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IMPROV UTOPIA Ireland

WHEN

May 4 - May 7, 2018

WHERE

WHAT

Newgrange Lodge in Newgrange Ireland (50 Minutes North of Dublin)

Our first ever international retreat is a four-day, three-night improv retreat for adults 18 and over and happens in early May. It takes place in Ireland at the Newgrange Lodge North of Dublin. Newgrange itself is a prehistoric monument that was built in 3200BC which makes it older than the Pyramids and Stonehenge. It is heavily featured throughout Irish folklore and legends. Improvisers from all over the world come together and learn improv from internationally renowned teachers. This three-night retreat experience includes improv workshops, camp activities, private showers and bathrooms, all your meals and much more. This retreat is a relaxed environment to learn while experiencing community, camaraderie, and nature. All levels of experience welcome. Master instructors we've had in the past are Craig Cackowski, Dave Razowsky, Susan Messing, Joe Bill and many more.

"As someone relatively new to improv, this was an amazing experience in a very supportive and safe environment. It doesn't matter your level of experience, everyone will make you feel welcome." - Kate M

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CAMP PRICES

Prices Include: Camp is all inclusive, Co-ed rooms (Single-sex cabins upon request), 8 meals, workshops included.

  • Regular Registration - $425 USD September 2017 to January 2017
  • Late Registration - $450 USD - February 2017 - May 2017
  • Payment Plan: Two Pay Plan - $450 USD ($200 USD first payment the rest in 60 days.) *Payment Plan available up to 60 days before camp.

There is a one time non-refundable 2.3% + $0.30 fee added to each transaction.

CAMP TUITION INCLUDES

Tuition is All-Inclusive! You get:

  • Workshops: 10 hours of workshops from master improv teachers! Performances: Improv jams and shows with your cabinmates!
  • Lodging: Shared rooms with private bathrooms, showers and electricity.
  • Food: All meals are included. Special dietary and allergy-friendly meals are available, too!
  • Community: Meet improvisors from all over the world... community and camaraderie in nature!

CAMP INSTRUCTORS AND WORKSHOPS

Hardcore Emotion
with Nick Armstrong

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Workshop

Emotion is the glue to any improv scene. It's the thing that will lead you to stronger scenes with great POV, characters and connection to your partner. Without it your scene will fall off the rails pretty fast. In this workshop, we will work on intense emotion in scenes. Having a strong emotion gets you out of your head and playing to the top of your abilities. You will also learn how emotion will keep you in the moment and help you follow your instincts more.

About Nick Armstrong

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 at iO West, The Groundlings, The Pack Theater 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.

 

The Character Wheel
with Jaime Moyer

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Workshop

In this workshop Jaime will work with you on ways to create and sustain characters in the moment. Physicality, point of view, and emotion will be some of the places to draw from to create new characters, different from any you've played before. There will also be feedback on scene-work and reminders of the basics. Through details and heightening this course will help you play anyone but yourself!

About Jaime

Jaime Moyer is an alum of the University of Detroit-Mercy, The Second City-Detroit, and is a current member of the acting unions SAG-AFTRA and AEA. She is also a former Artistic Director of Planet Ant and current Home Team member. Jaime was awarded the sole prize of Maestro at The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas in 2011. She has appeared on Parks and Recreation, 2 Broke Girls, Jennifer Falls, and has a recurring role on Disney’s KC Undercover. Jaime is the creator of the viral hit “Fancy Catz” which can be seen on YouTube at the Second City Network, and has appeared in several short and feature length films. She can be seen performing weekly at The Second City Hollywood and iO WEST in Los Angeles, California.

Ensemble Bodies
with Katy Schutte

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Workshop

Physicality is the building block of dynamic and engaging ensemble scenes. Whether you’re a newcomer to improvisation or a veteran of the art, getting back into your body and being hyper aware of the physical choices made around you allow for incredible group work. With everyone playing almost the whole time, this class gets you back into your body; creating powerful, beautiful stage images. Tell your onstage stories through magical team play.

About Katy

Katy Schutte is one of the UK's top improvised comedy performers and teachers. She tours shows and classes around Europe and the US and teaches for Hoopla and The Maydays in the UK. Katy trained at Second City and iO Chicago and with teachers from the Annoyance, UCB and lots of other places.
Katy has been one of the Maydays for 13 years, produces monthly comedy night Geekeasy with sci-fi improv team Project2 and plays in Destination Live. She was half of the two woman long form show Katy and Rach for over a decade, has toured with Fluxx, improvised musicals with Music Box and Baby Wants Candy and has guested in countless shows including Messing with a Friend, the London and Liverpool Improvathons, Grand Theft Impro, Séance Fiction, Whirled News Tonight and The Armando Diaz Experience.

I Want it Now!
with Carla Cackowski

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Workshop

Limited Availability “Be patient.” “Take your time.” “Relax.” These are all things we’re taught early on in our improv careers. While these are important and beneficial lessons, sometimes we focus so hard on being patient that we stop making choices and become numb to our instincts, looking to our partners to dictate everything in our scenes. This workshop is all about reclaiming your strength as an improviser; making specific choices and following your instincts without judgement. The goal of this workshop is to introduce techniques and practices to shake off the cobwebs, get you out of your head and into the realm of bold, playful scenework. Now! Right now!

About Carla

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 taught improvisation and directed sketch shows at The Second City Hollywood for six years before relocating to the Pacific Northwest where she is currently the Co-Artisitc Director of Curious Comedy Theater in Portland, Oregon.

Sell it!
with Craig Cackowski

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Workshop

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.

*Limited Availability in this class.

About Craig

Craig Cackowski is an 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 festivals, including the Chicago Improv Festival and the Del Close Marathon, with his long-running three-man troupe Dasariski (with Bob Dassie and Rich Talarico). Around LA, he may be seen in such other shows as Quartet, The Armando Show and The Better Half (with Raising Hope’s Lucas Neff). You can see him regularly on Drunk History on Comedy Central.

You're Doing it Wrong
with Neil Curran

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Workshop

We know what we have to do to be the best improvisers we can be, right? Yes and, Listen and support our partner?  But what if we feel our stage partners aren't doing the same?  What if our stage partner is new to improv?  What if we get up in our head?

In this workshop we focus on all the things were not supposed to do in improv and playing stronger as a result. We will develop solid emotional connections with our partners, even if they dont realise it. At the end of this workshop participants will feel more confident with performing with inexperienced performers (or even non-improvisers) as well as coping on stage when we feel things aren't going as well as they could be.

 

Learning Outcomes

* To be able to turn difficult scenes into opportunities filled with gifts

* To play more confidently with improvisers of any level

* To be able to better handle blocking and status battles

* To better understand what is meant by there being no wrong way to improvise

* Ability to diagnose when scenes don't seem to be working

* Experienced improvisers can learn to break habits

* To have fun no matter what!

About Neil

Neil Curran is one of leading influencers of the improv scene in Ireland.  He has been teaching and performing improv both in Ireland and internationally for many years and his signature show, Neil+1, has been performed in festivals and theatres around the world.  Aside from being assistant camp director of Improv Utopia Ireland, Neil is the founder and a director of Improv Fest Ireland and one of the team behind Dublin's Tightrope Improv nights.  He also founded the "Love! Improv Irish Community" group and is a co-founder of No Drama Theatre.  Neil has guested in numerous shows including Orange Tuxedo, improvised musical When X Meets Y, Upstairs Downton, Comedysportz San Jose and Second City Toronto's improv set for "Click, Bait & Switch".
Neil has also being provide key training solutions through improv to many well known organisations and educational institutes.

Camp is one of the best improv experiences that I could have had. To be in a place where everyone loves improv as much as you do is such a rush. The teachers are supportive and are invested in your learning. The view is awe striking and I always wanted seconds at meal times. You truly do make amazing friends and memories there.

Christina L - Los Angeles, CA