2017 FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS
 

$40
Friday
April 21st  12pm-2:30pm

STAGEStheatre
400 E. Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton Ca.

Craig Cackowski (Sold Out)

Sell It! 

Workshop Description:

Energy, confidence and decisiveness are 90% of the battle in improv, i.e. it's not so much what you say as when you say it and how you say it. How comfortable you are on stage will have a huge impact on how you're perceived by the audience. Whether you're a veteran improvisor or new to the artform, this is the perfect workshop for the performer who needs to practice owning their impulses and delivering them with confidence right away.

Teacher Bio:

Craig Cackowski is an actor, improvisor and teacher based in Los Angeles. He has been involved with the iO and iO West theaters since 1992, and is the three-time winner of the Del Close Award as Teacher of the Year at iO West. He has played numerous improv festivals around the country with his long-running three-man troupe Dasariski (with Bob Dassie and Rich Talarico) and his duo Orange Tuxedo (with his wife Carla!). While in Chicago, he appeared in and co-wrote 5 revues for The Second City, and helped create such improv forms as JTS Brown and Close Quarters. As an actor, he has been seen in recurring roles on such shows as Community (as “Officer Cackowski”), Bajillion Dollar Properties (as “Todd the janitor”), Veep (as “Cliff”) and as part of the ensemble cast of Drunk History. Other film and TV credits include Son Of Zorn, Girlboss, Shrink, Comedy Bang Bang, Newsreaders, Welcome To The Family, The Mindy Project, How I Met Your Mother, Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Year Of The Dog, 21 And Over, and The Kings Of Summer. He may be heard frequently on such podcasts as The Thrilling Adventure Hour, Spontaneanation and his own podcast Craig’s List, in which he makes Carla watch his 100 favorite movies.

$40
Friday
April 21st at 3pm-5:30pm

STAGEStheatre
400 E. Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton CA

Carla Cackowski (Sold Out)

Relationship Dynamic

Workshop Description:

This workshop explores how characters build a relationship together onstage. Looking at your scene partner and deciding right away that they're the most important person in your character's life is a great place to start from when thinking about relationship in improvisation. We'll focus on making quick, specific choices about how well you know the other person so the audience understands why these characters are onstage together. We'll run exercises on how to avoid talking about what you're doing and focus on how you're feeling so you're able to sustain a scene based purely on the idea of how the characters feel about each other. We'll also focus on the idea of different "types" of relationship scenes and how to follow your instincts to discover the dynamics of these relationships in a grounded way.

Teacher Bio:

Carla Cackowski is an improviser, writer, podcaster, and nap-lover. She toured all over Europe, Alaska, and the Caribbean performing comedy with The Second City. She’s a member of SAG-AFTRA and has done voiceover work on shows for ABC Family, TBS, and Disney. She wrote and performed five solo shows that were produced in Los Angeles and her comedic monologues were published in anthologies by APPLAUSE BOOKS. Carla hosts “Improv Yak”, a shop-talk podcast about improv comedy. When they’re not touring their two person improv show “Orange Tuxedo“, she and her husband Craig Cackowski co-host a podcast called “Craig’s List”.  Most recently, Carla has written for sketch shows on PBS Kids and Dreamworks TV. She currently teaches improvisation and directs sketch shows at The Second City Hollywood.

$40
Saturday
April 22nd 12pm-2:30pm

STAGEStheatre
400 E. Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton CA

Nick Armstrong (Sold Out)

Hardcore Emotion

Workshop Description:

Emotion is the glue to an improv scene. It's the thing that will lead you to a strong and effective scene also a great POV, character and connection to your partner. Without it your scene will fall of the rails pretty fast. In this workshop, we will work on intense emotion in scenes and having emotion get you out of your head an playing to the top of your abilities. We will also use emotion to keep you in the moment and make sure it guides you in better understanding yourself in the scene and your partner

Teacher Bio: 

Nick is an Actor, Improvisor and Writer living in Los Angeles, CA. On TV Nick has been on the Emmy-Award winning shows The Office and Grey's Anatomy. He has also made appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, New Girl, Hot in Cleveland, Stan Against Evil and Parks and Recreation. 

Nick has trained at The Groundlings and iO West. He is an alum of The Sunday Company at the Groundlings and currently performs at the world-famous iO West on LA's Critically Acclaimed Harold Team King Ten. Nick is currently the Artistic Director of Mi's Westside Comedy Theater and teaches and performs there. He has also taught improv at iO West, The Groundlings, NOW Improv and has done workshops all over the world.

Nick is also the Camp Director and Founder of Camp Improv Utopia a a 501(c) (3) Non Profit improv retreat for grown ups. He is also one of the founding members of the The Improv Network. 

For more information visit: www.nickarmstrong.com or www.improvutopia.com. If you'd like to contact me regarding any TIN questions you can do so at nick@theimprovnetwork.org

 

$40
Saturday
April 22nd 3pm-5:30pm

STAGESTheatre
400 E. Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton CA

Karen Graci

Staying In The Now

Workshop Description: 

This workshop focuses on staying in the present moment with your scene partner -- ways to improve listening, building on the last thing said/done, and making the scene about the two of you. This workshop will also emphasize discovery over premise. We will build on the gifts we are given in scenes and create richer, more specific work.

Teacher Bio:

A proud native of Buffalo, NY, Karen performed for Chicago's The Second City for two years. While touring the US and abroad with The Second City National Touring Company, Karen was featured in The Second City’s first-ever USO Tour, entertaining American troops in Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. She was also a resident cast member in The Best of Second City at The Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas for over a year. 

Karen co-wrote and starred in the sold-out run of Camp Hot, a three-woman sketch show featured at LA’s Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater. Her one woman show, Her Potential, was a two-time Del Close Award nominee for Best Scripted Show at iO West.  

Karen has been featured in several national commercial campaigns, including KMart, Applebee’s and Dell. She currently writes for the new comedy series, GIRLBOSS, debuting on Netflix on April 21.

Karen performs at iO West each week with LA's longest running House Harold Team, King Ten. When not writing or performing, Karen counts the days until her beloved Buffalo Bills make the playoffs again. On a related note, she also sighs a lot and drinks.