Former Milford resident returns to teach improve

MILFORD — The Milford Arts Council Eastbound Theater has announced its eight-week Intro to Improv course.

The course will begin March 22 and run every Tuesday through May 10 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m at the Firehouse Gallery, 81 Naugatuck Ave.

Students will learn the basics of improvisational comedy. The first half of the class will be lessons and exercise. The second half of the class will be scene work. After the final class, a graduation show will take place at the arts council’s building.

Students will split into teams to perform full 30-minute sets.

The course will utilize knowledge, and training that has been taken from all schools of thought for Improv including: UCB, the Upright Citizens Brigade, Second City, and Groundlings.

The course is for ages 18 and older.

Course instructor Nick Assunto is an advanced level Upright Citizens Brigade trained improvisor. He has been a sketch writer with more than 10 years of experience at both the New York and Los Angeles theatre performing at both, and hosting a weekly show in Los Angeles.

Assunto grew up in Milford and was in several theatre productions in Connecticut including Playhouse on the Green, Connecticut Free Shakespeare, and the arts council, before he moved to New York, and Los Angeles.

“In my 20s, Nick and I were on the acting circuit together and so when he reached out before knowing I worked at The MAC, it felt like fate that we should bring this course here,” Milford Arts Council Marketing Specialist Meg Carriero said.

“Nick is extremely talented and I know he will have a lot of insight and knowledge to give to the students in his class,” Carriero added. “I think that he can help them not just learn the beginning steps of improvisational comedy but also give them insight to what the industry is like if that is something they are looking to pursue. He is an asset for us to have back here in Milford for this course.”

People can register at milfordarts.org. The course is $160 for members of the arts council, and $180 for non-members.