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Published on July 18, 2017 11:45AM

Comedy improv master Curtis Andersen will teach a free workshop at the Newport Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Aug. 5.

The all-levels class, hosted by the Red Octopus Theatre Company, will include a broad range of topics, exercises and games, including trust-building, how to listen, building a scene, ending a scene and more.

Andersen has guest starred on many television shows, including “That 70’s Show” and “Malcolm in the Middle” as well as playing recurring roles on shows such as “Saved by the Bell: The New Class” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.”

In addition to his television work, Andersen can also be seen in many films, including “The Rules of Attraction” and “Pearl Harbor.”

Andersen spent the last decade as a member of the nationally-acclaimed improv troupe Improv Shmimprov, performing live improvisational comedy on Friday and Saturday nights. He also conducts a seminar titled “Think Fast,” which trains business professionals to use improvisational techniques to increase their performance and solve problems creatively.

This event, appropriate for those aged 13 and up, will start at noon, 777 W Olive Street. Admission is free but there is a $5 suggested donation.

For more information about Red Octopus Theatre Company, go to www.OctopusOnStage.com.

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