If you are seeking to become a better, more complete improv actor, this program can help. Everyone, from those just beginning their career to seasoned pros, can benefit from the techniques discussed, practiced and workshopped.
Karina Arroyave teaches the course, an accomplished film and television actress with many credits, including NBC’s award winning The Blacklist role of Mierce Xiu, or her critically acclaimed role of Karla on the hit Netflix series Orange Is The New Black, the hit television series 24 and award-winning film Crash.
Guided by Karina’s professional insight, students will develop concentration and train themselves to be responsive and expressive within imaginary circumstances. This results in a skilled, authentic actor with an organic, spontaneous and disciplined instrument.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PROGRAM:
For the first day of class, please bring a memorized monologue of your choice, something you’re excited to work on.
If you need assistance finding a monologue, a list of sites we recommend will be provided upon registration.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Karina Arroyave
Karina Arroyave was born in Colombia and moved to New York City at the age of 1. She studied acting at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, and later studied comedic acting at The Groundlings in Los Angeles. She made her stage debut playing the title role in Marisol at the Louisville Humana Festival. In 1993, she made her Broadway debut in the Jane Bowles’ play In the Summer House.
From 1988 to 1994, Karina starred as Bianca Marquez Walsh in the CBS daytime soap opera As the World Turns. She made her film debut in the 1989 drama film Lean On Me, opposite Morgan Freeman and Beverly Todd. She later had supporting roles in the films Falling Down (1993), Dangerous Minds (1995), One Eight Seven (1997), In Too Deep (1999), and Crash (2004), to name a few. On television, Karina Arroyave played the role of Jamey Farrell during the first season of Fox series 24 from 2001 to 2002. Other television appearances include Criminal Minds: BEYOND BORDERS, The Mysteries of Laura, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, New York Undercover, The Practice, NYPD Blue and Blue Bloods. In 2019, Arroyave played Karla Córdova, a Salvadoran detainee, during the final season of Netflix comedy-drama, Orange Is the New Black.