with BeerSharkMice

Sunday 12:00pm at The Village Theatre

BeerSharkMice members are offering a Master Improv class to all Atlanta students past and present at the Village Theater. The class will be a three-hour workshop intensive with four members of BeerSharkMice.  BeerSharkMice, previous winners of “Improv group of the year,” is a long-form improvisational show that originated at the iO West in Los Angeles. It’s generally a one hour performance based on an audience suggestion of a location. The location is the jumping off point for an array of scenes where the players tag in and out spinning the scene or scenes in different directions or wildly out of control, often ending up back at the original starting point. The workshop will be conducted by: Peter Hulne, Michael Coleman, Paul Vaillancourt and Pat Finn. Collectively they have been improvising and teaching for over 30 years. They have taught on the corporate level as well as festivals, at the iO, and at Universities such as: UCLA, CU Boulder, Indiana, LMU, Pepperdine, and Marquette. Their vast resumes include: Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Middle, Brooklyn 99, Drunk History, The Blame Game, 2 Broke Girls, Seinfeld, Speechless, Factory, Modern Family, Marvel Agent of S.H.E.I.L.D., Goldbergs, GLOW and many more. This is an opportunity to learn from some of the best, to hear stories and gain tools to help you in every facet of your improv game. In this workshop you will learn to make stronger choices, listen better, build more team trust, and have the ability to play and have more fun on stage. 


We will begin with an opening lecture and Q and A. We’ll cover the basics of improv and how our form came about. We will highlight how to get the most out of your time on stage. Students will learn games and get actual stage time throughout. Depending on the class size, we will break into smaller groups and rotate so that everyone can build on the strengths and individual styles of each teacher. We will then regroup and concentrate on scene work. Each teacher will focus on the following: 

Peter Hulne: Object and space work, physicality, character and location understanding.

Michael Coleman: Relationships, trust, strong scene choices, and the little things. 

Paul Vaillancourt: Opening scenes, starting in the middle, reading your partner, group scenes.

Pat Finn: Better edits, heightening scenes, callbacks and gifts, going wide on tag outs.

Don’t miss a chance to be a better improvisor, a stronger all- around player, and a reliable teammate.

Michael Coleman 

Michael Coleman is an actor, known for How High (2001), American Wedding (2003) and Arrested Development (2003) & Drunk History on Comedy Central. Member of the improvisational group "Beer Shark Mice" along with David Koechner, Neil Flynn, Pat Finn and Peter Hulne. Plays bass guitar in the rock band Chuck Valiant.

Pete Hulne

Peter A. Hulne was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is an actor and director, known for Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Battle of the Sexes (2017) and Elf (2003).  He has an identical twin, Patrick Hulne, who still resides in Chicago and also acts on occasion with his brother when a job comes up. Member of the Improvisation Group Beer Shark Mice along with David Koechner, Neil Flynn, Mike Coleman & Pat Finn.

Pat Finn

Pat Finn was born in Evanston, Illinois, USA as Patrick Cassidy Finn. He is an actor and writer, known for The Middle (2009), It's Complicated (2009) and I Am Chris Farley (2015). Graduate of Loyola Academy (High School) in Wilmette, Illinois. Alumnus of Second City of Chicago. Graduate of Marquette University. Member of the Improv Group "Beer Shark Mice" along with David Koechner, Neil Flynn, Michael Coleman and Peter A. Hulne. Rugby teammate of Chris Farley at Marquette University. Teaches an Improvisational Class at University of Colorado - Boulder.

Paul Vaillancourt 

Paul Vaillancourt is a writer, actor, director, producer and most of all improvisor who has been teaching and performing improv across the country for more than 25 years. He is a graduate of the Comedy Sportz Training Program in Virginia, the Second City Training Center in Chicago as well as the legendary iO in Chicago where he had the rare opportunity to study under the legendary Del Close. After his group, Bitter Noah, was selected to perform their signature piece, the Improvised Movie, at the US Comedy Arts festival Paul moved to Los Angeles and founded the iO West where he has been teaching, directing and performing (both written and improvised shows) ever since. During his time in Hollywood Paul has become a sought after improv coach, producer, writer and consultant working with many TV networks including Fox, MTV, VH1, Oxygen, History and Bravo to name a few. Recently, he also authored “The Triangle of the Scene: a simple, practical, powerful method for approaching improvisation” available on iBooks and Amazon Kindle. He is also the creator and host of Improv Tips on his YouTube channel PVImprov. Currently Paul is performing Man vs. Movie (the world’s only one-man improvised movie).