The following workshops and courses are those I have taught for universities and organizations (see Client List). All workshops are adaptable and will evolve according to the needs of the group and to the experience level of the participants. If you are interested in organizing a workshop or presentation for your group, organization, or as part of your academic curriculum, I would love to hear from you! You can contact me HERE
IMPRO SYSTEM TRAINING
In this course, actors, improvisers, and/or directors develop and learn how to apply the Impro System to their artistic processes. It can be useful to experienced practitioners who want to learn specifically about Johnstone’s Impro System but also for those with limited experience who would like to acquire a set of widely applicable impro tools. More specifically, students will gain a better understanding of how the Impro System can: Prepare an actor’s body and mind and support the technical training required of an actor or an ensemble of actors; Assist directors in focusing actors towards a vision or a solution to a problem; Inspire/generate characters, scenes, and other material for performances; Sharpen people skills that are useful to all the roles you play in life, on-stage and off.
IMPRO FOR LEADERSHIP
The ability to authentically know yourself, engage, collaborate, take risks, motivate others, be spontaneous, and effectively deliver a story, idea, or presentation are leadership skills that can be sharpened through improvisational training. This course applies the theoretical principles and related practices of improvisational theatre to enhance the skills needed for leadership, communication, and for being fully present in relationships with self and others. I developed and facilitate this course each year for graduate students in the Leadership Development Program at Chapman University. It is a 4-week, 12-hour per week course, with each week moving into a different area of focus; however, this course can be adapted for a half-day intensive or 2-day retreat by selecting from one or two of the following areas of focus: (1) Creating a Safe Space Not to Play It Safe; (2) Making Connections & Developing Social Awareness; (3) Communicating Expressively; (4) Becoming an Affiliative Leader
IMPRO FOR PEOPLE SKILLS
Not only does training in improvisation help individuals and teams become more collaborative, courageous, spontaneous, authentically engaged, imaginative, empathetic, and dynamic, it is ridiculously fun! Creating stories with a partner one-word-at-a-time or taking each other on “What comes next?” adventures; becoming more physically expressive, authentic, and attentive through pecking-order hat games or by speaking in gibberish; stepping out of habitual modes of behavior using Fast-Food Stanislavski lists, endowment, or by engaging in status-shifting scenarios; practicing teamwork with Helping Hands, speaking in one voice, or saying “Yes, and” with enthusiasm to every offer — developing personal and team-building skills has never been so much fun!
IMPRO FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
This workshop applies improvisational exercises, techniques, and formats such as Augusto Boal’s Forum and Image Theatre to practically and collectively investigate, in a safe environment, topics and/or issues relevant to your group or organization. Workshops I have previously facilitated/co-facilitated have dealt with issues of diversity, equity, conflict resolution, and disrupting micro-aggressions. Every Impro for Social Change workshop will, of course, be unique since the focus and structure will be tailored to the needs of the group.
JOHNSTONE & SPOLIN: CAN THEY “PLAY NICE TOGETHER?”
The objectives in this workshop are similar to those in Impro System Training; however, to investigate and achieve those objectives, we will implement both Keith Johnstone and Viola Spolin’s methods side-by-side and in combination. My earliest training in improvisation was with the late, beloved teacher/improviser extraordinaire Avery Schreiber, and he taught in the Spolin tradition. Over the last decade, I have relied on both Johnstone and Spolin methods to solve theatrical problems in training and in rehearsals. To my dismay, I have discovered “purists” on either side who refuse to recognize the valuable contributions of the other. At first glance, the processes of these two pioneers of improvisation may seem dissimilar; but with deep probing, questioning, and experiencing, students will begin to see not only their shared objectives but also how merging their methods can dynamically enhance any theatrical process.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT COACHING
I have privately coached over a hundred actors and singers for auditions and interviews. I have also coached clients in effectively preparing to give a speech, presentation, interview, or to pitch an idea. I utilize all of the improvisation, theatre, and vocal techniques at my disposal to achieve authentic, fully engaged, embodied performances.