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STAND UP COMEDY COACHING

In comedy coaching sessions with Katie, students will learn, explore and play with the scientific structure of joke-writing, and will practice it repeatedly.  Additionally, we will explore what is funny to YOU, how you develop material, what your comedic voice and interests are, timing, rhythm and intuitively knowing what works and what does not.  For the more seasoned comic, we will expand your performance skills, write more jokes together, and help you become more comfortable being you while you tell them. We will look at a wide range of joke styles, and we will dive-in deeply together, tighten what you have, take the reins off a bit, and explore your stand-up voice. Who are you as a comic? What is your true intention for telling jokes? What contribution can your humor make to the world? Private Sessions are appropriate for both people brand new to comedy, as well as seasoned comics who are looking for punch-up help, to more fully understand joke structure, and/or to mentally get the science of joke-writing to support your already developed intuitive sense of what is funny.  Please note: joke writing is a cerebral endeavor that requires intelligence, wit, time-commitment, dedication, and a willingness to risk and fail. Private students are expected to write between sessions, and to come to your appointments prepared to read what you have worked on between them.  Sessions can happen in person or via Zoom. 

ACTING COACHING

In private coaching sessions with Katie, you can expect to dive deeply into all of the tools and practices that deepen, expand, specify and hone the craft of acting.  Together with Katie, you will learn more about the difference between states of being and action, pursuing actions, active listening, presence, your connection to and facility with your breath, understanding and breaking down text, rehearsing efficiently, collaborating effectively, bringing greater truth, spontaneity, and clarity to each role you pursue.  Private sessions require memorization of at least one substantial monologue. Students are expected to rehearse outside of sessions, and thorough preparation is essential. 

PRIVATE WRITING COACHING

Have you always wanted to create a solo show? Would you like to move forward with your book, article, blog, videos, or any other written or performative project? Could you use specific, intelligent, considerate feedback on your work from a working professional?  Do deadlines help you get your writing done?  Do you need help knowing if your words are "working?"  Do you need assistance with editing?  Are you stuck at the beginning, middle, or ending stages of one or more writing projects?  Do you have a ton of ideas and no idea how to organize them?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, and you prefer focused, private attention on your writing, private writing coaching with Katie is for you.  

GROUP WRITING CLASS

Have you always wanted to create a solo show? Would you like to move forward with your book, article, blog, videos, or any other written or performative project? Could you use specific, intelligent, considerate feedback on your work from a working professional?  Do deadlines help you get your writing done?  Do you need help knowing if your words are "working?"  Do you need assistance with editing?  Are you stuck at the beginning, middle, or ending stages of one or more writing projects?  Do you have a ton of ideas and no idea how to organize them?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, and you enjoy being a part of and gleaning support from a group of fellow writers, hearing and learning from the feedback they each receive, and meeting at a regular, weekly time, private writing coaching with Katie is for you. $500 investment

STAND UP COMEDY COACHING

In comedy coaching sessions with Katie, students will learn, explore and play with the scientific structure of joke-writing, and will practice it repeatedly.  Additionally, we will explore what is funny to YOU, how you develop material, what your comedic voice and interests are, timing, rhythm and intuitively knowing what works and what does not.  For the more seasoned comic, we will expand your performance skills, write more jokes together, and help you become more comfortable being you while you tell them. We will look at a wide range of joke styles, and we will dive-in deeply together, tighten what you have, take the reins off a bit, and explore your stand-up voice. Who are you as a comic? What is your true intention for telling jokes? What contribution can your humor make to the world? Private Sessions are appropriate for both people brand new to comedy, as well as seasoned comics who are looking for punch-up help, to more fully understand joke structure, and/or to mentally get the science of joke-writing to support your already developed intuitive sense of what is funny.  Please note: joke writing is a cerebral endeavor that requires intelligence, wit, time-commitment, dedication, and a willingness to risk and fail. Private students are expected to write between sessions, and to come to your appointments prepared to read what you have worked on between them.  Sessions can happen in person or via Zoom. 

I offer coaching in many forms, shapes, and sizes. Below are descriptions of each of the types of coaching I do. 

Please do ask if you are interested in something that doesn't quite match what you see below.

"As an artist and as a human being, she consistently proved to me that she was as invested in my growth and development just as much as I was."

- Christian O'Neil, Actor

What are people saying?

Working with Katie has been really enlightening. Katie has the gift of being able to see exactly what you need and of being able to give you the exact feedback you need, quite directly. She does so without judgement but with a pure candor that gives you the truth that others are not able or are not willing to give you.

 

We first met when I took an acting class with her at ACT. I instantly recognized her as an incredible teacher. She has an amazing ability to create a space where you can be vulnerable. She kinda sees through you, to who you are, and is able to recognize issues that prevent you from being you.

 

After being in Katie's classes I have realized especially in creation and performance there is a lot of the self that interferes with the creative process. Katie not only helped me realize the problem plaguing my process but also structured exercises and approaches to help me break through those walls. She is also just an amazing and hilarious individual and is a pleasure to be around.

 

Honestly, I say do whatever you can to take a class with Katie because it will move you, develop you, inspire you and make you think differently.

- Oleg Trofimov, Actor/Engineer

Katie - you are so awesome to work with!  Here's what I would say about you to other people:  Katie gets to know you, and gains a really good understanding of where you are at in your specific, personal, creative process.  She is able to push you in an encouraging and artistic ways that I would never predict, always keeping me on my toes, inspired, and engaged.   I would definitely recommend her as a teacher to anyone!

- Mei-Li Restani

Taking on Katie Rubin as your instructor guarantees you one thing:  she will be in your corner.  As an artist and as a human being, she consistently proved to me that she was as invested in my growth and development just as much as I was.  I had essentially no formal acting instruction coming into my time with her but everything from text work to developing command over my body was easily digestible because of her style and how effective of a communicator she is.  Nothing is overly complicated but honesty with yourself and with her is crucial.  She is going to work hard and be objective.  You just need to make sure that you will too.

- Christian O'Neil, Actor

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