Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist: Nancy Redman


Actress, stand-up, and playwright, Nancy Redman has rightfully earned a place in the top echelon of the nation's comedians. She was featured on television's Girls' Night Out (Lifetime) and The Oprah Winfrey Show. She was also a two-time prize winner on America's Funniest People (ABC). Nancy was a member of the Comic Strip Improv Group and studied with Second City's Martin Harvey Friedberg, Paul Sills and Dick Schaal.


Nancy also wrote and performed three award-winning one-woman shows. For her solo play The Doctor Is Not In, "a sci-fi comedy exploring the hypocrisy of Hippocrates," performed twice in the United Solo Theatre Festival 2014, Redman was honored with the Best Comedian Award. Nancy also received the Best Comedian Award for her 2011 show CLUTTER: I'm Saving My Life and It's Killing Me. In 2012, Nancy was awarded the United Solo's Best Stand-up Award for her EMERGENCY A La Carte, in which "a comedian dies and finds that death is her toughest audience." Director for Nancy's three shows, was the celebrated Austin Pendleton. These shows were performed in the United Solo Theater Festival, Off Broadway at Theatre Row.  Nancy has written comedy for corporate shows, and magazines.


As an actress, she recently appeared in the role of a Guardian Angel in "She Got Off The Couch" at The Dixon Place, as Terry Gross in "Meeting Terry Gross" at WorkShop Theater's Mainstage, Sue in "Monkey" at LaMama, and Blair in "For Art" at HB Studio Playwrights Theatre. She also entertained the troops for two months in Bahrain after the first Persian Gulf War.  




Introduction to Improvisation and Monologues  

In this workshop, students will learn how to improvise in order to create a humorous monologue. Students warm up with improvisation theater games. Comedian Nancy Redman will demonstrate comedy techniques. Students then select a subject for their original humorous monologues. Students will learn techniques to help with writing, focus, memorizing and how to uncover the most interesting and humorous parts of their story. Workshop concludes with students reading and sharing their own comedic material.  


Writing and Performing Humorous Monologues

Class clowns? Funny kids? Encourage humor, creativity and improvisation in your students during this 10-week residency. Your students will learn how to write and comfortably perform a humorous monologue, using various theater and comedy techniques. Following demonstrations of comedic techniques by comedian Nancy Redman, students will show their understanding with their original stories. Nancy assists students in exploring comedic themes through improvisation, theater games and storytelling while refining and editing work for a public audience. Students will learn to write and perform for audiences, handle mics, emcee, share critiques, and showcase presentations. This residency will culminate with a student showcase presentation.