2019  OCif Workshops
 

We’re committed to showing that exceptional teachers and extraordinary improvisation can be found in places that you might not expect. We’re proud to present these phenomenal teachers from emerging improv communities.
— Josh Nicols, Festival Director
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$30
Friday
April 5th  12pm-2:30pm

STAGEStheatre
400 E. Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton Ca.

Vanessa Anton

Vulnerable Improv

Workshop Description:

The greatest moments in improv happen when you’re truly connected to your scene partner. But sometimes we don’t let ourselves be seen, and we become our own worst roadblocks.
The intent of this workshop is to turn these roadblocks into gifts so that you can play more authentically. Vanessa will help you work with vulnerability to get through those dreaded scene ruts. And we’ll see how vulnerability also helps in moments when it feels like other players have put up seemingly impenetrable roadblocks.
The theme is authenticity and vulnerability. Let’s get real!

Teacher Bio:

Vanessa Anton has trained with Upright Citizens Brigade in LA, Pack Theatre LA, Annoyance Theatre Chicago and with many other teachers who have hailed from Second City, iO, Magnet Theater and The Nerdist. She has performed in the LA Improv festival, Femprov Festival in San Francisco, Ghostfest in Phoenix, Red Rocks Improv Fest and Improv Fest Ireland in Dublin. She enjoys traveling and getting to know other improv communities and has performed in Oslo, Norway and in London at the Hoopla. Vanessa received her BA in Theatre Arts from San Diego State University. She currently teaches at Finest City Improv and for UCSD Extension and enjoys being a part of the growing local improv community. 

Vanessa has recently performed her solo show "Unpaired" at both the Torch Theatre in Phoenix, AZ, and Finest City Improv in San Diego, CA, where she bares her soul showing that she can walk the vulnerable talk!
Vanessa will help you find and speak your truth with her vulnerability in improv workshop. She has taught her workshops in San Diego for both Finest City and Cornerstone Improv, in Phoenix, AZ at the Torch Theatre and in Newmarket, NH for Stranger Than Fiction Improv. She’ll have just completed a stint of teaching in Liverpool, Chester and Nottingham, England before heading to the OC Festival!

FOR WAITLIST:  EMAIL OCIMPROVFEST@GMAIL.COM WITH NAME/INSTRUCTOR & CONTACT INFO


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$30
Saturday
April 6th  at 12pm-2:30pm

STAGEStheatre
400 E. Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton CA

Wendy Penrod

Playing with Intention

Workshop Description:

Have you ever been in a scene and felt stuck? Things only seem to get worse and you don't know how to make it better? This workshop will teach you simple easy tricks to jumpstart scenes and make them go from "dear god let this be over" to "dear god I hope this never ends."

Teacher Bio:

Wendy Penrod is a founding member of OTC Comedy and the current Artistic Director. She has been studying and performing improvisational theatre for over 15 years. She also a member of Pawn Takes Queen and has performed internationally. Wendy co-founded both the Red Rocks Improv Festival and Ye Olde Improv Competition. She is currently one of OTC Comedy's instructors and has taught improv to people of all ages for over 10 years.

FOR WAITLIST:  EMAIL OCIMPROVFEST@GMAIL.COM WITH NAME/INSTRUCTOR & CONTACT INFO


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$30
Saturday
April 6th 3pm-5:30pm

STAGEStheatre
400 E. Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton CA

Betsaida LeBron

Playing with Confidence 

Workshop Description:

In this workshop we will focus on combating self-doubt. Self-doubt is the enemy of creative freedom. Crippling indecision, constant desire for approval, perfectionism, and fear of failure are all effects of self-doubt. We learn to say "YES, and" in improv because self-doubt makes us want to say "no". The very "rules" of improv exist to counteract our self-doubt. Confidence is acknowledging your fear and self-doubt, but playing anyway. Come learn how to play with confidence!

Teacher Bio: 

Betsaida LeBron is a veteran improviser with 12 years of experience in performing, directing, and teaching improv.  She began performing with ComedySportz and is an alum of the renowned iO-Chicago Improv Training Program and Bay Area Theatre Sports (BATS) in San Francisco.  In 2011 she co-founded Blacktop Comedy Club in Rocklin, CA, and developed their improv education curriculum, facilitated drop-in improv workshops, and directed several improvised genre shows, including a Shakespearean romantic comedy, musical, western, and teen slasher horror film.  She has served as a counselor at Camp Improv Utopia in PA and CA and taught improv workshops at the Auburn Hip-Hop Congress, San Francisco’s Femprovisor Fest, California Comedy Festival, and at theaters throughout Northern California and Nevada.  

She currently performs with improv troupes MRI (Masters of Rap Improv) and Kooky Pants and co-facilitates POC Improv Space sponsored by the Sacramento Comedy Spot.  She loves teaching and strongly believes that improv skills and life skills go hand-in-hand and that everyone has an inner child waiting to come out and play.  For more information visit www.betsaidalebron.com.

 

FOR WAITLIST:  EMAIL OCIMPROVFEST@GMAIL.COM WITH NAME/INSTRUCTOR & CONTACT INFO