UCB Training Center Memories
- Before the W 30th St Training Center, some classes were held at the old W 23rd St UCB office which was above a Malibu Diner. There were two classrooms separated by a hallway. This “hallway” functioned as the “office.” So you had to literally walk through the office to get to your class.
- There were only two rooms. The big one was Room 1 and there was a storage corner in that room, separated by French doors. Behind those French doors was also a bed where Besser would sleep sometimes if he was in town. One time during my 101, Besser woke up in the middle of warm-ups and discretely exited without a word. Everyone noticed.
- Room 2 was the small room and I had my 201 there. The heat was on all the time. My 201 was in the Spring.
- My 301 was in Champions. Imagine having a class at Champions???
- Before the “new” W 30th St was built, the school needed a way to sign up students for classes in person during the transition. So I remember paying for a class with my $300 (!) with Fran Gillespie who was interning at the time.
- My first class at the W 30th St space was a Delaney 501, which was one of the best classes I’ve taken. (It started at Champions and ended at the new TC.) Class was stacked, bruh: Gabrus, Chelsea Clarke, Sara Chase (who is now on Tina Fey’s new show), Michael Martin, Tricia McAlpin, Erica Warnock, Brendan McMullen… all people who were good and into it. You know you’re in a good Delaney Harold class when he makes you do a different kind of Harold each week. (You’re in a bad one if he only makes you do scene work) I remember we used those spotlights in Room 3 for our Puppet Harolds and being stoked.
- My practice group met on Saturdays and quickly switched from Champions to the UCB Training Center for rehearsal space. It was like moving from the McKibbin Lofts in Bushwick to a grown-up apartment on Murray Hill or some shit.
- Eventually, I got hired to work at the Front Desk and I did that job for 6 years. I looked at those elevators a lot.
- I’ve spent more time at the old Training Center than probably any other place in my life. My ghost still lives there.
- Training Center highlights: Daryl Strawberry motivational talk.
Covering for Atamanuik any time he was late to a class. Amy’s meeting with all the teachers. Delaney staying late after our 501 to paint the gigantic UCB glasses logo on the lobby wall. Having the TC function as a haven after Hurricane Sandy
- I learned: I hate vending machines. It’s possible that 101 students get uglier and dumber every year. Whoever sits at that desk will automatically be called an Intern.