Clif Henning

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Hi folks, my name is Clifton Henning but you can call me Clif and I want to coach your team.

I started taking UCB classes in May 2011, starting with the sketch curriculum before beginning the improv curriculum in April 2012. I have completed and been approved for Advanced Study for both curriculums since late 2014 and approved for the Academy since 2018. I've also teched improv class shows at UCB Chelsea/Hell's Kitchen for three years, so I have seen EVERYTHING.

Now I'm going to list all the teachers and coaches I've worked with as well as where you may have seen me perform. Please note that this is mostly just bragging, having studied with these teachers does not mean I remember any of the lessons they've imparted into me. You have been warned.

I've studied sketch under Ari Voukydis, Erik Tanouye, Michael Delaney, and Craig Rowin. You may have seen sketches I've written and performed with my team Please Clap directed by Andrew Coalson.

I've studied improv under Gaven Speiller, Anthony Atamanuik, Nicole Drespel, Shaun Diston, Zack Willis, Megan Hovde, Johnna Scrabis, James Dwyer, Becky Drysdale, Michael Delaney, and Kevin Hines. You may have seen me perform with various teams over the years - including Rolf (coached by Brian Frange), Black Dog (coached by Rollie Williams), The Obelisk (coached by Matt Clevy), and my longest running indie improv team, Umbrellaman (coached by Connor Ratliff) - or in recent Advanced/Academy Performance class shows at UCB, including Final Frontiers directed by Zack Willis and The Art House Improv Movement directed by James Dwyer.

Impressed with all the names yet? No? Yeah, me neither.

So why should you hire me to coach you? Because long-form improv is a young art form and you're probably far too concerned with doing it "right". It's not about doing it "right". Get that out of your head right now. In fact, in practice, try to do it wrong. See if you can do it wrong. See if doing it wrong will break the scene or will break the form. Practice is for WORK, not to do things RIGHT. Feel free to fail. Whether something fails or not, as long as you're pushing yourself and trying new things, you're working a new muscle, you're adding a new tool to your improv toolbox.

That's what I've come to realize: every class, every practice, every show, every workshop, every scene, and every failed scene has added a new tool to my toolbox or has sharpened one I already have. In addition to building and sharpening your toolset, you have to get the reps in so you can learn when to use which tool and how you need to use it.

Once you get the reps under your belt, this all starts to become second nature. Once it all becomes second nature, you can relax, and let your scenes unfold. You will find that You Are Enough. The tool you need will come to you when you need it. Your scenes will feel easy and free and full of possibilities. You'll lose the sense of time as your scenes just flow.

I believe all schools of thought regarding long-form improv are trying to achieve the same results, to get the player to a place where they can be fully present in scenes and engaged with their scene partners. Being fully present is necessary to achieve flow, the state in which you lose self-awareness, are fully focused on the task at hand, and it all feels effortless. I believe all good improvisers, whether they realize it or not, enter a state of flow, and I believe that many technically "good" improv scenes fall flat when the improvisers fail to be fully present.

I believe strongly in full emotional commitment and active listening and I believe these are the keys to being fully present in your scenes.

I'll do my best to give you new tools and to sharpen the ones you already have. I'll do my best to get you the reps you need so you know when to use each tool and how to use it properly. I'll do my best to help you to be fully present in your scenes.

I'll also do my best to make sure it's fun for you and not a drag.

Note, I may occasionally start talking about the subconscious mind, meditation, and flow states and how this all relates to improv, but if that's your cup of tea and you're ready to push some boundaries and see what long-form improv CAN be, BOOK ME.

My rates are $50 for 2-hour sessions, $60 for 3-hour sessions. For teams, I'll come to and note your shows for an additional fee we can work out together.

Email: clifhenning@gmail.com

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