American Stage Theatre’s improv duo Hawk and Wayne. Photo courtesy of Carrie Pinkard/Connect.

When you’re in an improv duo, it’s imperative you’re able to support your partner. If one person starts losing energy, the other must pick up the slack. Few improv duos have better chemistry together than American Stage Theatre’s Hawk & Wayne.

When Ricky Wayne and Gavin Hawk, who go by the stage name Hawk & Wayne, performed at University South Florida St. Petersburg Monday, it was almost as if they were finishing each other’s sentences. They came to the university as part of the USFSP inaugural Short and Sweet Theatre Week. The theatre week is part of an effort to bring arts to students on campus.

The duo began by performing improv scenes for the audience based on the audience’s professions or majors. The audience watched as they transformed themselves from journalists to psychologists to biologists.

After their performance, Hawk & Wayne offered a workshop to the audience on long-form improvisation. Students gathered in a circle to learn the tricks of the craft from these veteran improvisers.

Couldn’t make the workshop but are interested in taking improv classes? American Stage Theatre is located right down the street from USFSP. They offer classes for complete beginners through level four.

Don’t miss the rest of USFSP’s Short and Sweet Theatre Week. Student attendance is what ensures that these events are brought back to campus year after year. Theatre week continues now through Thursday, April 11.

 

 

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