John Lehr and Nancy Hower, creators of the TBS sitcom Ten Items or Less will lead a workshop on Tuesday, February 12 in Theatre OnTime. The hands-on workshop will teach students how to make a good a story using improv.
John Lehr is a comedic writer, monologist and performer working in television, film and theater in Los Angeles and New York. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous television series and feature films including NBC’s Jesse and as host of ABC’s reality show I am a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here. Lehr is a critically acclaimed improvisational performer having worked at the Organic Theater and Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, The Montreal Comedy Festival and Chicago Improvisational Festival.
Nancy Hower, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama, performed in many plays both on and off Broadway, including the The Government Inspector, opposite Tony Randall on Broadway; Anthony and Cleopatra, with Vanessa Redgrave at The Public Theatre; and Why We Have a Body, which won an Obie Award for Best Play. She has starred in various television shows and independent films, and went on to write and direct films, including The Wizard of Id and Memron, which won the Audience Award at both Slamdance and The Taos Film Festival. Hower and Lehr have their own production company called Howler Productions where they will continue to bring their brand of improve to television and film.
Workshop participants will view an episode of Ten Items or Less, followed by a Q&A where Hower and Lehr will describe how the show was made. The free event is sponsored by the Lewis Center for the Arts Program in Theater and Dance and Theatre InTime. All University students, faculty staff and are welcomed. For more information contact Anne Torsiglieri.