturday Morning cartoon, a 90's black sitcom, and a vaudeville show" this family-friendly show aims to open dialogue about the black experience as it eventually relates to economic development in the community. Artie Alvin Beatty III is a young home-schooled black boy with a highly overdeveloped inner-sphere. Artie's mother, being concerned about his lack of cultural awareness, sends him to Booker T. Malcolm Luther Parks Academy of Absolute Blackness! In a single school day Artie must pass various classes such as, "How To Dance on Beat" and "Thuggin 101" in order to earn his "black card". "The Black Card" - An African-American metaphor of one's black identity, authenticity, or belonging.