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Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

  • 1.  Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 04-25-2020 17:37
    Edited by BJ Lange 04-26-2020 22:18

    Fellow EdTA Members,

    Looking for fun curriculum fillers and engaging discussions in this online world?

    Like some of us here, I'm cut back drastically on hours. So, if anyone would like to help me fill up my schedule so I'm not bored to death, I'm happy to pop in your online sessions as a guest speaker or guest instructor for a bit! For free. Simply put, I'm a theatre, comedy, acting nerd.

    I'm happy to perhaps lead some improv comedy workshops (games, long form, short form, overview, in-depth), sketch writing, or talk about being an actor in Hollywood! Discussions could be life as an artist, how I survive (working on Fox's 9-1-1), teaching, and my work with the Department of Defense as the comedy coach with the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program teaching applied improv. [See Links Below]

    Also, I'm doing a LOT of family-friendly improv comedy shows with ComedySportz St. Louis (my hometown) remotely. If any of your students would like to watch a Friday or Saturday evening match, let me know and I'll get you the link to share (free). This could make for good extra credit assignment and discussion the following Monday. 


    Some Links For Reference

    BJ is a Mentor, Ambassador, Comedy Coach - Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2)

    BJ's Tower of Hope Gala Cancer Speech:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVvSd6SW1Go   

    BJ's Second City Hollywood Bio:
    https://www.secondcity.com/people/other/bj-lange-2/  

    Smaller Bio: http://www.asapasap.org/bj-lange
    Detailed Bio, IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1293295/bio

    What BJ Does With The AIR FORCE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROGRAM: (News)
    http://nationswell.com/laughter-americas-veterans/bj-lange_healing-through-improv/   

    BJ Teaching  Active Duty Leadership Skills Through Improv (DEC 2019)
    Read: https://www.keesler.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2043474/turning-laughter-into-a-resilience-tool/

    WATCH: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/731221/turning-laughter-into-resilience-tool

    The Program BJ Leads at The Second City, IMPROV FOR VETERANS (News)
    https://www.scpr.org/news/2017/03/27/70207/a-new-tool-for-vets-transitioning-to-civilian-life/

    BJ at the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games:
    https://www.wearethemighty.com/news/cancer-awareness-warrior-games-2019

    BJ on USAF's Official Mental Health Podcast - BLUE GRIT:
    https://soundcloud.com/user-52299767/the-blue-grit-episode-19-a1c-ret-bj-lange     


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    BJ Lange
    Improv & Sketch Teacher. Youth, Adult, Veteran Programs
    The Second City and Orange County School of the Arts, CA
    Hollywood CA
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  • 2.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 04-26-2020 09:51
    CSz Boston here. Always happy to meet another member of the family.

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    Joseph Gels
    Theatre Teacher
    Boston Latin School
    Boston MA
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  • 3.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 04-26-2020 12:27
    Hello Joseph! Let me know when you are playing! Can you link me to a Zoom link? I've been trying to see as many as I can!

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    BJ Lange
    Teacher
    The Second City and Orange County School of the Arts CA
    Hollywood CA
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  • 4.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 04-29-2020 11:35
    I would love to have you as a guest teacher/speaker next week if possible!  My email is ngreen@mcalester.k12.ok.us
    Thank you!

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    Nicole Green
    McAlester OK
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  • 5.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 04-29-2020 19:28
    Just shot you an e-mail :D

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    BJ Lange
    Teacher
    The Second City and Orange County School of the Arts CA
    Hollywood CA
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  • 6.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 05-11-2020 01:46
    I had a blast with @Mary Bogrette's ​students, and hope to do more! Have a great week everyone!

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    BJ Lange
    Teacher
    The Second City and Orange County School of the Arts CA
    Hollywood CA
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  • 7.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 05-11-2020 08:09

    My students and I had so much fun!  Great games to use with Virtual Learning!  Thank you @BJ Lange for 90 minutes of improv!

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    Mary Bogrette
    Bloomfield Hills High School
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  • 8.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 05-14-2020 13:10
    If you or your students are looking for inspiration (or EXTRA CREDIT!) below are two shows that I'm doing for ComedySportz This Weekend! It could make for a good discussion for the next class! Maybe you can require a screenshot as proof of attendance? And if they notify me at the end of the show, we'll invite them to our notes and join the discussion and can speak with the players, couch, and CsZ STL Owner. I do shows almost every weekend between CsZ and The Second City. 
     
    Also, I'm always happy to share any improv curriculum or thoughts. If you ever need a guest speaker or improv instructor, I'm happy to pop in for a bit to talk Hollywood actor life or improv - FOR FREE. Let me know when you meet and maybe we can coordinate a time to have me pop in?
    More weekend comedy family-friendly fun! at 6p Pacific/ 8p Central/ 9p Eastern as part of ComedySportz STL!
     
    You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
    When: Fri May 15, 2020 08:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
    Topic: Richmond vs Stl in Virtual ComedySportz

    Register in advance for this webinar:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_saSESt8YQO23WLw3FKVnMA

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
     
    When: May 16, 2020 08:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
    Topic: Virtual ComedySportz 8 pm Sat May 16th, 2020

    Register in advance for this webinar:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_o1i-1-qjQc65xtHk7mLdIQ


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    BJ Lange
    Teacher
    The Second City and Orange County School of the Arts CA
    Hollywood CA
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  • 9.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 05-14-2020 13:11
    Thank you @Karen Chandler! I had a blast with your Beverly Hills students today! <3 ​

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    BJ Lange
    Teacher
    The Second City and Orange County School of the Arts CA
    Hollywood CA
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  • 10.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 05-15-2020 19:18
    @Kristina Cummins I had a blast! Thank you and your students! <3 ​

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    BJ Lange
    Teacher
    The Second City and Orange County School of the Arts CA
    Hollywood CA
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  • 11.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 05-17-2020 15:19
    THANKS BJ!!!  It was SO much fun to have you work with my students.  It was a quirky group that showed up and you found ways to engage even more more shy and reluctant players!  I hope to use some video links to create assignments for students and I will continue to encourage them to attend your live shows!

    I appreciate you, BJ!  :)

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    Kristina Cummins
    Olympia WA
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  • 12.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 05-18-2020 09:49
    Hello BJ!

    I would love to have you as a guest in my class. My email address is Firvine@pacificridge.org. I hope to hear from you!

    Thanks,
    Fredreka Irvine

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    Fredreka Irvine
    Teacher of Theater Arts
    Carlsbad CA
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  • 13.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 05-19-2020 00:02
    e-mail sent! Chat soon!

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    BJ Lange
    Teacher
    The Second City and Orange County School of the Arts CA
    Hollywood CA
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  • 14.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 05-26-2020 16:57
    @Fredreka Irvine Your class is tons of fun! Can't wait to come back! Thanks for having me!  ​

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    BJ Lange
    Teacher
    The Second City and Orange County School of the Arts CA
    Hollywood CA
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  • 15.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 05-21-2020 17:06
    @Joseph Gels your Boston students were awesome! <3 Thank you for having me!​

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    BJ Lange
    Teacher
    The Second City and Orange County School of the Arts CA
    Hollywood CA
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  • 16.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 05-22-2020 10:45
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    Hello,

    This is great!
    I would love to have you as a guest teacher in my upcoming Kids Rising Stars Summer Theatre Workshop. Please call my studio office at 786.615-5858 so we can schedule a class.

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    Laura Rizzo
    North Miami FL
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  • 17.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 05-24-2020 17:06
    Looking forward to some fun in July! <3

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    BJ Lange
    Teacher
    The Second City and Orange County School of the Arts CA
    Hollywood CA
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  • 18.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 05-27-2020 20:59
    @Robert Forbes ​​HAD A BLAST with your kids! Thank you for letting me come play! Tell JOAN to turn her mic on ;)

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    BJ Lange
    Teacher
    The Second City and Orange County School of the Arts CA
    Hollywood CA
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  • 19.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 05-28-2020 09:12
    BJ Came to work with my after school improv kids twice and absolutely rocked it! Just so much amazing energy and nuance in his understanding of improv. I am also an improviser myself so recognize when someone knows and doesn't know what they are doing.

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    Joseph Gels
    Theatre Teacher
    Boston Latin School
    Boston MA
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  • 20.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 05-29-2020 15:33
    @BJ Lange, it was unanimous ... ​everyone absolutely loved your time with us.  Your energy, enthusiasm, ability to engage the kids of all ages and the adults was terrific. Clearly you are a subject matter expert in Improv, and we all benefitted from your expertise and willingness to show and coach us all.  Your kindness and caring approach to it was also clearly on display.  It was a terrific way to end our semester.  I am already getting requests to have you back when we reconvene in September.

    We'll be in touch, for sure!


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    Robert Forbes
    Managing Director
    Mountain Dream Productions
    Victoria BC
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  • 21.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 05-28-2020 21:07
    @Teresa McGrath - Thanks for having me!  ​

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    BJ Lange
    Teacher
    The Second City and Orange County School of the Arts CA
    Hollywood CA
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  • 22.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 05-28-2020 23:05
    BJ,
    Thank you so much for sharing your time, talent, and great energy today! It was a fun way for my students to end the semester and they embraced the opportunity to connect with your work and your story!
    Thank you also for sticking around to continue to work with the students who didn't have to go to another class! I know that they appreciated the extra opportunity to continue working on their Improvisation and performance skills!

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    Teresa McGrath
    Theatre Director and Fine Arts Department Chair
    SJCS - Greenville SC
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  • 23.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 05-29-2020 16:37
    @Julianna Krawiecki Your PRINCETON kids were great! Thanks for having me!  ​Excited to chat about  STANJ (Speech and Theatre Teachers of NJ) and doing some PD/CEU stuff and/or a virtual show for your students! Perhaps even some stuff IRL?!

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    BJ Lange
    Teacher
    The Second City and Orange County School of the Arts CA
    Hollywood CA
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  • 24.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 06-01-2020 15:28
    @Rebekah Schuster Tell that LOGAN kid he needs to be in your class! Thank you for letting me come play! <3 ​

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    BJ Lange
    Teacher
    The Second City and Orange County School of the Arts CA
    Hollywood CA
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  • 25.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 06-01-2020 15:54
    Thank you BJ for the time you spent with the kids and fellow teachers.  I was thrilled to see a couple of my kids could remember some of what I taught...ie "agree, yes...and, speak articulately".  I also enjoyed seeing how you altered the games to fit Zoomland.  I will stay in contact and hopefully, you can help us next school year too!  The music teacher said she would like to join classes when we set things.  Have a great day and stay safe!


    Anyone out there that is thinking about contacting BJ....do it.  He is great with explaining games to kids and helping them with tech struggles and embracing the "no wrong answers" aspect of improv.

    I wish you well!

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    Rebekah Schuster
    Rogers AR
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  • 26.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 06-02-2020 03:13

    Hey BJ, 

    Would you like to do some improv games with a group of kids who usually go to school in Shenzhen, China, but are now scattered across the globe? We usually do improv games on Friday night China time, but we could adapt. 

    If you have time and are intersted you can email me at nathan-fleming@shenzhen.qsi.org and we can see what we can work out. 

    Cheers!

    Nate



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    Nate Fleming
    Educator
    Shenzhen
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  • 27.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 06-03-2020 17:25

    Tonight at 5p Pacific/ 7p Central/ 8p Eastern I'll be hosting the Beverly Hills High School Sophomore Drama Lab Improv Comedy Show. If you'd like to watch an support these students! We'll be asking some audience to play with us, too! <3 

    ZOOM LINK (For Attendees to register/parents/To share): https://zoom.us/j/98761408237

    Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/192830568572477/ 

    Facebook Live Link: https://www.facebook.com/karen.chandler2



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    BJ Lange
    Teacher
    The Second City and Orange County School of the Arts CA
    Hollywood CA
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  • 28.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 06-10-2020 16:22
    @Elise Marinkovich So great to do multiple sessions with your students! Thanks for being so open! <3  ​​

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    BJ Lange
    Teacher
    The Second City and Orange County School of the Arts CA
    Hollywood CA
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  • 29.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 06-16-2020 17:20
    Hi BJ -
    I'd love to chat about being a guest in my Improv classes in September. My guess is that we will still be Zoom-ing then. I'm in Pasadena - athomas@sequoyahschool.org.

    Also i would love to watch a recording of the Beverly Hills High School Sophomore Drama Lab Improv Comedy Show - any chance that's available?

    Thanks!!!

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    Arden Thomas
    Sequoyah High School
    Pasadena CA
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  • 30.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 06-16-2020 17:39

    @Arden Thomas - hello neighbor! I'd love to pop in there! MAN I WISH COVID WAS GONE! I can;t wait to go see your kiddos IN PERSON! I LOVE teaching workshops and playing! I'll shoot you an e-mail. Also, do you want a list of online games?!


    As for the BHHS school show that I led for @Karen Chandler , you could : a.) join her performers group on fb where we shared the live feed, or 2.) I could e-mail it to you perhaps. I don't believe anyone has edited it yet (some of her students may and post it in their social medias). 

     ​

    ​​

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    BJ Lange
    Teacher
    The Second City and Orange County School of the Arts CA
    Hollywood CA
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  • 31.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 07-30-2020 09:31
    @BJLange

    I would love a list of online games and to have you for a Zoom Acting Class in September/October.

    Thanks,

    Maria Stadtmueller
    St. Augustine School
    Kendall Park, NJ
    StadtFamily@Juno.com

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  • 32.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 08-03-2020 20:01
    @Maria Stadtmueller - e-mail sent with 3 good attachments!  ​

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    BJ Lange
    Teacher
    The Second City and Orange County School of the Arts CA
    Hollywood CA
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  • 33.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 08-05-2020 11:13
    This sounds like an amazing option for my Theater Students as I work on planning our curriculum for this fall. Please send me resources and let's chat about a virtual Improv Workshop! My email is sclussman@unorth.k12.in.us.

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    Stephanie Clussman
    Lakeville IN
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  • 34.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 08-05-2020 11:27

    I'll write a testimonial for BJ.  We worked with him in April over zoom and had so much fun!  We're planning on doing it again this fall, as soon as we figure out our schedule.

     

    Robert Forbes

    Managing Director

    Mountain Dream Productions

    250 858 1053

     

    www.mountaindreambc.com

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  • 35.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 08-05-2020 13:36
    @Robert Forbes - Thanks so much for the vote of confidence! <3  ​

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    BJ Lange
    Teacher
    The Second City and Orange County School of the Arts CA
    Hollywood CA
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  • 36.  RE: Improv/Acting: Need A Zoom Guest Speaker/Instructor? CsZ Shows!

    Posted 08-05-2020 13:35
    @Stephanie Clussman - Just shot you an e-mail! I'd love to pop in with your students and have some fun! ​

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    BJ Lange
    Teacher
    The Second City and Orange County School of the Arts CA
    Hollywood CA
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