Freestyle Love Supreme, the improv troupe founded by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Anthony Veneziale, launches its first-ever freestyle school next month: the Freestyle Love Supreme Academy. The eight-week training course, which kicks off in March, will culminate in live performances at the Ars Nova Theater.
The FLS Academy is created and run by FLS members in partnership with long-time FLS producers Kail, Miranda, Ars Nova founders Jenny and Jon Steingart, and Hamilton co-producer Jill Furman.
Current teachers include seasoned freestyle facilitators Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan and Andrew “Jelly Donut” Bancroft. Guest teachers may include Anthony “TwoTouch” Veneziale, James “J-Soul” Monroe Iglehart, Arthur “The Geniuses” Lewis, Hamilton's Christopher Jackson, and Utkarsh Ambudkar.
The first part of the training, Foundations of Freestyle, will begin March 17 with a second class cycle starting March 18. The fee for the eight weeks is $550 and applications are being accepted now at Freestylelovesupreme.com/academy.
"Freestyle Love Supreme was an ideal training ground for us to learn so many of the necessary skills required to make theater, or just be a better human being,” said FLS co-founders Kail and Miranda. “It turns out that our cast is just as gifted at teaching the fundamentals of musical improv as they are at performing it. While the goal is not to master anything in a 8-week program, it is plenty of time to try on some of the core beliefs necessary to make a unified collective: listening, creating and accepting ideas, bringing yourself to the work, and chasing the openness the moment requires, not chasing the laugh."
Freestyle Love Supreme Academy is created and run directly by FLS Members.
Freestyle Love Supreme currently continues its hit, sold-out run at Ars Nova's Greenwich House Theater through March 3. The TodayTix lottery offers 15 tickets per performance at $30. Sign up for updates and ticket availability at FreestyleLoveSupreme.com.