Special Intensive Workshops
Summer Stand-up Workshop
Our 2 1/2 week summer stand-up intensive is open to all levels! From absolute beginners wanting to try their hand at stand-up in a supportive environment to more seasoned comics wanting to work on new material or punch up existing jokes to get back in the comedy zone! You'll get to work with professional comedians with many years of international performance and coaching experience who will help you craft your observations and stories into jokes as well as improve your stage presence, timing and delivery. Students will meet 5 times in 2 weeks, with additional private feedback, ending with a public performance on Sunday, September 9, 2018.
Schedule: Saturdays, August 18, September 1 and September 8 from 1:00-3:30 PM. Mondays, August 27 and September 23 from 7:30-10:00 PM. Final show the evening of Sunday, September 9.
ACTING WORKSHOP with Mina Liccione
This class is designed as a nuts and bolts of acting for stage and film for all levels. Beginners will leave with a solid foundation of the craft as more advanced students will be both refreshed and challenged. The class highlights quick and powerful ways to make your performance more natural and spontaneous. Students will work with ensemble building games, script analysis, emotional recall, character development, scene study as well as audition preparation.
Schedule: Wednesdays and Saturdays between August 29-September 15, 2018.
The cost is AED 1200 / AED 1000 for returning students.
About the instructor…
Mina Liccione is an award-winning performing artist, comedian and Arts Professor hailing from New York. She has been seen on Broadway in STOMP and Sweet Charity, MTV's The Grind, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The New Pickle Circus, National Lampoon's film Pucked, Image Nation’s As One: The Autism Project and acted as the comedy coach for Cirque Du Soliel's Corteo.
Mina was awarded “Best One Woman Show” at the WOW Festival in San Francisco, was rated “Funniest People in 2012” by Rolling Stone Magazine and was voted “Most Inspiring Woman” in the UAE by Philly Arabia. She graduated with a BFA in Dance, minor in Theater Arts from Marymount Manhattan College and holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Performing Arts from New College of California. She’s served as Adjunct Professor of Theater and Movement at the New College of California, New York Film Academy and American University of Sharjah.
Some of her directorial and choreographic credits include The Magic of Motown - Stevie Wonder Opening, WAE Opening Ceremony, Little Shop of Horrors, Invisible Cities: Words about a place called Home, San Francisco Youth Circus, Improv Revolution Troupe and the powerful short films that have gone viral; The Shocking Truth about Muslims and Muslim Women Uncovered.
In 2008, she co-founded Dubomedy Arts with her husband Ali Al Sayed which is home to the Region’s first Comedy School and all-female troupe; Funny Girls UAE. She is extremely passionate about using comedy as a tool to break stereotypes and bring together people from diverse backgrounds. The comedy duo also founded the Clowns Who Care Project which brings joy, awareness and support to centers for children with special needs, refugee camps and hospitals.
Mina just filmed her debut 1 hour stand-up comedy special entitled "Mina Liccione: Araby By Nature" in May, 2017 acting as the first female to do so in the Middle East. Stay tuned for her upcoming appearances on Comedy Central Arabia's Ridiculousness Season 2 and Comedy Central Presents…Stand-up Season 2 TV both airing Sundays on OSN.. Follow her on social media at @MinaLiccione