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Wednesday, May 10
 

7:00pm

iRev/LNP Opening Event!
Limited Capacity seats available

The 100% FREE Coup de Comedy Festival begins with UC Irvine’s TWO Improv Teams (Live Nude People* [*with clothes on] & Improv Revolution) battle it out – or work together – all for your amusement to launch this EPIC COUP DE COMEDY FESTIVAL! This will be the sixth time in all of history that these two groups will have shared the stage together and it may be the last time – do not miss this incredible event.

Registration can be found here after April 20, 2017.

Artists
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Live Nude People (with clothes on)

Live Nude People* with Clothes On is an improvisational troupe created in 1996 to battle the injustice of boredom that was spread across the land of Irvine. Empowered by the people of UCI, Live Nudes went on a crusade to allow students, parents, and suburbanites alike, to have so... Read More →
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Improv Revolution

Improv Revolution generates creativity, comedy, and community at and around UC Irvine. | Through a positive approach to improvisation, we construct opportunities for as many people as possible to engage in the creative process and to participate in community. We work on our own... Read More →


Wednesday May 10, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
UC Irvine Winifred Smith Hall

8:15pm

Opening Night: The Improvised Musical Performance!
Limited Capacity seats available

OPENING NIGHT: THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL!® is exactly that: a Broadway-style musical that is made up on the spot, based on audience suggestion. So every night is the `Opening Night’ of a musical that has never been seen! Now in it’s fifteenth year, Opening Night: The Improvised Musical!® is thrilled to continue the show LAWeekly called, “almost too slick to be completely improvised.” It is, by the way—completely improvised.

Led by Director Shulie Cowen, Opening Night: The Improvised Musical!®’s cast combines the Chicago-style improvisation of the iO and The Second City with the Broadway stylings of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Gilbert & Sullivan, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bob Fosse, and many more. Occasionally, they even borrow the 76 trombones from The Music Man. They usually give them back.

Cast film and television credits include; The Wedding Band, The Superego Podcast, How I Met Your Mother, Desperate Housewives, My Secret Girlfriend, Reno 911!, You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, and World Cup Comedy.

“Come back again and again — you’ll laugh every time.” (LA Weekly Best of 2010)

Visit their website at: www.improvisedmusical.com

Starring: Shulie Cowen, Derek Miller, Hilary Rowe, Norm Thoeming, Matt Young, Mark McConville, Michael Pollock and guest Laura Hall from Whose Line Is It Anyway.

Registration can be found here after April 20, 2017. 



Wednesday May 10, 2017 8:15pm - 9:15pm
UC Irvine Little Theatre

9:30pm

Comedy in Film & Television with Marc Evan Jackson
Limited Capacity seats available

Stories, insights, and inspiration in this Comedy in Film & Television Special Session, featuring Marc Evan Jackson.

Registration can be found here after April 20, 2017.  

Artists
avatar for Marc Even Jackson

Marc Even Jackson

Marc Evan Jackson was born on August 21, 1970 in Buffalo, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Kong: Skull Island (2017), 22 Jump Street (2014) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013... Read More →


Wednesday May 10, 2017 9:30pm - 10:30pm
UC Irvine Winifred Smith Hall
 
Thursday, May 11
 

3:30pm

Don't You Feel It Too? Experience - Dance. Love. Liberate.
"Dance. Love. Liberate."

"Dance. Love. Liberate." is a participatory dance action. It is a flash mob meets mind-body practice meets street activism. Everyone is invited to try this fun workshop to dance for what they believe in and experience liberation for all. It's also good exercise and stress relief. Learn this alternative way of being powerful in public space!

Register here to get information on the experience and participate in this unique event.
(Here is information on how to prepare.) 

Thursday May 11, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
UCI Ring Road, by the flagpoles

5:00pm

"Improv for Humans" Workshop - Patricia Ryan Madison
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Stanford’s Patricia Ryan Madson to play for two hours.  Her practice is to show up, see who is there in the room and then create games and activities that make sense out of the moment.  There are four principles that guide her work:  Attention, Acceptance, Appreciation and Action. She has no idea of what will take place so writing a description is always a challenge. Everyone is welcome. 

Registration can be found here after April 20, 2017. 

Artists
avatar for Patricia Ryan Madison

Patricia Ryan Madison

I am the author of IMPROV WISDOM: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up (Bell Tower, 2005) and a professor Emerita from Stanford University where I began teaching in 1977. In the Drama Department I served as the head of the undergraduate acting division and developed the improvisation program. I founded and coached the Stanford Improvisors and taught beginning and advanced level courses in improvisation for undergraduate as well as adults in Stanford's Continuing Studies Program. | | In 1998 I won the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Outstanding Innovation in Undergraduate Education. In 1996 I founded the Creativity Initiative at Stanford, an interdisciplinary alliance of faculty who share the belief that creativity can be taught. I had the pleasure of teaching Design Improv for the School of Engineering, and have been a guest lecturer for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and for the Mayfield Fellows Program. | | Regularly I am on the faculty at the Esalen Institute, and I have given workshops for the California Institute for Integral Studies, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, the National Association of Drama Therapists, the Western Psychological Association, Duke University East Asian Studies Center, Wellness in the Workplace for BC University, the Meaningful Life Therapy Association in Japan, and for the Intrepid Foundation. | | My corporate clients have included: Google, Gap Inc.'s Executive Leadership Team, The Lucille and David Packard Foundation, the Banff Centre for Leadership, the National Collegiate Inventors... Read More →


Thursday May 11, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
UC Irvine CAC 3100B

5:00pm

"Musical Improv" Workshop - Nicole Parker
Limited Capacity seats available

Nicole Parker teaches a workshop regarding musical theatre. She is an American comedian, actress, and singer best known for her work on Fox's sketch comedy show MADtv. She has performed as Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked, a role that she reprised on tour across North America.

Join us as well at 8:30 pm on Thursday, May 11 for her one woman one-woman show send up of one-woman shows: Suitcase Full of Lies, where the fictional Jillane Jenkins, onetime star of the 1970’s television show, She’s Got a Job! (also fictional) tells her life story. She reveals the highs and lows of her life in dialogue and music. 

Registration can be found here after April 20, 2017. 

Thursday May 11, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
UC Irvine CAC 3002

5:00pm

"When in Improv" Workshop - Devin Dugan
Limited Capacity seats available

Devin Dugan's (Artistic Director of ImprovCity) workshop "WHEN IN IMPROV" workshop, focuses not on the who, not on the where, but on the when in improv. A technique barely anyone ever uses in improvisation, but can be great to help already build a who/where - by knowing when the scene takes place (ie: what time period, what historical event, what time of day, etc.).

Registration can be found here after April 20, 2017. 

Thursday May 11, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
UC Irvine Nixon Theatre

7:00pm

Latinx Improv's Telenovela
Limited Capacity seats available

A long form structure in the style of a Telenovela. This will be a performance by the Portland, OR based improv group Latinx Improv.

Giovanni Alva, is the artistic mind behind Latinx Improv. His roots go back to San Diego where he created Underground Improv. He's an advocate for multilingual/multicultural improv. Studied under Mark Pentilescu at SWC where he got his AA and later at Humboldt State University where he got his BA in theater arts performance. Giovanni is currently in the theater scene in Portland working with Milagro and his new company Latinx Improv. 

Registration can be found here after April 20, 2017. 


Thursday May 11, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
UC Irvine xMPL

8:30pm

Jillian Jenkins' Suitcase Full of Lies
Limited Capacity seats available

Come see Nicole Parker as Jillane Jenkins* in Suitcase Full of Lies!
(*a fictitious character portrayed by Nicole Parker in a leotard.)
Best known for her work as lovable secretary Callie Carter from the hit 1970's sitcom, She's Got a Job!, Ms. Jenkins returns to Southern California from New York to bring you her life story in song and style! Called a tour de force by her fourth husband, and "...a...[really]...@#$ing.....show!", by the fourth hour of the Today Show, Suitcase takes you from the heights of Jillane's fame, to the lows of her painful struggle with her father's eczema.

Registration can be found here after April 20, 2017.

Thursday May 11, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
UC Irvine Little Theatre

10:00pm

Jetzo & Delicious Moments
Limited Capacity seats available

Two for the price of one mind-expanding improvisation:

Jetzo
From the tiny fishing village of Nagoya, Japan, Jetzo performs their trademark Kabuki-inspired improv form "The Kiera-sawa."

Delicious Moments
Delicious Moments with Brian Shortall and Ithamar Enriquez, perform improv and scripted comedy that is aware of itself and them and the audience and everything else! Watch Delicious Moments break down the fifth wall. Things get weird and delicious… 

(Improv, Film and TV credits include: The Second City (Chicago, Los Angeles and Las Vegas), IO (Chicago and Los Angeles), The Tonight Show, The Office, Key & Peele, Raising Hope, Punk’d, Rules of Engagement, In Treatment, SuperNews!, Law and Order:LA, Miss Congeniality II, The Promotion, Gifted Hands and Jimmy Kimmel Live)

Registration can be found here after April 20, 2017.

Thursday May 11, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
UC Irvine Little Theatre
 
Friday, May 12
 

9:30am

10:00am

Improvisation in Social Movements

Koray Tarhan (Turkey), Founder of Istanbulimpro and Coordinator of Istanbul International Improv Festival

  • Description: During social movements or street demonstrations; world becomes more ‘volatile, uncertain, complex and ambigious’. If you have an antagonist who holds the power and uses gas, gun or any other weapons then world becomes a dangerous place. We would like to share our experience during #occupygezi protests in Istanbul. How it started and developed in a process which is full of improvisation. During demonstrations, without any specific leader, people created a small utopia inGezi Park. We would like to discuss how improv can feed the idea of an alternative world which everyone is free to share, listen, feel and live together in peace. Is it possible?

GII Symposium Full-Day Registration is open now: https://goo.gl/qn1m3T
  • Space is limited; please make a FREE reservation on Eventbrite to guarantee your spot.
  • A limited number of walk-up seats will be available at every event but are not guaranteed.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your event's schedule start time.
  • At 5 minutes before any event, any unclaimed seats will be reassigned on a first come, first served basis.

Friday May 12, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
UC Irvine CAC 3100B

10:00am

Improbable and the International Institute of Improvisation

Improbable, Britain’s ingenious theatre company built and sustained by impro.

  • Description: Since 1996 Improbable has practiced improvisation in many forms but presented itself to the world as a theatre company rather than an impro company. This is because, to be blunt, people took theatre seriously but not impro. But this approach now feels less useful. Impro / improv has become more accepted; more a part of the mainstream. But such acceptance can also create a fixed idea of what impro is and what it can do. So we think it’s time for the International Institute of Improvisation. It's something that we are only just beginning to grow and it changes how we present Improbable to the world by viewing all our theatre work through the prism of impro rather than the other way round. It’s our way of taking improvisation seriously, as an art form and as a means of facilitating social and political change.


Friday May 12, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
UC Irvine xMPL

10:00am

Teaching Values and Ethics in the Improvisation Classroom

Moderated by Patricia Ryan Madson, Professor Emerita, Stanford University and Rebecca Northan (Canada), Artistic Director/Producer of Spontaneous Theatre, Creator of the critically acclaimed Blind Date.

  • Description: Can improv teach kindness? While it's easy to see how the study of improvisation helps the individual with trust and creativity it is less obvious that this practice may also contribute to helping us to become kinder, more selfless members of society. The improv classroom is a unique venue for understanding living values.  We expect this roundtable to be an open and lively interactive discussion of how we as teachers can identify these values and find ways to model and teach them.


Friday May 12, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
UC Irvine Nixon Theatre

10:00am

Facing a Closed Door: Introduction to Alain Knapp’s Teaching
Limited Capacity seats available

Dr. Hervé Charton (France), co-founder of LACSE (Lyon, France), Artistic Director of Théâtre Persistant (Participants: 16).

  • Description: After a brief introduction to Alain Knapp and his approach to theatrical improvisation, participants will dive into his exercises. Knapp’s exercises consist of simple directives. They do not inject any structure, any content, any formal aspect, and the performer can use any technique to execute them: speech only, body only, both of them, commedia dell’arte, etc. So we’re going to take one and develop it until we have seen all of the principles that guide Knapp’s approach. Let’s start with a closed door. Someone comes in front of that door. She knocks or rings. No answer. Again. Still nothing. The door will remain closed. From there, a character, a place and an action unfold. What attitude should one have in front of a closed door? What can we learn from that constraint? How do we construct meaning organically? What needs to be specified, what invention would be pointless? Through this exercise (and a few more), participants will get a taste of Alain Knapp’s vision of improvisation: an investigation into the character’s self.



GII Symposium Full-Day Registration is open now: https://goo.gl/qn1m3T
  • Space is limited; please make a FREE reservation on Eventbrite to guarantee your spot.
  • A limited number of walk-up seats will be available at every event but are not guaranteed.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your event's schedule start time.
  • At 5 minutes before any event, any unclaimed seats will be reassigned on a first come, first served basis.

Friday May 12, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
UC Irvine CAC 3002

10:00am

Perception, Meaning, Contact, and Connection: Where Improvisation and Gestalt Psychotherapy Intersect
Limited Capacity seats available

Jon Trevor (Britain), Applied Improvisation Practitioner; Wanjiku Nyachae, Gestalt Psychotherapist (Participants: 20).

  • Description: This will be a 90 minute experiential workshop for up to 20 participants, exploring the overlap and intersect between Improv and Gestalt, with the ultimate aim of discovering how these practices mirror or diverge from each other, how each may contribute towards the understanding of the other, and how to better practice each of them. It will comprise a series of practical activities, derived from the both these disciplines, followed by reflection and discussion. Participants do not need to have experience in either field, although it will prove of interest to those who practice in either.


Friday May 12, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
UC Irvine Claire Trevor Theatre

10:00am

Spontaneous Myth: Improvisation and Image Work to Create Story and Archetype
Limited Capacity seats available

Randy Dixon, Artistic Director, Unexpected Productions

  • Description: Spontaneous storytelling is a place where mythic thinking and archetypal images are allowed to live. The myths and images of the imagination arise from the emptiness in improvisation. We have to rely on each other or we will fail. Improvisation uses image to connect with story and archetype. Images from the imagination are allowed to breathe and the archetypes allowed to live. This workshop will focus on the creation and use of images to invoke ancient stories as well as the ones emerging today. Through the use of image work, ritual, and personal storytelling we will create a safe space to explore the stories that touch us at our cores. We will use our dream images to create plays. It will be hard work and involve a high level of risk. Any format of improvisation is the container for mythological imagination. Improvisation allows us to explore the uncharted, unmapped territories of our stories. David Mamet in Writing in Restaurants said, “The theater is not a place where one should go to forget, but rather a place where one should go to remember.” To remember our stories, to remember our origins, to see through a mythical lens that can enhance our lives.

GII Symposium Full-Day Registration is open now: https://goo.gl/qn1m3T
  • Space is limited; please make a FREE reservation on Eventbrite to guarantee your spot.
  • A limited number of walk-up seats will be available at every event but are not guaranteed.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your event's schedule start time.
  • At 5 minutes before any event, any unclaimed seats will be reassigned on a first come, first served basis.

Friday May 12, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
UC Irvine Robert Cohen Theater

11:30am

A Search for Community: Viola Spolin, Paul Sills and the Origins of Improvisational Theater in America
Aretha Sills, Associate Director of Sills/Spolin Theater Works.

In 1955, Paul Sills’ called the new improvisational theater, Compass, “a search for a community.” Viola Spolin (originator of Theater Games and author of Improvisation for the Theater) and Paul Sills (founding director of Compass, The Second City, and Story Theater) created a form of theater that celebrated American ideals of liberty, community, and democracy. The talk will trace the roots of their work to the radical Progressive-era philosophies cultivated at Jane Addams’ Hull House in Chicago using stories, personal history, photographs, and Spolin and Sills' own words and writing. 

GII Symposium Full-Day Registration is open now: https://goo.gl/qn1m3T
  • Space is limited; please make a FREE reservation on Eventbrite to guarantee your spot.
  • A limited number of walk-up seats will be available at every event but are not guaranteed.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your event's schedule start time.
  • At 5 minutes before any event, any unclaimed seats will be reassigned on a first come, first served basis.
 

Friday May 12, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
UC Irvine CAC 3100B

11:30am

Women in Comedy

Featuring Women of The Groundlings. Panelists: Main Company members Edi Patterson, Lauren Burns, and Annie Sertich.

  • Description: Join women from The Groundlings Theatre for an open discussion about being a woman in comedy today.

GII Symposium Full-Day Registration is open now: https://goo.gl/qn1m3T
  • Space is limited; please make a FREE reservation on Eventbrite to guarantee your spot.
  • A limited number of walk-up seats will be available at every event but are not guaranteed.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your event's schedule start time.
  • At 5 minutes before any event, any unclaimed seats will be reassigned on a first come, first served basis.


Friday May 12, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
UC Irvine Nixon Theatre

11:30am

Creating Scenes through Improvisation: The Second City Method of Improvising from Premise
Limited Capacity seats available

 Anne Libera, Director of Comedy Studies, Columbia College Chicago and The Second City (Participants: 20).

  • Description: For nearly 60 years, Chicago’s Second City Theater has been devising original comedy revues using a unique process of improvising from premise. In this interactive workshop with attendees will learn how to develop effective premises for improvisation, improvise using those premises,. The workshop will also address the topic of re­improvisation, the role of the director, and how this process leads to finished sketch and revue work.


Friday May 12, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
UC Irvine Robert Cohen Theater

11:30am

Gender/Genre: Opening Levels of Impro by Deconstructing Constructed Identities
Limited Capacity seats available

Patti Stiles (Australia), Artistic Director Impro Melbourne and International teacher/director/performer.

  • Description: Genres contain conventions such as themes, locations or characters that readers expect to find.  These conventions help identify the genre and are an element of consistency. In many genres characters conform to acceptable social rules labeled as acceptable male and female behavior. Today’s world is different.  Our social dynamics and gender identification has changed and yet our storytelling is still shackled to these historical roles. By questioning, challenging and exploring the purpose of the character in the story and removing gender assumptions we break open new levels of impro play and possibilities for all of our improvisers.

GII Symposium Full-Day Registration is open now: https://goo.gl/qn1m3T
  • Space is limited; please make a FREE reservation on Eventbrite to guarantee your spot.
  • A limited number of walk-up seats will be available at every event but are not guaranteed.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your event's schedule start time.
  • At 5 minutes before any event, any unclaimed seats will be reassigned on a first come, first served basis.


Friday May 12, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
UC Irvine CAC 3002

11:30am

Transforming the University Classroom through Creative, Improvisational Teaching Strategies
Limited Capacity seats available

Katie Dawson, Assistant Professor/Director of Drama for Schools at The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Description: Many arguments have been made about the need for more active, embodied learning and creative thinking in higher education (Tepper and Lindemann, 2014). Yet most educators on US campuses still do not understand how to apply creative, improvisational teaching methods outside the arts classroom. This hands-on workshop will explore the theory and practice of theatre-based pedagogy as a tool to improve the learning culture of the university classroom in a variety of subject areas. I will demonstrate specific improvisational exercises and strategies to teach creativity and improve student engagement in all subjects, as well as ask participants to share their own effective techniques. Throughout, we will consider how and why the pedagogy and practice of theatre supports students to think critically, to perceive deeply, to engage in multiple viewpoints, and to remember things longer through embodied cognition. We will also discuss the possibilities and pitfalls of theatre faculty training and collaborating with colleagues across disciplines to improve teaching and learning. The session will conclude with collective strategizing about how we can advocate for and demonstrate the value of the arts and arts-based teaching and learning in the university setting.

GII Symposium Full-Day Registration is open now: https://goo.gl/qn1m3T
  • Space is limited; please make a FREE reservation on Eventbrite to guarantee your spot.
  • A limited number of walk-up seats will be available at every event but are not guaranteed.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your event's schedule start time.
  • At 5 minutes before any event, any unclaimed seats will be reassigned on a first come, first served basis.

Friday May 12, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
UC Irvine xMPL

2:00pm

Master Class with Keith Johnstone!
Observe the pioneer of IMPRO working with some of our symposium presenters and students

Friday May 12, 2017 2:00pm - 5:00pm
UC Irvine Claire Trevor Theatre

4:30pm

Really Awesome Improv Show!
Limited Capacity seats available


The Really Awesome Improv Show has been voted by LA Magazine as “BEST KIDS’ COMEDY SHOW!” For the past 5 years, 7 players from a rotating cast take The Second City Hollywood stage for a fun (and appropriate) show called THE REALLY AWESOME IMPROV SHOW! Designed for ages 2yrs-200, The Really Awesome Improv Show features improv games that rely on audience suggestions and participation, is great for the whole family, and was voted “Best Kids’ comedy Show” by LA Magazine! Because there’s a rotating cast you’ll see a different cast and games each week!

Consider us for your next birthday party. It doesn't matter how old you are, we will make it your best bday ever!

DIRECTED BY FRANK CAETI 
Frank’s directing and performing credits include: Ithamar Has Nothing To Say, The Lamest Generation, Second City Chicago, Las Vegas, and Hollywood, Comedy Central Stage, UCBLA, Kirk Douglas Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, iO west, Just for Laughs Montreal, MADtv, Key and Peele, Reno 911, FrankenMatt, and over 40 commercials. @frankcaeti

Registration can be found here after April 20, 2017.

Friday May 12, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
UC Irvine Little Theatre

5:45pm

Kindred Throats
Limited Capacity seats available

Kindred Throats is the musical comedy duo, Kevin Stafford and Todd Risenmay: Two men, two throats, two guitars. Kevin and Todd have performed in multiple national tours across the US and with The Second City at Sea aboard Norwegian Cruise lines, respectively. Kindred Throats performs comedy songs while also incorporating improvisation and audience participation to get you clapping to the beat, singing along, and possibly becoming the subject of an uncomfortably intimate serenading.

Registration can be found here after April 20, 2017.

Friday May 12, 2017 5:45pm - 6:45pm
UC Irvine Little Theatre

7:00pm

Maestro Impro™
Limited Capacity seats available

Coup de Comedy Festival performance: Maestro Impro™ competition featuring symposium presenters alongside students from Chapman and UC Irvine! Many improvisers enter and only 1 is crowned the next Maestro! And the audience decides! It's like American Idol for improvisation! 


Directed by Dan O'Connor & Patti Stiles 
Emceed by Brad Robertson
Score Kept by Kelsey Gitlin

Players:
Reid Barraza 
Nathan Brown 
Molly Curtis 
Randy Dixon 
Adron Duell 
Mark Gibson 
Chase Hauser 
Emily Jacobson 
Gabe Mercado 
Rebecca Northan
Kendall Slocum 
Koray Tarhan 
Sam Reinhart 
Maddie Ogden

Registration can be found here after April 20, 2017. 

Friday May 12, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
UC Irvine Little Theatre

9:30pm

The Resistance
Limited Capacity seats available

The Resistance hails from Los Angeles. We are an elite underground of comic soldiers dedicated to liberating your laughter and freeing you from the mundane. Based on tropes, cliches, iconic sequences and whatever else we can get from the audience, we perform a full length, fully scored and lit Action/Adventure movie right before your eyes, and it's completely improvised! The Resistance wants you to let go and have fun. It's not our playground, it's OUR playground. We're on the swings...push us. | Starring: Kurt Scholler, Derek Mears, Chris Mathieu, Ryan Marsico, Kurt David Maloney, Justin Michael Terry | Soundtrack: Scott Passarella, Jason Murphy

Registration can be found here after April 20, 2017. 

Friday May 12, 2017 9:30pm - 10:30pm
UC Irvine Little Theatre
 
Saturday, May 13
 

9:30am

10:00am

Spontaneous Theatre: Funny, Sexy, and Dangerous
Limited Capacity seats available

Rebecca Northan (Canada), Artistic Director/Producer of Spontaneous Theatre, Creator of the critically acclaimed Blind Date.

  • Description: So – you know how to improvise, now what? Rebecca shares the genesis of Blind Date, the ins and outs of playing with an audience member for 90 minutes at a time, and how a simple clown-turn has spawned a new, ever-evolving performance genre, allowing her company to take their improv skills to new heights. Time allowing – Rebecca will also demonstrate a variety of the skills at play in Blind Date by doing a “sample date” with a willing volunteer from the gathered participants.


Saturday May 13, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Chapman Argyros Forum 208

10:00am

Improvisation Studies In History

Moderated by Drew Chappell, Ph.D.:

  • “Alain Knapp and the Théâtre-Création (Switzerland, 1968-1975).” Dr. Hervé Charton (France), co-founder of LACSE (Lyon, France), Artistic Director of Théâtre Persistant.

    • Abstract: In the worldwide improv community, everybody knows about pioneers such as Viola Spolin, Keith Johnstone, Paul Sills or Del Close, but few have heard about Alain Knapp. Well, of course, he’s Swiss. However, he and his Lausanne theater group from the late sixties, the Théâtre-Création, without knowing anything of the emerging improv groups and teachers oversees, have developed a systematized approach to theatrical improvisation of their own, and are internationally renowned as a pioneering theater group. Through Knapp’s later teaching, many artists, art forms, therapists and teachers in France, Switzerland, Belgium and Québec have found their own way (e.g., Robert Lepage and, to some extent Match d’improvisation). This paper unveils a part of improv history that remains relatively unknown. It tells the story of a Swiss actor/director filled by Brechtian theater and theory who, in the midst of the societal changes of the sixties, invited a group of unsatisfied students and young actors from Vaud theatrical institutions to dive deep into the roots of artistic creation. This paper will explore what they found there and, hopefully, will reveal why Alain Knapp deserves a position alongside other pioneers of improvisation.

 

  • “Jacob L. Moreno’s ‘Stegreiftheater’, the Avant-garde, and Impro.” Dr. Gunter Löesel, head of research focus Performative Practice, Zurich University of the Arts, and Artistic Director of Improtheater Bremen (Germany)

    • Abstract: Many books see the roots of modern improvisational theater in the commedia dell’arte, but somehow if you look at the commedia, it doesn’t resemble impro at all. I suggest another major influence that has been scarcely discussed so far, the avant-garde movement at the beginning of the 20th century in Europe, with Dada and Expressionism beginning to stage spontaneity very early. Jacob Moreno, before he focused on psychodrama, considered himself an artist and opened the first improvising theater of modern times in Vienna in 1923. This paper will explore Moreno’s work as the “missing link” between the avant-garde movement and impro. Though it is hard to reconstruct what really happened in the weekly performances in Vienna, Moreno published his thoughts, his experiences and a theoretical framework in the book Das Stegreiftheater (Vienna, 1925). It is akin to an early manifesto for an improvisational theater. After over 90 years, Moreno’s theories and concepts still seem radical and inspiring. Apart from filling a gap in the general knowledge of improvisers, who are mostly not aware of this part of their history, I hope to spur a discussion about the influence of the avant-garde movement on impro and what it means for practitioners today.

GII Symposium Full-Day Registration is open now: https://goo.gl/qn1m3T
  • Space is limited; please make a FREE reservation on Eventbrite to guarantee your spot.
  • A limited number of walk-up seats will be available at every event but are not guaranteed.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your event's schedule start time.
  • At 5 minutes before any event, any unclaimed seats will be reassigned on a first come, first served basis.

Saturday May 13, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Chapman Argyros Forum 202

10:00am

Improvisation Studies in History
“Alain Knapp and the Théâtre -Création (Switzerland, 1968-1975),” Dr. Hervé Charton (France), co-founder of LACSE (Lyon, France), Artistic Director of Théâtre Persistant
“Jacob L. Moreno’s ‘Stegreiftheater’, the Avant-garde, and Impro,” Dr. Gunter Löesel, head of research focus Performative Practice, Zurich University of the Arts, and Artistic Director of Improtheater Bremen (Germany)


Saturday May 13, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Chapman Argyros Forum 202

10:00am

Multilingual/Multicultural Improv Within and Beyond the U.S.
Moderated by Giovanni Alva, Artistic Director, Latinx Improv (Portland).    Panelists: to be announced

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Saturday May 13, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Chapman Argyros Forum 207

10:00am

Life Unscripted: Applying Improvisation through the Lens of Psychology to Live a More Meaningful Life
Limited Capacity seats available

Dr. Jeff Katzman, Professor of Psychiatry, University of New Mexico School of Medicine; Dan O’Connor, Producing Artistic Director, Impro Theatre (Participants: 20).

  • Description: Existence is improvisation. Most people outside of the performing arts are not taught improvisation and yet they have to improvise everyday. Life Unscripted applies the basic tenants of great improvisational theater to serve as a guide to live a more spontaneous and fulfilled life. Drawing from contemporary understandings in depth psychology, attachment, and neuroscience and incorporating the skills of improvisational theater, we offer a paradigm to wake up and live our authentic story. This workshop offers the participants tools to enrich relationships, unleash the imagination, and build a more personally meaningful life.


Saturday May 13, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Chapman Argyros Forum 206B

10:00am

Tai Chi (太极) and Improvisation
Limited Capacity seats available

Yan Wang, Ph.D. student, Chapman University College of Educational Studies, and Ming Yang Li, Lecturer in Martial Arts and Traditional Culture, Northeast Normal University (China) (Participants: 24).

  • Description: This presentation/workshop is an attempt to discover from the perspectives of Tai Chi and improvisation a way of gaining access to certain central questions of modern Chinese society – to elaborate, from this theatrical and corporeal angle, a range of wider social, political and ethical issues, such as the relationship between tradition and modernity, individualism versus collectivism, as well as the issue of morality. A Tai Chi style is not just ritualized performance, a type of bodily exercise, in the sense of physical moves and the focussing of Chi energy, but is spiritually and socially pedagogic, in the sense of collective learning, living and struggling to achieve common goals.



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Saturday May 13, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Chapman Argyros Forum 206C

10:00am

The Improvisational Business Meeting

Gary Hirsch, co-founder of On Your Feet, and Brad Robertson, partner at On Your Feet.

  • Description: Everyone has meetings and they often focus on the plan and agenda. When should we have a break? How many slides should we use? All this planning is important, but in our experience the best meetings are improvised. In this hands-on workshop we will share what we have learned in the last 20 years using improv to facilitate meetings in organizations like Disney, NBC, Nike, Intel and many others. You will learn how improv can be employed to make any meeting more engaging and useful. Participants will leave with tools for creating flow, getting off script, focusing on your audiences needs and issues in real time, and breaking routines of how you normally meet. 



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  • At 5 minutes before any event, any unclaimed seats will be reassigned on a first come, first served basis.

Saturday May 13, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Chapman Argyros Forum 206A

11:30am

Improvisation Studies in Pedagogy

Moderated by Drew Chappell, Ph.D.:

  • “Exploring the Impact of Creative, Improvisational Teaching Strategies on University Teachers’ Sense of Self-Efficacy.” Assistant Professor and Director of Drama for Schools, The University of Texas at Austin.

    • Abstract: Research into post-secondary teaching and learning contexts suggest a strong correlation between classroom climate and the quality of students’ learning. Key factors that can positively impact classroom climate include a student’s sense of belonging (Andermann, 2003); their personal connections to the course content and materials (Buksist and Saville, 2001); as well as, the relationship between students and between student and teacher (Crosnoe et al, 2004). According to a recent report from the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities (2011), arts integration, and specifically drama/theatre, has been shown to be a powerful way for teachers to improve the learning culture in classrooms across all areas of the K-12th grade curriculum. What happens, then, when creative, improvisational teaching approaches are applied to post-secondary learning environments? During the fall of 2016, six faculty members—from American Studies, Visual Art/Design, Classics, Education, and Theatre—participated in eight hours of professional learning, and facilitated at least two new lessons that incorporated elements of improvisation into their instructional practice.  Researchers documented the faculty members’ experience in the study, through individual and group interviews and a pre/post assessment on teacher self-efficacy. Research states that when teachers have confidence in their ability to improve student learning, they are in fact better at doing so (Tschannen-Moran & Johnson, 2011). This paper describes the impact of the creative, improvisational teaching strategies on a university teacher’s reported sense of self-efficacy. Discussion will also consider how creative, improvisational teaching approaches impacted the teachers’ perception of their “ideal” university classroom culture in a variety of ways.

 

  • “Perro de la Calle: Youth Agency in Improvisation.” Moriah Flagler, MFA Candidate, Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities, The University of Texas at Austin.

    • Abstract: Teacher-coaches for youth improvisation ensembles have a distinct opportunity to create a unique space for young people to exercise their leadership, collaboration, and peer coaching skills. By crafting a process in which youth become the experts, we recognize them as the artists, citizens, and community assets that they are. In this case study, I reflect on my experience forming an improvisational theatre troupe with adolescents in rural Costa Rica. I examine how my pedagogical choices and positionality led to heightened youth agency throughout the rehearsal and performance process, resulting in sustained youth leadership where project attrition is a prevalent issue.

 

  • “Theatre Improvisation, Citizenship Education, and Democracy.”Professor and Socio-Pedagogical Coordinator at São Paulo Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology.

    • Abstract: The presentation explores how theatrical improvisation can be a tool in citizenship and political education based on improv principles of collective creation and cooperation. We are going to present the relations between democracy principles and improvisation principles, showing how some improvisation exercises can be used for this purpose and, also, we are going to report how our experience was while executing these exercises.

GII Symposium Full-Day Registration is open now: https://goo.gl/qn1m3T
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Saturday May 13, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Chapman Argyros Forum 208

11:30am

What of the Watchers? The Role of the Audience in Improvisation

Moderated by Randy Dixon, Artistic Director, Unexpected Productions, and Patti Stiles (Australia), Artistic Director Impro Melbourne and International teacher/director/performer.

  • Description: This panel will discuss the role of the audience in improvisation. Is the audience made up of enemies or allies? What is the audience doing while you improvise? How do they take in the offer, narrative, and information you are presenting? Are they telling a story and willing to do all of the work for you? Or just looking to laugh and have everything explained to them in straightforward terms? What is the value of suggestions and should we be utilizing them in a more integral way in our improvisational storytelling or relying on the offers of the improvisers more simply to be witnessed by the audience? Included would be a discussion of methods to fully utilize the resource of experience that sits in the seats and watches us improvise.

GII Symposium Full-Day Registration is open now: https://goo.gl/qn1m3T
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Saturday May 13, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Chapman Argyros Forum 207

11:30am

Improvisation and Conflict Resolution
Limited Capacity seats available

Dr. Barbara Tint, Portland State University’s Conflict Resolution Graduate Program.

  • Description: This workshop provides an opportunity to explore improvisational techniques that are useful in conflict resolution processes.  Whether you are a conflict resolution professional or just someone who experiences conflict, this workshop can shed light on useful tools and principles for dealing with both small and large scale conflict. Relevant connections include building on offers; increasing collaboration; improving spontaneity; developing creative solutions; utilizing status constructively; engaging successfully with emotions; maximizing adaptability; working with differing narratives; listening with deeper attention. While this short workshop can not fully address all of these skills, a framework and ideas for further development will be offered.

 GII Symposium Full-Day Registration is open now: https://goo.gl/qn1m3T
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Saturday May 13, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Chapman Argyros Forum 206A

11:30am

Improvising Characters
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitated by Annie Sertich and Lauren Burns, The Groundlings Main Company Members

  • Description: This workshop will focus on developing characters through improv.


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Saturday May 13, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Chapman Argyros Forum 206B

11:30am

Shame and Fear are in The Eye of the Beholder: A Working Session on Audacity (and Current Events) using Moment-to-Moment Improvisation
Limited Capacity seats available

Beth Milles, Associate Professor, Cornell University, and Director of Education at Long Wharf Theatre; Daniel Passer, Faculty at CalArts, Actor/Director and International Teacher of Commedia/Clown/Improvisation 

  • Description: A working session on Audacity (and Current Events) using moment-to-moment improvisation. Drawing from the traditions of clown—using the techniques of Commedia dell’Arte. We will lead a quick and dirty session to build a contemporary piece with our participants including four versions of current events, two musical departures, and one poem which we write and perform as a group. In our tumultuous times—laughter on the edge is necessity. Foraging is the way of bravery. The boundaries of our medium cannot be challenged (nor discovered) through thought—but by pushing forward through improvisational work, dredging the uncomfortable toward the productive.

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Saturday May 13, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Chapman Argyros Forum 206C

1:30pm

Future Goals of GII
Moderated by Theresa R. Dudeck and Joel Veenstra, GII Symposium co-directors


Saturday May 13, 2017 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Chapman Argyros Forum 209

2:00pm

3:00pm

Improvisation Meets Behavioral Science: How Second City Found Its Way Back to The University of Chicago

Kelly Leonard, Creative Advisor for The Second City; Anne Libera, Director of Comedy Studies, Columbia College Chicago and The Second City; Joshua Klayman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Behavioral Science, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

  • Description: The Second City’s roots can be found at the University of Chicago, where founding Artistic Director Paul Sills helped form the first professional improvisational company, The Compass Players. Over the course of 2016, The Second City has been working with faculty from the prestigious Center for Decision Research at the University of Chicago’s Booth School to launch a partnership that will look at the field of behavioral science through the lens of improvisation. This panel will discuss how this collaboration occurred, the areas of study that will be researched and some of the early discoveries that this new ensemble has been making.


Saturday May 13, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Chapman Argyros Forum 208

3:00pm

Third World Improv: Improv Performance, Instruction, and Philosophy in the Philippines

Gabe Mercado, Founder/Executive Director of Third World Improv, SPIT, and the Manila Improv Festival.

  • Description: Western style improvisation through Spolin theater games came to the Philippines in the late 1960s as a tool for devising theater pieces.  It was however only in 2001 that public improvisational performances began. With influences only from books, workshops and the occasional visiting instructor, Philippine improvisation developed in a vacuum - forming its own identity, formats, styles and pedagogy. Much like the architecture of the traditional Bahay Pilipino or Filipino house where walls are virtually non-existent and spaces are multi-functional allowing for the free flow of tasks and of people, Third World Improv creates a space for a fluid exchange of ideas, identities and stories.

GII Symposium Full-Day Registration is open now: https://goo.gl/qn1m3T
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Saturday May 13, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Chapman Argyros Forum 207

3:00pm

Improv(is)ing Interculturality through Five Centuries of Commedia dell’Arte: Mask and Play Innovation Across Disciplines and Cultures
  • Dr. Nikole Pascetta (Canada), graduate of Jacque Leqoc’s École International de Théâtre, artist educator, scholar on Leqoc’s work. 

  • Oliver Crick (Britain) co-author of Commedia dell’Arte: A Handbook for Troupes; street performer, juggler, conservatory teacher.

  • Dr. Sergio Costola, Associate Professor of Theatre, Southwestern University.

    • Description: This panel seeks to further Commedia dell’Arte research by troubling narratives of class, gender, and ethnicity to focus on the improvisatory techniques of mask and grammelot play. Considered the most direct ancestor of contemporary improvisation techniques, Commedia dell'Arte is best known for its unconventional style of spontaneous physical theatre born out of the necessity to address social inequities, disempowerment and oppression. With its archetypal stock characters and multilingual communications, what can the improvised 'jeu' of Commedia’s street-to-structured theatre offer in the way of reshaping and deepening notions of contemporary social identity?​


Saturday May 13, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Chapman Argyros Forum 202

3:00pm

Once Upon a Time: Unique, Therapeutic Long Form Format
Limited Capacity seats available

Koray Tarhan (Turkey), Founder of Istanbulimpro, Coordinator of Istanbul International Improv Festival.

  • Description: An actor, Koray Tarhan, and a psychologist, Tolga Erdoğan, combined their works on the intersection point of improv between the BASIC Ph model (for understanding coping and resilience) and the 6-Part Story Method (6PSM), created by Israeli Psychologist Mooli Lahad, and used to help individuals in therapy access personal stories. In this workshop we share how to make the stories of our common unconscious be performed spontaneously. Workshop will apply a universal story structure, which is a trigger for both improviser's and audience's imagination, in an easy way by using visuals. We can find clues about a person's or group's common mood by using the format. Having distance from the character gives an opportunity to examine ourselves. Once Upon A Time format was presented and performed by international improvisers in San Francisco, Istanbul and Beijing Improv Festivals and Conferences. Every experience was unique.  At this GII Symposium, we would like to share the results of those performances as a tool to understand different culture's common unconscious.

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Saturday May 13, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Chapman Argyros Forum 206A

3:00pm

Training Clinical Counselors Using Improvisation and Acting Techniques
Limited Capacity seats available

Dr. James Ruby, Associate Professor, Department of Human Services and Counseling, California State University, Fullerton; Nanci Carol Ruby, Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre, Chapman University.

  • Description: Workshop participants can expect to experience creative approaches to counselor training and self-care through use and application of improvisation and acting techniques.

GII Symposium Full-Day Registration is open now: https://goo.gl/qn1m3T
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Saturday May 13, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Chapman Argyros Forum 206C

4:30pm

Open Space Wrap-Up
Facilitated by Gary Hirsch, Co-founder of On Your Feet

GII Symposium Full-Day Registration is open now: https://goo.gl/qn1m3T 

Saturday May 13, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Chapman Argyros Forum 209

5:45pm

Panel on The Next Step into the Entertainment Industry
Limited Capacity seats available

A Panel on What Comes Next after College for those who are hoping to go into the entertainment industry, led by recent alum and writer's assistant on Adam Ruins Everything, Andra Whipple.

Registration can be found here after April 20, 2017. 

Saturday May 13, 2017 5:45pm - 6:45pm
UC Irvine xMPL

7:00pm

Impro Theatre's Play Unscripted
Limited Capacity seats available

Impro Theatre creates completely improvised, full-length plays in the styles of the world’s greatest playwrights, authors and composers. With no pre-planning or prepared scenarios, the performers combine verbal dexterity and robust physicality to bring character and plot to life in an instant, making each Impro Theatre show unique and unlike any other theatrical experience.Founded as Los Angeles Theatresports in 1988, Impro Theatre has evolved from a successful short form improv troupe into a critically acclaimed improvisational theatre company. In southern California, Impro has performed sold-out shows at South Coast Repertory, The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, North Coast Repertory in San Diego, Falcon Theatre in Burbank, and The Pasadena Playhouse, as well as venues around the world including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, The Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago, The Melbourne Fringe in Australia and Theatre Adyar in Paris.Impro has received multiple Critics’ Picks in the ,Los Angeles TimesBack Stage West and L.A. Weekly, and many shows have been Ovation Recommended. Los Angeles Times calls Impro Theatre “Amazing! One of the funniest evenings in town. The troupe spins an entire play into comedy gold right before your eyes.” Stage & Cinema says, “As high a degree of general excellence in writing, acting, and direction as I have seen in any theater company in America.” American Theatre magazine says, “These virtuosic talents simply are as superhuman as they seem. These serious professional actors, classically trained, can write on their feet better than many writers can type at a desk. Impro’s work has taught me to demand more from the theatre.”

Registration can be found here after April 20, 2017. 

Saturday May 13, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
UC Irvine Little Theatre

9:30pm

Revolutionary Comedy Award, honoring Keith Johnstone
Limited Capacity seats available

The Revolutionary Comedy Award aims to honor those who uplift and inspire through the means of comedy. In the past, we have honored individuals such as Tony Hale, Kay Cannon, and Keegan-Michael Key. In addition, at UCI’s campus, we have hosted creative luminaries such as Will Ferrell, Jon Lovitz, and James Franco. This year, we honor Keith Johnstone.

Registration can be found here after April 20, 2017. 

Saturday May 13, 2017 9:30pm - 10:30pm
UC Irvine Little Theatre