Turbine Arts Improv with Rob Watzke
Class Title: Turbine Arts Improv
THURS July 8, 15, 22, 29

Time: 2pm - 3:30pm PDT
Age Range: 14+

Improvisation should be fun, enlightening, and a release for anyone who chooses to play. As the art form has evolved into “Improv Comedy”, with the emphasis on being funny and rewards given to those who are good at thinking on their feet, we’ve lost some of the simplicity of where it started: Human beings using the work to make discoveries about themselves and the world around them.

This is the basis for Improvisational Theatre. It can be funny and poignant, silly and moving, as long as the players are in discovery and in the moment.

Not everyone explores or responds to improvisation in the same way. In this workshop, we help bring who you are into the work, and we'll keep an eye on achieving your goal – whether it’s creating theatre through improvisation, or just getting comfortable in front of people.

For actors, you will get a chance to work in a way that takes the pressure off of you to "make something up" onstage, and practice discovering your scenes and characters through your reactions and impulses. And for non-actors and those who are just starting, you will be introduced to the work in a way that is fun, playful, and supportive. As a group, we will learn by watching and playing with people who may be in different places along their improvisational paths, but are joined by the simple exercise of human beings at play.

ROB WATZKE has been performing and teaching improvisation for 30+ years, and has applied those principles to all facets of his work. He is founder and artistic director of TURBINE ARTS COLLECTIVE, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the exploration of creativity, where he teaches weekly workshops. At TAC, he has produced hundreds of creative performance evenings, including SHPLOTZ!, an improvisation and music show with guests like Helen Hunt, Jason Alexander, James Corden, and Dave Foley. He was nominated for an INNY Award from Improvisation News, for Improvisational Theatre: Best Instructor/Coach.

Rob has taught improvisation workshops at the American Conservatory Theatre, Walt Disney Studios, USC Marshall School of Business, SAG-AFTRA, UCLA Performing Arts Intensive, and many others. He is also co-founder of CREATIVE TURNSTILE, a company which teaches creative practices to businesses and corporations.
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