Classes and Interesting Events


Better Auditions and Acting  With Improv Workshop
Dec. 2    12pm-3pm
  Get free from your scripts!   Nail those auditions! Have fun learning improv techniques to free your mind when auditioning.  Adding improv skills to your repertoire allows you to have more confidence and be more creative in auditions and on stage.  In this workshop you will learn how to create magic on stage by snapping into a character, making connections with your scene partners and staying in the moment.
Taught by Chris Shurland and John Abbott (see Bios below)
Workshop price $45 – Reservations are required by calling 831-238-2399 
Chicago-born John Abbott has been performing improv for over 15 years.  A graduate of The
Annoyance, iO, and the Second City’s Training Center, John interned and then managed at iO where he estimates that he saw over 5,000 improv performances. Mr. Abbott performed on several improv teams at iO and currently performs on Wing Night – at The Playground – and the team has just celebrated its 11th year.  He also plays with the improv duo Legends of Public Access which most recently performed at the San Jose Improv Festival, and the musical improv team Dirty Bars at WestSide Improv in Wheaton, IL.  He’s coached a half dozen teams, which include Gulp (Theater 773), Hush (independent team), Karate Van (at The Playground), and the Procrastination League (independent team), all of whom have performed in the Chicago Improv Festival. 
Chris Shurland has been improvising in Chicago and California for several years after completing the training programs at Second City Training Center, iO (formerly Improv Olympic), Annoyance Theater, and One Group Mind.  He also studied physical comedy with Chicago Physical Theater and 500 Clown.  Chris is currently based in the Bay Area in California where he is a performs, teaches, and directs as a member of American Improv Theatre in San Jose. He also guest performs with other improv companies in the region, and is a cast member of the Murder Mystery Company.  Additionally, Chris is part of Chicago-based improv duo, Legends of Public Access, which performs at improv festivals around the country. 
Instant Characters – An Improvisational Workshop
December 9, 2017   1pm – 4pm
The best way to get out of your head is to be in someone else’s head.  My favorite moments onstage are when I’m playing someone who isn’t me.

Instant characters is a workshop that will help you get there quicker and find another point of view. You will surprise yourself by saying things that come from a different place by playing a different person.  Most importantly, this workshop focuses on how your character feels about the other people in the scene.
Its too crowded in your head.  Let some of those other characters out. Taught by John Abbot and Chris Shurland . Workshop-$45   Reserve your spot by calling 831-238-2399

Gentle Yoga Classes will be starting soon on Saturday Mornings. Classes are $10 and if you are interested, please call me 831-238-2399.