Rick & Laura Hall
Rick and Laura met in Chicago in The Second City National Touring Company. They continue to write,teach and perform, both separately and together. Rick & Laura lead music improv workshops atcolleges, comedy clubs, festivals and theaters around the world, bringing a unique dual perspective as an improvising actor and musician.
Join our Q&A with Rick & Laura Hall! Open to any Training Center Students. $10 entry.
Thursday, December 8th from 2:00PM - 3:00PM. REGISTER HERE.
Join our special Musical Improv workshop with Rick & Laura Hall! $95 class fee.
Thursday, December 8th from 10AM - 1PM. REGISTER HERE.
Here's what the workshop covers:
1. Warming up and why it’s important, care and use of your voice
2. Building vocal confidence: exploring melody, rhythm, discovering your natural voice, becoming a more confident singer.
3. Music improv as a natural extension of scenic work: using character, location, emotion, relationships etc. to create rich and interesting songs
5. Group singing: Listening, watching, taking turns, coming to a chorus, harmonies, ending together
6. Rhyming exercises and games
7. Musical structure and why it’s important
8. Movement and choreography
Laura Hall is best known as the Musical Director for all 19 seasons of the American hit TV show,“Whose Line is it Anyway”. While at The Second City, Laura was Musical Director and Composer for the Jeff Award winning E.T.C. revue, “Channel This!” She toured the world with “Drew Carey and the Improv All Stars”, and has played with countless improv groups including The Improv Institute, iO and iOWest, Groundlings, Theatresports, ComedySportz, and “Opening Night: The Improvised Musical!” Shecomposed original musicals at The Annoyance Theater and Theater-A-Go-Go, including “Patty, Patty,Bang! Bang!” which won an L.A. Weekly award for Best New Musical.
Laura has created “Improv Karaoke”, fully produced tracks to help improvisers learn music improv, as well as an online video course, “A Musician’s Guide to Improv Comedy” and a book, “The ImprovComedy Musician” which both teach musicians how to do what she doeson Whose Line and in live improv shows. Laura has composed scores and songs for several indie films, including; “Slice of Pie”, written by RickHall; a zoom noir, “The Long Isolation”, written by Deb Lacustaand Second City alum Dan Castellaneta; two award winning documentaries about the holocaust, “Swimming in Auschwitz” and “After Auschwitz”;a romantic comedy, “Anatomy of a Breakup” written by Judy Minor; and “The Wheels on the Bus” video series, starring Roger Daltrey as an 8 ft dragon.
Rick Hall was a founding member of Chicago’s Improv Institute. At The Second City, he created andperformed in two Main Stage shows, “John Paul Sartre & Ringo” and “Catch 27”. Rick performed in “The People vs. Friar Laurence, the Man Who Killed Romeo & Juliet.”, at Chicago Shakespeare, written anddirected by fellow Second Citizen, Ron West. Rick also played the lead role in “A Flea in Her Ear” on the Chicago Shakespeare mainstage.
Rick was a series regular on the improv-based TV show “The Factory”, created by Second City alum Mitch Rouse. He played Agent Johnson on 28 episodes of the hit Disney show, “KC Undercover”, andhas been on many other television shows including “NCIS”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “24”, “The Middle”,“Key & Peele” and “Seinfeld”. He's been in commercials for AT&T, Centrum, Sabra Hummus and many more. Currently Rick can be seen as Detective Chowder in in the award winning “The Long Isolation”. Rick is an accomplished writer and storyteller, headlining at “The Reboot”,“The Otter Story Hour”, “Story Salon”, and “Open Words Expo”. His one man show, “Pigboy”, about growing up on a farm in Central Illinois, was chosen for the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, and enjoyed successful runs in L.A., Chicago, and across the Midwest.
Rick has recorded a CD of several of his stories and turned oneof them, “Slice of Pie”, into a short film, which won numerous awards on the film festival circuit.
To find out more about Laura, visit www.laurahall.com.
To find out more about Rick, visit www.therickhall.com.