Conference presentations, master-classes (one-offs or designed to last several sessions) and corporate workshops, are all committed to bringing the power and excitement of improvisation to you and your clients, students or co-workers…

Yes And… to All Your Training and Corporate Needs

A veteran conference presenter, workshop facilitator, and corporate instructor, there are no ends to the way improvisation can enrich your artistry, hone your communication skills and reinvigorate your business practices.

Pedagogic, historic and artistic presentations and panels include work with the Southeastern Theatre Conference, Comparative Drama Conference, Mid-America Theatre Conference, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, International Playback Theatre Symposium, and Impro Talks at the Zurich University of the Arts. Academic topics have ranged from “Improv in Practice: A Participatory Plenary,” and “Improvisation as a Prosaic Theatrical Paradigm or a Belated Response to Aristotle’s Poetics,” to “Revising the Role of Improvisational Training in the Traditional Acting Laboratory,” and “It’s All Greek to Me: Parodic Long-Form Improv as Public Pedagogy” (with several papers being co-authored by student collaborators.)

Teaching experience consists of introductory and customized improvisational workshops for multiple artistic and collegiate institutions such as Lansing Community College, Western Illinois University, Fantasy Playhouse Theatre, Louisiana State University, the University of Western Florida, Pensacola Opera, SAK University, Florida Career College, Bay Area Improv Theatre, Barry University, Fern Creek Elementary, Seminole State College, the Sarasota Improv Festival, and the Crummer Graduate School and Honors Programs of Rollins College.

Photo Credit: Scott Cook

Click HERE to see a tongue-in-cheek instructional video about the merits of improvisation made for Rollins College.

And then there’s the long list of satisfied corporate clients and collaborators utilizing improvisational workshops and/or customized performance events:

  • Adventist Health System
  • American K-9 Detection Services
  • CNL Income Company
  • Darden Restaurants
  • Florida Hospital
  • Glatting Jackson
  • Hilton Grand Vacations
  • Kissimmee Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Orange County Head Start
  • Society of Marketing Professional Services
  • Trustreet Properties
  • UCF Center for Emerging Media
  • American Automobile Association
  • Association of Legal Administrators
  • Convergys Corporation
  • DaVita Health Partners
  • Florida Kiwanis
  • Grant Professional Network of UCF
  • Hilton Worldwide Sales
  • NCAA Women’s Golf Championship
  • Roche Laboratories
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United Way
  • Winter Park Chamber of Commerce
  • American Heart Association
  • Bank of America
  • Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers
  • EA Sports
  • Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections
  • Hello Florida/Waldorf Astoria
  • Hospice of the Comforter
  • Orange County Clerk of the Courts
  • Semens
  • Tandem Healthcare
  • Universal Studios Creative Team

Peruse this sample of previously created and taught masterclasses and workshops, although the possibilities of how improv can work for you are almost limitless.

Stand-Alone Masterclasses and Workshops:

Improv for Business

An on-your-feet interactive experience that uncovers how improvisational techniques can enable new ways of thinking, communicating and thriving in the workplace.

Putting the “I” in Improv

Exploring improvisational performance as a more innately personal and revealing art-form, this masterclass uses the participants’ own lives as the inspiration for play.

It’s All Greek to Me. Photo Credit: Tony Firriolo

Character Intensive: The Encounter

A 3-4 hour intensive and immersive workshop where actors embody and remain in freshly-created characters for the duration of an emotionally fraught encounter session.

Getting to Know Will (Shakespeare)

A whirlwind overview of Shakespearean language techniques, such as alliteration, antithesis, parallelisms and extended metaphors, that empowers the improviser to reach new heights.

Day-Long Improv Intensive

Culminating in a playful public performance (appropriate for community-building or as a fundraiser), this intensive day-long training session teaches a stock of short-form competitive improv games suitable for novice but brave performers.

Improv-ing Your Teaching

Connects the ways in which improvisational pedagogy and approaches can enrich and increase student involvement across a variety of university disciplines.

Improv for Life (and College)

An interactive college-level workshop (with optional accompanying discussion session) that connects improvisational strategies with helpful educational habits and possibilities.

Improv Boot Camp

Suitable for emerging theatre artists or interested amateurs, this experience introduces core improvisational tenants, such as accepting, blocking, wimping and active listening in a playful environment.

Troupe members of Rollins Improv Players

The Circle of Endowment

A longer immersive workshop where workshop participants develop a “village” of characters and then explore these varied evolving relationships in a conducted experiential setting.

Musical Improv Masterclasses

A custom-made workshop that develops musical confidence and skill by focusing on one of a variety of techniques or musical elements, such as performing solos, duets or group songs that can be tailored to the skill-level of the participants.

Masterclass Sequences:

Character and Story Building

8-week sequence for intermediate-level students

Explores improvisational tools that enable participants to find deeper connections and creative possibilities in their characterizations and scenic choices.

Improvisational Narrative, Storyline and the Dramatic Arc

6-week sequence designed for online instruction

Examines foundational building blocks and strategies for patiently building nuanced and detailed stories suitable for short-form, long-form and sketch development.

Original members of SAK Comedy Lab’s Gorilla Theatre.

Gorilla Theatre Improvisation Intensive

8-week sequence for experienced students

Studies and rehearses unique games, structural elements and the multi-faceted artistic duties of company members in the challenging and inspiring Gorilla Theatre format.

Advanced Scene Study

8-week sequence for intermediate-level students

Teaches and polishes a variety of short-form scenic games with a focus on scenic construction and shape of show. Can culminate in a classroom performance if desired.

The Lost Comedies of William Shakespeare. Photos Credit: Scott Cook.

Character and Story Through Shakespeare and Style

6-week sequence designed for online instruction

Introduces students to a broad cross-section of Shakespearean poetic and language devices that unlock exciting new and dynamic character and storyline potentials.

Making It Personal: Using Yourself Onstage

8-week sequence for intermediate-level students

Unlocks ways to bring your true and personal stories, natural idiosyncrasies and real-world experiences to the improvisational stage with both humor and sincerity.

And here’s a link to my recent interview with Michael Dargie of the RebelRebel podcast!